Digital Humanities

bristowDr Jordan has been active within the digital humanities since the early 1990s. Between 1993 and 1997, he was research associate on the Bristol Historical Databases Project. The Project helped pioneer approaches to the digitising of historical materials at a time when many historians were still sceptical about the impact of computers. Project outputs included digitised versions of Bristol Poll Books for 1722 and 1774; Bristol Probate Inventories, 1542-1804; Bristol Commercial Directories for 1792, 1794, 1801 and 1851; the Bristol Property Survey of 1837; and Bristol Obituaries, 1871-1921. The Project also published a number of historical abstracts: Poor Law Statistics, 1835-1948Unemployment Statistics, 1910 -1997Representation in Bristol’s Elections, 1700-1997; and Health Statistics, 1838-1995.

Dr Jordan’s doctoral thesis ( (The development and implementation of authority in a regional capital : a study of Bristol’s elites, 1835-1939) involved an historical analysis of a socio-cultural urban landscape. He computerised the biographical data of over 1,438 individuals, including the textual analysis of 421 full-text obituaries, and then used that data to track the rise and decline of ‘elite’ power structures over a hundred year period within the port city of Bristol.

DSC_0251More recently Dr Jordan’s research interests have embraced literary geographies and digital storytelling. He has been involved in a number of research projects which have explored the intersection between storytelling and cityspace, what de Certeau terms ‘a space of enunciation’. People’s Journeys / Teithiau Pobl (2014) for example, explores how a location-based app can open up and sustain a ‘space of enunciation’ for a community of users, allowing them to re-engage with their own sense of ‘home’ and ‘belonging’. Waterways and Walkways (2013) involved leading a digitally-mediated dérive across Cardiff, following the now defunct (and largely disappeared) course of the Glamorganshire Canal.