We’ve been planning and talking about it for months, but last night saw the official launch of IHR Digital, the Institute’s new digital research, consultancy and publishing service. Professor Sir Deian Hopkin set the scene with tales of the early days of historical computing, and traced a direct line from those pioneers to the work now being undertaken by the IHR. The focus, then and now, is on the potential of digital technologies and methodologies to transform historical research; and on the need to engage historians with the tools and resources that are being developed.

It was great to see so many friends and colleagues, who had joined us to mark the start of our new digital journey, and judging by the general conversation several new projects are already in gestation. It’s been a wonderful team effort to get to this stage, and now the real work begins!