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!
- Baker, Alexi. Navigation and Technology in the Dock at the Old Bailey (The Board of Longitude, 1714-1828).
- Baker, James. 10 Years of Old Bailey Online (Cradledincaricature).
- Bernard, Abigail. Highway Robbery and Other Tales #OBO10 (Genealogyfinders).
- Collins, Audrey. Old Bailey Online – the Will Forgeries (The Family Recorder).
- Crymble, Adam. Trust Me: The Old Bailey Online as a Model for Digitization Projects (Thoughts on Public & Digital History by Adam Crymble).
- Darby, Nell. Tales From The Old Bailey: Gloucestershire Connections (The Cotswold History Blog).
- ———. Tales From The Old Bailey: The Winchcombe Highwayman (The Cotswold History Blog).
- Dunning, Alastair. Old Bailey Online – Sustaining Scholarship and Public Engagment (Available Online).
- Gray, Drew. Teaching (and Learning) Using the Old Bailey Online (History at the University of Northampton).
- Guildhall Library Blog, Old Bailey Online.
- Hitchcock, Tim. Hearing the Dead – Ten Years of the Old Bailey Online (Historyonics).
- Houston, Amy Elizabeth. Susannah Emmerson, Convict – Old Bailey Online 10th Anniversary (Branches Leaves & Pollen).
- Howard, Sharon. Tales of the Unexpected: Or, What Can Happen When You Let a Bunch of Criminals Loose on the Internet (Early Modern Notes).
- Jenkin, Anna. The Website That Made Me a Historian: Happy Birthday Old Bailey Online! (Bubble Bubble Gender Trouble).
- Liedl, Janice. To Boldly Go: Historical Prospects of the Old Bailey Online (Jliedl.ca).
- Makepeace, Margaret. April Fool? (Untold Lives).
- Morgan, Rosemary. Discovering My Convict Ancestor in Old Bailey and Prisoner Records (London Roots Research).
- Owen, Frances. The Thief up the Chimney: Old Bailey Online 10th Anniversary Post (A Rebel Hand: Nicholas Delaney of 1798).
- Paley, Ruth. Parliamentarians in the Courts.. (The History of Parliament).
- Prescott, Andrew. Freemasons Down The Bailey (Digital Riffs).
- Rix, Kathryn. MPs at the Old Bailey (The Victorian Commons).
- RSPCA at the Old Bailey (RSPCA Cambridge).
- Shore, Heather. ‘I Am Now in the Service of the Mint’: Police, Coiners and Utterers in the Nineteenth Century Old Bailey (Crime in the Community).
- ———. Microfilm Days and Digital Discoveries: Reflections on Using the Old Bailey Online (Crime in the Community).
- Smith, Lisa. A Recipe for Trouble, or Criminal Chemistry (The Recipes Project).
- ———. The Old Bailey Online: A Digital Inspiration (The Sloane Letters Blog).