Strand Definitions: Sources and Resources
Research into medieval Europe has benefited hugely from long-standing, long-term projects, such as the Monumenta Germaniae Historica, or the Corpus Christianorum series. Developing, conserving, and making available primary research material can sometimes be neglected in favour of interpretative studies. This strand aims to profile research into primary sources (individual works or artefacts, publications, collections, or holdings). It also strives to bring academics together with those bodies entrusted with conserving and presenting such material (modern-day archives, physical as well as virtual, libraries, museums, and publishers).
The strand particularly encourages sessions, papers, and round tables exploring the development of new resources, work on developing electronic resources, analyses of existing collections or holdings of primary material, policy behind collection development in libraries, galleries, museums and suchlike, demonstrations of the uses of primary resources in teaching, learning, and in research, as well as presentations of team-based research projects that are making primary sources available.