Locating London’s Past wins the 2014 BSECS Prize for Digital Resources

Locating London’s Past wins the 2014 BSECS Prize for Digital Resources

On 8 January the project website Locating London’s Past won the 2014 British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Prize for Digital Resources.  This award, sponsored by Adam Matthew Digital, is awarded annually to the best resource supporting eighteenth-century studies.

The website allows users  to search a wide body of digital resources relating to early modern and eighteenth-century London (including records of crime, poor relief, taxation, elections, local administration, plague deaths, and archaeological finds), and to map the results on to a fully GIS compliant version of John Rocque’s wonderfully detailed 1746 map, or a modern Google map.

Locating London’s Past, funded by JISC, was a collaboration between the Universities of Sheffield and Hertfordshire, and the Institute of Historical Research (University of London), and the website was developed by the Humanities Research Institute in Sheffield.  Credit goes to the whole team who created the website, particularly Michael Pidd, Jamie McLaughlin, and Sharon Howard at the HRI.  Project directors were Professor Matthew Davies (IHR), Professor Tim Hitchcock (Sussex) and Professor Robert Shoemaker (Sheffield). This is the second time this (or a very similar) project team has won this prize; they won the 2011 prize for London Lives 1690-1800 (www.londonlives.org).

Find out more on the Locating London’s Past website.