Based on the Simon Fraser University Lake District Collection of more than 250 rare books dating from 1709 – with its strengths in Lake District travel guides and its unique location in Vancouver, Canada – the larger objectives of the project are:

  1. to conduct an ecological study of the book within its cultural environment, analyzing the particular ways that ecology maps through time onto geographical space, both local and global;
  2. to study further impacts on the books’ very conditions of existence when migration also occurs between platforms, from print to digital;
  3. to prototype digital research tools and methods for use by other humanists working on other cultural materials from different periods.