Bentham Project


Transcribe Bentham

Transcribe Bentham is an award-winning participatory initiative which launched in 2010. Its aim is to engage the public in the online transcription of original and unstudied manuscripts written by Jeremy Bentham, his correspondents, and his amenuenses. 

At the latest count, volunteers have transcribed almost 25,000 pages of Bentham's writings. These transcripts are made available in the UCL Library digital repository, making it easier for anyone around the globe to access and read Bentham's papers. They are also used by scholars at the Bentham Project in the production of the edition of The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham.

Transcribe Bentham is hosted by the Bentham Project at the Faculty of Laws, University College London, in collaboration with UCL Research IT ServicesUCL's Centre for Digital Humanities, UCL Library Services, and UCL Digital Media Services.

Transcribe Bentham was established with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and subsequently received funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the READ project. READ was funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no. 674943).

Thanks to a collaboration with the PRHLT research centre at the Universitat Politècnica de València as part of the READ project, it is now possible to search Bentham's manuscripts for key words and phrases—even pages not yet transcribed. Try it out for yourself.