The EETACS (Early English Text and Corpus Studies) project was established in 1995 with the purpose of furthering Finnish –Russian scholarly cooperation in two main areas. One is to chart and study the medieval and early modern manuscripts and printed books of English provenance in the libraries and archives of St Petersburg. Valuable results have been obtained in this area and part of them have already reached publication. The second main aim is to encourage corpus-based historical study of English in St Petersburg by giving courses in the use of electronic corpora, by organizing seminars and by giving individual supervision to Russian postgraduate students.