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

Beyond words: challenges in reading historical document collections at scale

In collaboration with Dr Anne Alexander, Cambridge Digital Humanities Network

Data Visualisation: The National Archives’ ‘War Diaries’

In collaboration with Dr Charles Perin, City, University of London

Materialities of Digitisation in the Heritage and Archive Sector

In collaboration with Professor Andrew Prescott, University of Glasgow

Web Archiving

In collaboration with Professor Jane Winters, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Past workshops

Archives without Borders

In collaboration with Professor Matthew Connelly, History Lab, Columbia University

  • 26 – 30 June 2017

Beyond words: challenges in reading historical document collections at scale

In collaboration with Dr Anne Alexander, Cambridge Digital Humanities Network