The Oxford Traherne summer studentships in early printed books 2017

The Oxford Traherne is offering an opportunity to two Oxford undergraduates to undertake a small supervised research project on early printed books during the Long Vacation 2017; to gain experience of working with a large scholarly edition; and to participate in a programme of activities which provide an introduction to early printed books from a variety of perspectives, including handpress printing, special collections care, bookbinding and paper conservation. The scheme will run for 3 weeks, from Monday 31 July to Friday 18 August 2017, and the closing date for applications is 10 April. Interviews will be held at the beginning of Trinity Term.

For full details of the scheme and how to apply, please click here. Dr Julia Smith is happy to answer any questions.

The Oxford Traherne is grateful to the following organizations for their support of this scheme:

The Bodleian Libraries: Centre for the Study of the Book and Rare Books; Balliol College Library; Brasenose College Library; The Oxford Conservation Consortium; The Society of Bookbinders; The Strawberry Press; Worcester College Library


 Traherne Digital Collator now available for free download

The Oxford Traherne, in collaboration with Professor Andrew Zisserman FRS and Joon Son Chung (Visual Geometry Group, Engineering Science, Oxford), and Dr Christopher Palmer (Physics, Oxford), has developed the Traherne Digital Collator, an innovative digital tool for collating printed texts. It consists of sophisticated image comparison software and associated camera equipment, in a portable form suitable for use in libraries. It is easier to use than existing methods of optical collation,  will enable faster and more detailed textual comparison, and make it possible to analyse the printed text in ways not currently possible. We anticipate that it will transform the scholarly editing process, and become a standard research tool.

We are now making the software freely available for download, and can supply the image capture equipment to order. We also hope to create a network of users from other scholarly editing projects to contribute through their feedback to the further development of the collator.

For further information, to download the software, or to order the image capture equipment, please click here.

The Traherne Digital Collator and camera equipment ready for use