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June 2007

Further records of sixteenth-century Edinburgh now live

Dr Peter Webster, 25 June 2007

Records of the Burgh for 1528-57 are now live. The second in our series of Edinburgh volumes from the Burgh Record Society brings the story of the city into the years preceding the Reformation. Read more at:

Complete Calendars of State Papers to go online

Dr Jane Winters, 20 June 2007

The IHR has been awarded funding by the AHRC to complete the digitisation of the Calendars of State Papers. The Calendars of State Papers in The National Archives are a key resource for historians of England in the early modern period.

We have already been funded by The Andrew W Mellon Foundation to digitise and publish the Calendars of State Papers, Domestic (1547-1704, 1760-75) and those for Scotland and Ireland in British History Online, as 'Premium' subscription content. The award of £414,000 from the AHRC will support the digitisation and publication of the remaining 293 volumes (Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic of Henry VIII; the State Papers, Foreign; the State Papers, Colonial; Treasury books and papers; and papers held in foreign archives) as free content.

The Calendars of State Papers will be made available through British History Online alongside our other core primary and secondary sources for the early modern period, including the Journals of the Houses of Commons and Lords, Ordnance Survey maps and the substantial part of the Victoria County History.

The availability online of the full series of the Calendars of State Papers will represent an enormous gain in terms of accessibility and usability. Their publication will also present scholars with the opportunity to comment on and correct any errors or omissions in the texts, leading ultimately to what might be perceived as new, community-generated 'editions'.

Professor David Bates, Director of the IHR, said: 'British History Online has been supporting research, learning and teaching for over four years by providing high quality digitised versions of the key sources for the history of the British Isles. The digital library is central to our commitment to develop and promote historical research, and the planned facility to add corrections and annotations to the Calendars opens up an array of exciting possibilities. We are delighted that the AHRC has recognised the importance of this project, and the wider work of the IHR in this field'.

London chronicles

Dr Matthew Davies, 18 June 2007

Three fifteenth-century chronicles of London are now live. First published by the Camden Society, this edition also includes extensive historical notes on the chronicles by the antiquarian John Stow. An edition of Stow's own 'A survey of London' will be launched on British History Online soon. Read the Three Chronicles, and other London chronicles, at:

Records of the Burgh of Edinburgh

Dr Peter Webster, 11 June 2007

Extracts from the burgh records for 1403-1528 are now live. As well as extracts from the burgh records, the volume also includes extensive lists of city officers, extracts of charters and other appendices. The edition was originally prepared by J.D. Marwick for the Burgh Records Society, and our publication of it matches similar records for the burgh of Glasgow. Two more volumes (for the period up to 1571) will appear in the next few weeks. Read them all at:

John Thurloe's Collection of State Papers

Dr Peter Webster, 04 June 2007

Our publication of Thurloe's collection nears completion, with the launch of volumes 5 and 6. They cover the period from May 1656 to March 1658, a period of intense diplomatic activity. The final two volumes will go live in the next few weeks. Read them all at: