Current Projects

Scholarly Editing: The Complete Works of Thomas Nashe

This 5 year project (2015-2020), supported with an AHRC Research Grant, will establish a new scholarly edition of The Complete Works of Thomas Nashe (6 volumes, to be published by Oxford University Press, 2021).

Nashe is one of the most influential writers of the late sixteenth century, a key influence on the dramatic writing of his time (e.g. he co-wrote with Shakespeare), on modern prose style, and on the English language. A unique feature of this project is the attention it gives to the orality and performance potential of Nashe's writing, both his prose fiction and his sole-authored play 'Summers Last Will and Testament'. The project is partnered with The Globe Theatre, London; the boys' company Edward's Boys, Stratford upon Avon; The Old Palace School, Croydon; The Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, and Norfolk Museums. The team will be collaborating with the OED too.

The lead investigators of this project are Professor Jennifer Richards (Newcastle University) and Professor Andrew Hadfield (Sussex University), and the Co-investigators Professor Joe Black (Massachusetts, Amherst), Professor Cathy Shrank (Sheffield) and Professor Jonathan Hope (Strathclyde).

History of Reading Aloud: Voices and Books 1500-1800

V‌oices and Books, 1500-1800 is an AHRC network of early modern scholars based in the UK and US (literary scholars, linguists, historians, musicologists) and partners (British LibraryCity Library, Newcastle;National Early Music Association UKThe Reading Experience Database;Seven Stories) who are committed to recovering the history of reading aloud and listening to books. We want to establish the ubiquity of this practice, but also understand how the voicing of scripted text structured different communities and practices of sociability.

The lead investigators of this project are Professor Jennifer Richards (Newcastle University) and Professor Richard Wistreich (Royal Northern College of Music). The Voices and Books Network Co-ordinator is Dr Helen Stark.

Music: Tudor Partbooks: the manuscripts legacies of John Sadler, John Baldwin and their antecedents

Tudor Partbooks, launched on 29 September 2014, has two main objectives: to transform access to English musical sources from the lifetimes of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, and to bring about a step-change in our understanding of this important corpus of manuscripts from the golden age of polyphony.  Partners and collaborators include the British Library, the Bodleian Library, the British Academy, the Oundle Festival, and the vocal ensemble Stile Antico. Among numerous outputs, the project will to the publication of reconstructed facsimiles of two sets of Elizabethan partbooks, copied by the singer John Baldwin and the Northamptonshire priest and schoolmaster, John Sadler.

The lead investigators on this project are Dr Magnus Williamson (Newcastle University) and Dr Julia Craig-McFeely (Oxford University, and  the Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music: Faculty of Music, Oxford).

Scholarly Editing: The Skaldic Project

This is a major international project to edit the corpus of medieval Norse-Icelandic skaldic poetry, dating from the ninth century to the fourteenth. Working from the manuscripts, the project is producing Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages, a nine-volume fully annotated edition with parallel electronic version, published by Brepols, 2007–. Prof. Diana Whaley is one of six General Editors and directors of the forty-strong international project. She was the volume editor for Poetry from the Kings' Sagas I: From Mythological Times to c. 1035 (2012), work on which was supported by Research Associate Dr Kate Heslop, now a researcher at the University of Zurich, with funding from MHRA and an AHRC Major Research Grant.

Archival and DH: Medingen Manuscripts Database

The project brings together virtually the scattered late medieval library of the Cistercian convent of Medingen. Between the internal reform of the convent in 1478 and the advent of the Lutheran Reformation in the neighbouring town Lüneburg, the Medingen nuns developed their own form of Latin and Middle Low German prayer-books. They produced an astonishing wealth of manuscripts in which they expanded the Latin liturgy with vernacular prayers, lay-songs and meditations and which they illuminated - for themselves as well as for the noblewomen of the neighbouring town. Currently being prepared by Prof. Lähnemann.

Music and DH CyberZink

CyberZink is a research project led by Dr Jamie Savan at Newcastle University, exploring the potential of CAD modelling and 3D printing for organological research. Focusing on the cornett as an initial case study, the project will develop a series of 3D printed instruments and mouthpieces based on historical originals, making them available to a wider community of scholars and practitioners.

Archaeology and DH: The Cutting Edge

The Cutting Edge project will bring together different sources of information relating to several important archaeological and World Cultures collections.  Housed mainly within Newcastle University’s Great North Museum, but also including wider collections within Tyne & Wear, our data will relate to tools with sharp edges.  These include stone and metal axes, and knives and weapons of various historical periods, and will be used to create a new online resource that will support teaching and research into the analysis of use-wear patterns on these objects. This innovative project will allow the comprehensive study of 1000 objects, in particular their use-wear patterns, by scholars and members of the public worldwide. Prof. Cross is currently involved with this project.

Archival: Inspirational Women of North East England

Through stunning art and photography produced by Newcastle University students and submitted by members of the local community (people’s nominations via social media and the local press), the intention is to combat the invisibility of women's work in the present and bring recognition to those of the past. In so doing, this project hopes to make a change for the future.