Wednesday, 6 October 2010

TNA Podcast: Charles Dickens, Warren's Blacking and the Chancery Court

I found this a more interesting than average non-genealogical TNA podcast. In it author Michael Allen reveals recent findings from long neglected records of the Chancery Court held at TNA which throws light on Charles Dickens history when he was forced into employment at age 11 in a factory sticking labels on boot – blacking pots.

During the presentation mention is made of The John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera from the Bodleian Library at Oxford University. It sounds interesting but, unfortunately, it's behind an academic pay-wall. When are organizations like this going to twig to the fact, so clearly demonstrated by iTunes and pay-by-the-day or week subscriptions to digitized newspaper archives, that they're missing out on a grass-roots consumer market.

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