Bentham Project


Transcribe Bentham

Transcribe Bentham is an award-winning participatory initiative which launched in 2010 and which is based in the Bentham Project.  Its aim is to engage the public in the online transcription of original and unstudied manuscript papers written by Jeremy Bentham.  At the latest count, volunteers have transcribed more than 20,000 pages of Bentham's writings at a high level of accuracy.

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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 in 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 under funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and subsequently received funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  It is now funded as part of the READ project, which is working on the Automated Text Recognition of historical manuscripts.  READ is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under 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 90,000 images of Bentham's manuscripts - even pages not yet transcribed!  Try it out and record your findings.