History - Useful websites

A range of high-quality resources for History are available on the web. Start exploring them here:

  • The Archives Hub: Provides a gateway to thousands of the UK's archives. Representing over 220 institutions across the country, the Archives Hub is an effective way to discover unique and often little-known sources to support your research.
  • Bank of England Archive: Contains over 80,000 ledgers, files and individual records relating to all aspects of the history of the Bank and its work, dating from its foundation in 1694 to the present. Its holdings are of interest to social, local, and business historians, architectural specialists, biographers and genealogists.
  • British Pathé: A multimedia resource with a history stretching back over a century. Comprehensive archive of newsreels, video, film, footage and stills.
  • Cabinet Papers 1915-1984: Maintained by The National Archives; it provides online access to original Cabinet documents which can be downloaded as PDFs.
  • The Charles Booth Online Archive: Provides access to the original records of a vast and detailed survey of life and labour in London carried out between 1886 and 1903.
  • Directgov: Home pages of UK government departments and official bodies giving information, news and publications.
  • EURODOCS: Primary historical documents from Western Europe.
  • History in Focus: History in Focus is a new occasional series taking a thematic approach to history. Each issue is designed to provide an introduction to the chosen topic and to help stimulate interest and debate. From the Institute of Historical Research.
  • History online: Produced by the Institute of Historical Research, this website aims to provide a guide to high-quality information resources for the teaching and learning of history.
  • Labyrinth: A WWW server for medieval studies.
  • Legacies of British Slave-ownership: Online resource that contains the names of slave-owners in the British Caribbean, Mauritius and the Cape at the moment of abolition.
  • Mass Observation: The Mass Observation Archive specialises in material about everyday life in Britain. It contains papers generated by the original Mass Observation social research organisation (1937 to early 1950s), and newer material collected continuously since 1981. The Archive is a charitable trust in the care of the the University of Sussex.
  • Medieval Sources Online: Full-text sources from Manchester University Press and access to their medieval portal.
  • The National Archives: Has a collection of over 11 million historical government and public records, from Domesday Book to modern goverment papers and digital files. Materials include paper and parchment, electronic records and websites, photographs, posters, maps, drawings and paintings.
  • The Peace Process: Layers of Meaning: Contains (1) Layers of Meaning Online Directory (Lomond): a select, authorative archive of all extant interviews of key figures in the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, and (2) The Peace Portal: a guide to other online resources relating to the history of conflict and peace-making in Northern Ireland. The Peace Process: Layers of Meaning is a hybrid project involving collaboration between Queen Mary, Trinity College Dublin and Dundalk Institute of Technology. It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (Peace III).
  • Richard Kimber's Political Science resources: from Keele University.
  • TUC History Online: Provides access to TUC reports from 1868 to 1968 and archival material documenting the history of trade unions, the General Strike, etc.
  • UK Parliament: Includes access to Hansard.
  • World Wide Web Virtual Library History Central Catalogue: Links to many sites, arranged by topic and by region.

Be careful, though, when using the internet for research, that the sites you find are reliable and up to date. Check when the page was last updated and think about who is providing the information and why. Sites such as Wikipedia are not suitable for academic work.
The Internet Detective tutorial looks at the critical thinking required when using the Internet for research, and offers practical advice on evaluating the quality of websites.