Magazine article History Today

WWW.Oldbaileyonline.Org

Magazine article History Today

WWW.Oldbaileyonline.Org

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THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE OLD BAILEY website, originally launched in March I 2003, was set up to make a fully-searchable, digitised collection of all the surviving editions of the Old Bailey Proceedings available on the internet free of charge. The project, carried out by the Humanities Research Centre at the University of Sheffield and the Higher Education Digisation Service at the University of Hertfordshire, is now nearly finished: 53,000 trials dating from April 1674 to December 1799 are now online with the remaining trials (January 1800 to 1834) due to appear this November. Users will then be able to search the records Of 100,000 individual trials--from drunken brawls to street robberies to murder--which run to 60,000 pages of text and 25 million words.

Searching the mass of records is simple. Users may search the Proceedings by keyword, name, place, crime, verdict, punishment, date, statistics, reference number or associated records. Clicking on the results returned will then allow the user to browse a transcript of that particular page, ant one further click produces a digital image of the original page of the Proceedings.

In addition to the transcripts and images, the site also provides excellent information on the historical and levi background to trials at the Old Bailey and the publishing history of the Proceedings. …

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