Thursday, October 23, 2014

Digital Resource: The Hispanic Liverpool Project

Gatepost at the Liverpool estate of the Brocklehurst family, traders with Brazil
The Hispanic Liverpool Project, based at the University of Warwick, investigates the city's role as a hub in the networks of trade, commerce, migration, travel, tourism, politics, and culture that connected the Anglophone and the Luso-Hispanic worlds during the long nineteenth century. The project seeks to gather, record, and interpret the stories of the people who inhabited those networks, the trading connections they forged and exploited, the places they lived, worked, and are remembered, and the traces one can still find of them today, in Liverpool and elsewhere. According to project coordinator Kirsty Hooper,
The Hispanic Liverpool Project works with a range of sources, including shipping records, trade directories, census returns, church records, newspaper articles, travel guides, memoirs and company archives. It combines a macrohistorical approach, which aims to understand Liverpool's place in the grand narratives of nineteenth-century Anglophone and Luso-Hispanic national and imperial networks, with a microhistorical approach that pays close attention to the stories of individual people, voyages, connections, objects, encounters and events.
The site includes links to other resources, a discussion forum, and case studies, such as information about shipping companies. In development is a Hispanic Liverpool database.