Tim Hitchcock is Professor of Digital History at the University of Sussex. With Robert Shoemaker and others, he is responsible for a series of websites giving direct and searchable access to some 35 billion words of primary sources reflecting the social history of Britain, including: The Old Bailey Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org), London Lives (www.londonlives.org), Connected Histories (www.connectedhistories.org), Locating London’s Past (www.locatinglondon.org), and The Digital Panopticon (www.digitalpanopticon.org).
With degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and Oxford University, he has written or edited eleven books on the histories of eighteenth-century poverty, street life, sexuality and masculinity; and published across the disciplines of history, art history, the digital humanities, statistics, economics and legal studies. His most recent books include Down and Out in Eighteenth-Century London(Hambledon and London, 2004) and with Robert Shoemaker, London Lives: Poverty, Crime and the Making of a Modern City, 1690-1800 (CUP, 2015). He is currently co-director of the Sussex Humanities Lab, and with Ben Jackson is working on the development of a ‘macroscope’ for use with library and archival catalogues.
Hitchcock grew up in San Francisco, California, and immigrated to Britain in the late 1970s. In 2011, with Shoemaker, he was given the Longman-History TodayTrustees Award, for their substantial contributions to history as the ‘directors of the digital projects including The Old Bailey Online and London Lives.’