CELL sealThe Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (CELL) develops projects focused on making archives matter, concentrating on the years 1500 to 1800. The MA in Early Modern Studies reflects CELL’s ethos, marrying traditional archival skills with cutting edge technology. Located at University College London (UCL), CELL consists of graduate and doctoral students, researchers, teachers and writers. FacebookTwitterPinterestGithub


Current research projects at CELL include:

Completed research projects include:

  • The Diplomatic Correspondence of Thomas Bodley (1585-1597) covering all the letters between Thomas Bodley and his correspondents between the years 1585-97, as well as miscellaneous correspondence.
  • The Hooke Folio Online, where the long-lost manuscript of the papers of Robert Hooke are transcribed and encoded in XML, making available large amounts of new information about the day-to-day activities of the early scientific establishment.
  • The Letters of William Herle, providing transcripts of 302 of Herle’s letters written in English and a series of indexes by which they can be browsed.
  • The Workdiaries of Robert Boyle (1627-91), a fully revised and enhanced reworking of an earlier edition prepared under the direction of Professor Michael Hunter. As well as images of the manuscripts, the revised edition includes a new interface and search and reference facilities.