Living with Machines: Study Day

Friday, 2 December 2022

The Living with Machines exhibition is a collaboration between Leeds Museums and Galleries, the British Library, and the Living with Machines research project. This study day is a unique opportunity to hear experts in the field illuminate key themes from the exhibition and learn how exhibition co-curators found stories and objects to represent research work in AI and digital history.

This study day is online via Zoom so that you can attend from anywhere. A link will be sent out with your e-ticket for the event.

Find out more about the Programme here.


Dr Emma Griffin, Professor of Modern British History, University of East Anglia
Dr Mia Ridge, Digital Curator, British Library
Dr Gillian Cookson, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Leeds
Dr Daniel Blackie, Senior Research Fellow, Tampere University, Finland
Dr David Turner
Kitty Ross, Curator of Leeds History and Social History, Leeds Museums and Galleries
John McGoldrick, Curator of Industrial History, Leeds Museums and Galleries

Wikithon: Living with Machines: Exploring the Margins

Tuesday, 7 January 2023

Research for the Living with Machines exhibition at Leeds City Museum showed that some significant figures from Leeds history are under-represented on Wikipedia. This Wiki workshop aims to expand and amplify knowledge about these areas, with a particular focus on women and working class figures.

At this Wiki editing workshop, you will receive training on creating and editing wiki pages in order to communicate the hidden gaps of history. With expert support from Wikimedians and researchers alike, this is an unmissable opportunity to improve Wikipedia for the better.

Find out more about the Wikithon

Register here in advance

BOOK LAUNCH Collaborative Historical Research in the Age of Big Data: Lessons from an interdisciplinary project

Tuesday, 21 February 2023
Hosts: Jane Winters, James Smithies
Speakers: Ruth Ahnert, Emma Griffin, Mia Ridge, Giorgia Tolfo

Please join us for the launch of our short open access book, Collaborative Historical Research in the Age of Big Data: Lessons from an interdisciplinary project (soon to be available open access here). The event will be an online roundtable discussion, led by hosts Professor Jane Winters and Professor James Smithies, with the authors, Professor Ruth Ahnert, Professor Emma Griffin, Dr Mia Ridge and Dr Giorgia Tolfo.

Living with Machines is one of the largest digital humanities projects ever funded in the United Kingdom. The project brought together a large interdisciplinary team (39 members over its lifetime) to leverage more than twenty-years’ worth of digitisation projects in order to deepen our understanding of the impact of mechanisation on nineteenth-century Britain. In contrast to many previous digital humanities projects which have sought to create resources, the project was concerned to work with what was already there, which whilst straightforward in theory is complex in practice. This Element describes the efforts to do so. It outlines the challenges of establishing and managing a truly multidisciplinary digital humanities project in the complex landscape of cultural data in the United Kingdom and shares what other projects seeking to undertake digital history projects can learn from the experience.

Register here.



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