Another marvellous creative writing project using archives is taking place at Brunel University, check out their blog here: http://brunelspecialcollections.wordpress.com/tag/creative-writing/
If you are interested in using historical sources for creative writing, check out these sites!
www.oldbaileyonline.org – an archive of every trial that took place in the London courthouse the ‘Old Bailey’ between 1674-1913 with a wide range of search capacities
www.londonlives.org – an archive of a huge range of different records for parishes of London in the eighteenth century- a little more difficult in terms of search facilities but with some excellent material in there- of particular interest for creative writers are ‘Pauper examinations’ which record people telling the authorities about their entire life story
www.bl.uk – the homepage for the British Library which contains a lot of digitised sources available for public use- in particular the new ‘digitised British newspapers’ archive can provide a great variety of material for creative writers
http://gale.cengage.co.uk/product-highlights/history/eighteenth-century-collections-online.aspx -Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and http://eebo.chadwyck.com/home Early English Books Online (EEBO) are excellent resources for creative writers interested in looking at publications on a particular individual. Both of these are subscription based.
http://ebba.english.ucsb.edu/ English Broadside Ballad Collection – a collection of songs and poems written on a huge variety of eighteenth century subjects
http://www.historicalfictiononline.com/forums/ a great online community dedicated to reading historical fiction
Newspaper archives– most national newspapers have an online archive of all of their previous editions, these are an excellent place to browse for good stories, although these often require payment of a subscription fee
http://www.historum.com/ – a great forum to ask other writers and academics about historical context for your ideas and to share experiences and work
Beyond the Bailey is the creation of Anna Jenkin, a PhD student at the University of Sheffield. If you have any further questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org