|Dates||28 May 2011 - 27 May 2015|
|Website||The Cabot Project|
|Funder(s)||Gretchen Batua, a private Canadian benefactor|
Miss Margaret Condon (Hon Research Assoc, Bristol), Prof Peter Pope (Memorial University, NFLD, Canada), Dr Francesco Guidi Bruscoli (University of Florence), Dr Heather Dalton (University of Melbourne)
|Contact person||Dr Evan Jones|
This is an international and collaborative project set up in July 2009 to investigate the Bristol discovery voyages of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries – in particular, those undertaken by the Venetian adventurer, John Cabot (a.k.a. Giovanni Caboto, Juan Cabotto, Zuan Chabotto). The origins of the project lie in Dr Jones' investigations of the research claims of Dr Alwyn Ruddock (d. 2005). Dr Ruddock, who was formerly a 'Reader' at Birkbeck College, University of London, dominated research into the Bristol discovery voyages from the 1960s, making finds that promised to 'revolutionise' our understanding of Europe's engagement with North America in the three decades after 1492. However, Ruddock never published her key findings and, on her death, she ordered the destruction of all her work.Since 2006, Jones and his associates have been engaged in trying to determine what Dr Ruddock found and where she found it. Further information, including links to the published results of the project can be found on the project website – much of which is available for free download.