Dissenting Academies Online: Database and Encyclopedia 1660-1860

The Database and Encyclopedia is a major digital resource for the study of the dissenting academies in the British Isles from 1660 to 1860. When complete it will contain historical accounts of individual academies, biographical articles about leading tutors, and biographical data for thousands of students educated at the academies over two centuries. It also provides the most comprehensive guide to archival sources for the study of dissenting academies ever created. Academy history articles provide authoritative institutional histories based on primary sources. Tutor biographies give comprehensive accounts of many major figures in the religious and intellectual history of Britain. For the period before 1730, the Database and Encyclopedia has drawn heavily on Mark Burden, A Biographical Dictionary of Tutors at the Dissenters’ Private Academies, 1660–1729.

The whole resource forms an indispensable guide to the subject for researchers working in the areas of religious, intellectual, political, social, educational, and literary history.

The database was created by Inga Jones and Simon Dixon, with the technical assistance of Dmitri Iourinski, and under the direction of Isabel Rivers and David Wykes, and it contains contributions from leading scholars with specialist knowledge of the history of Protestant dissent in England, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland. Help has been given by many scholars, librarians, and archivists whose contributions are recognised on the Acknowledgements page. Since the launch of the database in 2011 new content has been added regularly by Inga Jones, Isabel Rivers, and David Wykes, and Dmitri Iourinski has added a number of new search facilities.