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Ashley Campbell | 50 comments Mod
What are some digital methodologies you use in your research and/or exploration of 18th-century texts and culture?

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Adam Stevenson | 10 comments I am finding the increased digitalisation of ephemeral texts to be very interesting and enlightening. The huge project on the Old Bailey's website has opened up trial documents from throughout the eighteenth century.


(My favourite page is the page which contextualises the crimes in Roque's map of London).

I am also a fan of London Lives. This website collates parish details and other municipal records to create 'lives' of people on the margins.

The there is the availability of huge swathes of text, like the newly digitised London Gazette.

- True, these are all London-centric but I am mainly looking into my own interests and researching for a novel I am mid-way through writing based on the London Criminal demi-monde.

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Lucienne Boyce Thanks for these fantastic links Adam. I've been using OBP on line for ages, it is brilliant, but didn't know about London Lives.

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Rachel (poofysheep) | 2 comments Hey, I just saw an announcement for a really cool project at the University of Chicago: they're making a huge database of eighteenth century commonplace books. (I'm nerding out big time!) http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2014...

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Adam Stevenson | 10 comments Oh that does sound brilliant. They have some of William Blake's commonplace books at the British Library and the sneaky peek I've had in them is fascinating.

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