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Transforming access, knowledge and understanding

About the Georgian Papers Programme

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Launched on 1 April 2015 by Her Majesty The Queen, the Georgian Papers Programme (GPP) is an ambitious five-year project to transform access to the extensive collection of Georgian papers, held in the Royal Archives and Royal Library at Windsor Castle.

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At the heart of the GPP is a partnership between the Royal Archives, the Royal Library and King’s College London. The Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture (OI) and William & Mary are also sharing in this work as primary partners for the US. Through the catalogue Georgian Papers Online, the GPP intends to make the historic manuscripts relating to the Georgian monarchy more widely available. These papers, which include both official and private documents, will be drawn from holdings at the Royal Archives and the Royal Library, as well as from various collections held by King's College.

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Georgian Papers stored in the Royal Archives ©

The large body of uncatalogued material held at Windsor contains more than 350,000 pages, of which only about 15 per cent have previously been published. Most of these papers relate to George III and, to a lesser extent, George IV, although papers from the reigns of George I, George II and William IV will also be digitised, as will those relating to other members of the royal family from the Georgian period.

Georgian Papers Online is a searchable catalogue containing descriptions and digitised images of material dating from the Georgian period, including personal letters, diaries, account books and records of the Royal Household. The catalogue currently contains a number of collections, none of which has been published in its entirety before. These include the essays of George III, the papers of Queen Charlotte, a number of Georgian menu books and a selection of George IV's many bills. Please see What's in the catalogue? for more information.

The GPP is due for completion in 2021 and Georgian Papers Online will be updated regularly with new content as the cataloguing and digitisation work progresses.

George III, Queen Charlotte and their six eldest children by Zoffany

George III, Queen Charlotte and their six eldest children by Johan Joseph Zoffany (Frankfurt 1733-London 1810) ©

Alongside this ambitious digitisation programme, a series of academic fellowships, sponsored by the partnering institutions, are furthering research into the Georgian period. Seminars, lectures, teaching sessions, media programmes and publishing projects will also follow, and it is hoped that these many facets of the GPP will transform the understanding of Georgian Britain and its monarchy at a time of such great cultural, political, economic and social change, which has shaped the world we live in today.