Department of History

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Prof Tim Hitchcock

Post:Professor Of Digital History (History)
Other posts:Co-Director (Sussex Humanities Lab)
Location:ARTS A A136

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 678880
International:+44 1273 678880

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Tim Hitchcock has degrees from the University of California at Berkeley (1980) and the University of Oxford (1985).  He began his academic career at the then Polytechnic of North London, where he taught early modern social history and humanities computing from 1989 onwards, searving as Head of the History group from 1992.  In 1997 he took up a Readership at the University of Hertfordshire, where he served as Dean of Research for Humanities and Education, and from 2003, as founding director of the Social Science Arts and Humanities Research Institute.  He was awarded a Professorship in Eighteenth-Century History in 2001; and was appointed Professor of Digital History at the University of Sussex in 2013; and co-director of the Sussex Humanities Lab in 2015.

Hitchcock has published twelve books on the histories of gender, sexuality and poverty focussed primarily on eighteenth-century London.  With Professor Robert Shoemaker and others he has also created a series of websites helping to give direct public access to 37 billion words of primary sources evidencing the history of Britain. Designed to underpin the writing of a new 'history from below', these sites include:  The Old Bailey Online, 1674 to 1913 (; London Lives, 1690-1800 (; Locating London's Past (; and Connected Histories (  Jointly with Robert Shoemaker, in 2011 he was given the History Today, Trustees' Award for his contribution to historical research.   Hitchcock was a founding member of the AHRC Advisory Board and Peer Review College, and is currently a member and past chair of the AHRC's Digital Transformations Advisory Group.  He also sits on the British Library's Advisory Council.  From 2012, he has been Co-Investigator on the AHRC funded project: The Digital Panopticon: The Global Impact of London Punishments, 1780-1925.  


Professor of Digital History and Co-director of the Sussex Humanities Lab