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The contributions of family and local historians to British history online



Community history projects across Britain have collected and created images, indexes and transcriptions of historical documents ranging from newspaper articles and photographs, to wills and biographical records. Based on analysis of community- and institutionally-led participatory history sites, and interviews with family and local historians, this chapter discusses common models for projects in which community historians cooperated to create digital resources. For decades, family and local historians have organised or contributed to projects to collect, digitise and publish historical sources about British history. What drives amateur historians to voluntarily spend their time digitising cultural heritage? How do they cooperatively or collaboratively create resources? And what challenges do they face?


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  • Resource type

    Book chapter

  • Institution
    • British Library

  • Organisational unit
    • Digital Scholarship

  • Book title
    • Participatory Heritage

  • Editor
    • Roued-Cunliffe, Henriette
      • ISNI
    • Copeland, Andrea
  • Publisher
    • Facet Publishing

  • Place of publication
    • London, UK

  • ISBN
    • 9781783301232

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  • Alternate identifier
      • Alternate identifier: General Reference Collection YC.2018.a.2460
      • type: BL shelfmark