The project began work in 2006. It grew from being a focused strand in an Arts & Humanities Research Council funded project on the 'History of the Chinese Maritime Customs Service' into an initiative that searched for material far beyond descendants of the staff of the Customs Service.
At present, the only and largest local historical literature database in China has 35,000 copies, about 100,000 pages and 20,000 copies. The total number of completed documents will reach 350,000, about 1.5 million pages.
The world's first full-text retrieval literature resource database on the Tokyo trial, with a content resource of about 60 million words, achieves comparative reading in Chinese, English and Japanese.
Global Encounters between China and Europe: Trade Networks, Consumption and Cultural Exchanges in Macau and Marseille, 1680-1840