I’m Sharon Howard, and since summer 2006 I’ve been working at the University of Sheffield as Project Manager for two digital primary source projects: the Proceedings of the Old Bailey/Central Criminal Court and London Lives and the Making of Modern London 1690-1800. I’m now working on Connected Histories: Sources for Building British History, 1500-1900, a federated search facility for a wide range of distributed electronic resources relating to early modern and nineteenth-century British History.
I’ve been running an early modern resources website in one form or another since about 2000 and started this blog in June 2004.
My main research interests, apart from focusing on the early modern period (c.1500-1800), are: crime and legal history; women and gender; Welsh and British history. My other interests include: films, including noir, Hollywood comedies of the 30s, historical films, horror; strange and intelligent sitcoms (like this or this, or this); reading, especially crime novels and historical fiction (and meetings of the two!), eighteenth-century novels, some sci-fi; music including: ska, punk, blues, funk, electronic pop and (for some reason) almost anything from Scandinavia; cooking, organic/local food and the fair trade movement.