Category Archives: Resources

Calendars of State Papers Domestic on the Internet Archive

Among its many other wonders, you can find a marvellous run of 16th- and 17th-century CSPD on the Internet Archive. But they’re not consistently titled, and there are duplicates of many volumes, so it’s not easy to piece them together. … Continue reading

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Finding English and Welsh local history online

This started with a question on Twitter about sources for JPs, which got me looking up some old references. This is another one that's not too easy to get hold of but sounds like a goldmine: — Sharon Howard … Continue reading

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Five Reasons for Historians to Learn R

In which I do some cheerleading for the R Project for Statistical Computing. 1. You’re almost certain to find it worth the effort Often, in the endless “should academics learn to code” debate, it’s not clear to newcomers what you … Continue reading

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Bloody Code: reflecting on ten years of the Old Bailey Online and the digital futures of our criminal past

Talk given at Our Criminal Past: Digitisation, Social Media and Crime History Workshop, London Metropolitan Archives, 17 May 2013 My academic apprenticeship, in Aberystwyth, was spent engrossed in two things: first, early modern Welsh and northern English crime archives, and … Continue reading

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An Online Hub for Early Modernists

Early Modern Resources is going to change. The site has been accumulating content for more than a decade now without changing significantly in its functions or intent. Meanwhile, the Web has expanded dramatically. There are now far more high-quality scholarly … Continue reading

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London Lives

At last it’s official, and the work I started in Sheffield in 2006 (yikes!) is almost complete: London Lives 1690-1800 is open for business. There are more than 200,000 pages of manuscript material from parish, criminal justice and hospital records, … Continue reading

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Bad news for British and Irish historians

The RHS Bibliography of British and Irish history will cease to be a free resource as of next January. This is really pissing me off.

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Excellent idea from The Guardian: Datablog, and the associated Data Store. Everyday we work with datasets from around the world. We have had to check this data and make sure it’s the best we can get, from the most credible … Continue reading

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