The wills of Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill, Alan Turing and Beatrix Potter are among millions which have been made accessible to the public through a searchable online database.
The government’s archive of 41 million wills dates back to 1858 and will enable people to find out more about their family histories, as well as researching the last wishes of some of the most influential people of the 19th and 20th century.
As a result of the innovative project carried out by HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) and storage and information management company Iron Mountain, people will be able to connect to history from the comfort of their own home and look up the wills of people such as:
- the mathematician Alan Turing whose life story has been told in the film The Imitation Game
- Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist author Charles Dickens
- Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill
- Peter Rabbit creator Beatrix Potter
[28 dec 2014]