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Digital History Centre

The Digital History Centre provides both a physical and intellectual home for some leading experts in the field of digital humanities. Our members are linked by their previous and ongoing contributions to the vanguard of the field of history, but also benefit from a wealth of cross disciplinary experience covering humanities, social sciences, computing and public engagement.

Centre aims

  • To promote the use of digital sources, tools and methodologies in history and more broadly.
  • To provide the technical assistance and practical skills required within the Department of History and our partner institutions.
  • To create systems, databases and projects which give students the opportunity to hone their digital skills.
  • To provide the opportunity for students to gain digital literacy skills and to apply them to their research.
  • To maintain and grow our wealth of digital sources with a view to increasing public participation in historical debate.

Research projects

Research projects involving members of the Digital History Centre include:

  • Integrated Census Microdata (I-CeM)

    Funded by a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Integrated Census Microdata
    (I-CeM) project was a three-year programme which produced a standardised, integrated dataset of most of the censuses of Great Britain for the period 1851 to 1911. The dataset is available at the UK Data Archive.


  • The Sloane Letters Project

    The correspondence of Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) consists of thirty-eight volumes held at the British Library, London. The letters are a rich source of information about topics such as scientific discourse, collections of antiquities, curiosities and books, patients' illnesses, medical treatments and family history. The collection has only been indexed by authors and catalogued by vague categories, which makes it difficult for researchers to find relevant information. The database will help researchers to use the letters effectively.


  • Victorian Occupations

    Dr Amanda Wilkinson has spent several years researching the reality of working-class women's work in Victorian Britain, considering women's work in different regions and different settings. The Victorian Occupations project shares that research by detailing the types of work women were carrying out, showing how their wages were affected by changes beyond their control, giving a voice to these women and providing a chance to tell their stories.


Centre members

See our individual academic staff profiles for information about our members' research interests:


Our academic staff

Dr Nadine Rossol

Our academic staff are internationally recognised for their expertise across a range of areas in history. Find out more about their research interests by reading their staff profiles.

Postgraduate study

Postgraduate student from the Department of History

We are a leading centre for history postgraduate study at both Masters and PhD level. Become part of our active research community and benefit from the expert teaching and supervision of our academic staff.

AHRC funding

PhD student in library

Apply for a PhD studentship for your doctoral study funded by the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Research Repository

A historical book being examined

Our Research Repository contains an extensive range of publications by academics from our Department. Read our leading historical papers and see why we have gained our international reputation for research excellence.