Transcribers in our 2021 Revealing Recipes event produced over 300 pages of manuscript transcriptions, according to FromthePage’s statistics. It took 170 of us, but we made our way through every page of the Sedley and Ayscough manuscripts, and we made real progress on the Fanshawe as well!
We’ll have more news about our progress soon, but we couldn’t wait to share these numbers. Thanks so much to all those who joined in this collaborative effort!
4 March 2021 Revealing Recipes: Top Tips from Early Modern Women:
Lady Sedley’s from the RCP and Lady Ayscough’s from the Wellcome Collection
Please join the Early Modern Recipe Online Collective (EMROC), Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the Wellcome Collection for a one-day manuscript adventure on March 4, from 8am to 4pm EST; 1PM to 9 PM GMT. This worldwide event offers a chance to help make two medical recipe books searchable for users around the globe.
We’ll be transcribing two fabulous 17th century medical recipe books: Lady Sedley’s from the RCP and Lady Ayscough’s from the Wellcome Collection. Drop in, or stay all day!
You’ll have the chance to:
Discover more about the history of the books direct from experts at the RCP and Wellcome Collection. Check out the Revealing Recipes schedule of online talks and events here, and register for access 10am-noon EST (3-5 pm GMT) during the transcribathon.
Learn about early modern recipes and domestic healthcare.
Take part in conversations with experts on Twitter, and more.
And all from the comfort of your own home!
For more background on the manuscripts we’re transcribing this year, see our Ayscough Project and Sedley Project pages. There, you can also find useful videos about the manuscripts, as well as links to their the manuscripts in full.
Transcribers will be working around the globe. Participants will virtually meet scholars from around the world 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.
Keep up with the day’s events here on the EMROC webpage, and on Twitter and Zoom. Felix, assistant archivist at the RCP, will also be on hand @RCPMuseum from 9-9:30am EST, 2-2.30pm, to chat about Lady Sedley’s recipe book and the RCP’s other amazing archives.
Here’s a quick look at the interface. Click here for a bigger version.
As you can see, the emphasis is on getting the text transcribed into the box on the right. There are a few buttons for inserting tags, but working with the words themselves is the main focus. Tag as much or as little as you like, and, yes, we’ll soon be linking to full instructions on how to use them if you want a peek ahead of time.
Curious? Visit https://fromthepage.com and take a look! While you’re there, click the “Sign Up to Transcribe” button so you’ll be ready to go on March 4.
Why the new interface? It’s an effort by the Folger and the Wellcome to develop an interface that reflects a shared set of encoding principles for manuscript transcription, and which makes the products of crowdsourced work easier to integrate into online resources.
As Adrian Plau of the Wellcome explains it: “Wellcome Collection is currently working to bring together all of our digital services and content in one place, wellcomecollection.org. A part of this work is to streamline the ways we display and share manuscript cataloguing metadata, resulting in increased accessibility and discoverability. The From The Page transcription platform allows exports with the potential to blend seamlessly with a variety of digital and print sources. For more on Wellcome Collection’s One Website work, see the following posts: https://stacks.wellcomecollection.org/one-website-for-wellcome-collection-museum-and-library-935b0bde889b
Join EMROC, the Royal College for Physiciants for some quick background talks on Transcribathon Day, 10am to noon ET (3-5 pm GMT).
Find out about the history and context of recipe books from a range of experts.Archivists, conservators and digital staff will reflect on the recipe book collection at Wellcome. Herbal Historian, Anne Stobart (University of Exeter) will discuss the interpretation of recipes in relation to early modern household medicine. Professor Jennifer Munroe (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) from EMROC will provide an introduction to the work of EMROC and the benefits of transcribing as a teaching resource. There will also be a chance to put questions to the expert panel which includes Pamela Forde, Archive Manager at the Royal College of Physicians.
Introduction: Julia Nurse (Research Development Specialist, Wellcome Collection)
EMROC and transcribing as a teaching resource (Jennifer Munroe, Professor of English, University of North Carolina and co-founder of EMROC)
The Wellcome recipe collection (Richard Aspin, former Head of Special Collections at Wellcome Collection)
The power of remedy books for the modern reader (Helen Wakely, Inclusive Collections Lead, Wellcome Collection)
Digitizing the recipe books (Christy Henshaw, Digital Production Manager, Wellcome Collection)
Household medicinal recipes (Anne Stobart, University of Exeter)
Please note this event will be recorded and will be made available after the event via the EMROC website. To participate, please book your virtual seat here to receive a link to the live session that will take place online via the Bluejeans platform. Notification of the live event will be sent via your booking through Eventbrite.