In November Peter Webster gave a keynote lecture to the HES conference in Exeter, with the title ‘Doing history in a 360-degree digitised world: how we got here, and what to do about it’. It was a great pleasure to spend time with the Society, and Peter greatly appreciated the invitation to come and speak. … Continue reading Keynote paper at the History of Education Society conference
I was very thankful for the opportunity to sponsor the first iteration of the Richard Deswarte Prize for Digital History, in memory of a much-missed friend and colleague who passed away in 2021. The first award of the prize was made to Pim Huijnen and Joris van Eijnatten for their outstanding article, ‘Something happened to … Continue reading The Richard Deswarte Prize in Digital History
It’s been a breathless few days in the fediverse. Following Twitter’s bizarre self-immolation at the hands of Elon Musk, the many different instances of Mastodon have been inundated with new users. As one would expect, much of the conversation has been about the medium itself, as existing users help new arrivals get to grips with … Continue reading First thoughts on the fediverse
Peter Webster recently contributed a chapter to a collection of essays with the title The Past Web : Exploring Web archives, published by Springer. It is entitled ‘Digital archaeology in the Web of links: reconstructing a late-1990s Web sphere’. Using an iterative computational method of interrogating the graph of links for the archived UK web, … Continue reading New article: reconstructing a late Nineties Web sphere
We were delighted to be commissioned by the University Council on Modern Languages, in conjunction with the British Academy, to produce a report on recent trends in university admissions. The study “unearthed a more vibrant languages landscape in UK higher education than recent reports of ‘crisis’ suggest.” The report was based on analysis of UCAS … Continue reading New report for the University Council on Modern Languages
If there is one thing everyone seems to agree on about COVID-19, it is that nothing will be quite the same again. The worlds of higher education and of galleries, libraries, archives and museums have suddenly been upended. In universities, already rocked (in the UK) by the recent strike, the shift to online tuition has … Continue reading COVID-19: has everything changed?
WR&C has contributed the first in a new series of Technology Watch Guidance Notes from the Digital Preservation Coalition, entitled How researchers use the archived Web. We were very pleased to be commissioned to write this short note on the current state of the art. In a context of both novelty and diversity, the Guidance … Continue reading New Digital Preservation Coalition guidance note
Peter Webster’s new book on The Edited Collection: Pasts, Present and Futures is published by Cambridge University Press. It is part of the Cambridge Elements series on Publishing and Book Culture. In the last decade and a half, a strong and negative general theory about the edited collection has taken hold in academic life; a … Continue reading New book on the edited collection
WR&C was commissioned to carry out a final evaluation of this training scheme for leaders of all faith groups in the UK. The FLTI has been running since 2019, and is provided by the Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion (part of the University of Birmingham). The project is funded by the Ministry … Continue reading Project evaluation of the Faith Leader Training Initiative
We are delighted to announce the publication of a new book, The Church of England and British politics since 1900, published by Boydell and Brewer. Peter Webster has contributed a chapter on the changing relationship between Parliament and the Church in the crucial decades after the Second World War. From the introduction: Though the facade … Continue reading New publication: Parliament, the law and the Church of England
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