This project was funded by a Resource Enhancement award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Without their financial support, the construction of the database would not have been possible.
The illustrations in the database were selected and digitised from a number of repositories. The team would like to thank Robert Meyrick and Neil Holland for letting us draw so extensively on the collection of periodical illustrations of the 1860s and 70s in the School of Art Museum and Gallery, Aberystwyth. We are also grateful to Colin Harrison and the librarians at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, for introducing us to the Forrest Reid collection. The database includes images taken from books held in the London Library and the British Library and we frequently sought the advice of staff in these institutions. Jennifer Riley organised the digitisation of additional materials from the Hartley collection, Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Closer to home, we relied on the support of staff in the Arts and Social Studies Library, Cardiff University. Many of the illustrated books used in the project are housed in Special Collections and Archives. The team would like to thank Tom Dawkes, Peter Keelan, Alison Smith for all her hard work on the launch, and Mark Barrett for photographing some of the more fragile illustrations.
The Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research (CEIR), where the project was based, has had the advice and encouragement of Martin Kayman, Head of School, and Martin Coyle, Head of the English Literature section. Wendy Lewis set out the costings and kept everything on track, while Rachel Webber processed payments in her usual efficient way. Rebecca Blackwell in the Research and Commercial Division helped with some last-minute queries.
For the technical development of the database, we would like to thank AHDS: Visual Arts, especially Mick Eadie, who advised at all phases of the project, from the drawing up of the application to the final development of the database. Chris Veness of Movable-Type Ltd was invaluable in his role as the external consultant in the design and development of the database. The computing advisory staff at Cardiff University's Information Services division have been especially helpful in helping cost and mount the database during its interim and final forms: in particular, we would like to thank Hugh Beedie and Simon Williams for their ready support.
The team has benefited from the advice of conference delegates and organisers. The British Association of Victorian Studies (BAVS) and the organisers of its conferences from 2004–06 kindly agreed for us to set up displays; and a NINES (Networked Interface for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship) workshop at the University of Virginia, run by Jerome McGann, introduced us to Zoomify.
The project has also been aided by many individuals, who have given generously of their time to test iconographic systems and comment on the features of the database at various stages of its development. These include Guyda Armstrong, Roger Crittenden, Sioned Davies, Dennis Denisoff, Catherine Flood, John Harvey, Karl Josef Höltgen, Elizabeth James, Brian Maidment, Rosie Miles, Jonathan Osmond, Jürgen Pieters, Manuel Portela, Omer Rana, Paul Rosin, Rick Rylance, Robin Sims, Sonia Solicari, Paola Spinozzi, Kara Tennant, Jessica Webb, and Paul Young. Andrew Wheatcroft helped considerably by sharing his knowledge of iconographic procedures. Lorraine Janzen Kooistra has seen the project through from its beginnings and has been a constant source of encouragement. A special mention must also go to Paul Goldman, an ally in the development of the project and its commitment to raising the status of illustration.
© 2007 Dr Julia Thomas, Dr Tim Killick, Dr Anthony Mandal, Professor David Skilton