This project continued the work of the earlier project EAP443 on archives which record the social and cultural profile of the diverse population of the Sierra Leone. The project digitised 93 archival volumes including census, police, court, military and school and demographic records dating from 1808 to 1898.
This project continued the work of the earlier project EAP443 on archives which record the social and cultural profile of the diverse population of the Sierra Leone. This evidence is particularly important as the settlement marked the beginnings of the British empire in West Africa, and its population was comprised of peoples drawn from across West Africa. This evidence includes census records, police records, court records, military records, school records and demographic records of births and deaths. The more vulnerable material will be rehoused in acid-free boxes. In the course of EAP782, 93 volumes have been digitised accounting for 43,268 images. The evidence digitised ranges in date from 1808 to 1898. This spans a period from the formation of the British Crown colony of Sierra Leone to the formation of the Sierra Leone Protectorate. Digital copies of the material from this project have been deposited at the Sierra Leone Public Archives. Access to the sources in electronic format will enable the archival staff to produce digital copies of records for consultation by visitors to reduce the possibility of further damage to the original sources. Copies of the material have also been deposited at York University and the University of Worcester.