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Dr Charlotte Tupman

Research Fellow in Digital Humanities

Research Fellow in Digital Humanities

I engage in Digital Humanities research within the College of Humanities, undertaking original research, supporting existing projects and helping to design new bids. I work across all subject areas within the College, and am involved in training project partners and other members of staff in technologies that are relevant to their research.

My academic background is in ancient history, and I have a PhD in Latin Epigraphy.  As one of the authors of the EpiDoc Guidelines I am actively involved in the collaborative development of international standards for the encoding and publication of inscriptions and papyri in TEI XML, and I organise and teach EpiDoc workshops on a regular basis in the UK and abroad.  I served for eight years on the Steering Committee of the British Epigraphy Society and co-organised and taught for several years on the Practical Epigraphy Workshops. I co-organised the London Digital Classicist seminars from 2013-15 and served on the committee for the Digital History seminars from 2014-15.

I have worked in the field of Digital Humanities for the past decade, specialising in the analysis, encoding and digital publication of textual materials from ancient to modern. From 2006-2015 I was a member of the Department of Digital Humanities at King's College London, where my roles included lecturing, research, and project management. I was also Study Abroad Tutor for the department and Personal Tutor for a number of years. I took up my current position at the University of Exeter in July 2015.

I currently hold the position of Treasurer of the European Association for Digital Humanities, and am a Reviewer for the Pleiades Gazetteer of Ancient Places.

Research interests

  • Encoding and digital publication of textual materials
  • Development of international standards for encoding ancient texts
  • Linked Open Data for humanities source materials
  • Digital prosopography
  • User engagement and crowdsourcing

Recent papers:


Harnessing the power of Linked Open Data for epigraphy: where can our inscriptions take us? Epigraphic Heritage in the Digital Age colloquium (Madrid)

The Research Potential of Linked Open Data, invited speaker (School of Higher Economics, Moscow)

Encoding Ancient Inscriptions in EpiDoc, Textual Editing in the Digital Age (Newcastle)


Keynote: Towards a world of historical linked open data: where can our texts take us? Digital Approaches to Ancient and Modern Texts (Manchester)

Panel member for Linked Epigraphy workshop (Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents, Oxford)

Enabling Public Engagement with Private Archives, Opening Up The Archives workshop (Exeter)

Towards a digital Dissolution: the challenges of mapping revolutionary change in pre-modern Europe, with James G. Clark and Richard Holding, DH2018 (Mexico City)

Co-organiser and speaker at Digital Approaches to Monastic History workshop (Exeter)


Modelling comparative approaches to the Dissolution of Monasteries: perspectives from the Digital Dissolution project, with James G. Clark and Richard Holding, The Reformation and Monasteries (Wrocław)

Don't Make Me Code! Shaping the Future of Digital Classics Research, Classical Association lecture (Exeter)

The Digital Dissolution: developing new criticial and comparative perspectives on the end of monasticism in Europe, with James G. Clark and Richard Holding, Monasteries in the Digital Humanities (Częstochowa)

Support for Digital Classics Research in Digital Humanities, in panel 'Towards a Digital Classics Infrastructure and Strategy' with Gabriel Bodard, Charlotte Roueché et al., Classical Association Conference (Canterbury)


Networking Ancient Person-Data: community building and user studies around the SNAP:DRGN project, in Linked Ancient World Data panel with Gabriel Bodard, Leif Isaksen et al., Digital Humanities 2016 (Kraków)

Mapping Multilingual Responses to Famine and Dearth in the Early Modern Landscapes of India and Britain (with Hannah Petrie, Rich Holding and Gary Stringer) Digital Humanities 2016 (Kraków)


The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Twentieth-Century Britain (contributing author, with Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme and Paul Readman) International Committee of Historical Sciences 22nd Congress (Jinan, China)

Pageants: the People's History (contributing author, with Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme and Paul Readman) Institute of Historical Research summer school in local history (London)


Neo-Latin Poetry in English Manuscripts, 1550-1700 (with Victoria Moul) Digital Classicist seminar (London)

Rethinking Text Re-use as Digital Classicists (panel) Digital Humanities 2014 (Lausanne)

Sharing Ancient Wisdoms: Transforming Old Sayings Into Linked Data (with Elvira Wakelnig) Easy Tools for Difficult Texts workshop (Den Haag)


Contemporary solutions to retrieve and publish information in ancient documents using RDF and Islandora (contributing author, with Anna Jordanous and Alan Stanley) Digital Humanities 2013 (Lincoln, Nebraska)

Reusing modern tools and techniques to reproduce and research ancient texts (contributing author, with Anna Jordanous and Alan Stanley) Open Repositories 2013 (Prince Edward Island, Canada)

Ex Vulgus Scientia: Approaching Roman Archaeology with Crowdsourcing Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (King's College London)


Contemporary transformation of ancient documents for recording and retrieving maximum information: When one form of markup is not enough (with Anna Jordanous & Alan Stanley) Balisage: The Markup Conference 2012 (Montreal)

Sharing Ancient Wisdoms: Developing Structures for tracking cultural dynamics by linking moral and philosophical anthologies with their source and recipient texts (with Anna Jordanous) Digital Humanities 2012 (Hamburg)

Developing Structures for tracking cultural dynamics Methods and Means for Digital Analysis of Classical and Medieval Texts and Manuscripts workshop (Leuven)

Digital Epigraphy beyond the Classical: creating (inter?)national standards for recording modern and early modern gravestones Digital Classicist Seminar (London)

Sharing Ancient Wisdoms by linking gnomologia with their source and recipient texts, with special reference to the Muhtār al-ḥikam by Mubashshir and the Bocados de Oro (contributing author, with Christoph Storz) Coloquio Anual de la FIDEM (Madrid)

Research supervision

I am currently supervising two PhD students, and welcome enquiries from students who would like to work on digital humanities, digital classics, or epigraphy.  If you are thinking of pursuing any of these areas please feel free to contact me to discuss this further.

External impact and engagement

I'm always keen to bring Digital Classics, Digital History and Epigraphy to non-specialist audiences.  I have run several Practical Epigraphy Workshops, which are open to the public as well as students and other interested parties, as part of my role as a steering committee member of the British Epigraphy Society, a charity which exists to advance education in the study of inscriptions, texts, and historical documents.

My recent public talks include a National Maritime Museum & Royal Observatory Greenwich event, Transit to Hawai'i: behind the scenes with digital history and astronomy, which marked the launch of a new digital archive relating to the 1874 British expedition to Hawai'i to observe the Transit of Venus.

I have given several public lectures and have presented to local history societies and schools (primary and secondary) on their local history and epigraphy.  The Digital Classicist and Digital History seminars that I co-organised in London are open to all, as are the majority of the EpiDoc workshops that I teach regularly.  

With my colleagues James Clark, Henry French and Graham Fereday I am also involved in a project with Powderham Castle in Devon to digitise and make available historical materials from their archives. This has included a number of public engagement activities including a public talk and the preparation of both physical and digital exhibitions.

Contribution to discipline

In 2017 I was appointed to a 3-year term as Treasurer of the European Association of Digital Humanities (EADH), which represents the Digital Humanities in Europe across the entire spectrum of disciplines that use DH methods and technologies. The Association promotes high standards of education, research and practical work in the development of computational methods and theory across the arts, humanities and cultural heritage. EADH supports three journals and an annual conference, runs workshops, awards bursaries and supports research projects. 

I am a member of the reviewing board of the Pleiades Gazetteer of Ancient Places, which publishes authoritative information about ancient places and spaces, providing unique services for finding, displaying, and reusing that information under open license.

I also serve on the EpiDoc Action Group, which, amongst other activities, works on the development of the EpiDoc Guidelines and related tools and software. EpiDoc is an international, collaborative effort that provides guidelines and tools for encoding scholarly and educational editions of ancient documents.


Press and local BBC radio coverage of my previous impact activities includes this newspaper article on a collaboration with Scarborough Museums Trust to help people engage with their local history via Scarborough's historical pageant. Many people attended the event, bringing photographs and stories passed down to them of performing in the town's 1912 pageant. The day included a co-presented public talk in the evening. I was also involved in preparing the historical pageants exhibition at Bury St Edmunds as part of their Magna Carta 800 celebrations.


I teach on the Digital Classics mini-module (co-convened with Prof. Leif Isaksen) for the Research Skills in Classics, Ancient History and Theology MA module (CTHM007), Digital Approaches to Archaeological Data (ARC3132, co-convened with Dr. Ioana Oltean), and on Global Pre-Modern (SMLM111) for the MA in Global Literatures and Cultures.

I also deliver training courses for staff and students in text encoding for digital publication.

Please note that I do not have set office hours this term, so if you would like to meet please send me an email to arrange a time.


Previously I have taught on Doing History:Perspectives on Sources (HIH2001) and Making History (HIH1400), and have taught UG and PG modules/classes in the following areas:

  • Communication and Consumption of Cultural Heritage
  • Latin Epigraphy
  • Introduction to Digital Humanities
  • Text Encoding in TEI XML
  • Methods and Techniques of Humanities Computing
  • Latin Language
  • Digital Classics
  • Digital Epigraphy

I have also contributed to the Sunoikisis DC programme, an international consortium of Digital Classics programmes co-ordinated at Leipzig and Harvard.

Modules taught


Previous projects and roles include:

Co-Investigator (2015)
The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain, 1905-2016, an AHRC-funded project to examine the phenomenon of historical pageants in twentieth-century Britain. It focuses on the interaction between local, national and imperial identities and the character of community life.

Co-author (ongoing)
The EpiDoc Guidelines: Ancient Documents in TEI XML, an international, collaborative project to provide guidelines for encoding scholarly and educational editions of ancient documents, including (but not limited to) inscriptions and papyri.

Analyst (text analysis/XML, digital research, project management)
Mapping the Medieval Countryside: Inquisitions Post Mortem, an AHRC-funded project to produce a searchable digital edition of the inquisitions post mortem (formal inquiries into the lands held at their deaths by tenants-in-chief of the crown).
Sharing Ancient Wisdoms, a HERA-funded project to study the transmission and modification of philosophical and moral sayings throughout medieval collections of wise sayings ('gnomologia').