Hello, and welcome to the first part of this rolling workshop, A Prince's Papers: Transcribing Prince Albert's World.
In this session I will, briefly, introduce myself, the workshop, its partners, and materials, give an outline of what I hope we will be able to cover and achieve, and walk you through transcribing and editing an example document. At the end of this session, there will be suggestions of materials that you might like to try transcribing and editing yourself for the first of our themed sessions.
To begin, I am Andrew Cusworth, and I am an 1851 Research Fellow, based at the Bodleian Libraries. My research interests are in digital collections, how these operate, and how digital mediation changes our approach to cultural heritage. For the last eighteen months, I have been pursuing this in relation to the Prince Albert: His Life and Legacy project, which has been a major undertaking to digitise and make publicly available a large body of material from the Royal Archives, the Royal Collection and the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.This project is is supported by Sir Hugh and Lady Stevenson in honour of Sir Hugh's sister the late Dame Anne Griffiths DCVO, former Librarian and Archivist to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, and by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. My role has been as a scholarly adjunct to the project, and to explore ways in which the materials might be enhanced digitally.
Royal Collection Trust, a department of the Royal Household, is responsible for the care of the Royal Collection and manages the public opening of the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen.The Royal Collection is among the largest and most important art collections in the world, and one of the last great European royal collections to remain intact. The Royal Collection is held in trust by the Sovereign for her successors and the nation, and is not owned by The Queen as a private individual.
The Royal Archives is the private archive of Her Majesty The Queen and holds the official records of the Royal Household and the personal records of Sovereigns and other members of the Royal Family.
The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 was established by royal charter with Prince Albert as its President to organise the Great Exhibition. When the Exhibition made a profit of £186,000 the Commission received a supplemental charter to continue in perpetuity to disburse the profits in order to "increase the means of industrial education and extend the influence of science and art upon productive industry", work which it continues to this day..