An extract from a news release today from London:
“Her Majesty The Queen today launched a unique online resource that makes available all the personal journals of Queen Victoria. The Bodleian Libraries working in partnership with The Royal Archives and information company ProQuest, have for the first time ever, made the private records of one of the world’s most influential public figures available for the public to access at www.queenvictoriasjournals.org.”
This digitized file represents 141 volumes that spanned Victoria’s life, holding more than 43,000 pages written in her own hand, some showing sketches and drawings by the Queen herself. These journals have never before been published in their entirety, and previous to the release of the online file the only way one could access the materials was by appointment at the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle. The journals from the Queen’s later years were redacted and transcribed by the Queen’s daughter, Princess Beatrice.
My thanks to the Bodlian Library and ProQuest for providing this free trial of these remarkable journals. It’s open to you at the link above through June 30th.
More as it happens,