Archive for November, 2015

Speeches in Parliament, 1803-2005

November 20, 2015

More than 7.6 million speeches are recorded in Hansard; this site allows you to interactively search this vast database. But beware, there is an old programming acronym – GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out) – meaning that you have to be careful how you phrase your queries. For example, searching for “Horatio Nelson” yields 12 results; “Admiral Nelson” also garners 12 hits; but when you utilize “Lord Nelson” as the search term, you retrieve 1172 citations spanning the centuries. Each decade indicator is then broken down by year along with contextual information. A unique primary source.

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Royal Navy Command Lists

November 17, 2015

Two detailed  directories of interest are available online.  Royal Navy Senior Appointments with some data going back to 1859; it includes present appointments as well. Appointments are not just at the top levels but include various departments within the Royal Navy; i.e. Controller of the Navy, the Torpedo Division, etc. The second list – Captains Commanding Royal Navy Ships – features commands back to the mid-1860s and is broken down by type of ship.