Programme at a Glance
About the Programme
King's College London and the Royal Archives established the Georgian Papers Programme (GPP) to enrich public historical understanding of Britain, George III, British monarchy and a crucial period in British and world history. The GPP is a partnership between the Royal Collection Trust and King’s College London, and is joined by primary United States partners the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture and William & Mary. The project hopes to transform the understanding of eighteenth-century North America and Georgian Britain and its monarchy, at a time of profound cultural, political, economic and social change which created the modern nation.
You can follow the work of the Omohundro Institute (OI) fellows, teaching and research initiatives by William & Mary faculty and students, transcription and digital archive work led by the team at William & Mary Libraries, as well as find details about any Georgian Papers Programme related conferences or events to be offered in the U.S., on the OI and W&M site at georgianpapers-us.wm.edu. Similarly, you can read more about the work of King's College London (KCL) fellows, KCL initiatives, and details about Georgian Papers Programme related conferences or events to be offered in the U.K. on the King's College London site at georgianpapersprogramme.com. Both sites share information about how to apply for fellowships and news relating to the Georgian Papers Programme as well as links to the Royal Collection Trust GPP site Royal Archives' microsite—the digital library that will eventually house the entire Georgian online archive.
The project will include the digitisation of all the historic manuscripts from the Georgian period, totalling more than 350,000 pages, of which only about 15% have previously been published. While the vast majority of the collection comprises papers from George III, papers from Kings George I, George II, George IV and William IV will also be made available.
By 2020 the digitized materials documenting the Hanoverian Dynasty, dating from 1714-1837, will offer an online archive and library available to all—academics and the public. The digitization and cataloguing of these documents will allow them to be searched and analysed in creative and flexible ways. The Georgian Paper Programme is of particular value to universities, schools, academics and authors in the UK, the United States, Europe, the Commonwealth and around the world.