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Spring 2022 Transcribathon: Grace Carteret’s Recipes

11-12 February 2022
The Carteret Collection at the PCDP Conference

Come join us to transcribe the manuscript recipe book of Grace Carteret, 1st Countess Granville (1654-1744), housed at the Wellcome Collection! 

This event brings together participants in The Ohio State University’s Popular Culture and the Deep Past conference, devoted to “The Experimental Archaeology of Medieval and Renaissance Food,” and transcribers from around the world joining in from their home and classroom computers.

We’ll be working to transcribe Lady Carteret’s recipe collection (Wellcome MS.8903) and its wide array of culinary and medical recipes. Participants in this event will be helping to make Carteret’s manuscript keyword searchable, and in that process they’ll help illustrate the overlap between Carteret’s book and that of Ann Fanshawe, whose recipe collection was part of last year’s EMROC transcribathon. 

Click Here to Start Transcribing

Drop in any time — before, during, or after the event — and transcribe as long as you like! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY – our webpages will help you through the coding and offer pointers on the handwriting.

Events on Saturday, February 12

  • 9:30 EST: At the PCDP Conference? Come visit EMROC on Saturday in the Creative Arts Room at the Ohio Union. Chatting and questions welcome!
  • 10:00 EST: Paper Presentation on learning to transcribe from University of Akron students Jasmine Beaulieu and Hannah Curtis, “Early Modern Recipe Transcription: The ‘Each One Teach One’ Method.” Join in person in the Ohio Room, or via Zoom here.

For more on the Carteret manuscript, check out detailed catalog record from the Wellcome.

Interested in joining our Transcribathon virtually? Contact Hillary Nunn, at nunn@uakron.edu, or just sign up to transcribe a page and jump in. Keep up with our events here on the EMROC webpage, and on Twitter.

We are grateful to the Folger Shakespeare Library for providing a customised transcription platform on FromthePage for this event.  And we are so glad that OSU’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies has included us in the conference events.

Key links

Transcription FAQ and information about Getting Started with Transcription.

Sample transcription from the Cartet manuscript.

EMROC blog (for quick and dirty blog posts as things happen, as well as more thoughtful posts later)

Twitter (for those of us live-tweeting the event, at #EMROCtranscribes)

“Revealing Recipes” Workshop Video Now Available

The 2021 “Revealing Recipes: Top Tips from Early Modern Women” workshop is now available  here. Hosted by the Wellcome Collection and organized in tandem the Royal College of Physicians, the event kicked off EMROC’s annual transcribathon, and its speakers offer fantastic background on the manuscripts, transcription, and digitization. If you want to share an introduction to early modern recipes and transcription, this is a fantastic source.

Here’s what you can see discussed: 

  • 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)​
  • Household medicinal recipes (Anne Stobart, University of Exeter)​
  • BREAK​
  • Digitizing the recipe books (Christy Henshaw, Digital Production Manager, Wellcome Collection)​
  • Conserving recipe books (Elizabeth Fagg-Shuttlewood , Conservator, Wellcome Collection)​
  • EMROC and transcribing as a teaching resource (Jennifer Munroe, Professor of English, University of North Carolina and co-founder of EMROC)​
  • Q&A​ (all panellists including Pamela Forde, Head of Archives at the Royal College of Physicians, London)

Join us for Talks during the March 4 Transcribathon


Have questions about early modern recipes? Want some background on the manuscripts as you transcribe with us at the Revealing Recipes Transcribathon on March 4?

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.

The program:

  • 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)
  • Conserving recipe books (Elizabeth Fagg-Shuttlewood , Conservator, Wellcome Collection)
  • Q&A

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.