A Riot of Blogging!

It seems worth taking a few moments to reflect on the weekend’s blogging – it was wonderful to read so many stories and experiences. I was particularly delighted not simply at the numbers who participated by blogging and tweeting – 25 posts from 22  bloggers at the last count, with more than 100 people on Twitter spreading the word  – but also the diversity of the contributions, which reflected the variety of the audience for the Old Bailey Online and the uses they make of it.

Some posts traced the story of a convict ancestor, and the surprises that story had often produced along the way. Some explored a particular type of criminal offence or a trial. Some posts delved into the possibilities enabled by keyword search for studying particular groups of people or topics. Some posts discussed the difference that digitising the Proceedings has made to their research or teaching practice, or the example it can set for digitisation practice and digital history more broadly.

There were historians who work in universities, historians who work outside universities, historians who don’t get paid to be historians at all; librarians, archivists and digitisation managers; students as well as teachers. The Old Bailey Online has transformed the work of some historians, while for others, it exerted a profound influence on their decision to become a historian at all.

It was a pleasure to bring them all together for this event. I want to thank everyone who took part, and I hope the next ten years will be as interesting as the first!


Additional Resources


Zotero bibliography

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