Today is the final day of the DMLBS project in its current form.
Publication in 2013 of the final fascicule of the DMLBS was the completion of a publication first envisaged in the 1920s, forming the British part of a pan-European UAI scheme to replace Du Cange’s seventeenth-century Glossarium in line with the plan suggested by R. J. Whitwell in 1913.
Since the start of the 2014 the editorial team has gradually disbanded, and the project’s library and resources have been progressively found new homes. Today sees the conclusion of that process, with the project finally vacating its offices on the last official day of work for the two remaining team members.
In the final three years of the project we were committed to our funders (the AHRC, PHI, and the John Fell OUP Research Fund) to produce three outputs. These were the printed dictionary, a full dataset for the dictionary, and a plan for its online publication. These have all been produced; we also hosted a highly successful conference on Latin in medieval Britain in December 2013. It is thus with a real sense of achievement that we reach the end of this phase of the project’s long history and enter a new one.
We wish to record thanks once again to the many supporters of the dictionary over its history, whether their contribution has been to research, administration, funding, or in any other area. The work of the project would not have been accomplished without everything that they have done.
In closing, we should like to outline some practical matters concerning the future of the DMLBS.
There is more about the progress of our on-going electronic publication plans in another post; these plans will certainly form a major part of the future of the DMLBS. The printed dictionary remains available.
The dictionary’s committee will continue in a much-reduced form, to oversee the future of the DMLBS (Prof. Reinhardt, Prof. Reeve, Prof. Brand, and Dr Ashdowne); we are grateful to the members of the committee who have now stood down for their invaluable service over the last few years.
The project’s offices close today: accordingly the project’s telephone number ceases to be active and mail should no longer be directed there. In future any enquiries relating to the project should in the first instance be directed by e-mail, which will continue to be monitored.