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Digital History

Digital history is central to everything we do at the IHR. We have a well-established reputation as a creator of digital resources, as a partner in digital research, and as an innovator in digital approaches to the past.

Digital history at the IHR

Digital history is central to everything we do at the IHR. The Institute enjoys a well-established reputation as a creator of digital resources, as a partner in digital research, and as an innovator in digital approaches to the past.

The IHR's digital specialisms bring together historians, editors, bibliographers, web developers, engagement managers, GIS and mapping officers, trainers and designers. IHR staff also work closely with digital humanities scholars across the School of Advanced Study.

Resources and projects

The IHR is a provider of major research resources including British History Online, a library of nearly 1300 volumes of primary and secondary content. The Institute is also home to projects such as the HLF-funded Layers of London, and its staff work in technical partnership with other research programmes beyond the IHR.

The IHR is especially rich in data relating to people and places in British history, and we are keen to to develop new areas of research, including network analysis and digital prosopography. We're also exploring the applications of 3D imaging and printing for historians and researchers across the humanities.

Digital publishing

Our digital publications include the Bibliography of British and Irish History and Reviews in History, which provide up-to-date information on developments in historical writing and research.

We are also an advocate of Open Access publishing, especially for monographs and edited collections. A wide range of IHR publications are freely available to all as Open Access titles.

Training and teaching

We provide training courses in digital research practices and approaches to digital history. Our courses cater for beginners as well as more accomplished digital historians. We offer a range of subjects, from database creation and text encoding to GIS mapping and social media for historians.

IHR digital specialists also teach on our Masters in Historical Research (MRes), and on digital training programmes across the School of Advanced Study and the University of London.

Digital sustainability

We have extensive experience in the digitisation of historical texts and images. The IHR's flagship digitisation project, British History Online, creates opportunities for the preservation of print and born-digital historical resources.

We welcome proposals for new content, either for digitisation from print or as born-digital following the completion of a research project, or the end of a fixed-term web-hosting contract.

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