London's Ghost Acres


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London's Ghost Acres is a Social Science and Humanities Research Council funded Insight Development project.

Directed by Prof. Jim Clifford, this research further develops digital humanities approaches to historical questions. The project builds on Trading Consequences, which involved two years of adapting text-mining and visualization technologies to historical records. This new stage will begin the process of using the massive database resulting from the text mining to research the many relationships between rapid industrialization in nineteenth-century Greater London and environmental transformations throughout the world. To supplement this text-mined database, we’re also using the Annual statement of the trade and navigation of the United Kingdom with foreign countries and British possessions series of documents found in the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers to create a new relational database recording British imports of raw materials in the second half of the nineteenth century. Dr. Elizabeth Scott, an ICCC Postdoctoral Fellow, will focus on the relationship between British migration to non-settler colonies and the commodities shipped back to the United Kingdom.


-Jim Clifford, Principal Investigator, Rachel Carson Center and University of Saskatchewan

-Colin Coates, Co-Applicant, York University

-Elizabeth Scott, Postdoctoral Fellow (2015), University of Saskatchewan

-Andrew Watson, Collaborator, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Saskatchewan

-Jon Bath, Collaborator, Collaborator, Digital Research Centre, University of Saskatchewan

-Anne Janhunen, PhD Candidate, University of Saskatchewan

-Steven Langlois, Undergraduate History, University of Saskatchewan

-Elise Lehmann, Undergraduate History, University of Saskatchewan

-Kevin Winterhalt, Undergraduate History, University of Saskatchewan

-Danika Bonham, Undergraduate History, University of Saskatchewan

-Justin Voogel, MA Candidate, History, University of Saskatchewan