The Digital Panopticon

The project will bring together genealogical, biometric and criminal justice datasets held in the UK and Australia in order to explore the impact of the different types of penal punishments on the lives of 90,000 people sentenced at The Old Bailey between 1780 and 1875.

It is a four year project (2013-17) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council under its Digital Transformations theme.

The Old Bailey Online

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Online 1674-1913 is a fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London’s central criminal court. The project was a collaboration between the Universities of Hertfordshire and Sheffield and the Open University.

Founders and Survivors

Founders and Survivors: Australian life courses in historical context 1803-1920 is a partnership between historians, genealogists, demographers and population health researchers. It seeks to record and study the founding population of 73,000 men women and children who were transported to Tasmania. Many survived their convict experience and went on to help build a new society.

About the Website

The project website has been built in WordPress, using a lightly customised version of the twentytwelve theme, and is hosted by the Humanities Research Institute. The project manager and webmaster is Sharon Howard.