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SPHERE: Stormont Parliamentary Hansards: Embedded in Research and Education will adopt a number of measures to assess the use, value and impact of the digital scholarly resource, the “Historical Hansards”, and implement practical approaches to embed the resource within teaching, learning and research.

SPHERE: Stormont Parliamentary Hansards: Embedded in Research and Education

Historical Hansards is an online collection of House of Commons debates of the Stormont Parliament in Northern Ireland, 1921-72. As such, it forms part of a growing collection of Parliamentary papers now available in online format, although it is of special interest to historians as a record of an early experiment in devolution and coalition government within the

The project will investigate impact and outreach of the “Historical Hansards” to the broader community of stakeholder groups, including library and archive professionals, politicians, the media, and the general public. It will formulate and implement a series of solutions to embed the resource in teaching, learning and research. It is anticipated that these will include improving the way that the user interface serves the broad community of users and the development of specific modules supporting teaching and research methods in a variety of disciplines.

Project Staff

Project Director, Lorna Hughes,

Documents & Multimedia

Start date
1 November 2010
End date
30 April 2011
Funding programme
Digitisation and Content
Impact and embedding of digitised resources
Lead institutions

King’s College, London

Partner institutions

Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis (CDDA), Queen’s University, Belfast