Cause Paper Colloquium

The Cause Paper Colloquium brought together representatives from ten archives who hold church court records from various of the historic diocese of England, along with historians who have worked on similar records and who have a general interest in digital research resources.
During the day we heard from professor Bill Sheils who spoke about the richness of Church Court records and his thoughts about the value of getting the material out there – without worrying too much in the first instance about intermediary interpretation for the user. Then Diane Ranyard gave us a undergraduate-eye view of how the digital resources, the cause paper catalogue, is perceived and used for research. Following this the two project managers who have worked on cause paper digitisation, spoke about their experiences. Dr Philippa Hoskin took the theme ‘Too Much Information?’ to talk about the process of creating a database resource which could support scholarly research. Sara Slinn too the theme ‘Too Little Time?’ to discuss the challenges of rapid digitisation. The day concluded with a fruitful round table discussion about the challenges of dealing with church court records including a discussion about how pre-existing lists could be repurposed and integrated into a consolidated catalogue which covered multiple dioceses.

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