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Domesday Book (DB) is one of England's most important historical documents: arguably the nation's single most significant record.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

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Lane L E (2017) Episcopal Exon? The Role of Bishops in the Domesday Survey in The Friends of Exeter Cathedral Annual Report

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Thorn F (2017) Exeter Domesday Book (1086) in Context -- Part 1 in The Friends of Exeter Cathedral Annual Report

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Thorn F (2017) Exeter Domesday Book (1086) in Context -- Part 2 in Friends' News: The Newsletter of the Friends of Exeter Cathedral

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Baxter, SD (2017) How and Why was Domesday Made?

 
Description Many discoveries have been made about how the Domesday survey was conducted and how the book was made. 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. The scribal hands have been described and enumerated and a place of origin identified for some of them which complicates earlier hypotheses about the origins and institutional environment of the Domesday scribes. We have established and will publicise the importance of Exon Domesday for the dating of eleventh-century scribal hands and for the understanding of interactions between Norman clerics and England. In addition, we have developed new software for the study and analysis of handwriting and texts, and in particular a new way of using computers to represent and analyse the physical structure of the book.
Exploitation Route The findings of the project can be used to develop understanding of early England and the capacity of the pre-modern state. The web resources and accompanying publications provide a sampler of datable scribal hands which can be used to date and localize other manuscripts of the period. The palaeographical analysis will generate a new model of complex scribal collaboration which can be used by scholars working on the production of books and documents in other situations in and outside medieval Europe. In addition, the software developed for the project has proven very useful for other similar research, and so has been generalised into a stand-alone system called 'Archetype' which is now freely available and which has been used by around 20 other projects to date. There has been significant interest in this also from libraries in the UK and abroad, particularly the USA and Israel. The 'codicological model' for using computers to represent the structure of a book has also received much interest from researchers elsewhere.
Sectors Creative Economy,Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://www.exondomesday.ac.uk/
 
Description Our findings have been used in the local heritage industry, in secondary education, by direct engagement with the general public through broadcast media (Radio 4 and local radio) and by talks given by members of the team to the general public in the locality and outside it (Hampshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire). Exon Domesday will be exhibited by the British Library in their major forthcoming Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition in 2018/9 and the research of the team has been drawn on in the preparation of the exhibition catalogue. The cathedral library team at Exeter are now involved in further digitization projects and have an ambitious scheme to make their manuscripts available to visitors in digital form (Vista AR).
First Year Of Impact 2016
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
 
Title Exon Domesday 
Description The database contains images, texts, translations, and structured codicological and palaeographical annotations of the Exon Domesday Book (Exon D&C MS 3500). 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2015 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact A limited selection of the database has been publicly available for some time, and the complete database has been available for the project for several years and will be public in April 2018. It has already lead to numerous other outputs including almost all those listed in this ResearchFish submission. 
URL http://www.exondomesday.ac.uk
 
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 -- contributed public lectures at the museum in March to a combined audience of more than a hundred. Both events were sold out.
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 Archetype 
Description Archetype is an integrated suite of web-based tools for the study of medieval handwriting, art and iconography. Using Archetype, scholars can annotate, describe and tag an image, or part of an image, to create structured records for palaeographical exploration, analysis and dissemination. It also allows for texts, translations, and other content to be added, marked up, and tightly linked to the visual content. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2017 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact The software has been used by around 20 projects worldwide, in languages and scripts including Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Cuneiform, Japanese and Mayan. The underlying system also won a prize from the Medieval Academy of America in 2017. 
URL https://archetype.kdl.kcl.ac.uk
 
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 'Exon Domesday : Étude numérique d'un manuscrit anglo-normand', Les sources des mondes normands à l'heure du numérique, Journée d'étude, CRAHAM, Caen 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talk on Exon project given to students and staff in Normandy, leading to discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 'La numérisation des livres anciens : quels modèles pour une codicologie numérique ?', Avant le livre : Conception, production, édition, Journée du Seminaire 'Work in Progress', Grenoble 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talk given to postgraduate students in France on the modelling and research into digital methods for codicology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 'Paléographie numérique en pratique : travail avec Archetype', Maison de Science de l'Homme, Seminaire TransversH, University of Grenoble 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Hands-on workshop for postgraduate students, university librarians and others, demonstrating recent work and how they can use the results for their own research and dissemination.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 'Paléographie numérique en principe : enjeux, défis et opportunités', Maison de Science de l'Homme, Seminaire TransversH, University of Grenoble 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation given to French and Italian postgraduate students, librarians and others on current research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
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 Crick and Lewis -- 45-minute paper to British Association of Local History-Devon History Society Conference (Exeter) 29 April 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We gave 45-minute presentation in a programme on the governance of Devon from the eleventh to the twentieth centuries. Our paper was very well received and audience members commented on the quality and detail of the information presented and on parallels and possible continuities with post-medieval institutions of governance in the region. The organizer commented: `Thank you so much for your contribution to the conference on Saturday. The paper you gave was not only memorable in its own right, but was a wonderful beginning to our chronological survey of how Devon was governed. The audience was very appreciative of all the speakers, and I don't think I have ever learnt quite so much about Devon in a single day. It really was a most memorable event. '
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.devonhistorysociety.org.uk/events/domesday-today-devon-governed-centuries/
 
Description Exhibition at the Museum of Somerset. Exon Domesday: Discovering William the Conqueror's Somerset 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The South-West Heritage Trust, chaired by Dr Tom Mayberry, exhibited four quires of the Exon Domesday manuscript at the Museum of Somerset. The exhibition ran from 4 February to 1 April 2017 and more than 13,000 people attended. Julia Crick assisted in the selection of material for display; Frank Thorn provided the translation; Chris Lewis and Frank Thorn gave associated talks, both sold out. Local media showed considerable interest.
`Numbers are 130 evening talk - Frank Thorn
60 for talk and tea
And 13,091 approx through the exhibition.

I hope that's helpful. Do let me know if we can help in any other way. We very much enjoyed having Exon Domesday with us.

Best wishes

Susie

Mrs Susie Simmons
Visitor Services Manager
The Museum of Somerset
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://museumofsomerset.org.uk/exon-domesday/
 
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 Public ecture by Frank Thorn at the Museum of Taunton: `Surveying the South West: Great Domesday Book and the Exon Domesday Project'. Sold out. Audience of 130 people.
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). An audience of more than fifty plus a Twitter following.
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: Alvarez Lopez, Crick, Lane). 
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, Lane) at the major international forum for medieval studies in Europe. The event attracted an audience of more than 50 plus a larger following on Twitter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://imc.leeds.ac.uk/dbsql02/AQueryServlet?*id=30&*formId=30&*context=IMC&chosenPaperId=NA&sessio...
 
Description Les transferts culturels dans les mondes normands médiévaux (VIIIe-XIIe siècle) : objets, acteurs et passeurs 5-7 octobre 2017, Caen, Auditorium du château de Caen (resp. P. Bauduin, L. Bourgeois et S. Lebouteiller) -- Crick 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Les transferts culturels dans les mondes normands médiévaux (VIIIe-XIIe siècle) : objets, acteurs et passeurs, organized by P. Bauduin, L. Bourgeois (Universite de Caen) et S. Lebouteiller (University of Oslo), brought together archaeologists, historians, historians of art and literary scholars working on Scandinavia, Russia, Normandy, England and Italy c. 700-1200. They covered many disciplines, e.g. metalwork, manuscript studies, numismatics, textual studies, zooarchaeology, and they came from the museum world as well as from academic departments. Julia Crick gave a paper about Exon Domesday as an object of cultural interaction (`1086 and the new world of Exon Domesday'), and the role of its scribes as agents of cultural transfer between French- and English-speaking systems of record keeping.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://transferts2017.sciencesconf.org/
 
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 Presentation at the XXe Colloque international de paléographie latine, Beinecke Library, Yale University -- Alvarez Lopez and Crick 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact CIPL is the major international gathering of medieval western palaeographers in the world and takes place biennially, meeting in 2017 under the auspices of the Beinecke Library, Yale. The 90 delegates came from Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, US, and included librarians as well as academics. Papers were delivered in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Alvarez Lopez and Crick delivered a joint paper: `Decision-making and work flow in the making of Exon Domesday', responding to the conference theme, Scribes and the Presentation of Texts. The intention was to advertise to a new audience the importance of the Exon manuscript in establishing a new paradigm of book production and the value of our electronic resources as a tool for palaeographical and codicological research. The enthusiastic response of the audience present in the room and those reached via LiveTweets suggest that these aims were met. The paper was selected for publication in the conference volume.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.palaeographia.org/cipl/yale/index.htm
 
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 lecture Salisbury Cathedral -- Frank Thorn 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was one of the `cathedral talks' planned and budgeted for in the application. It was designed to reach members of the general public and was organized with the help of our Project Partners, the Friends of Exeter Cathedral.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Public lecture at Exeter Cathedral -- Stephen Baxter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This event was planned at the time of application as Exeter Cathedral's project talk organized by our Project Partner, the Friends of Exeter Cathedral. We have broadened the scope to make the talk open to the general public and linked it with a series of Exon Domesday Masterclasses, held by members of the team in the afternoon preceding the talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk/news-events/whats-on/exon-domesday-the-key-to-the-conqueror039s-...
 
Description Public lecture at Exeter Cathedral -- Stephen Baxter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This is the cathedral talk for Exeter. It will be the culmination of the Exon Domesday study day on 17 April.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk/news-events/whats-on/exon-domesday-the-key-to-the-conqueror039s-...
 
Description Public lecture at Gloucester Cathedral -- Frank Thorn 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was one of the `cathedral talks' planned and budgeted for in the application. It was designed to reach members of the general public and was organized with the help of our Project Partners, the Friends of Exeter Cathedral. This talk came directly out of the Friends' Symposium which we held at Exeter Cathedral on 5 January 2017 which the organizer attended. After that meeting she made a direct approach to two members of the team and requested a visit to Gloucester. Feedback from the organizer: Dear Frank, Chris and Conrad,
Thank you all for your contributions to a successful afternoon about Exon Domesday at Gloucester Cathedral yesterday. The Friends' Council members who attended were impressed with the event: programme, speakers, and audience turnout. I think you all had interesting conversations with individuals wanting to know more, even though questions from the floor were somewhat sparse.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk/content/pages/documents/1517853582.pdf
 
Description Public lecture at Gloucester Cathedral -- Lewis 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was one of the `cathedral talks' planned and budgeted for in the application. It was designed to reach members of the general public and was organized with the help of our Project Partners, the Friends of Exeter Cathedral. This talk came directly out of the Friends' Symposium which we held at Exeter Cathedral on 5 January 2017 which the organizer attended. After that meeting she made a direct approach to two members of the team and requested a visit to Gloucester.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk/content/pages/documents/1517853582.pdf
 
Description Public lecture at Langford History Group -- Thorn 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Feedback: from John Gowar: "Your talk was clearly greatly enjoyed and valued by the members and guests who came last night, so thank you for the trouble you went to in preparing it." This was an invited lecture designed to capture a local audience; the invitation arose when the talks at the Museum of Somerset in 2017 were oversubscribed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Public lecture at Salisbury Cathedral -- Thorn 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was one of a series of talks advertising the project staged at cathedrals in the region. This talk will have reached cathedral volunteers in particular. Feedback from the organizer, Sarah Ricketts: Dear Frank, 2Thank you very much or your time and efforts in coming to see us and thank you so much for your lecture - I have heard good feedback verbally on how interesting people found it".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Public lecture at South Somerset Research Group (North Cadbury) -- Thorn 
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 to a local archaeology group. Feedback from Liz Caldwell: "Hi Frank, Just wanted to say thank you again for coming to talk to SSARG yesterday. It was a fascinating subject and we had lots of positive feedback afterwards."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Public lecture at Wells Cathedral -- Frank Thorn 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This is the cathedral talk for Wells Cathedral (12 April 2018). The audience is limited by the size of the room available. The lecture is being advertised primarily to cathedral volunteers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Public lecture at Winchester Cathedral -- Julia Crick 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was one of the regional cathedral talks planned for in the application. Ann Barwood, the canon-librarian of Exeter gave a brief introduction to the project and its impact on her work, PI Julia Crick spoke about the project and its finding for 35 minutes. There was an audience of 90 with lively questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Public masterclasses at Exeter Cathedral -- Alvarez Lopez, Crick, Lewis, Stokes, Thorn 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This event was designed to allow local historians and members of the general public to learn about the project and to ask questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk/news-events/whats-on/exon-domesday-masterclasses/
 
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 Research seminar, Institute of Historical Research, London 1 November 2017 -- Baxter SD 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact `How and why was Domeday made?'. One-hour paper.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
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 Ten-minute feature on national radio (interviews with Baxter and Crick) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Baxter and Crick were interviewed by Helen Castor in a ten-minute feature on the Exon Domesday project for the BBC Radio 4 programme Making History broadcast 6 June 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08sn96v
 
Description Tiverton Archaeology Group -- Crick 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was an invitation which followed Crick's Exon Domesday project talk in the President's symposium in October 2016, also at Tiverton. The Group consists of local people from a variety of walks of life, including farmers, who conduct fieldwalking, local surveys and who meet on a monthly basis for a programme of talks. The talk lasted an hour and the questions and discussion for another hour. I left at 2150; the talk was began at 1930. The Group's secretary, Peter Maunder, sent the following message afterwards: `Dear Julia
Just a quick email to say thank you very much indeed for taking the time to come to TAG last night. Superb talk, fascinating subject. Looks like lots of mileage there to extract all sorts of hitherto unknown and unknowable information about Domesday and its collation.
Best of luck with you and your team's research, and do keep us informed on progress as I am sure members will be interested in seeing further results of the project.
Thanks once more for coming.'
Best wishes
Peter
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
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