About the Digital History Research Centre
The Digital History Research Centre (DHRC) at the University of Hertfordshire is the UK's first centre devoted exclusively to digital history. Our world-leading research in digital public history and historical data mining is coupled with our commitment to teaching and supporting students at all levels.
What is digital history?
Digital history explores the ways that computers and computational analyses open up new ways of understanding and presenting the past. From data mining, to geospatial analyses, to 3D modeling, the computer is providing new tools and opportunities, and the DHRC is at the fore of building that understanding.
The centre offers a crucial space for scholars to bring together their passions for history and technology that is unique to the UK. Our research is making an impact on the ways people find and use digitised historical records, and on how people perceive the study of the past.
What we do
Our teams are working on world-leading digital history projects. These include:
- Seshat: Global History Databank, the premier home to test social sciences theories with historical and archaeological data.
- The Programming Historian, the world’s flagship source of technical tutorials for humanists seeking to learn digital skills to aid directly in their research processes.
- The Political Meetings Mapper, a digital project to identify and map political protest in the nineteenth century.
Find out more about our projects conducted in our three digital history labs:
In order to share our ongoing achievements, we've produced an annual report of some key activities for 2015-16.