Roundtable: Nineteenth-Century Archives and Handwriting in the Digital Age

Thu, 4 March 2021

18:00 – 19:30 GMT

Join us on Zoom for a roundtable with five experts in nineteenth-century archives and handwriting. Free and open to all!

About this Event

Join us on Zoom on the 4th March at 6pm for a roundtable with five experts in nineteenth-century archives and handwriting from a range of leading projects: the Charles Dickens Letters Project (, Hardy’s Correspondence (, Melville Electronic Library (, and One More Voice ( We will hear from each participant about a problem they have come across and how they have solved it, from identifying forgeries to recovering understudied voices, before opening the discussion more broadly to working with archives and manuscripts both in person and online, and tips for deciphering handwriting.


Dr Leon Litvack, Queen’s University Belfast

Leon Litvack is Reader in Victorian Studies at Queen’s University Belfast. He is Principal Editor of the Charles Dickens Letters Project (, and a world authority on Dickens’s correspondence and manuscripts. He specialises in microhistorical and archival approaches to Dickens, and currently holds UK Cabinet appointments to the Advisory Council on National Records and Archives, and the Forum on Historical Manuscripts and Academic Research. In the course of authenticating Dickens material for auction houses and manuscript dealers, Leon has uncovered a number of forgeries, which were caught before they could be offered for sale to the public; this work has contributed to the maintenance of the reputations of a number of major firms in both the UK and North America, and demonstrates how research in the humanities impacts on the economy and international trade, as well as on the time-honoured fields of arts and culture.

Professor Angelique Richardson and Beth Mills, University of Exeter


Dr Christopher Ohge, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Christopher Ohge is Lecturer in Digital Approaches to Literature at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. He also serves as Associate Director of the Melville Electronic Library and an associate editor of Melville’s Marginalia Online. Previously he worked as an editor at the Mark Twain Project at the University of California, where his editorial credits included the final volume of the Autobiography of Mark TwainMark Twain: April Fool, 1884, and various digital texts at the Mark Twain Project Online. Other published work on literature and digital humanities has appeared or is forthcoming in Essays in CriticismThe Mark Twain AnnualAmerican Literary HistoryLeviathan: A Journal of Melville StudiesScholarly Editing, and in several edited collections.

Professor Adrian S. Wisnicki, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Adrian S. Wisnicki is an Associate Professor of English and the Digital Humanities Program Coordinator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He current leads One More Voice, a new digital humanities initiative, that seeks to recover non-European contributions from nineteenth-century British imperial and colonial archives. He is also the director of Livingstone Online, a major peer-reviewed digital humanities project focused on the written and material legacies of explorer and abolitionist David Livingstone, and of a related project, the Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project. Professor Wisnicki’s research applies interdisciplinary analysis, postcolonial theory, and digital humanities methodologies to explore the influence that non-western individuals and cultural contexts exerted on the production of Victorian imperial and colonial literary discourse. This approach moves critical focus away from biographies and narrative histories of iconic explorers and canonical writers, and instead delves into nineteenth-century regional histories and intercultural interactions around the globe.