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18th century letters from Jamaica posted online give new insights into slavery

Historian and Senior Lecturer Dr Christer Petley has used digital technology to create an online teaching and research resource about slavery in the British Caribbean in the 18th century. Slavery and Revolution showcases the letters of a wealthy and powerful landowner in Jamaica. The website uses a blogging format to explore the world of Simon Taylor (1738-1813), a slaveholder and plantation owner who lived on the island during a period characterised by revolution, war, and imperial reform. Continue reading →

New tricks for old masters

What’s the connection between fine art and digital technologies? The University’s Kirk Martinez has been telling me about his years of work with the world’s most famous art galleries such as the Uffizi, the National Gallery and the V&A. His quest has been to find ways of producing the best-possible images of artworks through sophisticated scanning technology. It all started in 1989 with the aptly-named VASARI project. Continue reading →

Verily, forsooth – Shakespeare enters the digital world, stage left

If you liked the Hollywood movie Shakespeare in Love, you might want to find out more about theatres and society in London in those days. A colleague at the University of Southampton is behind an exciting online project that makes a wealth of documentary evidence freely available for the first time, thanks to an international research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Continue reading →

Ancient and modern. Digital ways of learning about a medieval town

I met an enthusiast for using digital technology to bring medieval literature and culture to wider audiences, who has joined us in Humanities at Southampton. Professor of English Catherine Clarke is helping local people and visitors understand more aboutChesterin medieval times – through digital mapping tools and new media. “The town has always celebrated its Roman history, and now we’re helping to explore its rich medieval heritage,” she says. Continue reading →

Languages South East

The Modern Languages team at the University of Southampton work with school teachers to help them banish boring lessons by adding a touch of digital magic. I caught up with them spreading the word about technology at a conference a few months ago, listen here to my podcast. You can catch up with what they're doing now at Continue reading →

Au revoir to boring language lessons!

Switched-on modern language teachers in the south east and beyond are using digital technology to make lessons more inspiring for their pupils – thanks to an initiative from the University of Southampton and ICT guru Joe Dale*. A pioneering ICT and Languages conference at the University in 2011 inspired many school teachers to use digital technologies to enhance their lessons and enthuse pupils. Teachers were encouraged to swop their good ideas via Twitter. Continue reading →

New DH lecturer – Leif Isaksen

Challenges lie ahead for all academics as digital technologies bring innovative ways of working and spreading research findings to the wider world. Dr Leif Isaksen has joined the Faculty of Humanities at Southampton as Lecturer in Digital Humanities. He is working across the disciplines to highlight potential opportunities, bring people together and support initiatives. Continue reading →