Ash Charlton (MA, MSc)

Thesis title: Slavery and Race in the Encyclopaedia Britannica (1768-1860): A Text Mining Approach


Ash Charlton is a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh, undertaking a Collaborative Doctoral Award with the National Library of Scotland with funding from the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities. With a background in English Language and History (MA, University of Glasgow) and Information Management (MSc with distinction in Information Management and Preservation, University of Glasgow), her PhD research is using data analysis techniques to analyse legacies of race and slavery in our information environment.


MA English Language & History (2013-17), MSc Information Management and Preservation (2020-21)

Responsibilities & affiliations

Centre for Data, Culture, Society: Digital Cultural Heritage Cluster - Researcher (2022-present)

Centre for Data, Culture & Society - PhD Affiliate (2022-present)

Collaborative Doctoral Award Student with the National Library of Scotland (2021-present)

Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals - Member (2020-present)

Undergraduate teaching

The Historian's Toolkit (Autumn 2022)

Global Connections from 1450 (Spring 2023)


Postcolonial Faultlines: Branching into the Unknown (October 2022)


International Society for Knowledge Organisation (ISKO) UK Conference (July 2023)

Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) DH2023 (July 2023)

Transkribus User Conference (September 2022)