Visionary Cross Project

Date:13 Apr, 2016

Visionary Cross Project

The Visionary Cross project is an international, multidisciplinary research project whose principle objective is the development of a new kind of digital archive and edition of texts and objects associated with the Visionary Cross tradition in Anglo-Saxon England.

Taking its cue from recent developments in digital editorial theory and practice, the project takes a  data-centric, distributed, and generalisable approach to the representation of cultural heritage texts, objects, and contexts in order to encourage broad scholarly and popular engagement with its material.

The material this project represents includes some of the most studied and most popular artefacts from the Anglo-Saxon period: the Ruthwell Cross, Bewcastle Cross, Brussels Cross and Vercelli Book Dream of the Rood and Elene poems. With the exception of the Bewcastle Cross, which we intend to scan as part of a new funding request, these objects all have been captured digitally by members of the team over the last decade as part of other projects. We are now collecting and publishing these digital representations as part of a thematically organised, Open Access, and extensible, multimedia digital library. We will also develop two other forms of mediated access: a research/educational edition aimed at researchers and students and a more popular interpretative portal designed to work with tourism and cultural heritage outreach activities.

The project has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (O’Donnell, PI), the University of Lethbridge CREDO (O’Donnell, PI), the University of Leeds (Karkov, PI), and the Universita’ degli studi di Torino (Rosselli Del Turco, PI).

The project is led by an international team of researchers (in alphabetical order): James Graham, Catherine Karkov, Daniel Paul O’Donnell, Wendy Osborn, Dot Porter, and Roberto Rosselli Del Turco.