Key figures

·      165 years (1652–1817)

·      35,000 captured ships

·      4088 boxes

·      82 document types

·      160,000 undelivered letters

·      71 printed volumes

·      19 languages

·      5 continents

·      3.5 million digital copies in 2037

Our Mission

The Prize Papers Project

The aim of the German-UK Prize Papers Project is the complete digitization and sorting of the Prize Papers including the preservation of the collection’s material, the initial and in-depth cataloguing, the creation of research-oriented metadata and finally the presentation of the digital copies and the metadata in an open access research database. The portal development reflects our continuous engagement with current discussions in the field of Digital Humanities. We also pursue various research projects, and we cooperate with numerous international researchers and research institutions working on the Prize Papers and in project-related areas.

The Prize Papers Project is part of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Germany. It is based at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany, and The National Archives, UK. The project co-operates closely with the German Historical Institute London (GHIL), as well as the VZG (the headquarters of the Common Library Network) in Göttingen, who provide their IT expertise. 
As of 2018, the project has been part of the Academies Programme of the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities. Thus, it is funded by the German state and the federal state of Lower Saxony, with a prospective funding period from 2018 to 2037.