Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951

Project start date: 2007-04 Project end date: 2010-08
Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951 is the first comprehensive study of sculptors, related businesses and trades investigated in the context of creative collaborations, art infrastructures, professional networks and cultural geographies. The primary outcome of Mapping Sculpture 1851-1951 will be an open access online database on the GU website with postings of articles analyzing the results of the research. The database launch will coincide with exhibitions in the V&A's Gilbert Bayes Gallery and a collections display at the Henry Moore Institute.
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Methods usedCategory
Coding and standardisationData structuring and enhancement
Collaborative publishingData publishing and dissemination
Data miningData analysis
General project managementStrategy and project management
General website developmentData publishing and dissemination
Interface designData publishing and dissemination
Iterative designStrategy and project management
Manual input and transcriptionData capture
PrototypingStrategy and project management
Record linkagesData structuring and enhancement
Record linkagesData analysis
Resource sharingData publishing and dissemination
Resource sharingCommunication and collaboration
Searching and queryingData analysis
Server scriptingData publishing and dissemination
Text encoding - descriptiveData structuring and enhancement
Text encoding - presentationalData structuring and enhancement
Text encoding - referentialData structuring and enhancement
Textual interaction (asynchronous)Communication and collaboration
Textual interaction (synchronous)Communication and collaboration
Usability analysisStrategy and project management
User contributed contentData publishing and dissemination
Version controlStrategy and project management
Web browser scriptingData publishing and dissemination
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Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
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Mapping Sculpture has gathered information from c.2,800 documentary sources held by a range of public and private archives in seventeen cities across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The cities and sources were selected on the basis of prior research conducted during the project Pilot Study in 2005-6. During this initial study, estimates of the number of practitioners and related businesses active during the period were made and as a consequence two key decisions were taken that have shaped the content selection and data entry process. First, the research programme would focus on sources giving information on large groups of practitioners and sculpturally related businesses in a form that required minimal content selection (such as exhibition catalogues and trade directories). Second, that information gathered from sources would be entered into the system in small packets of data to optimise search functionality. The main groups of sources used by Mapping Sculpture have therefore included: exhibition catalogues; art society membership lists, annual reports, accounts and minutes; art school prospectuses and annual reports; trade directories and business publicity materials (such as advertisements in periodicals); census returns, birth, baptism, marriage and death records. Copyright for the content of the Mapping Sculpture database is held by the project at Glasgow University with the rights of all members of the team to have their contributions fully acknowledged on the website.
Digital resource created:  
An open access online database on the GU website with postings of articles analyzing the results of the research.
Access to digital resource:  
Open Access
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UK HE institutions involved:
University of Glasgow

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Principal staff member:Professor Alison Yarrington
Other staff:Computing officer(s) / Technical supporter(s), Postdoctoral researcher(s) / Research assistant(s)
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Metadata on this arts-humanities.net record
Author(s) of recordAlison Yarrington
TitleMapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951
Record created2010-10-01
Record updated2011-06-02 11:57
URL of recordhttp://www.arts-humanities.net/node/3631
Citation of recordAlison Yarrington: Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951. <http://www.arts-humanities.net/node/3631> created: 2010-10-01, last updated 2011-06-02 11:57
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