Word from Sean Miller: announcing ascharters.net

Grant of King Edgar to his thegn Igeramn, 963, preserved at Christ Church Canterbury, Sawyer 717

Grant of King Edgar to his thegn Igeramn, 963, preserved at Christ Church Canterbury, Sawyer 717

Many of you will know the name Sean Miller. When I worked at the Fitzwilliam Museum still, occasionally we would get mail for him or people trying to reach him, because his name occurred on our site because he coded the Corpus of Early Medieval Coin Finds that now records about 9,500 single finds and another 45,000 or so in museum collections via the Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles. It’s needed only the most occasional maintenance since he left the Museum more than a decade ago. From there, he went on to charters, as a right-thinking person of course should, and in between a few other things put the whole corpus of Anglo-Saxon charters online in searchable electronic form. You know, as you do. Or at least, as he did. I talk this up because I don’t think his work is adequately recognised, really, and he left the profession for one with money in it that people were prepared to give him some time ago.

Now, if you know that much, you may also know that the site where Sean mounted all the Anglo-Saxon charters has been ill of late. Parts of it still work but the search had broken. Indeed, we got people asking us at the Museum if it would be fixed. I couldn’t answer those people then but now I can: I had the pleasure of catching up with Sean at a book launch party just before I left Cambridge and now he has mailed me to say that the new site is up and running at Anglo-Saxon Charters. It works, as far as my quick tests show. Considering he gets nothing for this, I think that’s pretty decent of him. So there you are: update your bookmarks and sing Dr Miller’s praises!

10 responses to “Word from Sean Miller: announcing ascharters.net

  1. It was excellent to see Sean on this side of the Atlantic again, even if fleetingly. It’s worth noting perhaps that the early version of the Kemble website on which he laboured — and to which you’ve linked — now exists in a somewhat newer provisional form (http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/kemble/).

    • Actually, the Kemble site is in fact in the process of finding a new home at http://www.kemble.asnc.cam.ac.uk/, though much of the material is still hosted on the Trinity site.

      • Are either of you in a position to say whose job this upgrade is? I’m equally happy to fête them when it’s done, though not before.

        • It’s being done by Emma Baker (olim Connolly), who read ASNaC back in late 90s.

          • I should perhaps also further add that since the site is a spin-off of the Revised Sawyer project, a lot of input would have come from Simon Keynes and Rebecca Rushforth (in particular I know they went to great efforts to get images of original charters). Anyway, hopefully the site will be fully functional soon!

            • I should also add that most of that content appears still to be locked from public view, thus with the whole domain that Levi gives and the Electronic Sawyer under the domain that Jonathan gives, so let’s hope for progress soon, as the old site is all there is meanwhile.

  2. highlyeccentric

    Oooeeee. *Passes link on to anglo-saxonists at once*

  3. What a bizzare coincidence… I came across Sean’s new site last week through an unrelated search and have already bookmarked it. I wondered to whom I was indebted! :)

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