Dr Gavin Robinson
Last updated: 14 April 2018.
I am an independent historian and professional palaeographer. I do freelance manuscript transcription and data cleaning. If you have any enquiries about this work, you can contact me below. More details of services and prices will be added to this website soon. (I used to run Different Hand Ltd but in future will be working as a sole trader under my own name). I am also available for employment and casual work where contracting out isn't possible (for example, if you need right of control) but I can't mix employment and self-employment for the same institution.
My own research is on horses and cavalry in the English Civil War. I am also interested in crowdsourcing and Linked Open Data.
Links and Contact
- Horses, People and Parliament in the English Civil War: Extracting Resources and Constructing Allegiance (Hardback: Ashgate, 2012; paperback: Routledge, 2017).
- 'The Military Value of Horses and the Social Value of the Horse in Early Modern England' in Peter Edwards, Elspeth Graham and Karl Enenkel (eds), The Horse as Cultural Icon (Leiden, Brill, 2011), pp. 351–76.
- 'Equine Battering Rams? A Reassessment of Cavalry Charges in the English Civil War', Journal of Military History 75/3 (July 2011), pp. 719–31.
- 'Horse Supply and the Development of the New Model Army, 1642–1646', War in History 15/2 (April 2008), pp. 121–40. (Open Access PDF with new preface.)
- November 2017, BCMH New Research in Military History conference, Cambridge: chair and organizer, Allegiance and Dispossession in the European Religious Wars panel.
- July 2017, BCMH Russet Coated Soldiers conference, Newark:
- Chair, Strategy and Tactics panel.
- Presented, 'The Operational Mobility of Essex's Army and the New Model Army'.
- May 2008, FORWARD Symposium, Nottingham: presented, 'Social-Political Animals: Humans and Non-Humans in Early-Modern Society'.
- 2013–2018: Director, Different Hand Ltd. Manuscript transcription and correction, data cleaning, indexing, research assistance, project management.
- 2016–2017: casual data inputter, Cambridge Population Group. Checking census data against document images, data cleaning and record linkage.
- 2008–2013: Freelance manuscript transcriber. I worked on these projects:
- 2012: 1624
Parliament project (History of Parliament Trust) transcribing the
diary of Richard Dyott MP.
- 2012: pilot for Mortality
and Epidemiological Change in Manchester, 1750-1850 (Newcastle
University and Cambridge Population Group).
- 2011–12: The
Origins of the Modern Demographic Regime: Infant Mortality by Social
Status in Georgian London (Newcastle University and Cambridge
- 2008–09: Life in
the Suburbs (Centre for Metropolitan History and Cambridge