Hearth Tax Digital was officially launched at an event held at the British Academy on Tuesday 2 July. The event was an opportunity to celebrate the new site, which came online in January, and share the story of its development, vision and potential going forward.
In regards to the official launch, Project Director Dr Andrew Wareham said, “We are delighted to share this resource with family and local historians as well as the academic community and we hope to see it grow over the coming years.”
The event was attended by those involved with the publication of county volumes, members of the U3A, the genealogy community, committee members for the British Academy Hearth Tax Project, colleagues from Roehampton University and our Hearth Tax Digital partners from the University of Graz in Austria – Georg Vogeler, Theresa Dellinger and Jakob Sonnberger.
Dr. Andrew Wareham talks to the development of Hearth Tax Digital
Trevor Dean from Roehampton University and Chair of the Committee for the British Academy Hearth Tax Project welcomed event attendees, whilst Sarah Williams from Who Do You Think You Are? introduced the new website. We are grateful for the enthusiastic view she extended toward the potential Hearth Tax Digital holds for the academic and genealogy communities alike.
Georg Vogeler then outlined the technological development of the site and its functionality and future vision. Andrew Wareham concluded the presentations with a more general discussion of the project’s genesis and realisation. The presentations were followed by a drinks reception which was enjoyed in the beautiful environs of the British Academy.
From left – Georg Vogeler (University of Graz) and Rob Wheeler ( Lincolnshire Record Society)
From left – Pete Seaman (Member of British Academy Hearth Tax Project), Brodie Waddell (Birkbeck and member of the BAHTP), Aaron Columbus (Project Research Officer and Birkbeck)
From left – Trevor Dean (Chair of the British Academy Hearth Tax Project), Paul Hodges (former Roehampton University) and Charlotte Beher (Department of Humanities, Roehampton University)
From left – Ken Emond (British Academy) and Dr. Andrew Wareham (Roehampton and Project Director)
From left – Helena Hammond (Department of Dance, Roehampton) and Jacqui Wales (family historian)
From left – Dr. Brodie Waddell (Birkbeck and member of the BAHTP), Aaron Columbus (Project Research Officer and Birkbeck), Professor Vanessa Harding (Birkbeck and member of the BAHTP)
Hearth Tax Digital was developed by the University of Roehampton’s Centre for Hearth Tax Research in partnership with the University of Graz’s Centre for Information Modeling. The Roehampton-Graz website has been designed by Professor Georg Vogeler and Dr Andrew Wareham, and it has been built by Theresa Dellinger and Jakob Sonnberger, with financial support from the British Academy and the Department of Humanities at the University of Roehampton. Returns for the city of London, Middlesex and Yorkshire (East and West Riding) were made available with the site’s launch in January. The 1672 Lady Day return for County Durham was added to the site in late June. Other counties are in the pipeline.
Hearth Tax Digital has four key features that make it a powerful tool for researchers – a general search button which allows users at any time to do any textual search (by personal name, location or descriptor), a records page which allows readers to read the entries in the returns, together with the preliminary information, as they were written in the original returns and assessments, databasket which allows users to click on all the entries which they are interested in for further use, alongside an advanced search function which allows users to combine searches for people and places with numbers of hearths.
Visit our new website Hearth Tax Digital – https://gams.uni-graz.at/context:htx – and stay tuned for future developments.