Digital Projects

The day job

I’ve worked on several digital history/humanities projects at the DHI, Sheffield. Currently working on Alice Thornton’s Books (Edinburgh); recently on early modern petitions (Birkbeck) and letters of David Bailie Warden (Newcastle).

Alice Thornton’s Books

A project to create a fully searchable digital edition of all four of Alice Thornton’s (1626-1707) autobiographical texts. My main role is modelling and mark up of the texts in TEI-XML.


English Petitions 1573-1800

A digital edition of more than 2500 fully transcribed petitions drawn from seven local and national archival collections. The petitions are part of The Power of Petitioning, a project to examine the role of petitioning in 17th-century English society.

Petitions »

Old Bailey Online 1674-1913

A fully searchable digitised collection of the Old Bailey Proceedings 1674-1913, and Ordinary of Newgate’s Accounts 1676-1772. It includes 197,745 trials held at London’s central criminal court - “the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published” - and biographical narratives of c. 2,500 people executed at Tyburn.

Old Bailey Online »

London Lives 1690-1800

A fully searchable edition of a wide range of primary sources about eighteenth-century London, with a particular focus on “plebeian” Londoners, crime, poor relief and poverty. It includes over 240,000 manuscript and printed pages from eight London archives, containing over 3.35 million name instances, supplemented by fifteen additional datasets.

London Lives »

Small Bills and Petty Finance

Small Bills project volunteers have transcribed tens of thousands of records of parochial expenditure on poor relief under the Old Poor Law 1700-1834. I carried out data exploration and produced visualisations.

Small Bills »

David Bailie Warden Papers

The correspondence of David Bailie Warden, marked up in TEI-XML. This is a pilot for a project aiming to explore the role played by transatlantic social networks in scientific progress and political revolution in the early 19th century.

Warden »

Digital Panopticon 1780-1925

A searchable website that brings together fifty existing and new genealogical, biometric and criminal justice datasets held by different organisations in the UK and Australia to explore the impact of different types of penal punishments on the lives of c.100,000 people sentenced at The Old Bailey 1780-1925.

Panopticon »

Locating London’s Past

An intuitive GIS interface enabling researchers to map and visualize textual and artefactual data relating to seventeenth and eighteenth-century London against John Rocque’s 1746 map of London and the first accurate modern OS map.

Locating London »

Connected Histories 1500-1900

Connected Histories brings together a range of digital resources related to 16th-19th-century Britain with a single federated search that allows sophisticated searching of names, places and dates.

Connected Histories »

Manuscripts Online 1000-1500

Manuscripts Online enables users to search an enormous body of online primary resources relating to written and early printed culture in medieval Britain.

Manuscripts Online »