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Fifteenth Warwick Symposium on Parish Research

'The Digital Parish'

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The 2017 meeting on Saturday 20 May at the University of Warwick focused on the many opportunities and challenges presented by 'The Digital Parish': new research approaches, online source editions and interactive websites (to name but a few), but also issues of data management / preservation and absorbing / weighing ever more plentiful information. The choice of theme marked the final preparations for the large ‘English and Welsh Churchwardens’ Accounts Database’ to be featured in our 'Projects' section. Delegates from the UK and overseas seized this opportunity to gather information, exchange views and embark on a general discussion on current initiatives and future directions.



Beat Kümin (Warwick): Introduction and Welcome

Session 1: Digital Approaches to the ParishChair: Andrew Foster (Kent)

Hàìghlèàgh Winslade (Winchester):
'Person, Parish, Place: Writing a Database in Microsoft Access'

Rebecca Warren (Kent):
'Registers of "state approvals" of parish ministers between 1654 and 1660'

Charmian Mansell (Exeter/Institute of Historical Research):
'Church court records and the early modern parish: a digital approach'

Susan M. Cogan (Utah State University):
'Networking the Parish: Nanohistory and the visual mapping of All Saints/St. Peter’s Rushton, Northamptonshire'

Session 2: Churchwardens’ accounts database: why, what how and ... when?’Chair: Felicita Tramontana (Warwick)

Valerie Hitchman (Kent) and Dave Toulson (Warwick):
The Project and the Database

Session 3: Beyond the (English) parishChair: Alex Craven (VCH Gloucestershire)

Josh Rhodes (Exeter):
'Evidence of subletting in eighteenth-century England using GIS: a new methodological approach'

Artur Karpacz (Kraków):
'Seals, documents and books. Digitalizing parish and bishops’ archives of Cracow Archdiocese'

Stanisław Witecki (Kraków):
'Database of 18thC Parish Book Collections in Poland-Lithuania'

General Discussion & Wine Reception

Reception Reception 2

SYMPOSIUM REPORTS BY JOE CHICK: illustrated doc file; online version at HSK; HRC Newsletter, pp. 16-17

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Warwick's HUMANITIES RESEARCH CENTRE.

For any questions and further information please contact Beat Kümin.