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Acknowledgments

The MELD project was financed jointly by the Research Council of Norway and the University of Stavanger in the period 2012-16.

The team is extremely grateful to the Department of Cultural Studies and Languages, University of Stavanger, for constant support and for providing the necessities for a good practical running of the project, most importantly our Project Room.

We have received much useful input and advice from our external co-workers: Professor Jeremy J. Smith (Glasgow), Dr Martti Mäkinen (Helsinki) and Dr Vibeke Jensen (Volda). In addition, Jacob Thaisen (Oslo) took part in many project meetings and acted as second supervisor to both Kjetil V. Thengs and Geir Bergstrøm. Kai Wilhelm Nessler carried out most of the photographing in Reading, Exeter and Taunton, and provided much good advice on matters of corpus presentation and publication. For various practical tasks connected with the project work, we would like to thank Erica Cheng, Hulda Obrestad Stenroos, Magnus Obrestad Stenroos, Julie Hana Thengs and Patrick Hana Thengs.

During the project period, we have benefited from the advice and inspiration of several colleagues. We are especially grateful to Michael Benskin and William A. Kretzschmar Jr, both of whom contributed directly to the inception of the present project; in addition, Michael Benskin gave us much invaluable practical advice on archive work. Mike Kestemont, Kathryn Lowe and Laura Wright have given important feedback on aspects of the project. 

Our most important debt is, however, to the staff of the archives we have visited and contacted (see list below), many of whom have gone far beyond the call of duty to help us. For this, we are truly grateful.


Alnwick Castle

Bath Record Office

Bedfordshire and Luton Archives, Bedford

Berkshire Record Office, Reading

Birmingham Archives

Birmingham Library

Bodleian Library, Oxford

Bradford Central Library

Bristol Record Office

British Library

Cambridge University Library

Cambridgeshire Archives

Canterbury Cathedral Archives

Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies, Aylesbury

Cheshire Record Office, Chester

Cornwall Record Office, Truro

Cumbria Archive Centre, Carlisle

Cumbria Archive Centre, Kendal

Derbyshire Record Office, Matlock

Devon Heritage Centre, Exeter

Dorset History Centre, Dorchester

Durham Record Office

Durham University Library

East Riding of Yorkshire Archives, Beverley

East Sussex Record Office, Brighton

Essex Record Office, Chelmsford

Gloucestershire Archives

Göttingen University Library

Guildhall Library, London

Halifax, Calderdale

Hampshire Record Office, Winchester

Herbert History Centre, Coventry

Herefordshire Archives

Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

Huddersfield Central Library

Hull History Centre

Huntingdonshire Archives, Huntingdon

Keele University Library

Kent History and Library Centre, Maidstone

King’s College, Cambridge

Lancashire Archives, Preston

Leeds Central Library

Lichfield Record Office

Lincolnshire Archives

Liverpool University, Sydney Jones Library

London College of Arms

London Metropolitan Archives

Magdalen College Archives, Oxford

Manchester University, John Rylands Library

National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth

Norfolk Record Office, Norwich

North Devon Record Office, Barnstaple

North Yorkshire Record Office, Northallerton

Northamptonshire Archives Service

Northumberland Archives, Woodhorn

Nottingham University Library

Nottinghamshire Archives

Oxfordshire History Centre

Plymouth and West Devon Record Office

Queen's College Archives, Oxford

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive, Stratford-upon-Avon

Sheffield Archives

Shropshire Archives, Shrewsbury

Sizergh Castle

Somerset Archives, Taunton

Southampton Archives

St John's College, Cambridge

Staffordshire Record Office

Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds

Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich

Suffolk Record Office, Lowestoft

Surrey History Centre, Woking

The National Archives, Kew

The Record Office of Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland

Walsall Local History Centre

Warrington Library

Warwickshire Record Office

West Sussex Record Office, Chichester

West Yorkshire Archive System: Huddersfield, Kirklees

West Yorkshire Archive System: Leeds

Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Chippenham

Worcester Cathedral

Worcestershire Archives

York City Archives

Yorkshire Archaeological Society, Leeds