- c 1973-2003 (Creation)
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The English Episcopal Acta Project is a British Academy Research Project launched in 1973. Its aim is to edit and publish copies of all surviving charters and other formal documents issued by English bishops between the Norman Conquest and the start of episcopal registers in the thirteenth century.
Its first general editor was Dr David Smith, then Director of the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research in York, and it was he who published the project's inaugural work, 'English Episcopal Acta: Lincoln 1067-1185' in 1980. Other key figures include Professors Christopher Cheney, Christopher Brooke and Barrie Dobson, who all served as Chairs of the English Episcopal Acta editorial committee. In 1999 the project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board to employ an additional Research Assistant, Dr Philippa Hoskin, for three years.
In 1995 the English Acta Database was developed in conjunction with the British Academy to transfer the data to computer, and in 2002 a search interface was created. New data continued to be added until 2004 when its funding came to an end.
To date the project has published 45 volumes of episcopal acta. Its current general editor is Dr Philippa Hoskin.
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