The Conqueror's commissioners: unlocking the Domesday survey of south-western England

Lead Research Organisation: King's College London
Department Name: History

Abstract

Domesday Book (DB) is one of England's most important historical documents: arguably the nation's single most significant record. In 1086 William I's commissioners set out to record the taxable assets of the newly acquired kingdom, settlement by settlement and county by county. Without the account of the survey preserved in DB we would know almost nothing of the social fabric of rural England in the eleventh century, of its landscape and resources and their monetary value; we could not map secular and ecclesiastical lordship, and neither could we estimate the scale of resources available to the ruling elite. DB in itself it constitutes remarkable testimony to the reach of central government. However DB is a much truncated version of other records generated by the Domesday survey of 1086 which served as its source. Only one collection of such records is extant: Exon Domesday (EDB), which survives in its original form, and contains vital evidence relating to the way the survey was conducted and recorded. The aim of this project is to publish the contents of EDB for the first time and to unlock the evidence which the book contains for the conduct of the survey at both local and central level.
In 2011 the manuscript's 1816 binding was removed, permitting photography and detailed technical examination. The project will create a series of freely available electronic resources for the use of the scholarly community and the general public, including text, translation and a digital facsimile or `virtual codex'. This last item will pioneer an innovation in digital codicology which will allow users to rearrange the units of the volume and so to reconstitute its contents in different orders: unlike other DB texts the true order of EDB remains a matter of controversy. A detailed examination of the composition of the book and a reconstruction of its creation and history will be published in printed form as a permanent record of the project.

Planned Impact

The current project is designed to reach users across and beyond the English-speaking world by making available on the web in a global language the evidence of a text whose importance is widely recognized beyond the immediate scholarly fields of the project team.
1. The English translation and, for university users, the printed Companion, have the potential to have a transformative effect on the study of the Norman Conquest at university and school level by providing pedagogical materials. The study of EDB promises to reveal much about the conduct of royal and local government and the structure of local society and to shed new light on GDB, an existing curriculum text. The relational database constitutes a research tool for projects and dissertations, as does the translation.
2. The text and translation will enable local and family historians to research south-western localities and families in a manner hitherto impossible because the detailed evidence of EDB was simply unavailable.
3. Cathedral talks across southern England and the Arts and Humanities festival in London will bring the researchers into contact with interested members of the public and will attract the interest of local press and so further publicise the project and its findings. The project contributes to the cultural life of the locality and sheds light on an important period in national history.
4. The publicity surrounding the project, and the research findings of its members, will significantly affect the profile of Exeter cathedral inside and outside the locality. Until recently, the custodians of the manuscript were unaware of its full importance. The web presence of the project and its outputs will bring tourists and school parties to the cathedral.
5. The Dean and Chapter will use the images generated by the project to create educational materials, such as a printed facsimile for use in the visitor centre.
6. As a draw for visitors Exon has applications for tourism and can be used by local institutions, such as the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, whose activities are already linked with the outreach activities of the Cathedral. All these elements (4.-6.) promise to have an economic impact for the cathedral and museum in Exeter, in increased visitor numbers.

Publications

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Baxter S J (2016) 'Domesday Book: The most important document in English history?' in BBC History Magazine Collector's Edition

 
Description We are making progress towards answering our research questions. Many discoveries have been made about how the Domesday survey was conducted and how the book was made. The scribal hands have been described and enumerated. We have new data with implications for the timing and conduct of the Domesday Survey, suggesting that Exon Domesday was completed within a matter of months of the commissioning of the survey in December 1086. The new Latin edition of the text makes plain that the pre-existing edition, of 1816, was faulty. The new English translation, the first ever of Exon Domesday, will make the text full available to a general audience.
Exploitation Route We have plans for 6 regional talks to take place soon after our research findings have been substantiated and after the launch of our website in September 2017. The exhibition at the Museum of Somerset (February to April 2017), which arose from the project's Knolwedge transfer board and draws on the project's translation of the text and palaeographical description, has generated considerable local interest among the general public, attracting increased visitor numbers. Members of the general public will be able to access Exon Domesday using our website. We are planning to write a short booklet to interpret Exon Domesday for the general public and to bring our conclusions to a wide audience. The plan is that the booklet will be used and made available for sale by the custodians of the manuscript. Other spin-offs are expected or planned, for example, future exhibitions at Exeter Cathedral Library and in the locality, demonstrations to schools and other members of the public.
Sectors Creative Economy,Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://www.exondomesday.ac.uk/
 
Description To inform members of the general public visiting the cathedral library, public audiences in the locality, specifically but not exclusively, the Friends of the Cathedral Library.
First Year Of Impact 2015
Sector Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural

 
Description Corpus Christi College, Oxford Research Travel Grant
Amount £500 (GBP)
Organisation University of Oxford 
Department Corpus Christi College, Oxford
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 09/2015 
End 09/2015
 
Description Corpus Christi College, Oxford Senior Scholarship
Amount £1,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Oxford 
Department Corpus Christi College, Oxford
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 10/2016 
End 09/2017
 
Description Collaboration with Project Partner: The Friends of Exeter Cathedral 
Organisation The Friends Of Exeter Cathedral
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The PI, the two project students and two other team members spoke at a study day on Exon Domesday organized by the Friends of Exeter Cathedral on 5 January 2017. The other speakers were the Dean of Exeter Cathedral and the Canon Librarian of Exeter Cathedral. The event drew an audience of 165, including visitors from other cathedrals, including Gloucester and Salisbury, academic visitors from Oxford and Cambridge, and members of Exeter University. It also attracted a party of school children from a local school who, with their teacher, who attended morning and afternoon sessions, including a break-out session with our website.
Collaborator Contribution The Friends organized the study day for their members and other members of the public. They paid for associated costs connected with the use of the cathedral nave, for registration, lunch and travel costs of the team.
Impact Report in Friends Newsletter.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Draft entry: XRF scanning and microscopy of the Exon Domesday Manuscript 
Organisation University of Exeter
Department Law School
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Analysis of spearhead image in the manuscript was one of our research questions at the time of application. Prof Oliver Creighton, University of Exeter, is on the Knowledge Transfer Board, and agreed to consult colleagues in the field about the type of weapon and the nature of the imprint. Several colleagues suggested that the imprint might be a forgery, hence the desirability of getting the metal content analyzed.
Collaborator Contribution Scientific investigation of the chemical composition of the spearhead stain and ink; experimentation with the use of an Axiovert high-resolution microscope for analysis of parchment and ink.
Impact Publication is planned.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Exon Domesday exhibition at Museum of Somerset, Taunton 
Organisation South West Heritage Trust
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The idea for the exhibition arose at an early meeting of the Knowledge Transfer Board. The choice of exhibits was made using a translation of the text prepared by a member of the project team; the PI met with the canon librarian to discuss suitable pages for exhibit. The PI contributed text to the press release and the exhibition boards and she and Frank Thorn produced a commentary on the exhibits for use in the exhibition space. Two team members -- Dr Frank Thorn and Dr Chris Lewis -- will contribute public lectures at the museum in March to a combined audience of more than a hundred.
Collaborator Contribution The SWHT have funded the staging of the exhibition, insurance, publicity, the organization of the talks, etc.
Impact Public lecture: Frank Thorn Public lecture: Chris Lewis Press coverage (BBC/ITA, loca newspapers)
Start Year 2016
 
Description Long-term collaboration with the custodians of Exon Domesday 
Organisation Exeter Cathedral
Department Exeter Cathedral Library & Archives
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The project has allowed Exeter Cathedral Library and Archives to deploy its copy of Domesday Book: a priceless and hitherto under-exploited treasure. It has created a permament record of the manuscript by high-resolution digital images of the manuscript and a page-by-page technical (palaeographical and codicological) description; it has provided publicity, a website, a translation, a museum exhibition, a public study day in the cathedral, and a translation. The RA working on the techical description provided interpretation for many groups of visitors. A range of merchandise is being developed to allow the Cathedral Library and Archives to generate a small source of income from the manuscript.
Collaborator Contribution Exon Domesday is the property of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter Cathedral. The Cathedral Library and Archives has been the home for many of the project's activities: imaging, meetings of the international advisory board and the Knowedge Transfer board, which the canon librarian has chaired. The application was planned in collaboration with the canon librarian and she brokered access to the manuscript and permission to digitize.
Impact Friends of Exeter Cathedral study day SWHT exhibition at the Museum of Taunton
Start Year 2014
 
Title DigiPal Framework for the Analysis of Script and Decoration 
Description The DigiPal framework was originally developed for the ERC-funded DigiPal project but has received significant extensions and improvements through the AHRC-funded 'Conqueror's Commissioners' and 'Models of Authority' projects. It comprises freely-available generalised software for the online presentation of images with structured annotations and data which allows users to search for, view, and organise detailed characteristics of handwriting or other material in both verbal and visual form. Designed primarily for the palaeographical analysis of handwriting, it has been extended to incorporate texts, codicological structure, an improved interface, and the ability to download and run the software on a desktop computer for private study. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The software is now being used by over twenty different research projects, in the UK, France and the United States. Examples of its use online include: * The ERC-funded DigiPal Project: https://www.digipal.eu * The AHRC-funded Conqueror's Commissioners project: http://www.exondomesday.ac.uk * The AHRC-funded Models of Authority project: http://www.modelsofauthority.ac.uk * The Marie Curie funded ViGOTHIC project: http://litteravisigothica.com/visigothicpal-year-ahead/ and http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/195243_en.html * The Polices de caractères et inscriptions monétaires project at the Bibliothèque nationale de France * A prototype on the manuscripts of Marcel Proust, in collaboration with the Équipe Proust at the Institut des textes et manuscrits modernes (ITEM: ENS/CNRS, Paris) * Numerous uses by individual researchers and PhD and MA students in the UK, France and US, on topics including bilingual Greek/Latin inscriptions, the script and decoration of Hebrew bibles, early West Semitic script, halos in renaissance Dutch painting, and the Bayeaux Tapestry. It has also been awarded the inaugural Digital Humanities prize from the Medieval Academy of America. 
URL https://github.com/kcl-ddh/digipal
 
Description '"This is Not a Book": New Lives of Old Books in the Digital Age', International Association of University Professors of English (IAUPE) Triennial Conference, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Talk to approx. 25 English professors from around the world about digital applications to book history, including discussion and demonstration of AHRC-funded projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/sites/default/files/files/events/conferences/IAUPE/IAUPE%20Abstracts.pdf
 
Description 'Bringing Codicology to DigiPal', International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS), Kalamazoo (MI) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Talk given to the International Medieval Congress, the largest conference in medieval studies, on developments in the AHRC-funded project. The talk was reported widely on Twitter, reaching an even larger audience, and resulted in follow-on work as well as questions and discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description 'How to Benefit from Each Other in Historical Document Analysis', Workshop at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Approx. 15 experts from France and internationally met to discuss issues of historical document analysis, with a view towards establishing an international standard for data sharing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description 'Vers DigiProust', Journée D'Étude : Proust Numérique, Proust Imprimé : L'Édition des Manuscrits Aujourd'hui, Institut des textes et manuscrits modernes (ITEM), Paris 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation (in French) to audience of French and international academics, demonstrating the tools and methods developed through the AHRC-funded research as a 'proof of concept' for future work in Proust studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description 'What is Digital Palaeography, Really?', International Medieval Congress (IMC), Leeds 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Talk on epistemological nature of digital palaeography given to international audience of approx. 50 academics which sparked significant discussion and audience reporting changes of view regarding the nature and history of the field.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Alvarez-Lopez -- Leeds International Medieval Congress roundtable on the digitial humanities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Session 405, "(Mis-)Using Digital Tools in the Digital Palaeography Age: A Round Table Discussion" with Francisco José Álvarez López (University of Exeter and King's College London and Stewart Brookes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://imc.leeds.ac.uk/dbsql02/AQueryServlet?*id=30&*formId=30&*context=IMC&conference=2015&session...
 
Description Baxter -- 'Interpreting the Norman Conquest in 2016'. A conference held at the Tower of London, 14-16 October, 2016. -  
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Title: 'Interpreting the Norman Conquest in 2016: 1066 and Government'. - Relevance: I gave presented a case study on the making of Domesday Book, based on research for the project, accompanied by images from the manuscript. - Impact: the conference was aimed at a general, non-academic audience and was attended by approximately 150 people. This resulted in this a second invitation to speak at the Historical Association's national conference in Manchester in 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Baxter -- Oxford History Teachers' Network, organized under the auspices of the Historical Association at St Catherine's College, Oxford, 21 June 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact (i) Oxford History Teachers's Network, organized under the auspices of the Historical Association at St Catherine's College, Oxford, 21 June 2016.
- Title: 'The Norman Conquest: England's first entry into Europe'.
- Audience: approximately 30 secondary school teachers preparing to teach the Norman Conquest at GCSE-level.
- Relevance: I gave presented a case study on the making of Domesday Book, based on research for the project, accompanied by images from the manuscript.
- Impact/feedback: this resulted in an invitation to speak at the Historical Association's national conference in Manchester in 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Exon Domesday panel. 35th meeting of the Haskins Society, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota (4 papers). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The panel, at the main meeting of North American medieval historians, was very well attended. Live-tweets from the audience reached very widely. Audience members commented very widely on the novelty and significance of the findings being described. Participants were Baxter, Crick (with Alvarez Lopez), Dymond and Lewis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://haskinssociety.org/2016program
 
Description First, second and third meetings of the International Advisory board, Exon Project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact A two-day meeting was held in Exeter in January 2015, presenting initial results to members of the project's international advisory board, the chairman of our Project Partner (The Friends of Exeter Cathedral) and staff from Exeter Cathedral Library and Archives. A second two-day meeting was held in September 2015 and a third in 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
 
Description Fondation des Treilles workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Invited participant in five-day international workshop at the prestigious Fondation des Treilles, comprising experts in digital palaeography in order to identify new directions for future research. AHRC-funded IP was a significant part of this discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.les-treilles.com/digital-paleography/
 
Description Frank Thorn -- Lecture accompanying Museum of Somerset exhibition of Exon Domesday, Taunton. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Lecture by Frank Thorn: Surveying the South West: Great Domesday Book and the Exon Domesday Project. Sold out.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/themuseumofsomerset
 
Description Frank Thorn -- Local History Society talk (Wimborne Civic society) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact "Domesday Book and the Locality", paper by Frank Thorn.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Friends of Exeter Cathedral Exon Project Study Day 5 January 2017 (6 papers) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact At the invitation of our project partners we ran a full-day symposium in the cathedral nave. 165 people signed up, including a party of school children. Five members of the project team gave presentations (Crick, Dymond, Lane, Lewis, Thorn) and a sixth (Stokes) ran break-out sessions, one specifically for schools, in order to demonstrate the project website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk/content/homepage-news/exon-domesday-conference.ashx
 
Description Historical Association debate (Exeter) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Debate: From Anglo-Saxons to Normans: What did the Conquest really mean? This was a public date with Dr Levi Roach of the University of Exeter, organized jointly by the Historical Association (Exeter Branch) and the Exeter University Student History Society. A number of schools had expressed interest in the event and the debate was to have been recorded and podcast but due a technical failure no recording was saved.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.history.org.uk/resources/he_resource_1204_17.html
 
Description Knowledge Transfer Board 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Annual meetings of a regional group to discuss the project and its potential local impacts. Three held to date. The most important impact was the exhibition at the Museum of Somerset.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016
 
Description Leeds IMC 2017 panel. Exon Domesday, I: The Processes of Exon. (3 papers) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Three panel papers (Baxter, Lewis, Dymond).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://imc.leeds.ac.uk/dbsql02/AQueryServlet?*id=30&*formId=30&*context=IMC&chosenPaperId=NA&sessio...
 
Description Leeds IMC 2017 panel. Exon Domesday, II: The Frenchness of Exon (3 papers). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Three panel papers were presented (Alvarez-Lopez, Crick, Thorn) at the major international forum for medieval studies in Europe..
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://imc.leeds.ac.uk/dbsql02/AQueryServlet?*id=30&*formId=30&*context=IMC&chosenPaperId=NA&sessio...
 
Description Local study days at the Cathedral (8) -- Alvarez Lopez 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The librarian and other library staff have talked to the general public about the Exon manuscript at cathedral study days and at Heritage Open Days. The project's imaging team, led by Dr Julia Craig-McFeely, offered a lunchtime talk at the cathedral while their work was in progress. Francisco Alvarez Lopez has given talks to visiting groups as follows: 27/01/16 - Old Cornwall Society (att: 23)
28/04/16 - Falmouth NAFDAS (att: 45)
26/05/16 - MA students from University of Maryland (att: 12)
02/06/16 - Walt Whitman Society (att: 25)
07/11/16 - Steiner School (att: 27)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016
 
Description Lois Lane -- Cabinet Office History Week talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Talk by Lois Lane to 35 civil servants.
Email from organiser Zarah King (zarah.king@cabinetoffice.gov.uk) after the event:

Good morning,

I just wanted to say a massive thank you for taking part in our History Week.

I hope you enjoyed the experience, I know the talk went down very well with those attending, I must say the facts were great, I passed on the names you gave such as Humphrey Goldenbollocks to my sister who did history at uni and she absolutely loved hearing that, it makes history that bit more real in a way.

Many thanks again and if there is anything you need in the future etc please just let me know.

Kind regards
Zarah


And from Jonathan Heath (jonathan.heath@culture.gov.uk), an attendee.


Hi Lois,

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your talk on Domesday at the Treasury today - it was very informative and interesting to understand how past governments attempted ambitious projects.

Thanks also for answering my questions on intentional under-reporting and the extent to which Domesday exploited the existing highly developed bureaucracy of the English state.

Jonathan
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Lords in the Landscape keynote 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited keynote lecture to a postgraduate research-in-progress workshop/conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Press release on Exeter Cathedral Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Press release concerning start of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk/content/news/exon-domesday-book-unlocked-for-future-generations.a...
 
Description Press release on King's College London website 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Press release at the start of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/history/newsrecords/2014-15/exon-domesday-crick.aspx
 
Description Project blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact First project blog, by RA Chris Lewis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.exondomesday.ac.uk/blog/
 
Description Project report 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact JCC published a three-page project report in the Newsletter of the Friends of Exeter Cathedral. This is circulated to the membership of 3000, mostly, but not exclusively resident in the locality.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Public visits to the Cathedral Library, including viewing of Exon manuscript and discussion with project RA (10) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 10 visits of various kinds of clubs, university and school groups, local history societies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
 
Description Report to the Council of The Friends of Exeter Cathedral (Project Partner) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact The PI gave an illustrated talk about the aims of the project and its findings so far and responded to questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Settlement and Conquest Panel - Lords in the Landscape, 800-1300 Conference (Radcliffe Humanities, Oxford) (1 Paper) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attended this conference and gave a paper presenting my doctoral research to fellow academics and reseachers in the field of medieval lordship and landscape. Audience was around 50 or so people, and my paper sparked some interesting questions from the floor.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://sites.google.com/site/lordsandlandscape2017/home/provisionalprogrammeavailable
 
Description Taunton Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BBC Radio Somerset report
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Taunton talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Fully booked house of 50 (with others turned away) attended the talk; a dozen people asked questions in the formal Q and A session, and another dozen came up and asked questions in an informal session afterwards.

The event organizer reported afterwards
Dear Chris
I am most grateful to you for all the trouble you took to be with us at the Museum of Somerset yesterday and for providing us with such a fine and illuminating lecture about the Geld Inquest and Exon Domesday. I know from what others have said to me how much your lecture was appreciated. The fact that we could have sold twice as many tickets if we'd had the room is a testimony to how much Exon Domesday has captured people's imagination. The exhibition has also been a great success (more than the Becket Casket last year) and I am very grateful for all that your contribution has added. Thank you once again for your kindness in agreeing to give the lecture. It is very much appreciated by us all. I look forward to seeing the outcomes of your research in published form. With best wishes, Tom.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://museumofsomerset.org.uk/2017/02/03/exon-domesday/
 
Description Website soft launch (Exeter) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact While the team were assembled at Exeter Cathedral for a meeting of the Advisory Board, we took the opportunity to test our website on a group gathered for the purpose from the Friends of Exeter Cathedral, our project partners, and from the cathedral staff, including the two education officers. The feedback we received, some from cathedral guides, has influenced the subsequent development of the website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015