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Digital Services and Training

We offer a range of services, including training in research methods and opportunities for digital sustainability.

Digitisation and digital sustainability

The IHR's flagship digitisation project, British History Online, creates opportunities for the preservation of print and born-digital historical resources.

British History Online is a much-used, sustainable platform. 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.

Recent examples of digital projects transferred to BHO include the University of Birmingham's Court of Chivalry, 1634-40 database. Born-digital projects published straight to BHO include the Cromwell Association's Directory of Parliamentarian Army Officers

We're currently working with historians on the AHRC-funded project, The Power of Petitioning in Seventeenth-Century England, to make research data available on British History Online.

We encourage writers of grant applications, when making their submissions, to consider British History Online as a platform for the sustainable publication of research data.

Contact us about digital sustainability

To discuss how British History Online can provide for print and born-digital preservation, either before or after a research project, please get in touch.

Contact the BHO Editor

Digital training and teaching

Institute staff provide a range of training courses in digital research practices and approaches to digital history. We also host training by external specialists, held at the IHR, in subjects such as database management and historical mapping and GIS.

Our courses cater for beginners and more accomplished digital historians alike, and range from database creation and text encoding, to GIS mapping and social media for historians. Courses are held in the IHR's fully equipped digital training room.

IHR digital specialists also teach on the IHR's Masters in Historical Research, and on digital training programmes at the School of Advanced Study, and for the London Arts and Humanities Partnership across the University of London. We also welcome enquiries for MPhil / PhD research projects in the subject areas of our digital history specialists.

The Institute is also home to a regular research seminar in Digital History, attracting a wide range of guest speakers.