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The Old Bailey Online celebrates its tenth birthday this month after attracting over 34 million page views since it went live in 2003.
The founders of the Old Bailey Online, Professor Robert Shoemaker from the University of Sheffield and Professor Tim Hitchcock from the University of Hertfordshire , were awarded the Longman-History Today Trustees Award for their major contribution to history. The award was given for the groundbreaking Old Bailey and follow-up London Lives projects that point the way to the future of the discipline.
In addition to the 10 year anniversary of the site, April 2013 also marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of the last ever issue of the Old Bailey Proceedings, which were published almost continuously for 240 years, from 1674 to April 1913.
Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts commented that the online trial accounts: “provide a valuable resource to academics and researchers as well as source material for creative industries. Garrows Law has used Old Bailey Online to bring to life a fascinating aspect of our history.”
Locating London’s Past
Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the National Lottery, the Old Bailey Online was developed at the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffield and the Higher Education Digitisation Service at the University of Herfordshire. Since its completion the same project team have added two new resources to widen its reach. London Lives, released in 2010, contains records relating to crime, poverty and social policy in eighteenth-century London. This fully searchable resource provides access to over 240,000 manuscripts from eight archives and fifteen datasets, giving access to the names of 3.4 million Londoners. Locating Londons Past, launched in December 2011, allows place names from the Old Bailey Proceedings to be mapped onto John Rocque’s 1746 map of London and the first accurate modern Ordinance Survey Map (1869-80).
A pioneer online historical resource, the Old Bailey Online has inspired countless other online projects. It is also included in several larger web resources, including Connected Histories, a search interface for 22 online historical databases totalling over 15 billion words. Connected Histories, funded by JISC, was developed by the same team at Sheffield and Hertfordshire that created the Old Bailey Online, in collaboration with the University of London’s Institute of Historical Research. It enables users to explore resources such as the Old Bailey trials alongside a wealth of other historical records.
Professor Shoemaker said: “The Old Bailey Online has been used in many, many ways we never anticipated. We are particularly proud of the fact it is a free resource, open to all, and we continue to be amazed at the creative work it facilitates.”
Professor Hitchcock added: “It is the everyday details and the voices of the poor that continue to shock; and as the years have gone by, new voices and new details rise to surface almost daily. The site has helped make a new history from below possible.”
To help celebrate the Old Bailey Online’s tenth anniversary, the website is hosting a blogothon where accounts of researchers’ and teachers’ experience using the site will be posted – everyone is welcome. If you have a blog, all you need to do is publish a post sometime around the weekend of 13-14 April and let the team know about it.
Source: University of Hertfordshire
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University of Hertfordshire. Old Bailey Proceedings Online celebrates tenth anniversary. Past Horizons. April 09, 2013, from http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/04/2013/old-bailey-proceedings-online-celebrates-tenth-anniversary
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