Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - new website launched

  • Posted On: 27 April 2018

The new ODNB site is launched, with new entries. You can find it here, and Sir David Cannadine's introduction here. It's a subscriber service, though everyone should be able to access it free via their local library.

The new subjects reflect a deliberate focus on sections of society which have in the past been underrepresented in the DNB, including Jewish lives, and people who made a name in business and the arts. New Yorkshire entries include Ella Hudson Gasking (1891-1966) who led the Batchelor family business into canning processed peas, planning and managing a new factory at Wadsley Bridge, Sheffield. There's also the painter Garret Morphey (c. 1650-1715/16), whose mother was from a Yorkshire recusant family, and who in the 1680s produced many portraits of the Yorkshire gentry.

I contributed two entries: on the influential Leeds textile-machine maker, Joshua Wordsworth (1780-1846); and the other (not a Yorkshire subject) about Rowland Burdon (1756-1838), promoter of the Wearmouth bridge in Sunderland, the country's second large iron bridge. 

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