Simon Dixon and Inga Jones would like to thank the following people for their advice and assistance during the preparation of the Database and Encyclopedia: Alice Ford-Smith, Jane Giscombe, Mary Ruskin, Micol Barengo, Alan Argent, and the late Jonathan Morgan of Dr Williams's Library; David Powell of the Congregational Library; Sue Killoran and her colleagues in the library at Harris Manchester College, Oxford; Shirley Shire and Roger Hayden of Bristol Baptist College; Emma Walsh and Julian Lock at the Angus Library, Oxford; Peter Nockles, Ed Potten, Graham Johnson and their colleagues at the John Rylands Library, Manchester; Michael Brealey of Wesley College Bristol; and Richard Kidd, Principal of the Northern Baptist Learning Community. Thanks are also due to staff at Shropshire Archives, the National Library of Wales, Birmingham University Library Special Collections, North Yorkshire County Record Office, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, Devon Record Office, Gwent Record Office, and Lancaster Reference Library.


The construction of the Database and Encyclopedia has been a collaborative enterprise, and the creators have benefited greatly from frequent discussions and email exchanges with Stephen Burley, Rose Dixon, Simon Mills, Kyle Roberts, and Tessa Whitehouse of the Dr Williams's Centre for Dissenting Studies. Much of the information on academies and tutors for the period 1660 to 1720 is derived from the doctoral research of Mark Burden, to whom a particular debt of gratitude is owed. Thanks are also due to contributors of articles on tutors and academies, who gave up time to contribute to the project. All are identified at the foot of their articles. A number of others have contributed corrections and additions to the database, including Françoise Deconinck-Brossard, Stephen Orchard, Sandy Stewart, and William McNaughton. The database and its public interface were developed by Dmitri Iourinski. Early work on the database was carried out by Richard Gartner during 2008 and 2009. The Dissenting Academies Project was funded by the Leverhulme Trust from 2008 to 2011.