Search through a variety of history reference books from highly respected sources.
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These archives which stretch from recent years all the way back to the 18th century, provide a facinating insight into what was happening and what was being said at the time. The titles covered include: The Guardian and Observer, The Times, Picture Post, Illustrated London News, The Daily Express, The Daily Mirror, The Financial Times and The Economist.
Huge resource including more than 400 individual history texts, plus articles contributed by specialists, seamlessly integrated into a single interface.
Background information relating to BBC history programmes, information organised by topic, and a Reading Room feature with articles by leading historians.
Gateway to web resources on historical subjects compiled by the Institute of Historical Research.
Historical texts covering ancient, medieval and modern themes.
Teaching resources and links for Black and Asian British history.
Clips from Pathé news footage going back over a century.
Detailed collection of historical timelines, giving at-a-glance visualisations of world history.
Find the calendar for any year, including days of the week. Also includes the world clock and a 'customise' facility to include various calendar features.
Contains a plethora of historic maps of London and other areas, some dating back hundreds of years.
Find out what happened on today's date in previous years.
Academic collection of digital history resources, part of the Arts & Humanities Data Service.
A 'teach-yourself' tutorial on Internet information skills for those studying history. Part of a wide range of subject-specific tutorials from the Virtual Training Suite.
Your source of local history (focusing on Westminster & central London) information and help.
A searchable archive of this London magazine going back as far as 1842 and covering the whole of the 20th century. This includes text and pictures providing an insight into the history of London and beyond.
A constantly growing community site, bringing together memories, photographs, data, maps, film footage and other information about central London during World War Two. You can also use "Bomb Sight" to check where the bombs landed during the blitz.
Full text digitised local history directories from 1750-1920 covers England & Wales
Databank of 20,000 images illustrating the history of London, from the Guildhall Library.
News and information about local history, including abstracted articles from The Local Historian and links to useful resources for local history research.
Guide to the area including histories of individual streets.
Detailed historical and architectural guide to London. The online edition currently covers Soho, St James, Covent Garden and Mayfair but is constantly being updated. You may also want to look at the Survey of London index (full volumes of which are held at Westminster Archives, Marylebone Information Service and Westminster Reference Library).
Access the court records from 1674 to 1834, providing a fascinating insight to the lives of ordinary people of this time.
The national archive of the United Kingdom, with an online catalogue, links to other archives nationwide, and a growing collection of facsimile documents. Site also includes the "Domesday Book" from 1085.
Online image bank illustrating British history, from English Heritage. Searchable by keyword, or browsable by theme.
Digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. The available publications include detailed histories of both Paddington and Westminster (see Local history above).
A guide to British history written for prospective American visitors. Features narrative histories of countries and regions, biographies of important historical figures, and guides to places of interest.
Online Archives - primary sources
Why not search through online archives of newspapers and other publications to find those primary sources that'll get you an A+ on your essays? Great examples include the Hansard Archive going back 200 years, and those exclusively available to Westminster library members such as the Times, the Guardian and Observer, the Economist, and the Mirror archives.
Personal and service information, and details of memorials, for the 1.7 million members of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars.
Admiralty War Diaries and Action Reports and other primary sources for the years 1939-1942, and War Diaries from Home, Mediterranean and British Pacific Fleets for the period 1942-1946.
Searchable database of all known war memorials in the UK from the Imperial War Museum: another great source of military history. This museum is also great for family history research related to the military.
Complete catalogue of the archive compiled by historian Basil Liddell Hart, now housed at Kings College London.
Gateway to resources on anthropology, prehistory and ancient civilisations, including translations of the sources.
Part of AHDS: the Arts & Humanities Data Service.
Not quite what you were looking for? See also:
Archives section of the Libraries page
Family history for genealogy & heraldry
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