Advisory Board

The Autumn meetings of the advisory boards for Mapping the Medieval Countryside were held at Winchester on Tuesday 19th November. It was reported that all volumes of CIPM calendars had now  been scanned by Numen Ltd who were in the process of producing digitized text. Several volumes had been checked by the historical and technical teams, and the remaining volumes will be posted in British History Online in the Spring. The two Researchers Matthew Holford and Matt Tompkins have now virtually completed the enhancement of volumes for 1399-1422 by the addition of missing content, notably jurors' names. The Board was shown by Charlotte Tupman of DDH, and approved, the wireframes (prototypes) of the fully  interactive database for 1399-1447 and suggested changes for final publication. Quite a lot of work remains to be done. The aims of the project are either achieved, ongoing, or will be addressed by the website and volume of the conference on 7-8 September 2014. The website  was commended for its clarity, variety, and helpfulness.  Gordon McKelvie has nearly completed the modernisation of dates up to 1422, collected the original place-names for Cornwall for 1399-1422, and has started a pilot project on pre-1349 dates of death missing from the calendars (the subject of a forthcoming post). To date there have been 71,000 hits on the two CIPMs on British History Online and hits on the Mapping website are now running at 900 per month.  Hits will increase as more content is added.

Having developed the software, it is desirable to use it for further calendaring and for the pre-1399 volumes. Gordon McKelvie has listed all IPMs from 1447-85 which will underpin the electronic template for further calendaring. Calendaring the whole of the missing 38 years is too big for a single 4-year project and falls outside Research Centre guidelines, but negotiations are proceeding for a calendar in electronic and paper form of the IPMs of Richard III to be funded by the Richard III Society and the University of Winchester. Outline agreement was reached on a major 4-year follow-on project provisionally titled The Indian Summer of English Feudalism that will exploit the online resources, enhance them somewhat, and  part calendar the missing period.

Michael Hicks, principal investigator