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Continuing Notebook D II: Solutions

The Dickens Decoders have made short work of a further four pages from ‘Notebook D’, which Arthur Stone kept from his shorthand lessons with Dickens. Find out more about the source texts and download a line-by-line transcript here.

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Beginning Notebook D Challenge: Solutions

This autumn, the Dickens Decoders started to transcribe Notebook D – one of the notebooks that Arthur Stone kept from his lessons learning shorthand with Charles Dickens. In the process they discovered two new source texts from the works of Sydney Smith. Find out more and download a transcript here.

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Who wrote the Dickens Code stories? A forensic investigation

How can we tell whether Dickens is the author of the stories we have transcribed? Dr Andrea Nini is a forensic linguist who has been working with us on your transcriptions from Arthur Stone’s notebooks. In this guest blog, he explains the methods he uses to identify authorship and the results he has obtained so far.

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How we teach shorthand today

Frances Tew is a Dickens Decoder. She has taught Teeline shorthand for twenty years to students on journalism courses. In the second of two blogs she explains how we teach shorthand today and reflects on Dickens as a shorthand teacher.

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Shorthand today

Frances Tew is a Dickens Decoder. She has taught Teeline shorthand for twenty years to students on journalism courses. In the first of two blogs she tells us what modern shorthand is all about.

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Chinnery shorthand: Some snakes and ladders

Our Chinnery summer transcription is proving something of a ‘staggerer’. In a second guest blog, V&A research fellow Patrick Conner provides some help, explaining how Chinnery used shorthand in his sketches, as well as recurring phrases and signs and potential pitfalls.

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Charles Dickens, George Chinnery, and Gurney shorthand

What did Charles Dickens and the artist George Chinnery have in common? Both were practitioners of Gurney’s Brachygraphy shorthand. Find out more about what connects these two fascinating figures in a guest blog by Patrick Conner.

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Letter to Bentley progress

May’s ‘Letter to Bentley’ shorthand decoding challenge turned out to be the trickiest yet. Find out more about our progress here…