Online Old Bailey symposium

The first online symposium on the Old Bailey Session Papers is up at the Head Beeb. Tim Lovell-Smith, Chris A. Williams, Jonathan Edelstein, Penny Richard, Russ Fagalie, Nathalie Bennett, and Sharon Howard all used the newly-available online database of the Old Bailey to research subjects such as an unexpected nineteenth-century Polynesian community in London, the evolution of concepts of policing, grand juries, the treatment of “idiots” in criminal proceedings, Irish aristocrats in exile, woman burglars, and a cultural history of early modern arson cases. This first online symposium demonstrates that (in Jonathan’s words) “online primary source collections, and particularly searchable ones, enable a different kind of research.” Go see!

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