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Hardy and Heritage
'Hardy and Heritage’ is a collaborative PhD project between the University of Exeter and Dorset County Museum which aims to create a digital database of over 4,000 letters written to poet and novelist, Thomas Hardy (1840 -1928). These letters form part of Dorset County Museum’s Thomas Hardy Memorial Collection, the largest Hardy collection in the world, recently selected for the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Programme register.
Working with Exeter’s Digital Humanities Team, the digitisation project will make the letters remotely accessible to a wider audience, raising awareness of literary heritage in the South West. Further digital developments will include the use of new mobile technology to interpret, entertain and educate, enhancing access to the newly catalogued archive and informing Dorset County Museum's existing multi-disciplinary software development.
Hardy and Heritage project website
Impact Case Studies
A million pictures: enhancing the curation, dissemination and re-use of neglected magic lantern media heritage
The magic lantern was the most important visual medium for entertainment and instruction across Europe and the world between 1860 and 1920, but its significance has been largely overlooked. Though magic lantern slides surviving in public collections contain a wealth of historically significant and beautiful imagery, they are fragile, costly to preserve and difficult to exhibit, meaning that the existence of much material remains unknown.
Enhancing regional heritage provision and transforming the preservation, exhibition and public understanding of Thomas Hardy’s life and work
Hardy and Heritage’ is a collaborative PhD project between the University of Exeter and Dorset County Museum, led by Professor Angelique Richardson. The project aims to create a digital database of over 4,000 letters written to poet and novelist, Thomas Hardy (1840 -1928).