A major feature of this year has been the consolidation of existing expertise, planning for its future exploitation, and a vigorous campaign on electronic work in progress. Three instances of this were demo'd at the September 1999 Conference on Digital Resources in the Humanities.
The various members also pursued their particular interests within the Project:
The Norah Lambourne Archive
In 15-17 February 1999 Professors Twycross and King and Miss Bennett made an expedition to Norah Lambourne's Normandy
home to return to her the costume designs and other documents loaned to the Project, to express their warmest thanks for for this,
and to present her with a CD of part of the soundtrack of the 1951 York production.|
Miss Lambourne very kindly deposited her designs and further material and memorabilia from the 1950s York productions with the Project. She also later in the year designed an evocative CD-ROM cover for Helen Bennett's MA dissertation CD.
The Project is increasingly being consulted by visitors to its Website and other contacts for information and material about the production of medieval plays. The Project is very much aware of its remit, confirmed by the original British Academy funding, to make its findings generally available by other means than the conventional academic paper.
More immediately, we will at intervals be adding smaller pages describing some of our Project material. You may have noticed the new links to the Liber Boonen: we have now added one about the electronic Coventry facsimile, and another will follow about the so-called 'Bolton Hours'. It must be stressed that we are bound by copyright considerations, and so should our readers be. Watch this space for further information.
|Lancaster University and UCSM particularly welcome applications for MPhil, DPhil, and the MA by Research in Medieval Studies from well-qualified graduates and final year undergraduates who would be interested in working with the Project. There are opportunities for presenting part of their dissertation as a multimedia computer programme.|
|Helen Bennett (Lancaster University) has completed, with distinction, an MA on Norah Lambourne's costume designs for the 1950s York Festival productions. She has prepared a catalogue of Miss Lambourne's surviving designs. This, with scans of the designs and an introduction covering the York Festival and Miss Lambourne's biography, was presented on CD-ROM, in HTML format. It was accompanied by a paper-based introduction to the media and methods used.|
|Mrs Lena Etherington (St Martin's College, Lancaster) has spent the year working on an MPhil editing the 'Doomsday' portion of The Prick of Conscience. This will involve an electronic facsimile edition.|
|Mrs Glynis Queenan (Lancaster University) is completing her MA on the depiction of the Seven (more usually Six) Corporal Works of Mercy in medieval English stained-glass windows. Her thesis covers All Saints', North Street, York; Holy Trinity, Tattershall; St Mary's, Coombs; St Andrew's, Chinnor; and the surviving panels from Wigston's Hospital, Leicester. She has found significant inter-relations between these both in iconography and patronage. Her findings will be presented on CD-ROM.|
Mrs Olga Horner has published an article on the critique
of livery and maintenance in the York Carpenters' Play of the Resurrection
(see below under Publications).
She is also working on an edition of the Hull Customs Accounts from 1370 to 1450.
Mrs Alison Samuels is working on an article on the letters exchanged between Thomas Sharp and Francis Douce on the subject of the former's edition of the Coventry Mystery Plays (later to become A Dissertation on the pageants or Dramatic Mysteries Anciently Performed at Coventry). This correspondence is divided between the British Library and the Bodleian Library. This is a pilot for a more extended study of the Sharp/Douce correspondence, and their circle.
Besides the conference papers and publications listed below, Professor King has been working on:
Professor Twycross visited Leuven several times during 1998-9, and began work on the records of processional and theatrical activity in the civic records. She is applying for funding to transcribe, translate, and evaluate this material. She is also involved with others in setting up a project on the dramatic records of the Low Countries after the manner of Records of Early English Drama, but with a distinctive style suitable to the material and structures of academic activity in Belgium and the Netherlands.
She is working on the following publications:
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