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Wednesday, 30th April 2008

Old Bailey puts criminal cases online

Old Bailey puts criminal cases online

Records of proceedings at the Old Bailey from 1674 to 1913 have been put online today.

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey has been developed by a group of universities including Sheffield, Hertfordshire and the Open University.

Almost 200,000 cases are on display, mainly as digital images of official documents.
Professor Robert Shoemaker, head of the Department of History at the University of Sheffield, and co-director of the project, said: "It is now possible to search records of 197,745 individual trials, running to 110,000 pages of text and some 120 million words.

"Up until now this treasure trove of social, legal and family history has only been available to a few dedicated historians who were prepared to spend months peering at microfilm.

+ The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913

Source: Information World Review

Hat tip: PW


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