Illuminating David Livingstone's 1870 field diary with spectral imaging

16 November 2016 1.00pm 2.00pm


Centre for Digital Scholarship, Weston Library (Map)


Adrian Wisnicki, Megan Ward, Roger Easton, Keith Knox, James Cummings



The Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project is an international digital humanities collaboration to apply advanced imaging technology to the study of the manuscript of Victorian explorer David Livingstone. Previously featured in a National Geographic documentary, the project has now concluded its second phase of research (2013-16) and members of the team including scholars and scientists will present on the results.

The first phase (2010-13) confirmed that spectral imaging could be applied to recover 'invisible' text in some of David Livingstone's most damaged texts. In the new phase, the team takes the technology in a new direction - to study the material history of Livingstone's 1870 Field Diary in order to understand its passage across space, time, and through many, many hands. The team will discuss the image processing techniques applied to the diary and how these techniques have helped uncover significant new information about the diary and the many environments through which it has circulated.


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