An Old Bailey Online 10th Anniversary Blog Event

The Old Bailey Online launched in  March 2003 [corrected date] and the very last Proceedings of the Old Bailey were published in April 1913. We want to hold a birthday party!

Several years ago, there was an Old Bailey Online Blog Symposium: a number of bloggers got together to blog about their research or teaching work using the website, and co-ordinated their posts over one weekend. They included academics with a range of interests and family historians – everyone was welcome.

We’d like to do the same thing again to mark the 10th anniversary. If you have a blog, all you need to do is publish a post sometime around the weekend of 13-14 April and let us know about it – we’ll link to all the posts here. If you don’t have your own blog but would like to post something, contact us and we’ll find somewhere it can be posted (either here or at a friend’s blog!).

Your post could be anything about research or teaching you’ve done using the website since 2003. If you’ve been using it for a long time, you might want to reflect on how the experience has changed, and whether our website (and ones like it) have changed the way you do research. If you’ve used it for researching your family history we’d love to know about what you learned about your ancestors. If you’re a PhD student using the site, tell us about your research. If you’re using the new API facilities, or using datamining techniques, tell us about it!

Please let us know if you’re thinking of taking part, either by email at or @OldBaileyOnline on Twitter, and tell us a little bit about what you might post about if you can. (This won’t commit you to anything.)

In case you want some ideas and examples, this is the main page for the original event (archived version. NB that a few of the links may not work).

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