Introducing the Georgian Papers Programme
On April 1, 2015 the Georgian Papers Programme was launched at Windsor Castle in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen. A collaboration between King’s College London, founded by George IV, and the Royal Collection Trust, the Programme aims to digitize, disseminate, and interpret an extraordinarily rich collection of materials, including correspondence, maps, and royal household ledgers.
The project will include the digitization of all the historic manuscripts from the Georgian period, totaling more than 350,000 pages, of which only about 15% have previously been published. By 2020 the digitized materials documenting the Hanoverian Dynasty, dating from 1714-1837, will offer an online archive and library available to all—academics and the public. The digitization and cataloging of these documents will allow them to be searched and analysed in creative and flexible ways. While the vast majority of the collection comprises papers from George III, papers from Kings George I, George II, George IV and William IV will also be made available.
It is hoped that the work will transform the understanding of Georgian Britain and its monarchy, at a time of profound cultural, political, economic and social change which created the modern nation.
The project is part of a wider programme of work by the Royal Archives to open up access to its primary source material, following the success of the digitization of Queen Victoria's journals in 2012. The intention is to create a rich internet resource which will be open to academics and the public alike, which will present the documents and allow them to be searched and analysed in creative and flexible ways.
The Georgian Papers Programme is expected to transform historical research and understanding of Britain and its monarchy and a crucial period in British and world history. It will be of particular value to universities, schools, academics and authors in the UK, the Commonwealth and overseas.
“We look forward to working closely with the Royal Household over the coming five years and to developing an exciting programme of research, scholarly debate and public events in connection with the digitisation and interpretation of this vast and rich royal archive.”
- Professor Adam Sutcliffe,
Head of History, King's College London