Last updated: 9 September 2019. Several hundred petitions that I transcribed for The Power of Petitioning project have now been published at British History Online.
I am an independent historian and professional palaeographer. I do freelance manuscript transcription and data cleaning (I used to run Different Hand Ltd but am now working as a sole trader under my own name). You can now find more details of my manuscript transcription and data processing services and general business information. If you have any enquiries about this work, you can contact me below. You can get a free quote to help with project planning and funding bids.
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.
2018– self-employed. Historical manuscript transcription and data cleaning.
2013–2018: Director, Different Hand Ltd. Historical manuscript transcription and correction, data cleaning, indexing, research assistance, project management. Clients' identities are confidential by default, but these projects have chosen to credit me on their websites:
Corpus Synodalium: a database of medieval church statutes compiled by Professor Rowan Dorin at Harvard and Stanford universities. I contributed transcripts of printed texts that were too difficult for OCR.
The Wandering Grocer: the journals of William Whitehead, a grocer from West Hartlepool, who travelled around the world in 1898. I proofed, corrected, and indexed an existing transcript.
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:
Parliament project (History of Parliament Trust), transcribing the
diary of Richard Dyott MP, which was published at British History Online.
2012: pilot for Mortality
and Epidemiological Change in Manchester, 1750-1850 (Newcastle
University and Cambridge Population Group).
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
Population Group). The parish register database that I contributed to has been published at SAS-Space, and part has been republished at London Lives.