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 grew up in San Francisco, California, and took his first degree in modern history from the University of California at Berkeley in 1980. He completed his DPhil on the evolution of eighteenth-century parochial workhouses at St Antony's College, Oxford in 1985, and began his academic career at the then Polytechnic of North London, where he taught early modern social history and humanities computing from 1989 onwards.  Hitchcock served as head of group for six years, prior to taking up a Readership at the Universisty of Hertfordshire in 1997.  At Hertfordshire 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, in which capacity he provided research leadership across seven RAE units.  He has published ten books on the history of poverty, sexuality and street life, primarily focussed on eighteenth-century London; and with Professor Robert Shoemaker and others has created a series of websites helping to give direct public access to 30 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, Trustess Award for his contribution to historical research.   Hitchcock is a member and past chair of the AHRC's Digital Transformations Working Group and sits on the British Library Advisory Council.  He is currently Co-I on a five year, 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