London Lives makes available, in a fully digitised and searchable form, a wide range of primary sources about eighteenth-century London, with a particular focus on plebeian Londoners. This resource includes over 240,000 manuscript and printed pages from eight London archives and is supplemented by fifteen datasets created by other projects. It provides access to historical records containing over 3.35 million name instances. Facilities are provided to allow users to link together records relating to the same individual, and to compile biographies of the best documented individuals.

Primary funding was provided by the Economic and Social Research Council. Project Directors are Professors Tim Hitchcock and Robert Shoemaker and the Project Manager is Dr Sharon Howard. Implemented by the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffield and the Higher Education Digitisation Service at the University of Hertfordshire, this website is published by HRI Online Publications.

For guidance in using this site see the individual search pages and the Research Guides.

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