Many of you will know the name Sean Miller. When I worked at the Fitzwilliam Museum still, occasionally we would get mail for him or people trying to reach him, because his name occurred on our site because he coded the Corpus of Early Medieval Coin Finds that now records about 9,500 single finds and another 45,000 or so in museum collections via the Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles. It’s needed only the most occasional maintenance since he left the Museum more than a decade ago. From there, he went on to charters, as a right-thinking person of course should, and in between a few other things put the whole corpus of Anglo-Saxon charters online in searchable electronic form. You know, as you do. Or at least, as he did. I talk this up because I don’t think his work is adequately recognised, really, and he left the profession for one with money in it that people were prepared to give him some time ago.
Now, if you know that much, you may also know that the site where Sean mounted all the Anglo-Saxon charters has been ill of late. Parts of it still work but the search had broken. Indeed, we got people asking us at the Museum if it would be fixed. I couldn’t answer those people then but now I can: I had the pleasure of catching up with Sean at a book launch party just before I left Cambridge and now he has mailed me to say that the new site is up and running at Anglo-Saxon Charters. It works, as far as my quick tests show. Considering he gets nothing for this, I think that’s pretty decent of him. So there you are: update your bookmarks and sing Dr Miller’s praises!