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Issue 475, 21 January 2002

Project to put dialects online

Several thousand recordings from the 1950s and 60s of people talking about hobbies, childhood reminiscences, customs, local history, crafts, industries and gypsy lore, singing folk-songs and recounting myths and folk-tales are to be made accessible online for the first time.

The AHRB has awarded 267,360 to Senior English lecturer Dr Clive Upton and Dr Oliver Pickering of the Library's special collections to create the Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture, using material from the archive of the University's former Institute of Dialect and Folk Life Studies. The material, which includes a wealth of written information, is to be catalogued with online access, and the sound recordings digitised, with samples accessible from the project's website. The range of areas covered by the material means the new archive will be an invaluable resource not only for dialectologists but for researchers in many other disciplines.

Theology and religious studies lecturer Dr James Ginther will receive 260,234 from the AHRB for the Electronic Grosseteste, to create an online searchable catalogue of the prolific writings of the medieval scholar, and bishop of Lincoln, Robert Grosseteste (1170-1253).

His life and thought provide an important insight into the intellectual development of scholasticism and medieval science, as well as the theoretical and practical aspects of church ministry. The catalogue – which will involve the digitising of over one million words of text – will allow researchers to search by keyword and find the most recent information about publications, manuscript copies and their location.

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