Digitising William Godwin’s Manuscripts

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11 December 2017

Time: 5:30 - 7:30pm
Venue: Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), Cromwell Rd Knightsbridge, SW7 2RL

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For the first time, the sole surviving manuscripts of Political Justice and Caleb Williams, by the anarchist philosopher William Godwin (1756-1836), will be digitised and made freely available on the Shelley-Godwin Archive.

This is part of a collaborative project announced in April 2017 by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), and Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH).

A public event to celebrate the project will be held at the V&A on Monday 11 December 2017, 5.30 pm-7.30 pm. There will be three short talks by representatives of each of the collaborating institutions, followed by drinks. The original manuscripts will be on display.

Chair: Tristram Hunt, Historian, and Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum


  • Pamela Clemit, Professor of English, Queen Mary University of London
  • Douglas Dodds, Senior Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • Elizabeth C. Denlinger, Co-General Editor of The Shelley-Godwin Archive and Curator, The Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle

This event is open to the public and all are welcome.

The project is supported by the QMUL HSS Collaboration Fund, the Queen Mary Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.