Challenges

July 2024 challenge: Notebook D continued

Our work on Notebook D continues, with the end now in sight – and a mysterious text from an unknown source has emerged! Can you crack it? Download an entry form and have a go.
Deadline: 2 August 2024

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Solution to the May 2024 Challenge

The Dickens Decoders matched most of the shorthand in our May challenge to passages from Sydney Smith’s work – but two unidentified lines remain! Find out more and download a line-by-line transcript here.

Past challenges

Chinnery Summer Transcription Challenge

This summer, we’re taking a break from decoding Dickens and turning attention to another user of the Gurney shorthand system: the artist George Chinnery (1774-1852). Can you crack Chinnery’s shorthand annotations?
Deadline: 15 September 2023.