We woke up to a wonderful morning here in Washington and the EMROC/EMMO transcribathon is now underway. We’re a full house here, all working hard on the recipe book of Rebecca Winche. The book is a recent acquisition for the Folger Shakespeare Library and we’re so excited to be working on it.
The book contains a mixture of circa 150 culinary and medicinal recipes, including an early chocolate recipe, instructions to make a stewed and stuffed pigeon, a snail water, a nutmeg and raisin cheesecake and a number of fascinating cough remedies. One of these, in particular, involved dipping a licorice stick into a tincture of white wine vinegar, hyssop water, sugar and almond oil and “licke often of it”.
A little sleuthing suggests that the book at the centre of all this whirlwind activity once belonged to the Winche family of Hawnes/Haynes in Bedfordshire.
The book bears the ownership note of “Rebeckah Winche 1666” and was likely started by Rebeckah Brown Winche who was married to Sir Humphrey Winch, 1st Baronet (1622-1703) member of Parliament for Bedford. Rebeckah helpfully provides us with a brief genealogy at the back of the notebook and so we find out that Humphrey and Rebeckah were proud parents of Rebecca (b. 1660, married Thomas Lawley, Staffordshire, in 1681).
We’re still in the thick of things here and I will post more information about the manuscript and the transcribathon in a little while. For now, I’m dashing off to join the others.
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Alice Violett, Helen Kemp, Jake Millar (momentarily absent), Kim Shrive, David Rundle, Lisa Smith (taking photo)
Here we are, all in our places with bright shining faces! It’s the first round of the Transcribathon, kicking off at the University of Essex from 11:00-14:00 (UK time), with transcribers joining in from Max Planck Institute (Berlin) and the University of York. Our participants in this round include a mix of undergraduates, postgraduates, postdoctoral fellows and lecturers.
There are two updates to the workflow for the day. First, we’re going to be triple-keying instead of just double-keying. For those non-techie people out there, that means every page will be entered three times by different people and then compared, which will ensure extra accuracy.
Once the triple keys are done, the members of the EMROC steering committee will be doing the checks for accuracy–or, reconciliation–as we go along throughout the day. The second update is a new innovation as of this week! Thanks to the Folger Shakespeare Library people making some last minute tweaks to the Dromio system, we will now be able to add in some tags (such as “ingredient” or “person”, etc.).
We’re really looking forward to seeing how far we get in producing a triple-keyed and tagged transcribed text by the end of our twelve hours.
Things are buzzing here at EMROC headquarters! Tomorrow, we are hosting the first ever annual EMROC transcribathon.
Scriptorium, 15th Century. From Project Gutenberg eText 16531: Old St. Paul’s Cathedral, by William Benham. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
On Wednesday, an international group of us will work collectively to transcribe the seventeenth-century recipe book of Rebecca Winche. Groups of transcribers will be joining us from the University of Essex (at 11 am UK time), the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (at noon Berlin time), the Folger Shakespeare Library (at 9 am, D.C. time), University of Saskatchewan, University of Texas, Arlington, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Pacific Lutheran University and the Huntington Library (circa 2 pm West Coast time).
We’re pretty sure that this is the first international cross-timezone transcribathon in the the history of such events and we’re super excited to organize and host this digital humanities and pedagogical experiment. It’s not too late to join us. Just email Lisa Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those of you already signed-up and who’d like to take a sneak peak at the manuscript and familiarize yourself with the transcription system and more, visit our Transcribathon 101 page. However, no sneaky transcribing before Wednesday!
We will be live tweeting the event – join us at #transcribathon.
A seventeenth-century recipe book. Twelve hours. 208 pages. And transcribers from around the world.
Our goal? Using the Folger Shakespeare Library’s online transcription platform, we’ll collaboratively produce a searchable transcription of Rebeckah Winche’s recipe book in twelve hours.
On 7 October, please join the Early Modern Recipe Online Collective (EMROC) for our first annual Transcribathon. We will have transcription groups working at the Folger Shakespeare Library, the University of Essex, the University of Akron, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Texas Arlington, with individuals joining in virtually throughout the day.
Along the way, participants will virtually meet scholars from around the world, have the opportunity to participate in a series of transcription sprints, and emerge from the day with a line for their CV—all from their own home, classroom, or office! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY – we’ll walk you through the coding and offer pointers on the handwriting.
Even if you don’t want to transcribe, you can still join the fun in other ways.
The 2015-16 academic year proves to be an exciting one for EMROC. Firstly, we’re making the big move and joining forces with Heather Wolfe and the Early Modern Manuscripts Online team at the Folger Shakespeare Library. We have been working hard over the summer to prepare for our move. On the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus, Kat Rutz and Monterey Hall, have been helping us make the transition into DROMIO by uploading images of Wellcome manuscripts and testing out the transcription interface. In early October, we will celebrate the move with an international cross-time zone transcribathon. More news on that coming soon – watch this space!
As always, the new academic year brings a new group of undergraduate and graduate student members to EMROC. This fall, nearly 70 students will be transcribing the Catchmay, Corlyon, Grenville, Bulkeley and Fanshawe recipe books on four campuses across the United States. We’re delighted to welcome Nancy Simpson-Younger and her students at Pacific Lutheran University who will be working on sections of the Corlyon manuscript as part of the course ‘The Book in Society’. Cheers to a great semester of teaching, learning and transcribing.
Finally, led by Kailan Sindelar and Breanne Weber, enterprising students on the Charlotte campus of the University of North Carolina have started the ‘Early Modern Paleography Society’. With Jennifer Munroe as their faculty advisor, EMPS members will travel to Washington D.C. to join the October transcribe-a-thon and continue to bring recipe texts to life over the coming academic year. Starting October, EMPS members will also be chronicling their adventures in transcribing on this very blog, so check-in periodically to see how they’re doing.