Textual Editing (TELab) Mission Statement

To connect researchers, archivists, digital developers, artists, professionals and students engaged with textual editing challenges and opportunities, and to share good scholarly practice and encourage innovation and collaboration.

To develop this mission we organise TELab workshops, talks and project demonstrations. We also circulate details of funding opportunities and new developments related to text editing.

Join TELab

If you'd like to become a member of the Textual Editing Lab, please send an email to the lab co-directors at arts-textualeditinglab@glasgow.ac.uk stating 'I would like to join the Textual Editing Lab and receive news relevant to the community'.


Textual Editing Online Virtual Drop In Sessions, May - June 2020

Textual Editing Online Virtual Drop In Sessions, May - June 2020

Wednesday 24th June 2020, 4-4.30pm

Wednesday 10th June 2020, 12.30-1pm

Wednesday 27th May 2020, 3.30-4pm

All welcome: to keep the sessions to time, please come prepared to give a brief (2 minute) outline of the textual editing related project(s) you are currently working on or towards - or have not been able to work on! - and any particular challenges or problems you are currently facing. We can then make connections between people who might be able to help and support each other on particular issues, and follow up after the session. We will also use these sessions to continue to feed into our planning for TELab events in the next academic session, by gathering information about the support and information people need.

For the Zoom links please email us at: arts-textualeditinglab@glasgow.ac.uk

Digital Editing and the Declaration of Arbroath

Please note: this event has been postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak

Wednesday 6th May 2020, 2-4pm, venue: Talk Lab, Level 3, Glasgow University Library (Hillhead Street, Glasgow, G12 8QE)

Digital Editing and the Declaration of Arbroath

Dauvit Broun, Professor of Scottish History, University of Glasgow

There are multiple hand-written copies of the Declaration of Arbroath. How can we present an edition that gives equal weight to all of the scribes' work? What kind of opportunities are presented by digital media? To celebrate the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath on 6th April 2020, this new digital edition considers methodologies and their implications for documentary editing.

There will be an Introduction and Response to this session by:

Dr Joanna Tucker, History, Arts & Humanities Innovation Researcher, Unviersity of Glasgow
All welcome. Refreshments provided. For numbers please register on our eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/digital-editing-and-the-declaration-of-arbroath-tickets-76115167515

A Demonstration of DARIAH-Campus

PLEASE NOTE This event is cancelled due to industrial action

Tuesday 25th February 2020, 3-5pm, SGSAH Meeting Room, 4 Lilybank Gardens (University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8RZ)

Forging Links Between Multiple-Source Training Materials: A Demonstration of DARIAH-Campus

Vicky Garnett (Training and Education Officer, DARIAH-EU)

Are you looking for learning resources? DARIAH-Campus hosts free high-quality lectures, modules, recorded workshops, and courses on Digital Humanities topics. They range from training in digital editing tools, XML, TEI, and text analysis, to courses in data management, sustainability, open science, and eHeritage. Whether you are a learner, a researcher, or a trainer yourself, join us to hear about how DARIAH-Campus is being developed in order to support digitally-enabled arts & humanities research.


While there has been an increase in training and education provision within large projects and RIs in Europe, there still remains an issue of sustainability of resources. To this end, DARIAH (the 'Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities'), as part of the 2017-19 DESIR project, has sought to bring together training and education resources from multiple providers that focus on the needs of the (digital) humanities scholar, course provider, and cultural heritage practitioner.  In November 2019, DARIAH launched DARIAH-Campus, which offers links to existing external learning resources, a home for newly developed learning resources, and gives curated and contextualised listings of training resources around specific subjects. Furthermore, as an attempt to address the issue of the ephemeral training event, DARIAH-Campus also offers a means of 'capturing' training events through videos, speaker profiles, presentation slides and where possible, keynote talk transcripts. This presentation will demonstrate DARIAH-Campus from both the learner and course-provider's perspective, as well as outlining how DARIAH is giving careful consideration to training and education as part of its ongoing strategic planning.  There will be opportunity for discussion of practices around Training and Education in Digital Humanities, and how RIs such as DARIAH can assist in this.

Respondent: Dr Rachel Opitz, Lecturer in Spatial Archaeometry, Co-director Immersive Experiences Lab

All welcome. Refreshments provided. For numbers please register on Eventbrite


This is a joint event co-hosted with the Digital Cultural Heritage Lab 

Interpretative Frameworks in Scholarly Editing and Curatorial Practice

Thursday 23rd January 2020, 2-4pm, 6 University Gardens, Room 204 (Meeting Room No. 6)

Interpretative Frameworks in Scholarly Editing and Curatorial Practice

Dr Wim Van Mierlo, President of the European Society for Textual Scholarship and Lecturer in Publishing and English, University of Loughborough

Dr Greg Kerr, Co-curator, Truest Mirror of Life: Nineteenth-Century French Caricatures, Hunterian Art Gallery (2017-18) and Lecturer in French, University of Glasgow

This event will be chaired by: 

Dr Matthew Creasy, PI, Decadence and Translation Network, Lecturer in English Literature, University of Glasgow

This session will discuss editorial and curatorial practices in scholarly editions and at exhibitions. We will compare the processes by which scholars and experts contextualize texts on the page or screen, and art or museum objects in the gallery space.  The session will explore whether there are intersections between forms of annotation and commentary, on the one hand, and labelling and captions on the other.

All welcome. Refreshments provided. For numbers please register on our eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/interpretative-frameworks-in-scholarly-editing-and-curatorial-practice-tickets-76111628931

Working with Virginia Woolf's Manuscripts

Wednesday 15th January 2020, 5pm-6:30pm, Room 205, 5 University Gardens

This is a joint event with the English Literature Research Seminar Series.

Dr Alice Wood, De Montford University

Working with Virginia Woolf's Late Manuscripts

The origins of Between the Acts (1941), Woolf's last book, are to be found in the '1911' chapter of her penultimate novel The Years (1937). How are we to understand and map the genetic links across these two works? And what do learn by tracing Woolf's meditations on nationalism and pacifist internationalism through her composition of these novels and her feminist polemic Three Guineas (1938)? This paper reads across unpublished and published versions of all three works to show how the draft '1911' chapter functions as pre-text for Between the Acts and Three Guineas, and anticipates Woolf's famous assertion in the latter that 'As a woman my country is the whole world' (TG: 313).

Alice Wood is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at De Montfort University and the author of Virginia Woolf's Late Cultural Criticism (Bloomsbury, 2013) and Modernism and Modernity in British Women's Magazines (forthcoming Routledge, 2020).



Textual Editing Drop In, Tuesdays 1pm, STELLA Lab, November and December 2019

Textual Editing Drop In

Tuesdays 1-1.45pm

Weeks 7-11 (5th, 12th, 19th, 26th November, and 3rd December) -- PLEASE NOTE: The drop-in sessions on 26th November and 3rd December are cancelled due to industrial action

STELLA Lab, 13 University Gardens (ground floor)

We have received various questions about textual editing, such as these below. So we are running a weekly drop in for the rest of this semster as an informal way to meet up and respond, either through discussion or hands on using the STELLA Lab resources. Do come along and bring a practical problem, or some text you are editing, or ideas, or questions, or just for a chat. We welcome textual editing queries of any kind, whether in relation to digital technologies or not.

  • where do I find the right training, either as a total beginner or more advanced?
  • what are the most recent and innovative scholarly digital editions?
  • do I need a specific software for editing XML?
  • I've heard about Oxygen but is it the only software I should use?
  • how do digital editing questions and topics intersect with other critical themes and concerns?

No need to book, just come along from 1pm, but if you want to contact us we are at arts-textualeditinglab@glasgow.ac.uk



Scholarly Editions and Grant Capture

Wednesday 4 December 2019, 2-4pm, 4 Lilybank Gardens (SGSAH Meeting Room), University of Glasgow

Scholarly Editions and Grant Capture -- PLEASE NOTE This event is cancelled due to industrial action

Dr Tara Thomson, Edinburgh Napier, Royal Society of Edinburgh Narratives of Scottish Modernism: Christine Orr and Naomi Mitchison Project
Dr Sìm Innes, Dr Geraldine Parsons, Celtic & Gaelic, University of Glasgow, Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Network Research Grant, Gaelic Literature in Enlightenment Scotland: The McLagan Ossianic material (2018)

This session will offer practical advice on applying for grants that include the production of a scholarly edition; and issues arising when producing a scholarly edition funded by a grant-making body.

The chair for this session will be: Dr Bryony Randall, English Literature, University of Glasgow

All welcome. Refreshments provided. For numbers please register on our eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scholarly-editions-grant-capture-tickets-76117697081

Editing Texts for Disparate Scholarly Audiences

Tuesday 12th November 2019, 4-5.30pm, Meeting Room (Room 204, first floor), 6 University Gardens

Dr Kathryn Lowe, English Language & Linguistics, University of Glasgow

Editing Texts for Disparate Scholarly Audiences

The British Academy/Royal Historical Society Anglo-Saxon Charters series, founded in 1966, has had 19 fascicles published under its auspices as part of its aim to provide a corpus of pre-Conquest charters from each monastic archive. Each text is provided with a detailed critical commentary, as well as an introduction which contextualises the archive from a range of perspectives.

Around four-fifths of pre-Conquest charters are in Latin, royal diplomas granting privileges or estates to monasteries or individuals. However, there are texts in the vernacular: wills, writs and leases as well as more disparate records. A disproportionate number of these come from the Benedictine foundation of Bury St Edmunds, an archive unusual for its focus on the vernacular as well the survival of a large number of manuscripts dating from before the Conquest through to the early modern period. This archive and these texts are therefore of interest not just to the ecclesiastical or diplomatic historian, but also to the historical linguist and scholar of Old English. The series, however, is squarely aimed at the historian. How can one edit these texts in a way that is useful to a philologist but which respects the guidelines of a series designed for a different constituency? This paper outlines the challenges facing editors from the perspective of this specific project, now at press, the compromises reached, and the decisions taken in order to achieve a volume of maximum utility to its readers.


Jeremy Smith, Professor of English Philology, English Language & Lingusitics, University of Glasgow 
Dauvit Broun, Professor of Scottish History, History, University of Glasgow


Andrew Prescott, Professor of Digital Humanities, English Language & Linguistics, University of Glasgow, and AHRC Digital Transformations Theme Leader
All welcome. Refreshments provided. For numbers, please register on our eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/editing-texts-for-disparate-scholarly-audiences-tickets-76081817765


A Modern Bannatyne - Digitising Scotland's 'Canon'

Monday 21 October 2019, 3-5pm, 4 Lilybank Gardens, University of Glasgow (SGSAH meeting room) G12 8RZ

Dr Lucy R. Hinnie, Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

A Modern Bannatyne - Digitising Scotland's 'Canon'

Dr Lucy Hinnie will present research from her current Leverhulm project to develop a framework for a new digital edition of the c. 1568 NLS Bannatyne Manuscript, one of the National Library of Scotland’s great treasures (NLS Adv.MS.1.1.6).

There will be 2 respondents to Dr Hinnie's presentation, followed by time for general discussion:

Dr Johanna Green, Lecturer in Book History and Digital Humanities, Information Studies, University of Glasgow, Co-director of the Digital Cultural Heritage Lab, and 2019-20 Fellow at the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Dr Joanna Tucker, Arts & Humanities Innovation Researcher, History, University of Glasgow, Co-director of the Textual Editing Lab, and PI of the RSE-funded project Researching and Curating Active Manuscripts: Scotland's Medieval Cartularies

This session will be chaired by:

Dr Alison Wiggins, English Language & Linguistics, University of Glasgow


Refreshments provided. All welcome. For numbers please register on our eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-modern-bannatyne-digitising-scotlands-canon-dr-lucy-r-hinnie-tickets-74168428767

Scholarly Editing and Career Development

Wednesday 1 May 2019, 2pm-4pm

Room 204 (Meeting Room), 6 University Gardens

This workshop focuses on how to articulate work as a scholarly editor in a range of contexts related to career development, that include REF, promotion, grant capture, and digital outputs. The workshop will draw on key documents and their terminology (such as, REF guidance, promotion critieria, grant body guidance). We will then consider the next steps to support the career development of scholarly editors, which may include a further workshop to investigate issues arising in more depth.

Refreshments provided. All welcome.

For catering and numbers please sign up via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/o/textual-editing-lab-arts-lab-university-of-glasgow-18597605289

Editing and Poetics

Thursday 21st March 2019, 3pm-5pm

Room 204, 6 University Gardens

Dr Jane Goldman will draw on her work as General Editor of the Cambridge Edition of the works of Virginia Woolf

Prof. Jeffrey Robinson will speak about his forthcoming book on the poetics of the late Wordsworth, about which little is known

The session will enable a wider discussion of what might be revealed about the author's poetics, broadly interpreted, through close attention to manuscripts and the practice of textual editing.

Refreshments provided and all welcome!

For catering purposs please sign up via the Eventbite page https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/poetics-of-editing-tickets-58566928259

Textual Editing Lab launch

Thursday 31 January 2019, 2-4.30pm

Featuring around 22 lighning presentations, this event will be a chance to connect with other researchers working with editions. To attend all or part of the event please sign up via the Eventbrite page https://www.eventbrite.com/e/textual-editing-lab-launch-tickets-55306794110 


New Editions of Collected Works: General Editing and Volume Editing

Thursday 29 November 2018, 15:00-17:00

Prof. Scott McCracken, General Editor, AHRC Dorothy Richardson Scholarly Editions Project, QMUL

Dr Pauline Mackay and Dr Ronnie YoungAHRC Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century, University of Glasgow

This session covers both the practical processes and intellectual challenges involved in being part of a multi-volume editorial project, from the perspective of both General Editors and Volume Editors. Many people's first experience of working on an edition is through ain invitation to be a volume editor on collected works, so participants of all levels of expertise are most welcome.

Digital Editions and Beyond

Wednesday 31 October 2018, 14:00-16:00

Dr Ronan Crowley, co-editor Digital Critical and Synoptic Edition of James Joyce's Ulysses, University of Antwerp

Brian Aitken, Digital Humanities Research office, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow

This workshop provides the opportunity to explore the technical and intellectual processes involved in preparing a digital edition, by working hands-on with sample material.

Digital Editions

Friday 23 March 2018, 15:00-17:00

Iain Milne, AHRC Cullen Project, University of Glasgow

Dr Sheila Dickson and Graeme CannonMagazin zur Erfahrungsseelenkunde, University of Glasgow

Prof. Nigel Leask, Dr Alex Deans and Dr Luca GuarientoAHRC Curious Travellers Project, University of Glasgow

A workshop on proposing and producing a digital edition, probably as part of a larger grant bid. This session has a medical humanities element.

Editing a Single Volume

Wednesday 7 February 2018, 15:00-17:00

Dr Matthew Creasy, editor of Arthur Symons, The Symbolist Movement in Literature, University of Glasgow

Prof. Dauvit Broun, co-editor of the Chronicle of Melrose: A Stratigraphic Edition, University of Glasgow

A workshop on how to propose a new edition to a publisher and the practical process of developing a single volume.

Scholarly Publishing and New Editions

Thursday 1 February 2018, 15:00-17:00

Jacqueline Norton, Senior Commissioning Editor, Oxford University Press

Michelle Houston, Commissioning Editor, Edinburgh University Press

A workshop giving the perspective of two major academic  publishing houses on the current scholarly publishing climate for new editions, including digital contexts and platforms.

What is Textual Editing?

Thursday 18 January 2018, 15:00-17:00

Dr Bryony Randall, co-General Editor, Cambridge Edition of the Works of Virginia Woolf, and PI AHRC New Modernist Editing Network, University of Glasgow 

Dr Alison WigginsAHRC Leadership Fellow, Archives and Writing Lives, and PI AHRC Letters of Bess of Hardwick Project, University of Glasgow

A nuts-and-bolts look at the principles and apparatus involved in producing a scholarly edition, such as copytext, introduction, explanatory notes, textual apparatus and textual notes.

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