A lack of awareness of what GIS has to offer to the humanities, what others in the field are doing, and how to use GIS in a project, all represent major obstacles to the development of the spatial humanities. We will resolve this in a number of ways: first, building on extensive international experience, we will hold a range of short-courses, from one-day seminars to week-long summer schools, that will teach the necessary skills to academics and PhD students from across the humanities. Second, we will host a major conference on GIS in the humanities biolding on the success of HGIS2008 held at the University of Essex. Third we will host three expert meetings, the themes of which will be linked to the three s above. Finally, we will fund a PhD studentship, employ five researchers and collaborate with academics within and beyond Lancaster, providing a range of researchers in-depth experience of working on a major spatial humanities project.