Connected Histories: ricerca integrata su risorse digitali di storia inglese (1500 – 1900)


Connected Histories è un nuovo strumento che consente di condurre ricerche integrate su 15 risorse digitali che contengono documenti, fonti primarie e fonti bibliografiche utili a chi conduce studi relativi alla storia inglese moderna (dal XV al XIX secolo).

Connected Histories brings together a range of digital resources related to early modern and nineteenth century Britain with a single federated search that allows sophisticated searching of namesplaces and dates, as well as the ability to save, connect and share resources within a personal workspace.

Il motore di ricerca è stato sviluppato dal Humanities Research Institute (HRI), Università di Sheffield. Il sito web è gestito dall’Institute of Historical Research di Londra. Si tratta di un progetto non-profit realizzato con il contributo del JISC.

Qui è disponibile un breve filmato di presentazione che illustra tutte le potenzialità di ricerca offerte dal sito.

Molto belli anche i percorsi di ricerca guidati, dedicati ad aree tematiche specifiche: crimine e giustizia; storia della famiglia; storia di Londra; storia imperiale e coloniale; storia locale; storia dell’istituzione parlamentare; povertà e opere di carità; storia religiosa; storia attraverso le immagini.

Riportiamo l’elenco delle risorse e delle banche dati digitali al momento interrogabili attraverso il motore di ricerca (purtroppo molte di queste risorse sono a pagamento, quindi i dati sono accessibili solo per le istituzioni che hanno sottoscritto un contratto di abbonamento):

  • British History Online: the digital library of primary and secondary sources for the history of Britain, from the Middle Ages to c.1900 (banca dati a pagamento).
  • British Museum Images: the collection provides searchable access to almost 100,000 images, relating to early modern and 19th-century Britain (free).
  • British Newspapers, 1600-1900: the most comprehensive digital historic British newspaper archive in existence, with 3 million pages of historic newspapers, newsbooks and ephemera from national and regional papers (banca dati a pagamento).
  • Charles Booth Online Archive: it provides access to guides, digitised images and maps from the Booth archive collections at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of London Library (free).
  • Convict Transportation Registers Database: information on more than 123,000 of the 160,000 convicts transported to Australia between 1787 and 1867 included in the Convict Transportation Registers Series (HO 11) held in The National Archives of the UK (free).
  • House of Commons Parliamentary Papers: it gives access to page images and searchable full text for over 200,000 House of Commons sessional papers and supplementary information from 1688 onwards (banca dati a pagamento).
  • John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera: the collection provides access to more than 67,000 scanned items from the Bodleian Library’s holdings documenting various aspects of everyday life in Britain from the 18th to the early 20th century (banca dati a pagamento).
  • John Strype’s Survey of London Online: this is a full-text electronic version of John Strype’s enormous two-volume survey of 1720, complete with its celebrated maps and plates, which depict the prominent buildings, street plans and ward boundaries of the late Stuart capital (free).
  • London Lives 1690-1800: it provides a fully searchable edition of 240,000 manuscript pages from eight London archives and 15 datasets, giving access to 3.5 million names (free).
  • Origins.net: it offers online access to some of the richest ancestral information available. The collection searchable through Connected Histories focuses on the early modern history of London (banca dati a pagamento).
  • The Proceedings of Old Bailey Online, 1674-1913: it contains accounts of the trials conducted at London’s central criminal court between 1674 and 1913; and also the Ordinary’s Accounts – detailed narratives of the lives and deaths of convicts executed at Tyburn, published between 1676 and 1772 (free).

URL: <http://www.connectedhistories.org>

 

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