Bentham and the Panopticon prison

panopticon

Panopticon plans (drawn by Willey Reveley), c. 1794-1795 (Image courtesy of UCL Special Collections, UC cxix, f. 125r)

The British Library has been part of the Transcribe Bentham initiative, which since 2012 offers the opportunity to volunteers to explore and transcribe papers written by the British philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832).

Transcribe Bentham celebrated its fifth anniversary in September 2015 and volunteers have now transcribed a whopping 14,000 manuscripts!

Their contributions feed directly into the work undertaken by the Bentham Project at University College London in preparing the new edition of Bentham’s Collected Works.

The British Library holds around 15,000 pages of material written by Bentham and his family members.  A new batch of this material has just been digitised and we hope that the following taster might inspire any interested newcomers to come and have a go at transcribing Bentham.

To read more, please click here.

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