From EMLO to WEMLO: Women’s Early Modern Letters Online

Detail from Seated woman with maid, reading a letter, by William Joseph Laquy. 1748–98, watercolor (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam).

We are pleased to report that the infrastructure of Early Modern Letters Online will be used for an exciting new project on the correspondence of early modern women, funded by the British Academy. In the course of the project, entitled ‘Women’s Early Modern Letters Online (WEMLO)’, Professor James Daybell from the University of Plymouth – author of the definitive Women Letter-Writers in Tudor England (Oxford, 2006) – in collaboration with Dr Kim McLean-Fiander of the University of Victoria, will repurpose EMLO tools, code, and processes to create a portal for metadata, descriptions, and images of around 3,000 letters from Tudor women, which will also feed through to the main catalogue. The project also involves workshops and conferences, the production of a scholarly article, and the creation of new social fora for the discussion of correspondence and gender; you can already check them out on Twitter and Facebook. Congratulations, James and Kim!

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