Thursday, 7 April 2011

Connected Histories Transforms Historical Research

Millions of historical records have become more accessible to the public. Connected Histories provides a single point of access to a wide range of distributed digital resources relating to early modern and nineteenth-century British history.

Connected Histories brings digital humanities research to a new level by providing integrated access to several key resources, moving beyond simple keyword searching to allow structured searching of millions of pages of text by names, places, and dates.

In the process, at the click of a mouse, researchers can find rich bodies of evidence for virtually any topic in British history; whether royal weddings, parliamentary reform movements, famous criminals, or the lives of plebeian Londoners (see examples below).

The Connected Histories website is fully searchable and provides access to millions of pages of text, hundreds of thousands of words and tens of thousands maps and images. It incorporates the following digital sources:

  • British History Online
  • Burney Newspapers 1600-1800
  • Charles Booth Online Archive
  • Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540-1835
  • London Lives, 1690-1800
  • Old Bailey Proceedings Online 1674-1913
  • Origins Network
  • Parliamentary Papers
  • Printed Ephemera from the Bodleian Library
  • Strype's Survey of London

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