The Digital Humanities team

The College recognises the importance of embedding digital methods in the broad spectrum of our research, and has a dedicated team to enable this.

The team work alongside academic staff from pre-application to final report, and on speculative research, to deliver engaging and rigorous research outputs.

  • Digitisation theory
  • Text archives
  • Databases
  • 3D models
  • Scalable software development
  • Sustainable data formats and archiving

The team encompass new methods as they are developed, often deploying technological advances in science and engineering, and strive to contribute knowledge and best practice back to the global Digital Humanities community.

Leif Isaksen

Leif’s research interests lie in two distant but related fields: the development of geographic thought and representation in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and the emerging role of the Web as a transformational medium for communicating and connecting complex information. For the former he has undertaken theoretical and digital analyses of specific documents from ancient world; in the latter he applies Web-based (and Linked Open Data) technologies to annotate, connect and revisualize geographic aspects of the past through its textual and material culture, most notably as Director of the Pelagios Commons.

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Gary Stringer

Gary has particular interests in the production of digital critical editions, digitisation workflows and the preservation of digital resources. He is a strong advocate of standards such as TEI and XML, and has expertise in digital copyright and Open Source software development.

Emma Sherriff

The focus of Emma’s work is facilitating the application of digital humanities technology in research, as technical manager of the Digital Humanities Lab. Emma has particular interests in the ongoing literary research within the Lab, collections of prose and the construction of costume. Emma is a chartered library and information professional, and has experience of developing and managing digital projects in academic and public library contexts. Teaching colleagues and students to develop their technical skills for the dissemination of research messages is also a key area of Emma’s work within the team.

Charlotte Tupman

Charlotte's interests include the encoding and digital publication of textual materials (from ancient inscriptions to modern literature) and the application of Linked Open Data in Humanities research. She engages in Digital Humanities research across the College of Humanities, supporting existing projects and helping to design new bids.

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Lizzy Williamson

Lizzy’s Digital Humanities work is centred on digital publication and text encoding as editorial practice. She is keenly interested in the practical and theoretical concerns of the digital humanities, especially the place of the digital when considering the materiality and provenance of texts. She has extensive experience in project management and digital resource creation, and supports existing projects and future bid development.

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Graham Fereday

Graham is a member of the Research IT team, part of Exeter IT, but based in Digital Humanities. His work is centred around 2D and 3D digitisation, working with specialist high-resolution cameras to photograph manuscripts and other material required for research activity in the college, and producing 3D models of objects and artefacts, primarily through photogrammetry. He also provides technical support for the various equipment in the Digital Humanities Lab, including our 3D printers and nine-screen videowall.

Richard Holding

Richard develops websites and blogs in WordPress, and digital collections in Omeka.

Ian Wellaway

Ian is a computer programmer currently on secondment to the Research IT team and based in the Digital Humanities office. He is working on two projects: AveTransRisk – a history project studying Mediterranean shipping during the 15-18th centuries, and TerraHunting – an astrophysics experiment in search of earth-like planets in our galaxy. For both projects he provides technical support and programming skills including website design and database development in Python and Django.

Eva Bodenschatz

Eva’s work as Data Support Officer focuses on creating websites and sustainable digital datasets for Humanities research projects. She is involved in publicity work for the Digital Humanities Lab and assists with teaching and research activities, including 2D digitisation and text encoding. Eva has experience in web development and IT and is particularly interested in the use and potential of digital technologies to effectively structure, publish and link information.


Ollie Anthony

I’m Ollie, a recently graduated Archaeology and Anthropology student who is now a Summer Intern at the Digital Humanities Lab. Primarily, I am excited by the potential that Digital Humanities offers in developing new ways of interacting with artefacts. Specifically within the lab, this means that I am interested in how photogrammetry and Rotational Transformation Imaging (RTI) facilitate innovative and creative ways of re-imagining objects. On a broader note, my undergraduate dissertation focused on how VR/AR can create similar effects for cultural heritage landscapes, so incorporation of interaction and immersion into my own project in the lab will certainly be something I push for.

Hannah Britton

I’m Hannah, a third year Archaeology student. I am very interested in 3D digitisation and Photogrammetry as in my discipline we work closely with objects and landscapes. As a second year intern at the lab I hope to work on larger scale digitisation projects this year working closely with the archaeology department.

Dan Brock

I’m Dan, a third year Ancient History and Archaeology student and aspiring academic. I have a particular interest in exploring how the technology available in the Digital Humanities Lab can be used to assist in the preservation and interpretation of material culture and historic landscapes. To this end, I hope to become well acquainted with the use of photogrammetry in digitising objects of archaeological significance, and have already begun to explore the practicalities surrounding the processing of publicly available LiDAR data into 3D printed models for use in learning and research environments.

Corey Hamilton

My name is Corey, and I am a third year English student interested in the relationship between art, history and technology in the digital age. I am drawn to the Digital Humanities due to the intersectionality of its various disciplines, and how seemingly disparate subject areas can work to complement and enhance one another. I am particularly interested in the range of 2D & 3D digitisation techniques within the lab, as they provide us with new ways of capturing texts and history.

Ciprian Lungescu

I’m Ciprian, a third year Archaeology student. I’m interested in the digitisation and 3D printing branches of the Digital Humanities Lab. That is because I believe in disciplines such as archaeology, the digital aspects, such as the services made possible by the lab, are revolutionising the subjects. I am really excited about getting hands on experience with specialist equipment and participating in the exciting projects undertaken in the humanities lab.

Eleanor Mason

I’m Eleanor, a third year Classics student. I am particularly interested in archival photography and 2D digitisation, since my study of Classics has revealed to me the importance of preserving manuscripts. I am also fascinated by the opportunities the creation of digital archives offers for education and I am looking forward to exploring this further over the next year!

Connor Spence

I’m Connor, a second year English student. I am interested in the benefits of encoding texts, and the myriad of opportunities this opens for texts, including the benefits of so called ‘distance reading’ and how this can provide extra insights for close readings. Archivisation projects also excite me, as it means texts can be be protected for future generations whilst allowing us to continue to study on them today.