Digital experimentation workshops

‘A safe space to do dangerous things’

The National Archives’ Digital Lab is a dedicated environment for experimentation, as we confront our greatest challenge – digital – while also seeking seeking to become a digital archive by instinct and design. The Lab is a place that enables innovative, interdisciplinary, and collaborative research, making it a must-visit research hub.

Archives without Borders workshops

Archives without Borders, June 2017

As part of this offer, The National Archives collaborates with universities to host an annual series of Digital Experimentation workshops. We will be inviting insights from a range of disciplines such as computer science, archival science, information studies, digital humanities, mathematics, psychology, social sciences, conservation science, and more.

The workshops will focus on topics that cut across research disciplines, requiring multi-interdisciplinary synergies and inter-methodological collaborations. They will explore and drive forward innovative research questions, methods, and tools. This will enable us to contribute to the rethinking of digital research, both theoretically and practically.

Through this collaboration, we aim to bridge the gap between external partners and experts at The National Archives, encourage them to work together on specific thematics, and inspire them to be ambitious and creative in ‘a safe space to do dangerous things’.

In order to explore major questions that are fundamental to us as a national digital archive, our research agenda will support the fulfilment of our Digital Strategy by engaging with new research communities and creating opportunities for multidisciplinary and critical intervention into research.

Upcoming workshops

Workshops will be announced during the academic year 2018-19.

Past workshops

Monday 26 to Friday 30 June 2017 – Archives without borders
In collaboration with Professor Matthew Connelly, History Lab, Columbia University

Friday 15 December 2017 – Beyond words: challenges in reading historical document collections at scale (setting the framework)
In collaboration with Dr Anne Alexander, Cambridge Digital Humanities Network

Tuesday 6 February 2018 – Beyond words: challenges in reading historical document collections at scale (technical focus)
In collaboration with Dr Anne Alexander, Cambridge Digital Humanities Network
Read our blog post about this workshop

Friday 9 March 2018 – Data visualisation: The National Archives’ ‘War Diaries’
In collaboration with Dr Charles Perin, City, University of London
Read our blog about this workshop

Thursday 28 to Friday 29 June 2018 – Materialities of digitisation in the heritage and archive sector
In collaboration with Professor Andrew Prescott, University of Glasgow

Read our blog about this workshop

Tuesday 10 July 2018 – Web archiving
In collaboration with Professor Jane Winters, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Read our blog about this workshop

Friday 7 September 2018 – Computational archival science: automating the archive
In collaboration with Dr Mark Hedges, King’s College London
Read our blog about this workshop