To photograph them, I use an iPad. The back camera is good and easy to use. It doesn't make any noise and hasn't got a flash. CRO doesn't allow noise or flashes! You often hear muttered curses from camera users as their flash goes off. When I started this project, I usually took 4 overlapping pictures to cover a complete page. However, I now get by with two plus close ups for particularly dense patches of writing.
John Heath has been appointed supremo for transcribing the prison records and has 4 transcribers. The main problem with transcribing them is the large amount of detail to be recorded. I expect that most people are aware there is a commercial transcription available, but this is a limited transcript, and as usual, we are going for the full version. And its free. Each record is separate, so it is not possible for a researcher to browse the records.
The registers include 3 for the Bridewell and 2 for debtors. I have 13 left to do.
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