REPORT 1998/1999

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:

All these were the focus of intense and supportive discussion at the weekly Project Meeting.

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.

Increased Access
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.

Project activities:

Postgraduate students

An encouraging number of postgraduate students are working in conjunction with the Project.

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.

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Project Associates’ activities

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.

Thomas Sharp's profile

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Project Directors’ activities

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:
  • with Dr Guido Latré, the facsimile edition and translation of the ommegang section of the 1594 Liber Boonen;
  • the article on stage heavens, with particular reference to the York Doomsday Play;
  • a CD-ROM teaching package on palaeography, using expertise developed in work on the Project, and an article on this for the Journal of Literary and Linguistic Computing;
  • with Sarah Carpenter, a book on masks in medieval and early Tudor theatre, festivities and society, currently nearing completion, for Ashgate Press.
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Publications and Papers


Conference Papers

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