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Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Old Bailey Online is the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published.
Robert Shoemaker Professor of Eighteenth-Century British history at the University of Sheffield explains, “Our criminal pasts have long been a source of great intrigue. When the Old Bailey Online launched in 2008 the huge number of people worldwide logging on to see if they could uncover a black sheep in their family caused the server to crash and proved the unquestionable popularity of this fascinating area of family and social history. Since then, more than ten million users, including the makers of ‘Garrow’s Law’, have visited the site.”
Professor Shoemaker concludes, “The legal exploits of William Garrow, who made his name at the Old Bailey, portray a passionate believer in legal justice. For viewers that are inspired by the new series, The Old Bailey Online will the main point of call for those seeking further information about the over 1,000 trials in which Garrow appeared.”
The Old Bailey Proceedings Online makes available a fully searchable, digitised collection of all surviving editions of the Old Bailey Proceedings from 1674 to 1913. It allows access to over 197,000 trials and biographical details of approximately 2,500 men and women executed at Tyburn, publicly available and completely free of charge.