First Annual Event

29 – 30 June 2023

Senate House, University of London & Online

While Digital Humanities has developed successfully in the UK and Ireland, with the establishment of world-leading centres in both countries, there are major opportunities for further development and innovation in the field by bringing together their complementary strengths. Seeking to nurture the capacity for excellent research and teaching in DH, to establish and sustain more effective connections with non-HE sectors (notably Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums as well as the creative industries), and to create new pathways for collaboration, the UK-Ireland Digital Humanities Association will build a collaborative vision for the field, and create new and sustainable long-term partnerships in alignment with the international community.

We invite members of the digital humanities community – including those working in GLAM organisations, the creative industries, and the technology sector – to come together for a two-day conference to mark the official launch of the UK-Ireland Digital Humanities Association. The conference will provide an opportunity for researchers, practitioners and students from both countries to deepen existing relationships and create new pathways for collaboration. In addition to sharing research, there will be opportunities to reflect on the current opportunities and challenges facing the field. Attendees will also have the opportunity to engage with the newly-launched Community Interest Groups.

The themes of the first annual event will reflect the Core Values of the Association:

  • Inclusivity
  • Community
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability
  • Openness and transparency
  • Advocacy and action

Keynote Address

Interweaving Legacies: DHRIs, Difficult Heritage, and the Powers of Collaboration, Inclusivity and Openness

Agiatis Benardou, DARIAH


The event will be held in-person at Senate House, University of London in London, with portions of the event available to view online.

The fee for attending the event in-person will be £30. Students and independent scholars can attend at a discounted rate of £20.

For those unable to attend in person, free online-only tickets are available.

The deadline to register for in-person attendance is 5:00 PM BST on Monday, 19 June 2023.


The UK-Ireland Digital Humanities Association plans to award ten (10) bursaries of £200 to support in-person attendance at the Annual Event. The bursaries are to make the event more accessible to those who would otherwise be unable to attend, with specific attention to supporting postgraduate students, early career researchers, and those who are precariously employed. Applicants do not need to have a paper accepted to apply. 

Applications for bursaries are now closed.


Discounted housing is available for the conference via the University of London’s accommodation office. Single rooms with a shared bathroom are available for £68.50 per person per night, which includes breakfast. Rooms must be booked for a minimum of 2 nights. If you would like to book a room, please email the Accommodation office at and quote “UK-IE Digital Humanities Association” in your email.  


If you have any questions, please email

Conference Programme

For those joining online, information about joining the Zoom webinar will be shared in advance of the conference.

Thursday, 29 June 2023

13:00 – 14:00 Registration & Coffee
14:00 – 15:00 Lightning Talks

AntiquAI: Classifying Portable Antiquities with Artificial Intelligence

Mark McKerracher (University of Oxford), Megan Gooch (University of Oxford), Helena Hamerow (University of Oxford), Andrew Zisserman (University of Oxford), Horace Lee (University of Oxford), Abhishek Dutta (University of Oxford) and Michael Lewis (British Museum)

Finding Web Archives under the ‘Big Tent’ of DH: A Case Study of Ireland and the UK

Helena Byrne (British Library), Juan-José Boté-Vericad (Universitat de Barcelona) and Sharon Healy (Maynooth University)

DH and E-Lit Communities: Intersectional Perspectives

Reham Hosny (University of Cambridge/Minia University)

Optimising Linked Humanities Data Usability: Collaboration, Transparency and Sustainability

Sarah Middle (National Museums Scotland/Open University)

Collaborating to Curate and Exhibit Complex Digital Literature

Stella Wisdom (British Library)

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 16:45 Association Launch Panel
16:45 – 17:00 Break
17:00 – 18:15

Keynote Address: Agiatis Benardou (DARIAH)

Interweaving Legacies: DHRIs, Difficult Heritage, and the Powers of Collaboration, Inclusivity and Openness

18:15 – 19:30 Reception

Friday, 30 June 2023

09:00 – 09:30 Registration & Coffee
09:30 – 11:00 Panel #1: Community Interest Groups
Research Software Engineering in the Arts and Humanities
Digital Humanities Climate Coalition
Digital Correspondence: transhistorical perspectives on language, materials and corpora
Multilingual DH in the UK and Ireland
Protecting the Investigator in Traumatic Research Areas
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 13:15 Panel #2

Pathways to Collaboration – Creating and sharing GLAM image collections as data

Lisa Griffith (Digital Repository of Ireland) and Laura Molloy (CODATA)

A new digital edition of Alice Thornton’s Books

Sharon Howard (University of Edinburgh)

The Potential of a Reborn Digital Archival Edition for Collating a Corpus of Archived Web Materials

Sharon Healy (Maynooth University), Juan-José Boté-Vericad (Universitat de Barcelona) and Helena Byrne (British Library)

Only Connect! Dynamic Collaborative Digital Archiving of Historic Musical Events

Rachel Cowgill (University of York), Frankie Perry (University of York) and Alan Dix (Swansea University)

13:15 – 15:00 Lunch & Community Interest Group Meetings
15:00 – 16:45 Panel #3

Database ethnography and the museum object record

Orla Delaney (University of Cambridge)


App Development as Regional Development in Ireland and Wales: Digital Humanities meets Coastal Community

James Smith (University College Cork)


Towards a Critical Black Digital Humanities’: A Critical Librarian’s response

Naomi L.A Smith (University of West London )


Digital Humanities is Cultural Studies

Caroline Bassett (University of Cambridge)

16:45 – 17:00

Closing Remarks