Dr Julia Craig-McFeely

Research Fellow

BMus, MMus (Edinburgh), DPhil (Oxon)


Research interests in the Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music (DIAMM).


Julia Craig-McFeely studied at Edinburgh University (BMus, MMus) with Michael Tilmouth, Kenneth Leighton and Peter Williams. She completed her DPhil on English Lute Manuscripts and Scribes 1530-1630 at the University of Oxford in 1994. After several years as a college lecturer at a number of Colleges she held a Junior Research Fellowship at St Anne’s College. From 1996 she ran a successful freelance business typesetting music and text that had particular difficulties in layout or design (including transcribing and setting Donizetti’s opera Elisabetta from his autograph, for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), and has since typeset a number of publications in musicology, including the award-winning Facsimile and introductory study of Bologna MS Q.15, by Margaret Bent. She continues her publishing activities as the principal member of the production team for DIAMM Publications.

Julia Craig-McFeely has been the Project Manager of DIAMM since 1998 and a Director since 2007. She has published and lectured in Europe and the USA both about her research subjects and about the work of DIAMM, and in particular about creating high-quality images of archive documents and digital restoration. She has also lectured on intellectual property rights in relation to digital images. She is known internationally as an expert in archive-quality imaging of delicate documents, and consults to a number of organisations including the National Library of Ireland and the Israel Antiquities Authority. In 2008 she was one of the team of specialists who undertook the pilot project to digitize the Dead Sea Scrolls in Jerusalem.

She directs a number of choral groups in and around Oxford, and is an occasional composer and arranger.

Current Research Grants:

  • Co-investigator: Tudor Partbooks: the Manuscript legacies of John Baldwin and John Sadler, Universities of Newcastle and Oxford (AHRC funded)
  • Collaborating Partner: SIMSSA (Single Interface for Music Score Searching and Analysis), McGill University, Montreal (SSHRC funded)

Research Papers and Presentations

  • 5 Feb 2016, 13.00-14.00: Exultation and despondency: the digital reconstruction of the lost partbooks of John Sadler (Bodleian Library Mus. e. 1-5)
  • 23 July 2015: ‘Blind alleys, science fiction, redundancy and modernization: how musicology is and isn’t evolving in response to the digital world’ Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School, 20-24 July 2015
  • 22 July 2015: ‘Digital Restoration for Beginners: Is This For Me and How Would I Get Started?’ Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School, 20-24 July 2015
  • 16 July 2015: ‘Restoration of the surviving copying work of John Sadler’ Oundle Early Music Festival
  • 8 July 2015: ‘Identifying scribal hands: a methodological toolkit and an Elizabethan case study’ Medieval and Renaissance conference, Brussels, 6-9 July 2015
  • 17 May 2015: ‘Restoring the Sadler Partbooks’ Oxford Early Music Festival tea-time talk
  • 16 June 2015: ‘Perspectives on building a digital image resource’ Invited paper at workshop on medieval insular liturgical manuscripts with music: local, regional and European perspectives, Trinity College Dublin 16-17 June 2015
  • 20th, 27th and 29th April 2015: Digital Restoration workshop, University of Oxford IT Services
  • 12 Feb 2015: Introduction to digital restoration, Open lecture, Faculty of Music, Oxford
  • 1 Dec 2014: ‘Lute Manuscripts and their uses: handwriting, society and artistic culture in 16th- and 17th-century England’ Open University Book History Research Group seminar series, ‘Paper, Pen and Ink: Manuscript Cultures in Early Modern England’
  • 14 July 2014: ‘Restoration and revelation: how digital images are far more than simply photographs in the digital medium’ Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School, 14-17 July 2014.
  • 5 July 2014: Tudor Partbooks research project. Multimedia presentation, Medieval and Renaissance Conference, Birmingham, 3-6 July 2014
  • 25 April 2013: ‘I saw it on CSI…’: forming digital technology for humanities research. Invited paper at 1 day workshop ‘Describing, Analysing and Identifying Early Modern Handwriting: Methods and Issues’. Organized by the Centre for Early Modern Studies and Merton College History of the Book Group, with the co-operation of the Bodleian Library Centre for the Study of the Book.
  • 28 November 2012: IP discussion group, SCR Law Faculty, University of Oxford: “Images and desires: ownership, anxiety and the art of persuasion”
  • 2 November 2012: Byrd and Music Study Day, Christ Church Oxford: “creating online access to manuscript images: information and image management issues”
  • 7 July 2012: IMS, Rome 2012: Invited speaker/Ppnellist in Session: “The Transmission of Musical Knowledge in the Internet Age”
  • 27 Feb 2012: Rudiments of Digital Restoration: a starter seminar for Graduate students.
  • 1 April 2011: ‘DIAMM data content and some problems in data extent and management’ Database and data connectivity workshop, Oxford eResearch Centre, Oxford
  • 20 Nov 2010 (invited paper): ‘From perfect to preposterous: how digital restoration can both help and hinder our reading of damaged sources’ Schoenberg Symposium, University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Free Library.
  • 22 Sept 2010: ‘The DIAMM database’ Humanities Technical Resources Workshop, Oxford e Research Centre, Oxford
  • 14 July 2010: ‘ Image capture: problems and issues in digitizing images for research’ Oxford Pro-Vice-Chancellor’s Research Workshop, Oxford eResearch Centre
  • 17 November 2009: Respondent: Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents Seminar “Understanding Image-based Evidence” paper by Prof Lindsay MacDonald on image formats,
  • 15 July 2009: ‘Digital objects of desire: creating a digital image resource and the enhancement of content’ International Medieval Congress, Leeds
  • 14 July 2009: ‘Teaching old dogs new tricks’ Research seminar, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford
  • 10-11 June 2009: 2 day course on digital restoration, Certaldo, Italy (linked to the Certaldo International Conference on Medieval Music and the Master’s course in Medieval music of the University of Rome (Tor Vergata))
  • 12 Feb 2009: Digital Restoration half-day seminar, King’s College London
  • 5 November 2007: ‘Creating scholarly digital objects and sustainability; Faculty of Music, Oxford
  • 6 June 2007: ‘How Big is Big enough’, AHRC ICT Methods Network Workshop on digital imaging, London
  • 1 Feb 2007: Digital Objects of Desire: Creating an environment for the study of Medieval Manuscripts in the Digital Age. Medieval Studies seminar, All Souls, Oxford
  • 29 June 2006: Digital Restoration Workshop in conjunction with the AHRC ICT Methods Network
  • 27 June 2006: High-quality digital imaging of medieval manuscripts in the field, imaging issues in relation to scholarly and archival needs, and content delivery and management of a digital archive.’ Oxford Conference on Computerised Transcription of Medieval Chant Manuscripts, Oxford
  • 5 June 2006: ‘How big is big enough?’ Expert Seminar on Digitization and Workflow, London
  • 3 June 2006: ‘digitization and new technologies in music archival research’, Music Archival Research Skills Day, University of Leeds
  • 25 November 2005: ‘Creating a digital research resource from manuscript materials in widely diverse ownerships.’ Digital Archives for the Safeguard of European Musical Heritage: Petrarch on Music and French Songs of the Ars Nova, University of Arezzo-Siena, Arezzo, Italy.
  • 7 Nov 2005 [co-presented with Richard Chesser, British Library]: ‘An introduction to the principles and practices of intellectual property and copyright’ RSMTP Seminar, London, British Library
  • 7 Nov 2005 [with Marilyn Deegan, CCH]: ‘Digital technology and the transformation of humanities scholarship 1: a general introduction.’ RSMTP Seminar, London, British Library
  • 15 July 2005, ‘Digital Images and the impact of the ‘digital revolution’ on scholarly access and research with medieval music documents’ International Medieval and Renaissance Conference, Centre des Études Superieurs de la Renaissaince, Université François Rabelais, Tours, France.
  • 5 July 2005: ‘Creating a digital image resource from manuscript materials’ Conference on The Islamic Manuscript, Cambridge
  • 17 Jan 2005 [with Richard Chesser, British Library]: ‘An introduction to the principles and practices of intellectual property and copyright.’ RSMTP Seminar, London, British Library
  • 17 Jan 2005 [with Marilyn Deegan, CCH]: ‘Digital technology and the transformation of humanities scholarship 1: a general introduction.’ RSMTP Seminar, London, British Library
  • 19th-21st November 2004. [with Margaret Bent]: ‘Building and delivering DIAMM (the Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music): developing technical and practical structures to meet the needs of contributors and users.’ Keynote paper at the Second Nowton Court Colloquium on the History of the Book and Digitization, Bury St Edmunds,
  • 14-16 Sept 2004: ‘Mobile digitization: the future of archival digitization and a baseline structure for new projects.’ presentation to the Digital Futures Academy, London
  • 21-23 June 2004: ‘Image rights when delivering online: legal questions and practical considerations’, & ‘Digital Restoration techniques.’ Presentations and Seminars on image rights and online delivery to the University of Jena Library, Jena, Germany
  • 26-27 May 2004: ‘Delivering a complex image collection online to a diverse user-base’, OCVE Workshop, Philadelphia
  • 8 January 2004: ‘Museums’ and Galleries’ Rights in the Digital Environment’, Seminar, Lovells International Law Firm, London

Paper Publications

  • ‘The future of the Christ Church Library Music Catalogue: creating online access to manuscript images: information and image management issues’ Christ Church Library Newsletter Vol 8, Jan 2013) ISSN 1756-6797 (Print), ISSN 1756-6800 (Online)
  • ‘Digital Man and the desire for physical objects’ Early Music 40th anniversary issue 2013, vol. 41 (OUP, Spring 2013), 131–33. Full text: http://em.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/cas147?
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  • Contributor Musicology (Re-) Mapped Discussion paper commissioned by the European Science Foundation (ESF): Standing Committee for the Humanities (SCH). ESF Editors Nina Kancewicz-Hoffman (head of Humanities and Scoial Sciences Unit), Arianna Ciula (Science Officer, Humantities and Social Sciences Unit). Other authors: Xavier Bisaro, David Fiala, Philippe Vendrix, Theodor Dumitrescu, Jukka Louhivouri, Dan Lundberg, Richard Parncutt
  • ‘Digitization standards or standard digitization?’ Christ Church Library Newsletter June 2012
  • ‘From perfect to preposterous: how digital restoration can both help and hinder our reading of damaged sources’. Proceedings of the 2010 Schoenberg Symposium (publ. 2012)
  • ‘The real cost of acquiring pictures for the Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music (DIAMM)’, The Soul of Wit. Micro-Festschrift Rob Wegman zum 50. Geburtstag, edited by Michael Scott Cuthbert (Somerville/Mass., 2011), 12r
  • ‘Digital Restoration and the future of manuscript research.’ in Codicology and Palaeography in the Digital Age II (Dublin, 2010)
  • Digital Restoration Workbook, published in association with the AHRC ICT Methods Network (2007).
  • ‘The Signifying Serpent: Seduction by cultural Stereotype’ in Linda Austern ed., Music Sensation and Sensuality, Critical and Cultural Musicology V, Chicago 2002.
  • (with Andrew Wathey and Margaret Bent), “The Art of Virtual Restoration: Creating the Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music (DIAMM)”, Walter B. Hewlett and Eleanor Selfridge-Field, The Virtual Score: Representation, Retrieval, Restoration  (Computing in Musicology, 12, 2001),  227-240
  • RICERCAR Inventories of sources of English lute music, general editor Victor Coelho. Publication forthcoming.
  • Music Research Information Network Register of Music Research Students in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996 editions. ISSN 0956-263X
  • Bibliography: ‘A Bibliography of Theses related to Eighteenth Century Music in England’  Handbook of Eighteenth Century Studies  II, (1990)
  • ‘Fragments of English lute music II: Oxford libraries’ The Lute, xxxiii (1993)
  • ‘Fragments of English lute music I: The British Library’  The Lute, xxxii (1992)
  • ‘A Can of Worms: Lord Herbert of Cherbury’s Lute Book’ The Lute, xxxi (1991)

Digital publications:

  • 1998-2016: Database of the DIAMM online resource diamm.ac.uk. Creation, maintenance and updating of metadata, inventories and bibliographies for 3348 medieval and early modern manuscripts; capture of some 30,000 digital images of sources of medieval music
  • January 2007: ‘Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music: the evolution of a digital resource.’ Digital Medievalist 3 (2008). ISSN: 1715-0736. (peer reviewed)
  • 15 June 2005, DigiNews article, ‘Bringing the Digital Revolution to Medieval Musicology: The Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music (DIAMM)’, Julia Craig-McFeely and Marilyn Deegan.
  • http://www.diamm.ac.uk/reports/July.pdf (Report of the second 2-day workshop of DIAMM and its technical and academic advisors, 29, 30 July 2004).
  • http://www.diamm.ac.uk/reports/June.pdf (Report on intellectual property rights 11 June 2004)
  • http://www.diamm.ac.uk/reports/November.pdf (Report of the first 2-day workshop of DIAMM and its technical and academic advisors, 27-28 November 2003)
  • 2000: Web publication of thesis ‘English Lute Manuscripts and Scribes 1530-1630’ with revisions at URL www.craigmcfeely.force9.co.uk/thesis.html
  • 2007:”Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music: The Evolution of a Digital Resource.’ Digital Medievalist 3 (2007/8) http://www.digitalmedievalist.og/journal/3/mcfeely/


Dr Julia Craig-McFeely
Office address: 41 Freelands Road, Oxford, OX4 4BS  UK
Telephone: +44 (0)1865 437582