This is a website about Alfred John West (1857-1937), who was a film pioneer, active from 1897 to 1913, and an award-winning marine photographer from the mid 1880s to 1900. West's films were of nautical and naval subjects, and were presented under the general title of 'Our Navy'. The website provides information about his life, work and exhibitions. The site contains his unpublished autobiography 'Sea Salts and Celluloid'. It also includes some clips of moving pictures curated by the Sound and Vision Archive at Hampshire County Council, Winchester and other material held at the Barnes Collection at Hove Museum, East Sussex.
The 1851 Project: The Great Exhibition is a Web page devoted to the collection of Exhibition materials which are held at the National Art Library (NAL) of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The site opens with a brief history of the Great Exhibition and the influence of the event upon subsequent similar exhibitions and the development of London's museums, especially the Victoria and Albert Museum. Beyond the legacy of the event are the actual holdings of documents directly related to it, which is the concern of this site. Dating back to 1995, the aim of the 1851 Project has been to improve access to the archival collections related to the Exhibition, including what remains of the actual exhibits themselves. To that end, by February 1997, a previously incomplete set of lists of all holdings in the NAL were compiled into a single computer catalogue. A link is provided to the NAL catalogue, and this page explains in detail how the user can search it in order to locate all relevant sources. It also explains the procedure that readers must follow to gain access to the collections. The site describes related holdings at other museums and archives, and provides links to their websites.There is also a bibliography of contemporary sources, such as pamphlets, and of secondary sources. In general, this page would be very helpful for researchers in this topic as a starting point for extended work or as confirmation that they had not missed any sources on this topic.
This web page is part of the National Library of Wales Treasures collection. It publishes a digitised copy of an early seventeenth century pamphlet, describing the sighting of a mermaid in Pendine, Carmarthenshire. The pamphlet is eight pages long and quite easy to read, and can be resized for different views. It would be useful if there were also a transcription of the document though. Also on the site is an introduction to the background of the pamphlet, and suggestions for further reading and related web links.
Preston Hunter's website Adherents.com is one of the most valuable tools available on the Internet for researchers needing statistical information on religious groups or organisations around the globe. The site is easily navigable and may be searched by either geographic location or religious affiliation. Though the bulk of information relates to American religious demographics, those digging for information will be hard pressed to find any belief system omitted, as virtually all-major cultures are included somewhere in these pages. Appropriate for students and academics at all levels, inquiries produce detailed information on various sects and denominations within a faith, their distribution, the number of adherents, the percentage of the population, and (when available) the number of congregations or churches. Thankfully, the editors have taken care to provide the source information for each entry and often a link to the referring page for electronically published data. Limited amounts of historical population statistics are also available through this site. The site features advertising but it is not obtrusive.
The website "World in Conflict and Economies in Transition: The economics, politics, history, cultures, and societies of countries and regions in conflict and transition" is an ambition page of Dr Sam Vaknin - senior business correspondent of United Press International. The site contains journalism on the history, sociology, culture, politics and economics of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, including the Balkan States. The site also contains excerpts from Vaknin's widely acclaimed writings on what he calls 'malignant self-love': narcissism and the absusive relationships it produces. The site, then, is an interesting mix of politics and psychology written in an accessible, journalistic style. The author does not always mention the date of his additions to the site;for some materials he notes that were written in 2005 the latest. Information should be handled with criticism as reflecting the points of view of the author of the site.
The website 'Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior' (CDSI) is the homepage of this multi-disciplinary research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and located at the Royal College of Art. The center aims to produce innovative histories of domestic interiors and social spaces by combining traditional architectural and design histories with more recent academic interests sensitive to cultural and visual context, consumption studies and gender and subject-oriented approaches. The website provides abstracts of current CSDI projects, ranging from Italy 1400-1600 A.D. to the Cold War interiors of the 20th century, which are accompanied by short bibliographies and recent publications as well as details of research personnel in addition to news, information of forthcoming conferences and meetings. The various projects differ from traditional studies of domestic space in that they attempt to evolve new types of spatial typologies and to place them within a synchronic historical context. There is a clear emphasis on 'total' histories of domestic contexts combining history, archaeology, design and consumption studies with contemporary research in sociology and philosophy. One major emphasis is the importance of subjective responses to interior design based on ethnography, oral histories, popular publications and personal diaries. Various projects also question traditional assumptions about the role of gender, class, social status and consumption patterns in the construction of domestic spaces. This project is a collaborative venture with the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Bedford Centre for the History of Women at Royal Holloway College, University of London. The holistic, cross-disciplinary approach adopted by the CSDI projects will appeal to a wide and diverse audience interested in the relationship between social attitudes and the built environment and will interest historians and archaeologists in many fields of study.
The AHRC Research Centre for Studies of Surrealism and its Legacies is a collaboration between the universities of Manchester and Essex and the Tate Galleries. Surrealism occupies a unique position in the intellectual and cultural history of the twentieth century. It marked a crisis in post-Enlightenment thought, permeated every sphere of creative life and has been at the heart of debates about modernism and postmodernism. The centre will build on existing scholarship on surrealism and pursue vital new areas of research such as the relationship with science. Drawing together a broad range of disciplinary perspectives, the Centre will explore surrealism's many legacies in art and cultural theory and, in collaboration with the Tate, will disseminate research to scholars, students, artists and the wider public.The website provides information on research currently being carried out at the centre on surrealism and dada, events organised by the centre, and the academics involved with the project. The initial foci of research will be lineages and legacies, intersections, surrealism and science, exhibitions and display, and translation and cultural hybridity. The centre received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) within the Research Centre Awards scheme.
The Am Baile: highland history and culture website provides an online database of learning and research resources covering the history, culture, and language of the Scottish Highlands and Islands, from the Picts to the twentieth century. It is managed by the Highland Council as part of the Highland Libraries. The site publishes a range of primary source material, including photographs, documents, letters, and video footage, and these can be searched by keyword or browsed. All of the material on the site can be accessed by browsing through the categories of economy, society, places, religion, environment, people, and culture, and there are short essays and bibliographies for each topic alongside the digitised primary sources. Also available on the site are a number of great interactive games that use traditional Gaelic stories to help users practise Gaelic, and access to the Highland Sites and Monuments Record. The site is well designed and easy to navigate, and can be accessed in either English or Gaelic.
'American Studies Journal' is a full-text ejournal, published from the Center for United States Studies, at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in Germany. At April 2009 there are three recent issues freely available online, and tables-of-contents for issues from November 1996 until Winter 2001. This elegantly presented journal ranges widely into fields such as politics and education, but also appears to regularly publish substantial scholarly articles on arts and cultural issues. Some issues are themed, with themes such as 'The Outlaw and the American Cultural Landscape'. Articles available online include: 'Political Outlaws: Beat Cowboys' (on the Beat writers); 'From Subterranean to Suburban: The Landscapes of Gay Outlaw Writing'; 'Outlaw Artists and the Urban Landscape: Does One Have to be Bad to Be Good?'; and 'The Reflection of Race and Law in African American Literature', among others. Until 1995 the publication was titled 'American Studies Newsletter'.
The Anglo-Norman Online Hub website provides information about the ongoing revision and expansion of the Anglo-Norman Dictionary (AND). It also provides online access to the dictionary. The project website enables searches to be made of the English translations and glosses in the dictionary. Full bibliographic details are provided for each of the texts used in its compilation. A section of the site has been put aside to host the concordance of entries. Additional features of the site include several articles relating to Anglo-Norman topics, and a number of primary texts. These source texts include: the Oxford Psalter; Thomas Rymer's edition of Foedera; and 'La Vie de Saint Thomas Becket' amongst others. This is an essential resource for Anglo-Norman scholars.
AnsaxDAT is a searchable full-text database of postings to the Ansaxnet (Ansax-l) email discussion list. ANSAX-L is the listserv discussion group for ANSAXNET, the Anglo-Saxon Network. Discussions cover not only Old English language and literature, but also Anglo-Saxon archaeology, history, philosophy, and the arts. The archive contains postings from 1991 to the present day. Postings of interest can be marked for later printing or downloading. Unfortunately the pages surrounding the search engine are all empty so, for example, there are no instructions given for joining the Ansax-l email discussion list.
This site, developed by Minnesota State University anthropology students, provides over 845 biographies of anthropologists and other scientists that have directly influenced the discipline in the past with new additions being added with time. Coverage is international in scope, not exclusively limited to any particular national tradition of anthropology.
This website contains about 850 biographical sketches of leading individuals who have worked within the fields of anthropology, archaeology, Egyptology and of ancient historians from the 17th century A.D. to the present. The resource is part of the University of Minnesota E Museum which has won numerous awards for website excellence from academic sources. Many of the biographies are accompanied by photographs of the subject together with short bibliographies of their major works. Also provided are suggestions for further reading and links to relevant institutional sites and Web resources. The site offers translations of the biographies in Spanish, German, French, Italian, Russian, Portuguese and Japanese. The main drawback is that the biographies appear to be written by many individuals and the overall editorial control is difficult to ascertain. However the resource contains a substantial volume of largely factual information and readers are able to offers commentary and criticism on the entries.Anthropology Biography Web will interest undergraduates and scholars studying the history of archaeology, anthropology and related disciplines, particularly, but not exclusively, those studying the Americas.
'Appositions: studies in renaissance / early modern literature & culture' is a peer-reviewed full-text ejournal, published annually. The journal website is presented in weblog form and navigation of issues and articles is very awkward and unintuitive, but visitors will find four issues online at June 2009. The majority, but not all, articles are freely available in HTML form. Freely available articles include: 'Chimene’s Dilemma: the Aesthetic & Political Formation of the French State in Pierre Corneille's Le Cid'; 'Pedantry, Paraphrase or Potty Humour? The Art of Translating Ovid's Heroines in 1680'; and 'Dramatic Hybridities: Sex, Nation, and Genre in Cymbeline and Bonduca', among others. The journal is available under a Creative Commons licence. The journal has details of the editor, Editorial Board, and submissions process.
The Archive of Turkish Oral Narrative is a vast online collection comprising: transcribed Turkish stories (in English); Turkish folk, popular and orchestral music (as MP3 files); epic narratives in Turkish; images of Turkey; and texts related to folklore, for example, Turkish shadow puppets. Student and researchers of Turkish literature and culture will find this an invaluable resource with a wealth of primary material to explore. The oral narratives themselves may be searched according to recording date (dating back to 1958), narrator or location, or the user may simply browse through the collection. Texts are available as PDFs. The collection of epic works includes downloadable PDFs of 'Dede Korkut' and 'Alpamysh', for example. The user may also listen to many of these epics as well as access substantial background information. This excellent archive makes available otherwise difficult to access material related to Turkish literature and culture and therefore provides a vital service to students, researchers and teachers of the field.
The Ibero-American Archive of Falconry is a collection of documents and resources related to the history of this sport. It has been developed by a research group at the University of Valladolid (Spain), and funded by the European Union and the Spanish ministry of culture. The archive offers digital versions of texts and handbooks of falconry written during the period between the 13th and 17th centuries in any of the languages of the Iberian peninsula. A bibliography is provided for each of the texts, as well as facsimile images and transcriptions. Although the aim is to create an Ibero-American archive, most of the resources are concerned with the Iberian peninsula. The authors have created a list of vocabulary and an anthology of fragments of historical texts which may be used as a quick means to become familiar with the topic. Likewise, for those interested in researching the history of falconry there are bibliographical details of a large number of works and authors from all times.
The ARSC Journal is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal devoted to all aspects of the history of sound recording. The journal is published by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC). In August 2009 the ARSC made back-issues freely available online, from 1967 through to 1989. The contents of these issues are searchable, and the website also has an external link to an index of articles (an XSL file created by the University of California, Santa Barbara). Issues from 1989 - 2009 have tables-of-contents at the website but are not freely available, and these may be found as part of the commercial 'International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text' service or purchased individually in print form. The journal contains historical articles, technical papers on preservation issues, bibliographies and discographies. Example freely available articles from 1967 - 1989 include: 'The Birth of Decca Stereo'; 'Critical Analysis of Spoken Word Broadcasts'; 'Selective Discography of the Civil Rights Movement'; 'Use of Recordings in Establishing Performance Practices for 19th/20th Century Organ Music'; and 'Hunting for the American White Spiritual', among many others. There are also details of the current Editorial Advisory Board, tables of contents for recent issues, and details of the submissions process.
The Arthuriana Pedagogy website is published and funded by Arthuriana, the scholarly journal of the International Arthurian Society, North American Branch, based at the Southern Methodist University. The Pedagogy site is an online educational guide to Arthurian legend, providing resources for teachers at all levels of education, from primary school to postgraduates and life-long learners. Users can access the resources either by educational level or by category, including: textbooks; films; maps; images; audio; websites; and online discussion groups. Lesson plans and syllabi are included for each level of student, along with suggestions for classroom activities and project/paper topics. This is a useful gateway to Arthurian resources for students and teachers of history and literature.
The Asia-Europe network of museums (ASEMUS) attempts to strengthen the links between Europe and Asia by bringing together their shared heritages. The virtual exhibition of 2,500 masterpieces in Asian and European collections is probably the showcase for the general reader. ASEMUS is an important and ambitious project of cooperation especially valuable in an ongoing period of conflict and misunderstanding. The project is supported by ASEF, the Asia-Europe foundation, which was established in 1997 to promote cultural and intellectual exchange between the continents. ASEMUS endeavours to rectify the present inequalities in museum collections, whereby those in Asia hold little of European origin, but European museums maintain extensive collections of Asian material. At present, the organisation is in development, but its aims are straightforward - to share collections and to encourage cooperation. ASEMUS does not have any funds of its own, and encourages patronage.
This website consists of a searchable database containing nearly 20,000 attributions of authorship to articles, letters, poems, and other items printed in the Gentleman's Magazine between 1731 and 1856. The database is based on James M. Kuist's 'The Nichol's File of the Gentleman's Magazine', which was originally published in 1982. The electronic version also includes additions and corrections made since that date. The site allows browse searching by date or contributor, as well as key-word searches. Results are displayed in lists by volume and page, with search-words highlighted in red, making it fairly quick to locate relevant information. Each result gives the title, author and type of contribution. The site also gives the pseudonyms and initials used by contributors.The site is presented in a functional manner and is simple to use, although it is advised that users click the small 'search Kuist and both supplements together' button at the bottom of the main screen rather than the more obvious title bar, so as not to miss out on material.
This page on the Backdoor Broadcasting Company site presents a podcast of a lecture from the Royal Holloway History Department Research Seminar Series. The lecture, presented in December 2009, by Tommaso Bobbio is "Urban change, inequality and collective violence in the construction of an Indian metropolis: Ahmedabad, 1950-2000." The talk focuses on Ahmedabad in north-western India as a case study and investigates the long-term effects of violent clashes between Hindu and Muslim religious groups on urban development. Bobbio further traces these clashes to socio-economic conditions and divisions. The question period after the lecture and some maps are also provided.
This website is dedicated to Baroque dance, essentially historical dances and dancing from the Baroque period (roughly the mid-17th to mid-18th centuries). Created by a Baroque dance enthusiast, the website provides an introduction that describes what Baroque dance is, and includes some historical background information on the characteristics of dances from the baroque period. The website also includes full-text HTML versions of John Essex's dancing manual, 'The Dancing-Master' (London, 1728), which itself is a translation of Pierre Rameau's 'Le Maître à danser' (Paris, 1725), and Kellom Tomlinson's dancing manual 'The Art of Dancing Explained' (London, 1735). There is also a section on baroque dance links, as well as a list of items available on the Library of Congress website.
The BBC History Web page "Mary Wollstonecraft: A 'Speculative and Dissenting Spirit'" features a brief seven page biography of the authoress best known for her pioneering treatise "A Vindication of the rights of Women" (1792). The biography also examines her relationships with William Godwin, Henry Fuseli, and others, and the birth of her daughter, Mary Shelley. The site contextualises Wollstonecraft's life and achievements and provides suggestions for further reading. The biography was written by Professor Janet Todd.
This BBC History web page describes the Plantation of Ulster, its impact and consequences. The Plantation began in the 17th century when English and Scottish Protestants settled on land confiscated from the Gaelic Irish. Resentments sown then between the communities are still evident from the troubles in Northern Ireland to this day. The site is divided into several different sections exploring the history and culture of the native Irish, and the Scottish and English settlers. These include pages on the cartographers that surveyed the lands, the London companies that financed the venture, the architecture of the plantations, and the bardic poetry and traditions of the Irish. The website is not structured in a chronological fashion, although there are narrative descriptions of some of the key historical events such as the 1641 uprising. Eyewitness accounts of events are included. A number of specialist historians have contributed to the content of the site. The website contains many multimedia features, and RealPlayer is required to get the best out of it. Transcripts of the audio clips are included, however, for those unable to run such features. The site is well presented on the whole, but frustratingly only seems to use the left half of the browser window.
The website "Nation on film" accompanied the BBC series "England on Film" which was broadcast during the spring of 2003. This was based on an evocative collection of archive film clips dating from the twentieth century, showing daily life in Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyneside, North Yorkshire, Teesside, Wearside and County Durham. The "Nation On Film" website presents nearly 200 archive video clips (streamed in Real One or Windows Media Player files), including old newsreels, documentaries, as well as home movies - "a moving history of the North" with everything from films about shipbuilding, mining and football and other sport to 'home movies' featuring weddings, weekend trips and holidays. On this website you can search for clips by either location (clickable map of the counties of northern England), or by theme (choose from: Work; Sport; Domestic Life; Famous People; and War). The themes are then broken down into more specialised groups. There is a 'Messages' section where you can read others' comments and add your own memories. This website is just a taster of the hundreds of films in the collection of the Northern Region Film and Television Archive (NRFTA).
This site, entitled Speech and Drama, is a subsite of the BBC Radio 3 website. The site posts information on and audio links to the different BBC Speech and Drama programmes, which include: Night Waves; The Verb; Sunday Feature; Between The Ears; Drama on 3; and The Wire. Site visitors can access programmes relevant to the study of classic and contemporary literature, poetry, film and drama. One highlight in this respect is the site's Poetry Library, which features audio recordings of poems being read out loud, in some cases by the poets themselves. There are also some elements of the site which will interest specialists in Cultural History, with a specific programme on Czech history, for example. The site has an artist search engine, with which users can search for biographies and discographies on 15,000 artists across all genres. An interview subsite includes interviews with noted composers, directors, photographers, film-makers, sculptors, painters, artists, choreographers, historians, novelists, playwrights and poets.
This website provides access to an index of the BBC Radio 4 'Analysis' series for the period 1970-1990. It is part of the AHDS (Arts and Humanities Data Service) Performing Arts' collection of film, television, and radio resources. First broadcast on 10th April 1970, Analysis is a documentary programme covering British political, social, and economic affairs. The archive is an important source of information on current events and political and social policy during the period. Contributors include prime ministers and leading political party members. Topics discussed include: Labour and Conservative Party policy; the welfare state; the National Health Service; the economy; foreign policy; the entry of Britain into the Common Market; and British relations with the European Union. The database can be searched or browsed by programme title, date, or keywords, or by the people involved. Each entry has annotations on content, including summaries from the original entry in the Radio Times and the BBC Written Archive. Some records have added reviews of the programmes. The full transcripts are held by Bournemouth University. A link is provided to the current BBC website where transcripts of more recent Analysis programmes may be viewed. This project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the Small Research Grants scheme.
The Long View website complements the BBC Radio 4 programme of the same name. Users can listen to the current programme, or listen to archived programmes on the site. The programme, conducted by Jonathan Freedland, investigates a current issue and seeks to uncover how similar issues were dealt with in the past. The moral and intellectual dilemmas inherent in parallel experiences are brought to life by experts who join Freedland in the programme. Issues covered have included: the pupils' strike of 1911 (reflecting pupils' demonstrations at the 2003 War in Iraq); the Folville gang of the fourteenth century (reflecting gang warfare on the streets); and university fees and Jude the Obscure. A vast variety of contemporary issues are used as a springboard for historical discussion and the insight gained by an empathetic approach to History, in particular Social and Cultural History. The site includes an interview with Jonathan Freedland, and also with the producer. The site also invites users to suggest their own topic.
The website With Reference To accompanies of the BBC Radio 4 programme with the same name aired in 2002. Each programme in the series features a visit to a 'unique or definitive collection of some sort (e.g. teeth, plants, ice, recordings of English dialects)'. The most recent programme follows presenter Quentin Cooper to Stirling where he explores the archive of the spirits manufacturer, Diageo. Not simply an enquiry into the science of spirits, the programme also considers the history of the products - for example the replacement of brandy with gin as the most popular drink in the nineteenth century. The site includes links to other BBC science programmes, many of which can be heard on line.
The website The BBC Story: the history of BBC. From Marconi to MP3 tells the history of the BBC. A very simple to navigate, but interesting site, there are a number of sections - each pertaining to a decade of the BBC, from the 1920s to the present. Each period is introduced by a short essay that outlines the acheivements of the BBC and its innovations. The site contains representative highlights from radio and television from each decade. For example, the 20s feature a Real Audio piece about the the end of the General Strike; the 40s is represented by Muffin the Mule, It's That Man Again, and VE Day; the 90s by Terry Waite and Mikhail Gorbachev and video clips from Men Behaving Badly.The site obviously requires audio and video pluggins. A text-only version is also available.
The "BBC Wales History Celtic Languages" website accompanies "The Story of Welsh" TV series written and presented by the broadcaster Huw Edwards in 2003. A timeline of the Welsh language presents articles arranged by time period from the Celts circa 600 BCE through to Devolution in 1997 in the following sections: Celtic Britons; The Romans; The Barbarians; Early Welsh poetry; An official language; The Norman Conquest; After the Norman conquest; The Tudors; The Bible in Wales; Literacy in 17th century Wales; Return of the druids; 19th century education; The industrial revolution; Civil disobedience; In between wars; and Devolution. There is also a set of links to Welsh history and language resources elsewhere on the BBCi site.
The Bibliography and Methods in Medieval Studies website is an online course outline with detailed bibliographies and links to resources for bibliographic research in medieval studies. The site is divided into sub-sections, representing the topics covered each week in the course, including: general bibliographies and Internet sources; medieval history sources; ecclesiastical sources; Latin authors and texts; interpretations of the Bible; the liturgy; hagiography; iconography; manuscript research; science; and popular culture and folklore. Each section is linked to a bibliography, covering "the major reference guides, encyclopaedias, bibliographies and electronic databases". Some of the links to electronic resources are only available to students and staff of the University of Illinois, but those that are freely available are worth looking at. There are also eight library exercises designed to train the undergraduate medievalist in the scholarly tools which make the discipline possible.
'The Birch: A journal of Eastern European and Eurasian Culture' is a full-text ejournal published by Columbia University. At February 2009 there are six issues freely available online, and these are in English. Issues up to Spring 2007 are presented as HTML, and thereafter each issue is presented as a single PDF file. The journal presents articles, criticism, and creative writing. Example article titles from the most recent issue include: 'The Populist Moment in Russian Literature: The Writings of Nikolai Chernyshevsky'; 'Unexpected Palatalization in English Music by Native Russian Singers'; 'Justifying the Great Patriotic War in the Soviet Union Through Films'; and 'Let Them See Us!: An Examination of Poland’s Post-Communist Gay Rights Movement', among others. The website has details of the editors, editorial board, and the submissions process.
The 'Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads' website provides information on, and a database of digitised images of, ballads in the Bodleian Library. The collection consists of over 30,000 ballads from the 16th to the 20th century. Broadside ballads (popular songs) are an important source of information on popular, social, political, and religious culture, often as an alternative to more formal primary sources. The ballad broadsheets are also an excellent source of illustrations and as such inform the study of popular art. There is an integrated catalogue online and the ballads which are accompanied by notation have a sound file provided. Images (mainly woodcuts) can be searched using ICONCLASS. The documents can be searched by type, date, subject, and other fields; the images are large and of excellent quality. There is a strict access and usage agreement that must be agreed to before entering the site. This resource is likely to be of use to those with an interest in history, music, or English. The site has been updated last in 2005 thus some of the links are broken.
The 'Boethius in early medieval Europe' website provides an overall view of a project based at the Faculty of English, University of Oxford. The project aims to investigate understanding of late Roman culture as appropriated by Anglo-Saxons. In particular the project will focus its attention on Anglo-Saxon versions of the 'De Consolatione Philosophiae' (On the Consolation of Philosophy), by Boethius (480-c.524) and aims to publish a new edition of the Alfredian Boethius complete with glossary, commentary, and translation. The website gives details of: the project's aims; the makeup of the advisory board; and contact details for project staff. This project has received funding from the Leverhulme Trust. This site would be of interest to those researching Boethius and the transmission of his work.
Book History Online is a searchable bibliographic database containing details of books and articles on the history of the book worldwide. The database is derived from the Annual Bibliography of the History of the Printed Book and Libraries (ABHB) which itself is an international collaborative venture overseen by the Special Collections Department of the National Library of The Netherlands (Koninklijke Bibliotheek). The database contains over 28,000 records and may be searched by title, author or keyword. Searches may also be limited by country, time period, and date of publication. The keyword index includes a series of subject terms maintained by the editors and includes paleography, printing materials, bookbinding, libraries, newspapers, and publishing . An introduction to the database and help pages are provided together with contact information and a form to suggest new bibliographic records.
This website, which is part of the British Library's Texts in Context project, makes available selected images taken from 17 original cookery books. Texts in Context aims to explore how language is used and produced in various situations. The Books for Cooks site focuses on the history and development of English cookery over the centuries, from The Forme of Cury of 1390 to Hard Time Cookery, published in 1940 by the Association of Teachers of Domestic Subjects. The site examines the types of food that have been cooked and eaten by various classes of people, and explores subjects such as foreign influences on English cooking and the link between medicine and cookery. The site provides entertaining and informative background information for the following periods: Medieval food; 1500s food; 1600s food; 1700s food; 1800s food; and 1900s food. The texts themselves include some of the most famous cookery books in the English language, such as: Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management; Hannah Glasse's The Art of Cookery; and Alexis Soyer's Shilling Cookery for the People. The document images include, among others: recipes; medical remedies; illustrations; tables of contents; descriptions of cooking utensils; addresses to the reader; and cocktail recipes. Each image is accompanied by more in-depth information about the text it is taken from, and by a transcript and translation where necessary. The images can be enlarged, and are of high quality. This website is a very interesting introduction to the history of cookery in England, and should be of interest to the general reader as well as school pupils and students.
The web site Borderland is the English name for the Polish site called Pogranicze and introduces the activities of the Borderland Foundation which was created in 1990 to promote and liaise with borderland communities all over Europe. It is located in the Polish town of Sejny, located on the border with Lithuania - a town previously home to Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish, Orthodox, and Old Believer communities. The web site has been redesigned and functions now as a portal for all the projects run by this foundation. The foundation publishes the Krasnogruda journal, and the site introduces the latest issue. There are many writers and artists featured on the site, with presentations of their works and interviews. The documentation centre of the Borderland Foundation holds over 10,000 books, 5,000 magazines, 2,000 films and other forms of documentation on Central and East Europe. There are details of the Borderland school, a one-year training programme for managers and leaders in cultural, educational, and social organisations in Central and Eastern Europe. The site holds details of the many events in which the foundation takes part.
This is the homepage of the British Book Trade Index (BBTI), originally established in 1983 by Professor Peter Isaac of University of Newcastle upon Tyne, now hosted by the University of Birmingham. The BBTI was developed with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (now the AHRC) Resource Enhancement scheme. The BBTI provides a searchable database of names and biographical details of people who worked in the English and Welsh book trade up to 1851. Users should note that the National Library of Scotland maintains a separate Scottish Book Trade Index, although some Scottish book trade people who were active in England or Wales are listed in the BBTI. The earliest entries in the database include Exeter Cathedral, which entered the book trade as a library in the eleventh century, and parchment or vellum makers and bookbinders from the medieval period. The database holds over 95,000 records and focuses on printers; publishers; booksellers; stationers; papermakers; engravers; auctioneers; ink-makers; and even sellers of medicines. Several previously published book trade indexes have been incorporated into the BBTI, including those by Plomer, Ramsden, Todd and Feather; users should also refer to the site's excellent bibliography of the English provincial book trade. Recent additions to the BBTI have additionally drawn from the Historical Directories Searchable Digital Library, administered by the University of Leicester.
Users can register with BBTI staff to submit information to the project database. Recent issues of the BBTI periodical, Quadrat, are available in full-text versions on the site; tables of contents for Quadrat issues from 1995 to 2005 are also posted.
This is the "Oral history" section of the British Library Sound Archive website. It features a searchable online version of the oral history catalogue, which includes both audio and video resources. The collections accessible through this archive include the National Life Story Collection, BBC broadcasts and the Jewish life recordings, which include interviews with Holocaust survivors. The site features general information about oral history and how to use the collections. Further links with relevant information and recordings direct to the British Library Archival Sound Recordings project, where anyone within the higher education system in UK can access the digitised material. An oral history select bibliography is available for download in PDF format.
The British Library has photographed millions of pages from 49 regional and national British newspapers from the 19th century. The search facility and some interesting presentations relating to key topics in British history are freely available to all. The topics presented range from the British Empire and the Indian Mutiny, Chartism, slavery, and the Whitechapel murders. Some writers are also profiled including: William Cobbett, Leigh Hunt, Edward Lloyd, John Morley, James O'Brien, Charles Parnell, George William MacArthur Reynolds and William Stead. If you are a member of a UK HE or FE institution you will be able to access the full-text, fully searchable digital archive through your local provider - e.g. your college library. Otherwise articles are available to purchase. The papers originate from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, and have been selected by an editorial board to provide a broad yet detailed view of life in Victorian Britain. The papers include include the Examiner, the Pall Mall Gazette, the Chartist, the Western Mail, the Illustrated Police News, and many others. The website also provides a Bibliography: 19th Century British Library Newspapers, as well as guides to researching historical newspapers and periodicals. This is part of work done in partnership with the JISC Digitisation Programme to provide free access to newspapers from 1620-1900. Elsewhere in the British Library website you can access the 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Database.
The British Periodicals database is a subscription resource published by ProQuest / Chadwyck-Healey featuring the digitised texts of over 400 historic British periodicals, spanning the period from the 1680s to the 1930s. Many of the journals have been edited at times by significant writers, including Charles Dickens, Daniel Defoe, Henry Fielding, Samuel Johnson, Walter Bagehot, and Aubrey Beardsley. The rich metadata relating to each article, plus an efficient keyword searching mechanism, makes this database an extremely useful resource for uncovering many aspects of British social, political, religious, literary, or artistic history. The images of the primary texts are displayed clearly, with keywords highlighted. There is also a useful index of the selected journals themselves, with details about their editors and popular topics. A personalisation service is offered enabling users to store searches.
This is the homepage of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS). The site gives an overview of this academic professional association, including its constitution and contacts for board members and how to join. It offers information on BSECS conferences, with calls for papers which notably focus on work by postgraduates. Online conference papers are posted in full on the website, along with a forum for public comment, although user registration is required. The site additionally lists relevant external conferences as well as their programmes, and provides links to journals, other professional associations and resources that relate to scholarly study of the 18th century.
The Bubble Project (BP) is a website exploring the cultural history, popular art, and social psychology surrounding the first great stock market crash, known as the South Sea Bubble Crisis of 1720. The site contains: a brief explanation of what the Bubble was and how it occurred; a bibliography of secondary sources relating to the Bubble; details of a collection of essays on the subject; and links to external sites of interest. Unfortunately, the project never seems to have been completed, so some resources promised on the site (such as a Web package for broader educational purposes) have not materialised. However, this site should still prove useful to anyone wanting to know about the background to the Bubble, and its impact on the lives and culture of its contemporaries.
The website "CAIN Web service: Guide to Web Sites Containing Information on the Conflict and Politics in Northern Ireland" is a guide to some of the online resources providing information on Northern Ireland's society, religious conflict, and politics from 1968 to the present. CAIN is the Conflict Archive on the Internet, based within the University of Ulster. The resources are arranged into the following areas, with detailed introductions: key sites for information on the Northern Ireland conflict; Irish university links; government sites; political parties; news agencies; other groups and individuals; discussion lists and newsgroups; some Irish history sites; and some 'All things Irish' sites. This guide is intended to provide a good starting point in the search for Internet sites on this subject.
The website "CAIN Web services: Guide to Web Sites Containing Information on the Conflict and Politics in Northern Ireland" is a guide to some of the online resources providing information on Northern Ireland's society, religious conflict, and politics from 1968 to the present. CAIN is the Conflict Archive on the Internet, based within the University of Ulster. The resources are arranged into the following areas, with detailed introductions: key sites for information on the Northern Ireland conflict; Irish university links; government sites; political parties; news agencies; other groups and individuals; discussion lists and newsgroups; some Irish history sites; and some 'All things Irish' sites. This guide is intended to provide a good starting point in the search for Internet sites on this subject.
This massive database and reference website enables one to research Canadians who participated in the Great War, perhaps the first place to begin any serious research. The website is very extensive and there are over 73,000 records of individual soldiers in the database. Not all entries have full details but these are being built up soldier-by-soldier. In addition, there is now a section which facilitates the access and reading of many of the digitised Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) war diaries, and now also a section of British Expeditionary Force (BEF) war diaries. The website, moreover, provides a wealth of information on Canada's role during the First World War - including maps of battles, timelines of events, and a number of essays and articles. This website will be of invaluable use to those interested in Canadian military history, the history of the First World War, and possibly also as a family history/genealogy research tool.
Canadian Heritage at Victoria University Library is an online exhibition which displays a sample of archival manuscript holdings at the E. J. Pratt Library, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The exhibition focusses on the lives and works of six Canadian figures: E. J.Pratt (namesake of the Library), author and professor of English at University of Toronto who had a background in eschatology (1882-1964) ; James Evans, a Methodist minister and missionary who translated parts of the Old and New Testaments into the Ojibway language (1801-1846) ; Peter Jones, an Ojibwa chief and Methodist minister who was received by Queen Victoria (1802 - 1856) ; Augusta Stowe-Gullen, the first woman in Canada to be granted an medical degree in 1883 (1857-1943) ; A.P. Coleman, geologist and professor at University of Toronto (1852-1939) ; and Marjorie Pickthall, a poet and short story writer who moved from England to Toronto in 1889 (1883 - 1922). The site gives brief biographies and posts portraits of these figures. It also provides thumbnails of some of their artistic or intellectual works. Full descriptions of archival fonds related to this exhibition are available on the website of the E. J. Pratt Library Special Collections. This site provides an introduction to special details which will be of great help to researchers and students in Canadian History and Literary and Cultural Studies.
The Caravane Maritime site is connected with the AHRC-funded project workshop on the Caravane Maritime and its protagonists in the early modern Mediterranean, which took place at the University of Exeter in December 2007. Carvane maritime was the term designating the use of Western European, or Christian, shipping to carry Muslim goods and passengers around the Mediterranean. The ships used, therefore, can include inter-port carrying of trade by English, French, Dutch, Italian or Greek merchant vessels. The website contains details on the workshop itself, abstracts of the papers discussed, and research material bibliographies. There is also discussion of primary evidence and audio clips from the workshop that can be freely accessed.
The Carrie electronic library publishes a number of full-text books of historical value in HTML format. All books are easily accessed and can be read online or printed. Some of the books had never been published before. The items offered include: the Carrie Eurasia Collection (CEC); documents from World War I; documents for the study of American history; historical documents from western Europe; the Lopez Martin collection, and the Planctus for William Longsword. Among the titles are: Renaissance and Reformation; The Age of Torquemada; Winter Wheat in the Golden Belt of Kansas; The Normans in South Wales, 1070-1171; Central Asian Monuments; British Policy and Mission Education in the Southern Sudan, 1928-1946; Persecution of the Jews in the Roman Empire; and The Origins of the Kazaks and the Uzbeks. The books are relevant to American studies, European history, and Central Asian studies. It is possible to submit works of adequate standard for publication on the site. Originally published by the University of Kansas, the Carrie library has been hosted by the European University Institute in Florence since April 2006.
The aim of the CASBAH project is to identify and chart national research resources for Caribbean Studies and the history of Black and Asian people in Britain. The project is working with a wide range of UK partner institutions to survey archive holdings of printed and audio-visual materials. Fairly detailed collection-level descriptions of these holdings are available via an online database. The project's website provides full details of the aims and deliverables of the project, partner institutions, and progress reports. The site also includes a series of archive survey reports (e.g. The Institute of Race Relations; London Metropolitan Archive; Wolverhampton Archive and Local Studies Unit). Regional surveys are also planned and sample descriptions of printed and audio-visual collections are available. The Project has also created a list of (unannotated) links to news, publications, events, and related resources. An image gallery is also included with the site.CASBAH receives funding from the Research Support Libraries Programme (RSLP).
The Celtic Twilight: Legends of Camelot website is authored and published by an enthusiast of Arthurian legend, and the content requires a discerning eye. Despite numerous advertisements for books, the site offers an interesting collection of resources looking at both the historical facts and the creation of the legend of Camelot and King Arthur. Of most interest to those studying fifth and sixth-century Britain is the collection of transcribed primary sources, which includes the Annales Cambriae and Gildas' De Excidio Brittaniae et Conquestu. There is also a glossary of events and names connected to Arthur, and background information. The remaining content focuses on the creation of the myth of Arthur and Camelot, examining depictions in: art; film; comics; and literature.
The website of the Ohio State University Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) provides information about: the centre; its programmes; its staff; and their research interests. The Center focuses on: art; music; literature; religion; history; philosophy; and government. It also publishes a twice-quarterly newsletter entitled Nouvelles Nouvelles (selected issues of which are available in full-text at this site) and has served as the headquarters for the New Chaucer Society. The Center houses the Hilandar Research Library and the resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies. The site has a useful section of links to resources on various subjects including: Arthurian; numismatics; Byzantium; warfare; Vikings; conferences; history of art; and religion. A good resource for students of the medieval and Renaissance periods.
The Center for Study of the Life and Work of William Carey, D.D. (1761-1834) is based at William Carey College in the United States. The website presents a variety of primary and secondary source material about Carey and his work. The material on the site is divided into the following main sections: Baptist Missionary Society, Bible translations, bibliography, biographies, digital library, gazetteer and maps, Internet resources, memorabilia, missiology, philately and numismatics, portrait gallery and reference. The digital library provides access to a number of full-text works and articles from William Carey and his associates, including Carey’s 1972 manuscript ‘Enquiry’. The portrait gallery has nearly one hundred images relating to Carey and the gazetteer and maps page has over twenty images. It is not, currently, possible to search the site, but it is relatively straightforward to browse.
This is the website of the Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection. Established by W.R. Lethaby, the founding principle of the Central School of Art, the Collection now encompasses a wide range of material including: manuscripts; wood engravings and other prints including early printed sheets from the Nuremberg Chronicle, early woodcuts by Dürer and lithographs by Daumier and Gavarni; books; work and publications by members of the Arts and Crafts movement; Japanese prints; textile and wall-paper samples including the Joyce Clissold archive of hand block printed textiles; garments; staff and students' artworks; 1920s German film posters; artworks and publications by May Morris, Edward Johnston, Eric Gill and W.R. Lethaby. Areas of particular interest include the Central School's archive of papers, photographs, newspaper cuttings and prospectuses, and its original teaching books and materials. The catalogue can be searched from the Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection website, with digitised images of items in the collection available through Visual Arts Data Service (VADS), which offers an advanced search and lightbox facility.
This is the homepage of Centre for Early Modern studies at University of Oxford, which comprises the former Web portal, Early Modern Web at Oxford. The Centre, set up by Oxford's English Faculty, anticipates interdisciplinary research beyond literary studies. News and Current Events sections summarise termly events, exhibitions, lectures, conferences and research completed by affiliated scholars. Subpages on 'Research Interests' cover literary and historical studies spanning the period from the Renaissance to the eighteenth-century; these include: Shakespeare; history of the book; intellectual history; literature and history; women and writing; reception of classical literature; literature and religion; and editing. These sub-sites are bolstered by scanned images from Oxford collections, including some pages from the second edition of Milton's Paradise Lost. There are annotated links here to Oxford research projects, major academic Web resources and short bibliographies for the study of Britain and Ireland in the period 1550-1780. The site additionally lists affiliated faculty, postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers, as well as relevant Oxford degree programmes.
This is the homepage of the Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies (CMPS), which was founded in 2001 at the Institute of English Studies, University of London on behalf of the British Library; the St Bride Printing Library; the University of London Research Library Services; the English Department at the University of Birmingham; the School of English at the University of Reading; and the Literature Department at the Open University. The Centre covers a diverse range of fields such as: palaeography; codicology; diplomatic writing and calligraphy; the history of printing; manuscript and print relations; the history of publishing and of the book trade; ephemera studies; the history of reading; the history of libraries; collecting and scholarship; analytical, descriptive and historical bibliography; textual criticism and textual theory; and the electronic book. The CMPS serves as a resource for the international community of scholars (including undergraduate and postgraduate students); the site provides news of events such as conferences, seminars, exhibitions, and summer schools such as the Centre's annual Palaeography Summer School and London Rare Book School. Information and progress reports are provided about CMPS research projects, most of which receive funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Several of the more developed projects have their own sites, including: the Complete Works of John Ford; the Catalogue of English Literary Manuscripts 1450-1700 (CELM); and the Digital Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts (DigCIM); Philo-Bibliographical Notes and Queries; Early Paper; John Masefield Virtual Research Environment; the William Sharp "Fiona Macleod" Archive; and the Yeats Annual Series. The Centre additionally hosts the AHRC National Research Training Scheme (NRTS) in English Language and Literature, Palaeography and the History of the Book. Links to related sites and partner institutions are included. The Web pages are uncomplicated and easy to follow.
The Centre for Manx Studies of the University of Liverpool (located in Douglas) provides a focal point for research in a wide range of areas relating to the Isle of Man, from the earliest times to the present day. This website provides detailed information about the work of the Centre, in particular: services for visitors; courses; Manx links; publications; and research projects. There is also an ejournal (Studeyrys Manninagh) and an email list which will provide information on forthcoming conferences and relevant events. Multi-disciplinary research projects are listed here under the following subject areas: archaeology; culture and language; environment; history; politics, economics and tourism; and a new, five-volume New History of the Isle of Man (intended to present current research and ideas from Manx scholars worldwide in a readable, authoritative account of the Island's story from geological times to the present day). There are plans to load the Manx Bibliography onto this site so that you can search by author, keyword and year of publication over 7,000 references on all subjects relating to the island. At the time of cataloguing the sections on Archaeology and Geology had been loaded. The Centre also holds a list of Theses in progress or completed since 1993 on Manx (or related) topics. There is a Gaelic version of this website.
The website of the University of Edinburgh's Centre for the History of the Book (CHB), gives information on an international and interdisciplinary unit for advanced research into all aspects of the material culture of the text. The site includes information on: personnel; projects; events; fellowships; courses; and links to other sites of interest. The site also provides back issues of the Centre's newsletter, and recent items of related news concerning scholarship on the history of the book. The site would be of value to students and scholars researching book history or manuscript history.
The Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the University of Warwick is an interdisciplinary centre which brings together specialists studying the Renaissance period within English studies, French studies, history, history of art, Italian studies and theatre studies. The Centre receives funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) to develop the AHRB Centre for the Study of Renaissance Elites and Court Cultures. The website provides information about the projects, activities and publications of the Centre. The Centre hosts three research projects: the Italian Elites project which studies the contribution of well-educated or high-ranking Italians to the social, political and cultural life of the Italian and European Renaissance; the Europa Triumphans project which studies court, city and religious festivals of the Renaissance and Early Modern periods; and the John Nichols Project which investigates Court Entertainment and civic pageantry. Each of these projects has a separate section on the website. The site also provides details of seminars and conferences organised by the Centre; the MA in Culture of the European Renaissance; subscription information for the Centre's printed journal, Renaissance Journal; and a useful selection of links to relevant resources.
The Centre for World Environmental History at the University of Sussex is the only centre in Europe dedicated to study of the environmental history of the tropics. Its website offers an introduction to its work, admission procedures, teaching information and conference notices, as well as the findings of research projects. Environmental history covers aspects of history, geography and cultural studies and 'draws widely from sciences, social sciences and the humanities'. The site has had a redesign since it was first reviewed on Intute. In the process it has stopped presenting reports on research as pdf documents. There are three research projects mentioned on the website - focusing on Tobago, Lesotho and the East India Company, but only one research paper can be accessed. Despite this downgrading of facilities available this is still a useful site.
This website publishes the free and full-text digital edition of Champs Helléniques Modernes et Contemporains, a series of monograph by the French School of Athens focusing on modern and contemporary Greek culture, as well as the modern perception of Greek antiquities. Among the published volumes are "La diaspora hellénique en France"; "Les politiques de l’archéologie du milieu du XIXe à l’orée du XXIe siècle"; and "Les mishellénismes". All volumes are proceedings of conferences and further volumes are expected to appear here a few years after the printed version is published. Since Classical Greek culture has had a strong influence on many cultures, including modern ones, this collection of papers may be useful to a broad range of students and researchers, especially in archaeology and history.
Charles Booth's map of London poverty has been reproduced on this website. The map, originally created in 1889, has been scanned and prepared for viewing over the World Wide Web by Sabiha Ahmad of the University of Michigan. The map has been divided into seventy-two sections, each of which can be viewed in two different sizes. The original map was created following Charles Booth's survey of life and labour in London. The map indicates different levels of wealth and poverty thorough a colour coded scheme. The reproduction of the map has worked well, with the colours being fairly clear. However, some of the smaller text on the map can be difficult to read. The site includes a background section and an index, but these currently lack any content.
If you are interested in the visual history of Victorian London, the website "City of Shadows" contains numerous photographs, from macabre cemeteries to buildings to people. The creator of the site is a dealer in rare books and drew material from her own collection of books from 19th century England. The site contains a large amount of information on many aspects of the Victorian metropolis. There are primary resources such as Dickens' account of London fog, maps, and letters. As the title of the page suggests, a good deal of the subject matter is dedicated to the mystery and underworld of London. There are links to Jack the Ripper sites, Charles Booth's studies on Poverty in London, an e-text version of Harold Thomas' book, "London's Underworld", as well as photographs of Highgate and Kensal Green Cemeteries with lists of those buried there. The Victorian treatment of death as a social phenomenon is a very important study due to the great increase in urban deaths during the Victorian period, and there are, therefore essays on funeral rituals, cemetery symbolism, and memento mori. The site also contains information on social issues, such as prohibition and drug abuse, women's issues, fashion, travel, money, and many other less ghostly topics.
The "Coalfield Web Materials" website is published by the University of Wales, Swansea, and funded by the Lottery distributor, the New Opportunities Fund. The site aims to improve lifelong learning opportunities by encouraging the study of the local history and cultural heritage of South Wales. It offers digital versions of original photographic, audio and video material relating to the history and development of the South Wales Coalfield. This material will be available in both Welsh and English, although it is currently predominantly in English. Information on the site can be found using a keyword search, or browsed using two navigation tools, Themes and Learning Paths. The Themes section is split into four categories, Events, Life, Place and People. Events looks at historical events, such as the Tonypandy dispute in 1910, the General Strike, the Hunger Marches, the Aberfan disaster and the Miner's Strikes in the 1970s and 1980s, whilst People provides biographies of historical figures like Aneurin Bevan, S.O. Davies, and Dai Dan Evans. Place discusses the geography of the coalfields in Wales, and Life explores different facets of life as a Welsh miner, touching on education, society, religion, politics and the economy, amongst other topics. Learning Paths has been specifically designed for schools and educators, and explores a topic at length, such as the Spanish Civil War, with suggestions of how to use the primary source material available. The site also features a timeline of events, from 1800 to 1995, a bibliography, and links to relevant websites.
This is the English-language version of the Collection of Paper Theatres website, a scholarly archival website devoted to paper and toy theatres and their history. The website is published by a collector in Spain, and it is particularly strong on the history of the art form in continental Europe. The body of the website is a very well illustrated and extensive set of national histories. The website also contains a useful list of famous 20th century artists and writers who maintained a strong interest in toy theatres into their adulthood, although oddly this list omits both Lorca and Joseph Cornell. The website will be of strong interest to historians of children's theatre, to art historians interested in the influence of toy theatre on well-known artists, and also to contemporary artists and book-artists interested in the form. The collection on which the website is based has been shown several times since 2007, in various European museums.
This website describes the Collaborative Program in Book History and Print Culture at the University of Toronto. The programme is set up for postgraduate students involved in masters or doctoral research in various disciplines, but whose topics share a common interest in the physical, cultural, or theoretical aspects of the book. This interdisciplinary approach brings together the expertise of faculty members from across the University of Toronto in English, History, Modern Languages, Information Studies, Music, Medieval Studies and other departments. The website provides links to the degree programmes and course details, application procedures and administrative information, libraries, directories of faculty and students, and a short list of Web resources. The site also features a list of links.
This is a project website for COLLATE. COLLATE : Collaboratory For Annotation, Indexing And Retrieval Of Digitized Historical Archive Material is a European Union-funded project (2000-2003) to develop a Web-based virtual centre for collaboration by archives, researchers and end-users working with digitized cultural material. The focus of the project is a digital XML text repository comprising a large corpus of historic text documents (especially on film censorship processes of the 1920s and 1930). COLLATE is based at the Fraunhofer IPSI (Integrated Publication and Information Systems Institute), Germany. Project partners range from university computing departments, institutional and national film archives, from across Europe. The website includes detailed information about the project and the issues relating to film studies. A number of publications are available online.
The "Concert Life in 19th-Century London Database and Research Project" website describes a collaborative project between Oxford Brookes University, Leeds University, and Goldsmiths' College, London. The aim is to compile a database of information on the nature of concert life in London and the evolution of repertoire during the 19th century, and in fact up until World War One. The database will be fully relational and draw its material from contemporary press, journals, and concert programmes. The website makes available an introductory essay on the database, and gives a link to the pilot demonstration of the database on the Oxford Brookes website. Searches can be carried out by venue, performer, type of performance, and many other categories. At the time of cataloguing, the database contained a sample of a few concerts from the Wigmore Hall. Unfortunately, the website's layout does not function properly with some Web browsers. This project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) within the research grants scheme.
'Contributions in Black Studies: a Journal of African and Afro-American Studies' (CIBS) is a free full-text academic journal, placed online by the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst in the U.S.A. The CIBS journal ran from 1977 to 1997, and all issues are now online for free. Example articles include: 'Afro-American Women: A Brief Guide to Writings from Historical and Feminist Perspectives'; 'Afro-American Identity: Reflections on the Pre-Civil War Era'; and 'The British Army's African Recruitment Policy, 1790-1807', among many others - and a special issue (1993) on the films of Ousmane Sembene. This will be a useful resource for those working in Black Studies, and especially for those seeking to track the changing ideas within this field over several decades. The website also has a short history of the journal and its editors.
This website describes the AHRC funded project ‘Conversing with Other Nations’ which aims to explore the development of the arboretum as a cultural phenomenon and site of cultural and sociological change. The website briefly outlines the development of tree collecting and explores its cultural significance, as well as discussing the impact it had on landscape architecture and the development of public and private gardens in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Also included are details of a related international conference, held in 2006.
The Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture (CASSS) aims to detailed, authoritative survey of English pre-Conquest sculpture. The website is currently limited in its functionality, although there is still a link to the previous website, which has more information available. On the old website, currently there is a list of publications and information about the project and staff. CASSS is in the process of producing regional catalogues of carved stones, with full bibliographic references and scaled photographs. The catalogues are of interest to historians, archaeologists, art historians, place-name specialists and local historians. On the old website, the project is in the process of producing regional catalogues of carved stones, with full bibliographic references and scaled photographs. The catalogues are of interest to historians, archaeologists, art historians, place-name specialists and local historians. Photographs can be provided, the project welcomes comments from the public, and it is possible to register to receive further information about publications.The website provides information on the project, Corpus publications for individual counties, the digital grammar of Anglo-Saxon ornament, links to related websites, and a link to the CASSS database. There is a list of regional volumes already published, those in preparation and forthcoming publications. The digital grammar of Anglo-Saxon ornament includes sections on: classification of forms and shapes of monuments; dating methods; epigraphy; techniques of carving; classification of ornament; and a bibliography. The CASSS database features information from Volume IV (South-East England), as a sample of what will become available in the future. The images of sculptures appear with information about the website, location, discussion, dates, description, measurements and evidence for discovery. The project has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the Resource Enhancement scheme.
The Costume Gallery is an online resource that provides access to a range of information about dress and fashion throughout history. Published by an enthusiast, much of the site provides information about commercial services, such as costume designers, consultants, suppliers, and photograph analysis. The Costume Gallery's Online Research Library provides online access to photographs, articles, and patterns, useful for those researching the history of costume and fashion. The library is divided into four sections, A Year in Fashion: Fashion Articles, Portfolio of Costumes, Research by Topic, and Research by Time - Photo Collections, all of which can be browsed. Some of the material in the library can only be accessed if users hold a subscription, and there is information on the site on how to subscribe. Amongst the sources available are digitised nineteenth and twentieth century fashion magazine articles and fashion plates, a reference manual, and a handbook of German fashion.
This website makes available the full text of papers presented at an ongoing series of multidisciplinary conferences, organised by the University of the West Indies School of Continuing Studies, which are held in the non-campus countries of the anglophone Caribbean. The first conference took place in 2000 in St Kitts and Nevis. Papers featured here are mostly from historical, literary, or social science perspectives; each conference takes its host country as the main theme. As such, users will find papers on, for example: the Spanish language in Antigua and Barbuda; identity and ethnicity in Belize; the visual arts in Grenada; constitutional modernisation in Montserrat and the Cayman Islands; and liberalised radio broadcasting in St Vincent and the Grenadines. The papers from a 2004 conference on the life and works of Jean Rhys are also available, together with links to full-text articles and other useful online resources for the study of this Dominican-born writer. Other general resources on the site include an annotated bibliography of humanities and social science works on Grenada published between 1763 and 1950, and a biography of T.A. Marryshow (1887-1958), one of the key figures in Grenada's political history, and the West Indies Federation.
The website 'Crystal Palace' focuses on three men who were largely responsible for the Great Exhibition of 1851 in the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park: Henry Cole, Joseph Paxton, and Prince Albert. The site was designed by the McGill University School of Architecture Minimum Cost Housing Group. Henry Cole was a poly-dexterous man, with varying interests in the arts. There are images of Messrs Minton tea seats he designed. In 1847 he was elected as president of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers, and Commerce. With the support of Prince Albert, the Royal Society developed the idea of a World's Fair, and when Joseph Paxton submitted his design for the exhibition centre, the three choreographed one of the largest events that occurred in London during the Victorian period. This website outlines the development of the fair, and provides complementary images of sketches of 'Paxton's Palace', commentaries by "Punch", and plans and photos of proposed Industrial class housing for those that manufactured the goods displayed in the Great Exhibition.
'Historical Culture' is a website developed by the Spanish professor of Modern History, Fernando Sánchez Marcos. This is a very high quality resource for lecturers, students, and researchers of the relationship which societies establish with their past. Although it is written for a Spanish speaking audience, this should not deter English users as the site has been fully translated into English, whilst all materials provided here are given in their original language (mainly English; Spanish; German; and Catalan). In addition to an introduction to the concept of 'Historical Culture', the site offers an useful history of historiography from Greece to the present. This comes accompanied by a large bibliography of texts, which also grants access to their electronic edition. A list of historical novels and films is also provided. Additionally, there is a list of useful links, and a multimedia section with images; a short selection of videos; and links to external sites of historical maps.
Witchcraft historian Owen Davies is the author of the Cunning Folk website, devoted to the study of those who were variously known as wise-women, wise-men, healers and herbalists. This site is produced in tandem with Davies' book Cunning Folk, Popular Magic in English History. A lecturer in history at the University of Hertfordshire, Davies is an expert in the later, and less frequently studied period of witchcraft, from 1736 to 1951 (when the last witchcraft act was repealed). There is a bibliography of his works and extracts from his books and articles. The cunning folk made up an entity distinct from those accused of witchcraft, and although cunning folk were accused of witchcraft on occasion, they were more likely to be those purporting to carry out beneficial practices, love magic, or locating lost items. The information provided here will be of use to undergraduate students, and for those desiring further information, a brief but helpful list of books and articles on related subjects is provided.
"Data Wales" is a Web page with lots of textual links to original content on Welsh history, culture and travel. There is a random nature to the index page of this work which reflects the author's philosophy behind this service - "to emulate the Parish Magazine (local history and local knowledge) rather than the Glossy Magazine (irrelevant ads and graphics)". It is relatively easy to quickly browse much of the site content from the index page. This can be a rewarding exercise even if it does appear to rely a little on serendipity. Articles cover diverse historical topics from medieval through to modern subjects, from local and general history of Wales, Monmouthshire and elsewhere in the UK, also Patagonia in South America. There is also a search engine - to find a particular topic. Data Wales is written, illustrated and published in Wales, and receives contributions from all around the world. The articles are well written and contributions are evident from the local and national museums in Wales, as well as other historians.
This website provides an introduction to the University of Brighton's Design Archives, a unique resource for those concerned with the study of material culture and changing patterns of design education in the UK. The collection consists of material from a variety of sources - inculding the Design Council Archive, and a wide range of other designers. More information about the archive is provided on the University of Brighton's website. The website indicates the scope of the collection of images and documents and provides information on who to contact. The collection provides a visual survey of post World War II British products and interiors, as well as a broad range of design from around the world. It includes unique records of landmark exhibitions such as Britain Can Make It (1946) and the Festival of Britain (1951), and items from Coronation souvenirs to Alison and Peter Smithson's House of the Future.It also links to an online teaching and learning resource called 'Designing Britain 1945-1975', which offers insights into the collections of the Visual Experience of Post-War Society. The collection is accessed via VADS' powerful interface (with advanced search, browse and lightbox functions).
This web page contains information about the Design Council slide collection, which was transferred to the Department of History of Art and Design at Manchester Metropolitan University from the Design Centre in London in 1995. The collection, consisting of more than 22,000 images, covers most areas of design, including furniture, lighting, textiles and domestic appliances. The website consists of information about the collection and the digitisation project, which was funded by the Research Support Libraries Programme (RSLP). A link is provided to the slide collection's Web page on the MMU website. The collection is accessed via VADS' powerful interface (with advanced search, browse and lightbox functions).
The Design Council Slide Collection Cataloguing and Digitisation Project has been engaged in the process of digitising the images from that collection for educational purposes. The collection consists of some 22,500 images, mostly British and of consumer products, architecture, interior design, town planning, and graphic design, taken between 1945 and 1990. There are also many images illustrating design from other countries and from earlier periods. Furthermore, the collection contains a large number of original and unique images that record directly many of the Council's own activities, including its annual design award scheme introduced in 1957, and the various exhibitions and other events that it organised or contributed to in the UK and abroad. Copies of the slides may be ordered (for a fee) from the online catalogue at this site. The digitised versions of the slides are being deposited with the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS), and are available from their website (which requires registration). The project is intended to assist those tracing the history of various kinds of designed artefacts and the emergence of new product types and materials, particularly within the post-war British context. The project received funding from the Research Support Libraries Programme (RSLP) and from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
This database hosted by VADS consists of around 800 digital images taken from the seven Web-based E-Learning modules, which were produced by authors commissioned by the Design Council Archive. One of these modules, The Student Response Bank involved students creating digital artworks in response to the collection. The visual source material derives from the University of Brighton Faculty of Arts and Architecture's expanding Design History Research Centre (DHRC) Archives as well as incorporating associated collections such as The Arts Institute in Bournemouth. The project was funded as part of the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) distributed national electronic resource for learning, teaching and research (DNER).
Designing Britain 1945-1975 is the home page of a project that was created as part of the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) distributed national electronic resource for learning, teaching and research (DNER) by the Design History Research Centre at the University of Brighton. The project ran between March 2001 and August 2002 and comprised seven online eLearning modules, each of which contain an introductory text and around 100 visual records, with supplementary information. Images are taken from the Design History Research Centre (DHRC) Archives and associated collections. The seven modules have been made available on the website of the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) and fall under the following headings: exhibiting Britain; the new jewellery; from problem solving to selling product; the student response bank; art for social spaces; oral testimony and the interpretation of the crafts; and fabrics forming society.
The website 'Devices of Wonder: From the World in a Box to Images on the Screen' is an online activity-packed presentation created to accompany an exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum from 2001-2002. The exhibition is designed to help the user understand how antique toys, games, films, musical instruments, puppets, and other artefacts were used and enjoyed without touching the real thing. The interface (available as Flash or in HTML) allows for direct interaction without too many words or instructions. Each artefact is accompanied by a detailed caption, printable version available, as well as animation or Real One Player videos. All resources have different versions available for the user to choose in relation to their level of bandwidth to access the Internet. The website received an honourable mention in the MUSE Award 2002 for Art from the Media and Technology Standing Professional Committee of the American Association of Museums (AAM).
Digital Comic Museum is a very large website archive of U.S. comic books known to be in the public domain. As such, it includes a wealth of high-quality scans of vintage ("Golden Age", in the terminology of comic book collectors) comics, freely available for reading. Most comics are from the 1940s and 1950s. Some newspaper comic strips are also included. Files are in the standard CBR (Comic Book Reader) format, for which Comical is possibly the best free viewer. Free registration is required to download the comics, but not to search the website. The Digital Comic Museum will be a valuable resource for those researching the history of comics in the U.S., as well as for those interested in the dynamic hand-made typography of the medium, the depiction of stereotypes during the 20th century, and the ways that the standards and politics of the time were presented to children. Adverts in the comics may also be of interest to those researching the history of advertising or the history of toys.
DISA is based at the Campbell Collections of the University of Natal and aims to make available to scholars information about the social and political history of South Africa. This includes topics relating to Apartheid, black civil rights and the work of the African National Congress (ANC). It currently provides access to a selection of full-text digitised journals from the post 1945 period, many of which were banned by the Apartheid government for presenting opposition political views. They include materials published by South African churches, civil rights movements, Inkatha Freedom Party and the ANC. The site also contains information about the future development of the project and digital imaging technology.
'Dragons in the Sky' is an electronic book, published online by Stuart Lee of the University of Oxford. The aim of the book is to compare and contrast the beliefs, practices and attitudes of English-speaking communities at the turn of the year 2000 CE, with their Anglo-Saxon counterparts in 1000 AD. The essays published here discuss topics such as: 'The Worship of Technology'; 'Religious Icons'; fashion in both periods; 'Marriage and the Family'; 'National Identity'; and 'Attitudes to War'. The articles, while scholarly, aim to encourage popular interest in the Anglo-Saxon period through explanation of academic terminology and translation of Old English texts into modern English. This site adds a fresh perspective to the study of medieval culture, and would be of interest to researchers, students and general readers alike.
'Dress and Textile Specialists' (DATS) is the website of a UK Museum Subject Specialist Network for those working with... "specialist collections of fashion, dress and textiles". The website has full details of the DATS group and DATS officers, news items from the UK, and details of DATS activities and events. The group publishes a free Newsletter, and has three issues freely available in PDF form. Three free booklets are also available for download: 'Identify Lace' (part of the workshop "Identifying hand-made and machine lace, 1750-1950"; 'Identifying Printed Textiles' (part of the workshop "Identifying printed textiles, 1750-1890"); and "Identifying Woven Textiles". The website also has a useful and extensive "List of Dress and Related Collections in Great Britain", organised by region. This will be a useful contact point and resource for scholars, archivists and curators alike.
Maintained by the Department of Medieval Studies at the Central European University (Budapest), the Dress, Jewels, Arms and Coat of Arms website serves as an introductory manual to the attire and equipment worn by various social classes during the latter half of the medieval period. Presenting their research as a series of guides and accompanying this with a good selection of images, the authors address a wide variety of topics including: armour and arms; heraldic emblems; conceptions of fashion; and jewellery. The majority of these sections offer some information on the background and development of these garments, while simultaneously describing their use and status within the culture at large. The site is essentially directed towards the non-specialist, but the creators also believe the texts presented may serve effectively as a teaching resource. The glossary of terms is of particular value since it not only defines the relevant jargon, but also identifies and describes many heraldic representations. Although not comprehensive, the creators have also included an introductory bibliography that would serve as a solid foundation for future research into this or any related topic.
'Dry Drunk' is an online exhibition, created by New York Public Library, investigating the culture of tobacco in seventeenth and eighteenth century Europe through a selection of prints held by the library. The site has been divided into the following eight sections: travel and discovery; herbals and health; the great debate; question of gender; costume and identity; the culture of smoke: high life; the culture of smoke: low life; and the sneezing cure allegory and fantasy in smoke. Each section has a brief introduction to the topic and descriptions of prints illustrating the topic. A number of the descriptions are accompanied by images of the prints.
The web site "Dwory szlacheckie powiatu sochaczewskiego w XVIII-XIX wieku (Eighteenth and nineteenth century manors of the gentry in Sochaczew)" is an amateur site in Polish, which draws on an impressive range of both primary and secondary sources. It is a pleasant site for those interested in Polish architectural, noble/gentry (szlachta), or local history. As well as describing the architectural details of the manor houses, the author has also included information on the atmosphere in the houses, the gardens, and their interior decoration and design. The author has helpfully included a glossary of architectural terms, some nice illustrations, and a comprehensive bibliography. Polish manor houses play a particular role in both popular and literary culture, indicating the delineation from but also the interdependence between the differing social strata that made up the manor and its community. Manor houses featured include those in: Zakrzew; Czerwonka; Nowe Paski; Skotniki; Strugi; Ruszki; and Szczytno.
Early Canadiana Online (ECO) is the website of a collaborative research project designed to provide web access to a digital library of primary sources in Canadian history from the first European contact to the early 20th century. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of: literature; women's history; travel and exploration; native studies; and the history of French Canada. The ECO collection is made up of seven individual online collections totalling 3 million pages. After browsing or searching by title, author, subject, or keyword, and finding a text, one may view a scanned image of the page of the volume. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) has been performed on the images to enhance searching and accessing the texts. This site provides access to a vast and extensive collection of resources which should be of great interest to scholars in this field.
This PDF document briefly summarises an AHRC-funded research network into “the role and representation of Irish immigrants within US cinema”, drawing new ideas of the role of audience taste on the shaping of early cinema and “the contradictory dynamic between ethnic assertion and cultural assimilation faced by the immigrant communities within the US”. The network was conceived as very much a multinational one, with academics from the UK, US and Ireland contributing, and workshops held in Boston and Dublin.
The website "Early Eighteenth Century Newspaper Reports: A Sourcebook Compiled by Rictor Norton" has been created by Dr Rictor Norton, an expert in and author on Queer History. The site includes a convenient search engine and material is also arranged thematically. The emphasis is on crimes and wonders, reports of which have been compiled from newspapers such as: The British Gazetteer; London Journal; Mist's Weekly Journal; and Daily Journal. It is an excellent resource for historians of early modern crime. Thematic sections include: Trials at the Old Bailey, Hangings at Tyburn, Famous Criminals, Mobs and the Pillory; Love and Marriage, Abandoned Children, Rape and Infanticide, Sodomites, and the Drury Lane Ladies; Popular Amusements from Bear-Baiting to Fashionable Assemblies, Races, Magicians, Music, Play and Literature, and the Latest Fashions; Bills of Mortality, Suicides, Natural Catastrophes, Horrid Accidents and Funeral Customs; Health and Beauty and Advertisements for Quack Medicines; and Religion, Witchcraft, Jews, French Protestants. The texts from the newspapers have been retyped for the site, and under the various headings the author of the site compiled pieces of news from different papers and journals. It is a pity that there the site does not offer an index to all the titles of newspapers. As it is the material has been selected and categorised according to the compiler's interests with no indication as to the time frame or range of newspapers consulted. Those researching aspects of social and cultural history of eighteenth century Britain however will find this site of good use.
This website lists the early Indian Newspapers available at the British Library. It includes details of missing editions from runs, and the name changes and mergers that the papers underwent. There is also a link to a a searchable catalogue of the British Library's holdings. Images of some of the mastheads of the papers may also be viewed at the site. Details are given for how to access hard-copy and microfilm version of the available papers. No actual content is included on the site. This web page will be useful to scholars needing to consult pre-1900 Indian newspapers as it is more informative than a standard electronic catalogue.
Early Modern Culture: An Electronic Seminar is an online journal and discussion forum for those working on sixteenth and seventeenth century literature and history. The journal is edited by Crystal Bartolovich of Syracuse University and David Siar of Winston-Salem State University, and has a broad base of international scholars working in an advisory capacity.Each article published in Early Modern Culture is followed by a response from another academic in the field. Separate biographical notes and career histories are available for each of the contributors, including references to previous publications. The journal aims to invite a seminar-style exchange of ideas, and electronic comments on articles are actively encouraged. Details of submission requirements for prospective contributors to the journal are also provided on the site.Topics currently covered in the journal include articles on plays by William Shakespeare and Thomas Dekker, and historical contextual topics such as merchant culture.
The Earthlore Explorations website is devoted to cultural legacies including history; myth; poetry; and more. Resources at the Earthlore site are arranged into sections. Gothic Dreams includes: photographs and artwork depicting the architecture, sculpture, arts, and crafts of the Medieval period; a glossary of various aspects of gothic cathedrals and churches; and an in-depth historical overview of Notre Dame de Paris, comprehensively hyperlinked throughout to relevant resources within Earthlore Explorations. Ireland includes history and mythology, and gives an article on the poems of W. B. Yeats. Additional countries that may be featured with their own sections include Brazil; China; and Egypt. The Mystery of Lost and Forgotten Histories examines: the relevance of a historical or legendary King Arthur (including an in-depth historical overview of the Holy Grail); and the decline of ancient Peruvian civilization. The Lore of Astrology examines the history and evolution of the world's astrological sciences. Additional subjects that may be featured in the future include symbolism; music; literature; and Arthurian lore. Earthlore Explorations, online since 1995, was originally the work of New York based photographer Rhey Cedron. Cedron now works with a number of other investigators and researchers, all of whom are cited on this resource.
The website "East Looks West: East European Travel Writing on European Identities and Divisions, 1600-2000" provides a one-page description of the AHRB-funded project. The project's aims are to research, develop resources, and publish material on this subject. To this end a workshop and international conference have been organised. Leading academics in the field from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) such as Karin Friedrich, Wendy Bracewell, David Chirico, and Alex Drace-Francis are coordinating the research. The project seeks to re-examine the definitions of national and regional identity through the fluid historical and geographical parameters of Western, Central and Eastern Europe. Issues raised include: the sociology of travel and travel writing; genre and reception in travel writing; discourses and representations of identity. This project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board within the Research Grants scheme. The site introduces the publications of the researchers on the project and links to travel writing archives and related projects.
America: History and Life is an journal contents index on American and Canadian history presented online by Ebsco Publishing. Some 1,700 periodicals from 1964 to the present are indexed here; the database also includes references and links to book reviews. Most of the journals listed here are written in English, but non-English articles are included with English abstracts. Lists of the journals are provided in several formats and are organised under a number of topics that will allow users to focus on various themes, from business, to health, to family, among others. Full access to the database requires a user subscription. The site also contains professional information on Web development for publishers and college administrators.
Historical Abstracts is an online research aid prepared by Ebsco Publishing. This site posts a database of journal abstracts from over 1,700 academic periodicals that are devoted to modern world history, from 1450 to the present, excluding the United States and Canada. Most fields of history are covered, from military history, to women's history, to social history; social scientific journals are also represented. The journals whose contents are listed here run from 1955 to the present. A general title list can be viewed in various formats, but the site requires a subscription and user registration for full access to the site's resources. The larger site, of which this site is one part, includes professional information for publishers and college administrators. The academic level of the periodicals will particularly support post-graduate research.
The website "Editora Mandruvá" is an ejournal collaboration between many prestigious universities from Europe and South America, including: University of Porto, University of São Paulo; Federal University of São Paulo, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Universidad Autónoma in Madrid, Universidad Autònoma in Barcelona, and J. W.Goethe Universität Frankfurt. The site contains articles in Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan, English and German, published by the online journals of the departments of these universities. These online journals appear to have started up in the late 1990s, and eleven of them are available on the website in a full-text downloadable format. Most of the online journals cover disciplines of the humanities,covering educational history, philosophy,literary criticism and creative writing. One separate site calls the user's attention to new issues, while another one lists books published by project collaborators. The site also boasts a 'special collections' section, which focuses on certain themes actively researched by the partner universities. One of the themes is mediaeval literature, while 'signatures' gathers articles written by particular author or researcher.Finally, the site allows the reader to perform searches by freely chosen search terms. This site is a particularly useful source for researchers of general humanities and literature, but may also be useful for electrical engineers and lawyers as the full-text periodicals also cover these subjects.
The web page 'Eighteenth-Century Women: Studies in their Lives, Works, and Culture' provides information about the annual print journal (hardcover serial publication) with the same title. The series first volume was published in 2001. It offers a list of authors and articles published in prior issues and information for those wishing to submit their own work. There are instructions on formatting accepted work and for book reviewing. The journal itself 'aims to be a record of women's lives and accomplishments', and concentrates on the literary, social, and cultural history of women from 1660 to 1815. It is not limited to any specific geographical region. The editor discourages the use of technical jargon.
"Electric Scotland's Scottish History" is a large website offering information on early Scottish history, battles, culture, literature, and music. Famous Scots from Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) and Sir William Wallace are just a couple of the famous Scots that have detailed biographies here. Historical events such as battles, the Viking raiders and settlers, the 1745 Rebellion, and the Highland Clearances are some of the major events described in detail. But the nature of the source material means that stories from Scottish heritage included here range from these major events to those of more local significance. The author has drawn much of this from antiquarian and other copyright free texts of the history of the Highlands and Scotland itself, (by authors that include Rev. J. A. Wylie, C. Thomas Cairney, and James Halliday). There are also many unverified articles from visitors to the site. This is an excellent overview of Scottish and Gaelic culture, language, history, and literature. The author of the site makes no claim to complete accuracy as more modern historical investigations have not contributed significantly, however there are links to other resources online as well as societies and organisations relating to the history and literature of Scotland, and the Scots in north America.
This website on Queen Elizabeth I is published in conjunction with the National Maritime Museum exhibition celebrating the 400th anniversary of the last Tudor monarch's death. The site is very easy to navigate, and provides a large amount of information on Elizabeth I's life and reign. The site is split into chapters, dealing with Elizabeth's life chronologically, and there are also additional resources in the form of a glossary and a select bibliography of texts and websites. The chapters cover the following topics: Young Elizabeth, which looks at her early life and experiences, with events such as the Seymour Scandal; Elizabeth's England, which discusses the changes she made, with measures like the Elizabethan religious settlement; and The Queen's Court, which explores Tudor life, entertainment, and the Sumptuary Laws. Following these there is Elizabeth's Adventurers that looks at sixteenth century English overseas ambitions; Representing the Queen, which discusses the image Elizabeth created, and the importance of imagery and symbolism in her portraiture; and Threats to the Crown, which explores the domestic and foreign hostility she faced from Mary Queen of Scots and Spain. The final chapter, Elizabeth's Final Years, describes the Queen's relationships with the Earl of Essex and Robert Cecil, and the end of the Tudor line. All of the texts are accompanied by good illustrations, while a glossary and a link to resources accompany the information on the site. This page as a whole provides a comprehensive introduction to Queen Elizabeth I's reign.
Elizabethan and Jacobean drama is an online teaching and learning resource created by the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the University of Warwick. The site focuses on the lives and works of five dramatists: Thomas Kyd; Ben Jonson; Christopher Marlowe; Thomas Middleton; and John Webster. The site uses: texts; biographies; bibliographies; readings; performance records; and lectures to engage students with the texts and performance history of the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods. The materials are delivered in a number of ways, including: video clips; audio clips; photographs; and annotated text fragments. The resources here give a good introduction to the period and the playwrights, and provide ideas for teaching the subject at University level. Materials can be accessed by playwright, and also by type of resource.
This website provides a wealth of information on the events and lives of people during the Elizabethan era. There is information on: entertainment; biographies of leading/famous Elizabethans (such as Queen Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, William Shakespeare, Sir Francis Bacon); the age of exploration; clothes; food and drink; sports; music; education; language; medicine; crime and punishment; and the culture of the era. There is also information on the Spanish Armada, and on Spain and Spanish policies of the time. The website is a little awkwardly laid out, and there are many different links to click to get to the desired information, but the breadth of the site's scope makes up for this. This website will be of value to those starting research in the Elizabethan era.
This website provides access to hundreds of images from the British Empire and Commonwealth of Nations. The website mainly focuses on flags - both national and royal - but there are also vast collections of royal and naval insignia, symbols from the various Armed Forces of the British Empire and Commonwealth (including the various Air Forces), and images of stamps and coins. Similarly, images of every British Prime Minister (and, where appropriate, their standard) since Robert Walpole, maps of the former Empire and of the Commonwealth, and a number of images (including propaganda) promoting the Empire, and the idea of Empire, are provided. The amount of visual information on this website is unparalleled online and it will be of significant value to those interested in heraldry, the British Empire, the Commonwealth of Nations, or nation emblems in general.
'England: the other within' is the website of major research project on English artefacts in the Pitt Rivers Museum. This comprehensive free website has full details of the collections - along with photographs, object biographies, and a series of short interpretive essays. Essay titles include: 'What is an English object?'; 'Calendar-related artefacts'; 'Death-related artefacts'; 'English folklorists'; 'Pitt Rivers and archaeology in England'; and 'Technologies and materials', among others. There is also an essay on the statistical analysis of the collection, 'Introduction to the analysis of the English collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum'. The databases can also be searched. This polished and richly illustrated website forms part of a major ESRC-funded 'The Other Within' research project (2006-2009), examining 44,015 objects and 6,593 photographs in the collection.
This small, not-for-profit educational search engine aims to promote English and American literature, culture and history by providing access to relevant, interesting and academic video resources. The easy-to-use website can either be searched by keyword or browsed by general topic (for example, the British Empire, US History, US Literature, British/Irish Literature, and so on). Each of these broad categories is then further divided into smaller subcategories to provide easy navigation and quick access to the available sources. A handy alternative to ordinary non-academic search engines.
The English Emblem Book Project was set up with the aim of making full-text emblem books from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries available online. Nine books are currently available online. Full bibliographical details of the original source of each book is provided. The full-text of each book has been scanned. Details of the optimum viewing requirements for each book is available from the technical information section of the site. This section also provides further information on the numbering, scanning and physical condition of the original works used for the project. The website also provides details of what emblem books are and general information on the project. The website has a bibliography of printed sources and a list of other emblem book websites.
'Our Place' is an English Heritage website and is aimed at those who work in the heritage industry in the UK, specifically those workers who are charged with "broadening access to heritage" in ways that fit with government policy objectives. 'Our Place' aims to offer a social networking forum for contact with peers, news and a notice board, and events listings. Large sections of the website are password-protected and require users to sign in, but membership is free. The website offers the ability to search for other members, to promote projects, and to add details of events of interest to other members. There is also an email newsletter for members. This may be a useful networking hub, but the current level of activity cannot be judged in any way without first joining.
The website "English Heritage Public Archive" is the National Monuments Record (NMR) of English Heritage, and aims to preserve archives and data and to help in the understanding and enjoyment of the historic environment through their archives and information sources. The NMR holds around 10 million items covering archaeology, marine archaeology, buildings and aerial photographs of England. Amongst the collections available are nineteenth and twentieth century photographs, a complete register of listed buildings, data on archaeological sites, building surveys and a specialised reference library. The website makes it possible to browse many of the photographs online, and also provides the facility to search a variety of databases and catalogues online. In addition to this on the site users can make online enquiries about the contents of the NMR, access educational services, specialist services and find information on news and events.
The Ephemera Society describes itself as a "non-profit body concerned with the collection, preservation, study and educational uses of hand-written and printed ephemera". Ephemera can cover a range of documents, including leaflets, handbills, programmes, and newspapers, and the Society's founder, Maurice Rickards, describes these documents as "the minor transient documents of everyday life". Produced mainly for temporary use, such documents often provide a deeper insight into the mood of the times in which they were produced than more formal documents. The website provides details of ephemera-related events across the country, details of membership of the society, and a comprehensive list of links. In addition there are a number of informative articles and an 'Item of the month' feature. Archives of previous articles and features are available, dating back to 2003.
The website "European Daguerreotypes" is a subsite of the Daguerreian Society's website contains nine daguerreotypes from the John Hannavy Picture Collection, each accompanied by a short description listing the type, subject and author of each photograph and offering additonal presentation details where available. The subset includes portraits taken in British studios in the 1850s, a stereo daguerreotype of the main hall taken at the 1855 Paris International Exhibition, a German portrait presumed from the 1840s, and an unidentified portrait. This resource, which makes public a number of rare items, is potentially of interest for researchers in various disciplines, most notably 19th century European costume history and photography, as well as Victorian studies.
The European Library Treasures Web Exhibition website, a subsite of the European Library, which is hosted by the National Library of the Netherlands, features a virtual exhibition displaying some of the most precious artefacts in European libraries dating from the 5th century BC. The online exhibition features illuminated manuscripts, early printed material, rare and precious books, bookbinding, drawings, prints, and decorated papers from the national libraries of more than forty European countries. The exhibition can be searched or browsed by country, date, or themes such as: art and architecture; the Bible; geography; history; literature; music; politics; religion; and sciences. The exhibits are accompanied by details of their provenance and some cursory information about the object. Each entry offers a digital image, which can be viewed in small and large formats. All images open up in a new window, and the site is easy to navigate. The larger European Library host site features a cross-search function that enables users to find sources in national libraries across the continent. The site is available in English, French, and German. This is an excellent site for those interested in manuscript studies in particular.
This website presents a truly excellent array of resources on the local history of Exeter and is run by a committed amateur enthusiast. The simple-to-use navigation system is split into several categories. The 'Memories' section provides access to a number of personal accounts of the experience of a number of events (from the Blitz to a first ride in a motorcar and student memories from the 1990s). The 'Bygone' section provides a number of pictures - arranged by decade - showing and describing the history of Exeter. There are also sections on topics (e.g. buildings, sports, streets, parks); articles (discussion of some major events); people (some descriptions of prominent and important people in the history of Exeter); events; photos; a site map; and a time-line of events. This website is highly user friendly and will prove to be a fantastic resource for those interested in Exeter's history.
This is a History of the Book website, providing a selection of texts on book history in the British Isles. The focus of most of the texts included in the site is the West of England, the County of Devon in particular. There are biographical dictionaries of book trade personnel, and indexes to those working in the book trade gathered from such sources as apprentice records, insurance policies, and lists of bankrupts. The site also offers lists of Devon imprints and a history of the book in Devon from earliest times to 2000. The site overall is particularly strong in its coverage of the later 18th century.
Ferdinand Freiligrath Briefrepertorium is a website which aids research on the German writer and poet, Ferdinand Freiligrath (1810-1876), who was a friend of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882). In the 1840s he became more political and attracted the attention of Karl Marx (1818-1883); historians will note Freiligrath's letters with Engels about Marx, which are listed here. This site posts a research index to Freilgrath's published and unpublished correspondence, including letters, visiting cards, telegrams and similar documents. It provides a systematic bibliographic and archival guide to these sources, which was developed between 1998 and 2000. A search engine allows detailed searches by addressee, date, or full text word search. Searches bring up the date, place of writing, topic of letter, and archival location of each actual letter or item or correspondence. To aid searches, dozens of addressees are listed alphabetically on a separate subpage, and include little known and famous figures, such as Hans Christian Andersen. Another subpage devoted to 'Siglen,' or sigla, that is, to archival or bibliographic abbeviations, gives short descriptions of various correspondence topics in particular archival collections. A list of institutions which hold collections worldwide is provided. An index of persons was still under construction at the time of review. The site is entirely in German; scholars working in German Studies and nineteenth century History will find this site to be a wonderful aid to investigating Freiligrath as well as the links between Romanticism, socialism and nationalism.
The First World War Poetry Digital Archive website provides online, for free, unprecedented access to primary source material from some of the major British First World War poets. This archive consists predominantly of correspondence and manuscripts from the poets: Wilfred Owen; Edward Thomas; Robert Graves; David Jones; Roland Leighton; Isaac Rosenberg; and Vera Brittain, plus contextual images, video and audio, from the Imperial War Museum and other institutions. These include a complete run of "The Hydra" (the Journal of the Patients at the Craiglockhart War Hospital, plus propaganda pamphlets, forces' newspapers, and postcards). Other poets being researched by the project include: Edmund Blunden; Ivor Gurney; and Siegfried Sassoon - their material should be added to the archive in the summer-autumn 2009. The project shows how these resources can be used in teaching - at all levels and for subjects as diverse as Gender Studies, English literature, literacy, Media Studies, Welsh as a Second Language and History. The archive builds on the Virtual Seminars for Teaching Literature Project (1996-98) which was widely used in schools, further education colleges, and for university teaching and research. The tutorials created for that earlier project have been updated: The four tutorials consist of: An Introduction to World War I Poetry (referring to the work of Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke, Edward Thomas, Isaac Rosenberg, and women's poetry, as well as Trench poetry and songs); Issac Rosenberg's "Break of Day in the Trenches"; An Introduction to Manuscript Study and the Creation of a Critical Edition (examining Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Decorum est"); and An Introduction to Text Analysis. The archive offers a "path creation scheme" whereby teachers and other users can annotate and save their own route through the materials.The project is based at the University of Oxford and is part of the JISC Digitisation Programme.
There are also sample tutorials, links to related websites, and podcasts from individuals such as Ian Hislop, Richard Holmes, Max Arthur, and Gary Sheffield, as well as recordings made at conferences and events about the literature of World War One.
The project has also collected materials about the First World War held by the British public into the Great War Archive. This includes diaries, letters, manuscripts, photographs, oral histories, memorabilia and other ephemera from ex-soldiers, service personnel and the home front.
The website of "The Folklore Society" (FLS) provides information about the society which was founded in 1878. Based in London in the Warburg Institute, it is devoted to the study of aspects of vernacular or popular culture and tradition, including music, folk medicine, folklore, traditional sayings, proverbs etc, and aims to make its research available to all. It provides details of forthcoming conferences and academic events, as well as membership rates. The society has a rich stock of holdings on the subject and also publishes a peer reviewed journal entitled "Folklore" three times a year. The site is of interest to those studying popular culture, folklore, folkloristics, ethnography, or social history.
"Follow the drinking gourd" is an electronic text by Joel Bresler, a technology and publishing executive with an interest in music. The text is available in HTML format. " Follow the drinking gourd" is an American folk song that was first published in 1928, a song that was allegedly used to encode escape instructions to people attempting to flee slavery: it is known as a map song. Since then, the folk song has been recorded around 200 times, many songbooks and a number of books for children, to name a few places that it has appeared. It has come to be regarded as an important piece of Civil Rights history, along with a revival of folk traditions in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s. This electronic text charts the origins and development of the folk song, including discussions of its cultural history. The meanings of the lyrics are examined, as is its place in history and how it can be interpreted. Note that some sections of the text are still under development (in 2008), so a small number of sections - the bibliography, author's acknowledgements and citations - are not presently available.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the "Foreign Ethnographic Collections in Scotland, 18th-20th Century" dataset hosted by the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS), based at the UK Data Archive University of Essex (formerly part of the Arts and Humanities Data Service - AHDS). The data is available to order from the HDS as a tab delimited texts and DBF databases. From this Web page you may download a PDF of images of the study documentation. To make use of this dataset you must first register with the HDS, and further information is supplied giving instructions. The purpose of the study was to examine foreign ethnographic material in Scotland, and record it and its environmental conditions. The main disciplines covered include ethnography, social anthropology, fine arts and decorative arts. This dataset includes tailor made browsing software.
This web page provides a time-line for the history of opium. Starting from the first known instances of opium poppy cultivation, by the Sumerians around 3400 B.C., the site gives a brief outline of opium and heroin production and trade up to the end of the twentieth century. A short bibliography provides a starting point for those wishing to expand their knowledge of the subject. The page forms part of an online report on the drugs trade by the American television programme, 'Frontline'. Other sections of this report look at the geography of contemporary opium production, the process of refining heroin, the means by which heroin has its effect on the brain, and the politics of drug trafficking. There is also a viewer's forum for debating the surrounding issues.
The website "Garden History Society" introduces this society which aims to promote the study of the history of gardening, landscape gardening and horticulture, promote the protection and conservation of historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes, and to advise on their restoration and encourage the creation of new parks, gardens and designed landscapes. The website provides many resources suitable for academics researching the history of gardens, but also interested members of the public. There are online indexes for the journal Garden History (some only available in the cumulative index in PDF format), with plans for digitisation of major articles. Newsletter contents are also available and the conservation reports for England and Wales, and Scotland contained within them available in html format. The Society publishes or has published on it behalf, a number of informative books, leaflets and reports. A list of these is available in a cumulative index and annual bibliographies of titles relating to garden history are available. Both are in PDF format. The links page provides a list of websites relevant to Garden History. Useful for academics is the register of research (again a PDF file) that is intended as a guide to the research activities and interests of Members of the Society. It can be also printed off as a A5 booklet and contains useful information
This section of the Dictionary of Victorian London website contains the full-text of 'Gaslight and Daylight with Some London Scenes They Shine Upon' by George Augustus Sala (London: Chapman and Hall, 1859), a first person narrative that takes the reader on a journey through Victorian London streets, society and politics. The book, a combination of architectural description, social commentary, and journalistic investigation, is accessible chapter by chapter from the main menu; the original page number references have been inserted in the text. Its 34 sections cover several geographical and cultural areas and bear titles such as 'Things Departed', 'Phases of Public Life', 'Arcadia', 'Tattyboys Rents', 'Down Whitechapel Way', 'The Musical World', 'Fashion', and 'The Sporting World'. There is also a link to the Web editor's, Lee Jackson's, blog, The Cat's Meat Shop, a Victorian blog. A further subsite here is the Victorian Dictionary, with information on Jackson and his fiction works on the Victorian era.
German History in Documents and Images (GHDI) exhibits primary sources online to present a narrative of Germany's political, social, and cultural history from 1500 to the present. The site includes historical narrative overviews and original German texts, accompanied by new English translations. Short secondary historical narratives are prepared by a variety of current scholars who are specialists in relevant fields. The site is divided into ten sections according to historical time periods, with each addressing the following themes: government and administration; parties and organizations; military and war; economy and labour; nature and environment; gender, family, and generations; region, city, and countryside; religion; literature, art, and music; elite and popular cultures; and science and education. Primary sources and texts can be downloaded from the site, which is extermely useful for teaching, research, and study purposes. The site prohibits commercial use.
The German-language newspapers and journals published in London since 1810 resource holds information about dozens of London newspapers and journals, all published in German and dating from 1810 onwards, held in the British Library Newspaper Library. The collection was compiled and presented online by Dorothea Miehe and Christopher Skelton-Foord of The British Library. According to Skelton-Foord, highlights of the collection include: bilingual (sometimes trilingual) journals, particularly those relating to the London social scene; illustrated periodicals and supplements to newspapers; major holdings of market reports from the 1840s and 1850s, which are extremely rare; papers published in London during the Second World War; substantial files of major papers, including the Deutsche Londoner Zeitung, Die Finanz-Chronik, Hermann, and the Londoner General-Anzeiger; and London trade journals. The site is intended primarily for researchers of German Studies (especially Migration and Exile Studies), as well as more generally for those interested in the history of London and its immigrant communities. Also mentioned here is the British Library German Section's catalogue of German and Austrian Exile Periodicals 1933-1945. The site itself is a British Library Newspaper Library subsite, where users will find further information on photocopying, ordering sources, visiting the library, microfilms and upcoming talks.
The website 'Gertrude Bell Archives' is the homepage of this special collection in the Newcastle University Library. Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) was an extraordinary traveller, diplomat, archaeologist and photographer in the Middle East in the late 19th and early 20th century and was instrumental in establishing both the modern state of Iraq and the Iraq Museum in Baghdad. This fascinating resource is an online edition of her letters, diaries and many photographs which provides a vivid insight both into her powerful personality and keen eye for surrounding details and into the world in which in which she lived. It illustrates in particular the formative period of the modern Middle East and the perception of the East by Victorian and Edwardian travellers. The resource includes her complete diaries from 1877 to 1919, letters from 1874 to 1926 and a large album of photographs from Bell's many travels around the world in the first quarter of the 20th century. The photographs, many of which have great archaeological and ethnographic interest, mainly reflect Bell's long association with the Middle East but also feature the Mediterranean and the Far East and for all contexts complement the diary entries and letters. Photographs have good description with precise information on their date taken, location, condition, or size. The books that beloged to Gertrude Bell's library are also at Newcastle but they are integrated in the library catalogue. There is much to interest those researching the political and cultural history of this period and for archaeologists interested in the early years of their discipline and the close relationship between archaeology, military intelligence and imperial politics.
This is the home page for the Gesellschaft für Exilforschung (GfE), or Society for Exile Research, a centre for research on people, especially Jews, who fled Germany and East Central Europe leading up to and during the Second World War and came to live in exile. For the later period, it also deals with Western Europe. This is a relatively new field of enquiry, emphasising an integration of political history and literary studies, with a deep-rooted exploration of the nature of the cultural identity of Germans and Jews who fled the Nazi regime. It investigates the nature of exile itself, tracing reverberations of the experience into second and third generations. In this light, the site describes the centre's recent exhibitions, such as 'Rudolf Olden. Journalist gegen Hitler – Anwalt der Republik' (Rudolf Olden. Journalist Against Hitler - Advocate of the Republic). The main page also posts new announcements, such as academic meetings held at the GfE and calls for papers to attend relevant conferences. It offers a good newsletter running back to 1997, and a subpage lists recent GfE publications. The centre runs a new journal entitled 'Jahrbuchs Exilforschung' (Exile Research Yearbook), for which tables of contents are provided. The site also has a useful set of links.
James Helyar has curated this online exhibition on the ‘Great Exhibition of Industry of All Nations, 1851’ for the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas. The Great Exhibition of 1851 in many ways symbolises the British Empire at its peak during the Victorian period. The collection of exhibits from colonies and countries around the world in direct comparison to the excellence of British technology and industrialism was held in what many saw as a fairytale castle, namely the Crystal Palace. Illustrated by items in the Kenneth Spencer Research Library collection, this website includes numerous images of the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park and the exhibits and events during the first World's Fair in London. There are quotes from Pugin, Paxton (the architect who designed the grand greenhouse), and plates from various published catalogues during the fair. As well as information about the exhibits and the Crystal Palace, there is a biography on Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's consort, who was largely responsible for the Great Exhibition, heading the Royal Council in charge of the event. This is an excellent resource for images and primary sources on the Great Exhibition of 1851.
A Great War Album is a website that includes words and images taken from an album kept by Kate Harvey, a nurse working at Gravesend Hospital during the First World War. Soldiers from: England; Scotland; Ireland; Wales; Canada; and Australia contributed: cartoons; poems; and comments, as well as drawings and regimental badges. Some soldiers left only their signatures and addresses in the 'Roll of Honour' in the book. The website gives only a brief look into the album, presenting a few excerpts rather than reproducing the whole book, and some of the images are not very large, making it hard to see the detail. However, the names of the soldiers who contributed to the album are provided, in the hope that users may discover their own ancestors among them. Where possible, more details regarding the lives of soldiers are provided, with a request from the owner of the site for more information from relatives of the men named in the book. This is an enthusiastic rather than scholarly site, but the images would be of interest to those studying the Great War. At the time of writing the site was being updated.
The website Gypsy Lore Society (GLS) Collections describes the Gypsy Lore Society Archive and the Scott Mafie Gypsy Collection on the Roma held at the University of Liverpool. The focus of the materials is the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A brief history of the GLS is given, mentioning that now the society is based in US. Brief biographies of prominent Romani linguists are also provided on the site, with links to further reading available in the University of Liverpool library catalogue. There are also links to websites on the current situation of the Roma (Romany) and their genealogy. There is a comprehensive introduction to the collections and pages with illustrations on: Britain's Gypsy families; The Vardo (caravans and Gypsy wagons); and Appleby and other Horse Fairs. A selection of photographs from the collections of the Gypsy Lore Society are offered on the site. Information is provided on access to the collections and exhibitions.
H-Soz-u-Kult is an online discussion forum in the humanities with a special focus on Social and Cultural History. The site posts the following: news; calls for papers; conference announcements; academic employment, funding and fellowship listings; research enquiries; accommodation postings; book, exhibition and Web reviews; reports on Web resources; and academic debates amongst scholars - as well as reports on their cooperative projects. Together, these entries offer a comprehensive view of the current activities within the academic profession in this field - especially within Germany, but also outside of it - and will allow site users to keep abreast of the latest discussions, arguments and many recent publications. The site also hosts annual academic book prizes. Previous postings are archived going back to 1996, and the site has a thematic search engine which allows site users to locate all postings on a particular topic. Site visitors must register to participate actively in the forum; instructions for joining the forum are provided.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the "High Court of Chivalry, 1634-1640" dataset hosted by the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS), based at the UK Data Archive University of Essex (formerly part of the Arts and Humanities Data Service - AHDS). The data is available to order from the HDS as a tab delimited texts and DBF databases. From this Web page you may download a PDF of images of the study documentation. To make use of this dataset you must first register with the HDS, and further information is supplied giving instructions. This digital resource contains transcriptions of the case a papers for the 738 Court of Chivalry cases for which details have been recovered over this period. These are listed in alphabetical order of plaintiffs' names with the plaintiff and defendant appearing in the heading for each separate numbered document within the file. These cases cover a wide range of litigation over matters such as defamation, disputes over precedence, coats of arms, heralds visitations etc. all heard before the court between 1634 and 1640. They provide a mine of information for the social and cultural historian, as well as the local historian and genealogist.
Revista História e Perspectivas is an online journal dedicated to the study of history published termly by the Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Brasil. Published since 2003, online archives mean that all issues are available to download as a PDF. Articles cannot be downloaded individually but brief abstracts are also provided. Each issue has a dossier theme, which, in the past have included rural Brazilian space, history and poetry and culture, the city and work. Most articles are written in Portuguese. The search functionality also includes a browse by author or edition, which means this is an easy to use journal.
Historic food is the Website of English historical food expert Ivan Day. The site offers insights into a highly interesting branch of cultural history in England, from late medieval to Victorian times. The site outlines a range of courses which Day and his colleagues offer in Cumbria on all manner of historic cooking, baking and ornate work with desserts. Site visitors will note that the culinary standards discussed and presented here range from the most traditional forms of roasting to the type of confectionary skills which would produce candies only available to the highest echelons of society. Day also accounts for European influences and his offerings challenge older clichés about English cookery. One course in Italian Renaissance cooking is offered. The site is liberally illustrated with images scanned from historic recipe books and culinary manuscripts, which, when the cursor is passed over them, reveal scanned photographs of Day's modern recreations, using period cooking implements (also pictured here) and period recipes. A series of galleries provides impressive evidence of Day's and his staff's skills, but will also make historical cooking accessible to a modern audience, and may even serve as an unusual historical teaching tool.
The site contains advertising for Day's period culinary services for films and television and an online shop, which was closed at the time of review. There are additional subpages devoted to related links and events where Day's and his colleagues' creations are exhibited or where historical culinary techniques are discussed.
These pages form part of the historic royal speeches site from the British Monarchy website. The section of the historic royal speeches site on Queen Victoria takes the form of extracts from her published journal. There is a short introduction to the diary and each extract is accompanied by portraits of Victoria or pictures relevant to the excerpt. The events covered by the journal extracts are: the Accession, 1837; the Coronation, 1838; the Great Exhibition, 1851; The Crimean War, 1855; a letter to Florence Nightingale, 1856; Prince Albert's death, 1861; the Golden Jubilee, 1887; the Diamond Jubilee, 1897 and the final published extracts, 1901. This site can be slow to download. The documents are in PDF files.
This online bibliography has been compiled by Stefan Blaschke, a German academic, and covers the history of rape, sexual abuse, forced prostitution, and the wider topic of general sexual violence. The bibliography is wide-ranging and thorough, listing articles, books, conference papers, and both printed and electronic resources. It began as a by-product of the author's dissertation about rape in Germany during the Weimar Republic. Most of the titles listed are German or English, although a small amount of Danish, Dutch, French, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish and Swedish resources are also listed. The contents can be browsed alphabetically, chronologically, geographically, or topically, and also by resource type. It is also possible to search the site. There are links to research projects and other tools. Please note that to access the main bibliography, you will need to download it as a zipped file. Unfortunately the individual pages are no longer linked, but it is possible to access an archived version of the original bibliography via the Internet Archive. The site would be useful to those studying violence in literature, as well as to students of gender studies, history, and law.
This website presents a history of the British seaside holiday, concentrating on the period between the 1920s and the 1970s. It is partly based on the book Sun, Sea and Crowds : British Seaside Holidays Between the Wars, and is made available by the book's authors, Steven Braggs and Diane Harris. The material provides an insight into the changing ways in which people holidayed by the sea, and also illustrates the ways in which seaside buildings and attractions developed to meet changing needs. In Edwardian times, holidays were only affordable for the richer classes of society, but during the interwar period numbers of holidaymakers increased. According to the authors of this website, by the end of the 1930s 15 million people were taking a seaside holiday each year. As a result, town councils and businesses improved resorts, hotels, and seaside attractions. The site includes many contemporary pictures and postcard illustrations. Topics covered include: seaside hotels; lidos; piers; sunbathing; holiday camps, such as Butlins and Pontins; the increasing numbers of people driving to their holiday destinations; and camping and caravanning. The material is written by enthusiasts, and includes personal accounts of seaside holidays. The tone is approachable and informal. There are links to other relevant websites. These are given both within the various articles and on a separate Links page. This website is an informative and entertaining secondary resource, and should prove of interest to general readers as well as those students looking for an overview of the subject.
HoBo (formerly History of the Book @ Oxford) was launched on the Web in 1996 in order to provide a list of Oxford-based events relating to book history, along with details of some relevant local resources. The site is now national in scope, aiming to cover all events, conferences, and announcements relevant to research in the history of the book throughout the UK. In addition to its function of keeping the academic community up to date with the latest events in the field of book and printing history, the website also provides a directory of Oxford scholars and librarians with a registered interest in the history of the book, and links to related websites. The contents of over twenty journals that regularly publish articles on the history of the book may be searched from the site, with full bibliographical details for each. The site also provides access to the Don McKenzie (1931-1999) home page. McKenzie was Professor of Bibliography & Textual Criticism at the University of Oxford from 1989 to 1996 and this home page was created in his honour.
Hugo’s Toy Theatre website contains a wealth of free information about the history of toy theatres and miniature theatres, written by Hugo Brown. The website contains "Hugo’s Long History of the Toy Theatre" (2006), with a variety of interviews and informational appendices. There are a number of family histories of the British toy theatre publishers, and a gallery including a large section titled 'Works of John Kilby Green'. There is also an archive of 15 short email newsletters (2004-2010). This will be a useful starting point for those interested in making contacts among those actively researching the history of toy theatres in the UK.
The Imagining History website grew out of the site belonging to the Imagining History project at Queen's University Belfast, which was conceived to investigate the textual transmission of the 'Prose Brut', a late-medieval Middle English chronicle. The project investigated the ethnic and political notions of: English; Welsh; and Irish history in medieval and early modern historiography and received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the research grants scheme. The current form of the website gives access to the output of the original project (descriptions of manuscripts and printed books that included the 'Prose Brut' and some of the descriptive pages of the earlier project website), and promises in future to be a portal to resources for students and scholars of medieval and early modern historiography in English and other European vernaculars. The site is designed as a wiki, and in future users will be able to register to be able to contribute to the wiki.
'Imagining Staffordshire' is a Staffordshire Country Council-funded online project that aims to explore the county of Staffordshire through the work of artists and writers from the region or those inspired by it. The site features writers and artists past and present, including local myths and folklore, and welcomes relevant contributions of work. Among the items offered on the website are: a short appreciation of the author of 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight' (c. late 14th century) and its North Staffordshire settings and dialect; an outline of 'The Watershed Project' (a cultural exploration of the River Sow); and a short article outlining the links of various notable writers with Staffordshire. This resource would be of interest to those studying the geographical area and the works inspired by the region.
In a cold crater: cultural and intellectual life in Berlin, 1945-1948 is an e-book by Wolfgang Schivelbusch first published in 1998 that is freely available on the eScholarship Editions platform of the University of California Press. The book deals with culture, including music, theatre, flim and radio, in Berlin in the years immediately following the Second World War. The book is divided into a number of chapters that cover the following topics: Berlin before the war and cultural aspects in the city at the time; what happened during the war; what happened with theatres and actors during the war and the period immediately afterward; the 'Kulturbund'; film; radio. The book is available in HTML format and it is also possible to search within the book.
Published in the USA by Alexander Street Press the In the First Person (FIRP) website is a free service providing an index to over 3,500 collections in the English language from around the globe. Using a keyword search facility this resource enables the user to access over 650,000 pages of full-text narratives from over 15,000 individuals. Covering key historical events over the past 500 years, from the Protestant Reformation, 1500-1650 to September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001, the main focus of the resource is from an American perspective, though major events in world history are covered. These include the English Civil War, the American Civil War, the First World War, and the Second World War, and the events are listed with clear indication of how many texts are available (sometimes hundreds), as well as a few audio recordings and even video for a small minority of events. Further the index provides access to thousands of diaries, letters, and oral history entries. The resource provides a basic Quick Search function, along with the ability to search via a "Search Collections" and "Search Documents" function. Boolean operators are able to be used in these sections (for example, AND, OR, NOT). A "Table of Contents" section enables user to browse search via: respositories; date; collections; places; documents; all subjects; and historical events. A statement of copyright indicates how these files may be used, and their is a clear editorial policy. According to the website 'approximately 25% of the index points to materials that are in copyright. These materials can be purchased as a subscription.'
The Incunabula Collections Web page points to the British Library's resources relating to early printed books. These resources include: a digitisation of the British Library's Gutenberg Bible; digitised editions of Caxton's printings of the 'Canterbury Tales'; and the 'Incunabula Short Title Catalogue'. The page gives a description of each resource and links to the relevant page on the British Library's website. These pages would a good starting point for anyone researching the history of early printing in Europe, as well as medieval historians and art historians.
This webpage briefly outlines an AHRC-funded project which is surveying sources relating to ‘village drama’ in the period 1880-1945 with a particular focus on 1919-1939. The largely unexplored material ranges from institutional and private archives through printed and photographic records, play texts and oral histories, and the project will deepen the currently superficial understanding of the institutions, practices, practitioners and discourses of this overlooked cultural activity. Outputs will include research papers and inform a planned book.
The International Journal of Motorcycle Studies is a free full-text academic ejournal of motorcycling culture. The IJMS is published twice a year, and covers the historical experience of motorcycles and "the images of motorcycling and motorcyclists in film, advertising and literature". At November 2008 there are ten issues online, and the focus is largely on the U.S. and British experience. The contact page of the website also gives access to a IJMS Web Board for reader discussions. The website has full details of the Editorial Board, the submission process, and a rationale for the journal. This ejournal will be of great interest to scholars examining the history and/or cultural representation of motorcycling in the English-speaking nations.
The website 'Iolo Morganwg' is the homapge of the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies project 'Iolo Morganwg and the Welsh romantic tradition 1740-1918', which has received a research grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). This interdisciplinary project is based on the Iolo Morganwg Archive housed in the National Library of Wales. Born Edward Williams (1747-1826), Iolo Morganwg was a cultural icon in Wales, well-read, a learned authority in Wales on: language; literature; history; architecture; archaeology; music; and folk traditions. This extensive website provides a valuable introduction to Morganwg, with biographic material, selected letters and information about the places, people and organisations connected to him. The project has resulted in conferences and publications, also listed here, which include the three volume edition of his letters as well as work examining is influence on Welsh thought and literature up to World War I. There is an English and a Welsh version of this project's website.
The author has compiled and maintains a very long list of links in the following subjects: history; language; periodicals; literature (including Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, William Butler Yeats, John Millington Synge, James Joyce, Flann O'Brien, Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney, and other writers); theatre; mythology (including Cuchulainn, and Fionn and the Fianna); folklore; and fine arts. There is little or no annotation provided, however, the sheer volume of live links merits checking this site for resources relating to Irish culture and the history of Ireland.
The Jacobite Heritage website is primarily a collection of online documents illustrating the history of the English and Scottish supporters of the exiled royal house of Stuart in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Over one hundred primary source documents are available which show the intentions of the Jacobites and their opponents in letters, declarations, Acts of Parliaments etc. There is a genealogical tree and brief biographies of the Jacobite Kings and their heirs up to the present day. Also of interest is a section on the Jacobite tradition in music with lyrics and music available; and a delightful array of postcards and photographs from the editor's own collection depicting members of the true Royal Family according to the Jacobites. Frequently updated with new documents, the main strength of the website is the primary source material. Unfortunately it is not supported by a bibliography or links to further resources.
Jilas: Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies is a scholarly ejournal, published in English and Spanish. A large number of articles are available online, and the contents will interest historians and those working in cultural studies. There is a special issue on the theme of 'Latin American Cultural and Subaltern Studies', with all articles freely available in full-text form. At May 2009 there are details of 26 issues, with most free full-text articles available between 1996 (Vol. 2.1) and 2003 (Vol. 9.2). Examples of other full-text articles in English are: 'A New Law for a New Crime: Anticommunism in Argentina, 1930–1940'; 'Demystifying Media Globalisation in Latin America'; and 'The Steam Engine in Cuba’s Sugar Industry, 1794–1860'; among others. The hypertext linking of issues is in error on the index page, and the numbered issue titles should be used as links, not the theme titles (which all point to page /jilas52.htm regardless of issue). The journal is published by AILASA (Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia), and the website has contact details and details of editors.
The John Bull and Uncle Sam website, created through a joint project by the Library of Congress and British Library, forms an online exhibition exploring the relationship between the United States and Great Britain. The following time periods and cultural movements have been selected to provide an insight into similarities and antagonisms between the two: exploration and settlement; The American Revolution; from enemy to ally; from abolition to equal rights; inventions and discoveries; common language, separate voices; and popular culture: from baseball to Rock and Roll. Each section provides a brief background to the topic and a series of images illustrating it. These images are available in two sizes and are accompanied by a description.
John Milton and seventeenth century culture accompanies an exhibition at the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at the Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina which was organised by Patrick Scott. The site is mainly biographical, and its chief interest lies in the references to rare seventeenth century volumes which prompt each biographical detail. One of the greatest and most influential English poets, Milton, was a Puritan and used his writing to advocate the cause of the Parliamentarians during the Civil War. The sections of the website are divided into Milton's early years; Italy and the 1640s; his involvement in the Civil War; Paradise Lost and his other major works, such as Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes; his posthumous reputation from the time of his death to the nineteenth century; and a selective bibliography.
The Journal of British Studies is the website of the journal of the North American Conference on British Studies. The journal is interdisciplinary in nature, covering aspects of British culture from the Middle Ages to the present day, including: literature; art; history; and sociology. The site, hosted by the publisher, University of Chicago Press, provides tables of contents for all issues of the journal from volume 1 (November 1961) to the current issue, as well as a sample full-text issue (January 2007). Articles from volumes 1-41, no.2 (April 2002) are available via JSTOR, with ongoing issues available online to personal subscribers or via institutional libraries. The site also provides: details of the journal's editorial board; submission information for authors; a description of the journal and its aims; a membership database of the North American Conference on British Studies; and journal subscription information. Although the larger part of the journal's readership is stated as North American teachers of British history, this journal would be of interest to anyone studying or teaching British politics and cultural studies, as well as English literature.
The website "The Journal of Modern History" (JMH) is the electronic version of this academic journal published by the University of Chicago. The site describes JMH as the leading American review in the field of European intellectual, political, and cultural history in the modern period, from the sixteenth century onward. The full texts of issues can be accessed with a subscription, but tables of contents and sample free issues can be consulted without a charge. The journal appears in four issues a year. Issues begin with 1929 and until 1997 they can be accessed only via JSTOR. Guidelines for submissions of articles are offered to great detail. JMH publishes articles; review articles; and book reviews. Prospective authors and reviewers have to register on the site. "Most cited articles" and "Most accessed articles" are featured on the site. This is a valuable resource for students and researchers, which should be available in all major university libraries the UK.
'Knitting Together' is a website intended to present the history of the knitting industry in the East Midlands since the 1500s, and to provide a preview of a virtual museum of knitting. The site details the development of the industry, from the invention of the knitting frame by William Lee in 1589, through to the present day as the sector enters the digital age, including the transformation of the industry from its early domestic base to the steam-powered factories of the nineteenth century. There is information and images on themes such as costume, technology and companies. The virtual museum contains images from collections, including some online exhibits. There are also oral histories, videos, photos of the industry, some interactive exhibits, and details on how to pursue studies in this area. The site is aimed at individuals interested in local history, university students, knitting industry employees (past and present), and other people with an interest in the industry's development. 'Knitting Together' is one of the textile-related regional consortium of New Opportunities Fund (NOF) digitisation projects, along with 'Cotton Town' and 'From Weaver to Web', that is contributing to 'Spinning the Web Consortium'. A text-only version of the site is offered.
Le Poulet Gauche website offers a non-academic and jocular introduction to various aspects sixteenth-century French history, by recreating a tavern with its household. This website contains links to geographic locations in France, such as Brittany, Normandy, Lorraine, and Picardy. To place sixteenth-century France within its context, the time period is outlined, mentioning such events as the Reformation and the Wars of Religion, both of which are further explored in links. The overview of this period, as well as a timeline look at European events and public figures. Who's Who gives brief biographies of sixteenth-century European monarchs, such as, Henri IV and III, Catherine de' Medici, and Phillip II. There are histories of Spain, England, the Papal States, Germany, Russia and the Ottoman Empire. For those interested in the cultural aspects of the Renaissance, the Arts page contains information on art, music, nobility, family, women, fashion, pastimes, and many other subjects. Some external links are broken.
The LearningSpace: War memorials and commemoration Web pages are part of the Open University's 'OpenLearn' initiative, which aims to provide free access to online learning resources for adult learners worldwide. This online teaching unit is designed to use the theme of commemoration to give users practice in good study techniques, and more specifically to teach them how form and ideas are important in the arts and humanities. The unit is divided into eight parts, which cover topics such as: war memorials; the need to commemorate; form and function of memorials; and personal responses to memorials. Each part: introduces the user to a particular aspect of the topic; asks them to complete related exercises; and then discusses the results of these exercises. The unit provides some illustrations, as well as relevant reading material (in PDF format). Users do not need to register, but if they do so they can also participate in a related forum and chat to other users who are online. This unit would be useful as a supplement to study of the world wars and their impact, or for anyone interested in the artistic aspects of memorials.
The Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture (LAVC) comprises material from the University's former Institute of Dialect and Folk Studies (including the Survey of English Dialects), and contains many resources for oral historians and linguists. The website gives access to various different resources, including a selection of digitised images, but principally to a detailed multi-level catalogue of the archive, which was the main outcome of the three-year project. Advanced search options are available, including searching by subject keyword, place, or personal name. Results return bibliographic details with brief but informative notes on content, and in some instances links to associated materials. The LAVC is held in the the Special Collections department of Leeds University Library, and was established as the result of a three-year Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Resource Enhancement grant (2002-05).
The website Letters of a Victorian Lady is a compilation of a series of letters sent from abroad, from Ada E. Leslie (b. 1860) to her cousin, Mary Ann Galsworthy (1853-1920). While Ada is not a recognisable figure in history, her letters are valuable resources for the information they hold. She travelled a great deal as a governess, from England to India, initially, back to England, and then, what appears to be constant travel for the next 10 years. Upon her arrival in Berlin she was employed by the future Kaiser Wilhelm II, and eventually became a lady in waiting for his sister Sophie, the granddaughter of Ada's own queen, Victoria I. She records in her letters, descriptions of cities, activities of the royal family, and an insight into the life of a Victorian governess. This site offers all this information about the author of the letters. They are now owned and published by the great grandson of the addressee of the letters. This page could be of use to those researching workingwomen, governesses, travel, and the royal families of Europe.
'Life in Elizabethan England: A Compendium of Common Knowledge 1558-1603' is a collection of Elizabethan knowledge for those writers and actors looking for commonplaces which would assist in the development of their character. While it would be useful for artists, it is also useful to students studying the Elizabethan period as it clarifies the language and everyday events of Elizabethans. There are numerous trivial details which could clarify Elizabethan texts, such as the placement if 'j' instead of an 'i' at the end of roman numerals finishing with more than one 'i' (8=viij). There are pages on Elizabethan pastimes: drinking, whoring, cards, tennis, etc. For those needing help reading Elizabethan accounts or money details there is a very useful page explaining Elizabethan money. There is information about Catholicism in England, the Church of England (established by Henry VIII), Puritanism, Calvinism, and also Elizabethan ideas about Ireland and Scotland, both predominantly Catholic countries. This resource should provide a helpful reference source for students in further education or beginning undergraduate studies.
'Life in Elizabethan England' is a reference work written by Maggie Secara and designed for the Web by Paula Kate Marmor. Aimed at writers, students, actors, re-enactors and Renaissance enthusiasts, the work provides over 70 pages of facts about everyday life in 16th-century England. The compendium provides a social history of the period and covers games, food, money, language, occupations, pastimes, religion, fashion, manners, attitudes, masters and servants, the peers, London, and education, over the reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603). In her preface Maggie Secara outlines her reasons for writing this text - as an attempt to disseminate 'common knowledge' about this historical period. The compendium can be downloaded as a 160-page PDF document.
'Limina: a journal of historical and cultural studies' is a full-text ejournal. This refereed annual ejournal is published by a cross-disciplinary group of postgraduates at The University of Western Australia. At February 2009 there are 16 issues online, freely offering articles in PDF format. There is also a special edition from 2007, titled 'On The Beach: Liminal Spaces in Historical and Cultural Contexts'. Example article titles from the archives include: 'Subcinema: Theorising Marginal Film Distribution'; 'Quantum Bhangra: Bhangra Music and Identity in the South Asian Diaspora'; 'Magical Beginnings: The Intellectual Origins of the Victorian Occult Revival'; and '‘Stinking Old Eighties Thinking’: The Face Magazine in the 1990s', among many others. The journal also includes book reviews and interviews, and has many articles that focus on aspects of Australian history. The website does not appear to have details of the ISSN.
The Lincoln Mystery Plays website is devoted to showcasing modern performances of mystery plays in Lincoln. The site gives a history of the plays, and information on current productions, as well as an archive of pictures from productions going back to 1978. The photographs of previous productions would be of interest to theatre historians and medievalists, as would be the current director's notes on editing the medieval N-Town Plays that form the basis for modern performances. The information presented here is of more use for those interested in performance and adaptation of medieval texts generally, rather than those looking for contextual history for civic performances in Lincoln particularly.
The Little Magazines Project website provides online information about this ongoing project, as well as access to the bibliographies and indexes that constitute the project's output. The project is based at Nottingham Trent University and aims to provide bibliographical details for 2000 - 2500 independent literary and artistic magazines published from 1945 onwards, as well as details for some magazines dating from 1850 - 1944. In order to provide other perspectives on creative and literary activities during the period covered, full indexes for various magazines will also be provided. At the time of writing, indexes and bibliographical details for only a small number of magazines were available. The information can be browsed by title of magazine, or searched by: title; editor; or author. A brief introduction to the project and its staff is also given on the site. This resource would be of interest to cultural historians, as well as students and researchers working in English literature or art.
This database is a resource of approximately 650 digital images of historic shoes (1780s-1990s) and associated tools from the Cordwainers College Historic Shoe Collection. The shoe collection was built up as a teaching aid, and it consists mainly of women's shoes with some men's and a few children's, the majority being British 'fashion' footwear with some orthopaedic, some prize and exhibition work, lasts and shoemaker's tools and some ethnic footwear. A number of items are unfinished, or cut to show technical details, and others show alterations or repairs. Cordwainers College had its origins in the Leather Trades School which was founded in Bethnal Green, London in 1887, and was the first school of boot and shoe manufacture. In August 2000 Cordwainers College was incorporated in the London College of Fashion, one of the constituent colleges of the London Institute, where the Cordwainers courses in footwear and accessories continue. The collection of historic shoes was catalogued by June Swann M.B.E. (international Consultant on the History of Shoes and Shoemaking), who also advised the photographer to ensure that key features were recorded.
This website provides information about the London College of Fashion's archive. The London College of Fashion (LCF) was created in 1967 from the merger of the Shoreditch Institute Girls Trade School (founded 1906) and the Trade School for Girls, Barrett Street (founded 1915) forming a single college for the garment trade. The college archives digitised here cover the period from the two trade schools' foundations to the 1970s and depicts (with black and white and sepia photographs) the wide range of subjects taught at the schools over the years, including: fashion; design; clothing technology; dressmaking; tailoring; millinery; furriery; upholstery; embroidery; beauty; hairdressing; wigmaking; physical education; science; drama; general studies. Also included, are images of events and activities related to the college, including themes like: the education of women and men; student club activities; school visits; World War II evacuations; a Royal Visit by the Queen Mother; various ceremonial openings; and the architecture of the colleges and other buildings. The collection is accessed via the Visual Arts Data Services (VADS) interface (with advanced search, browse and lightbox functions).
Created by the Centre for Performance History at the Royal College of Music, 'London Music Trades 1750-1800' is an online database that seeks "to provide basic biographical information about people working in all branches of the music business (composers, performers, [music] publishers, instrument makers etc.) in London in the period 1750-1800". The records are derived from apprenticeship records, insurance records, poll books, and wills, as well as some secondary sources. The person records bring together a summary of all the information in the database relating to a single person, including: birth and place of birth (baptism etc.); date and place of death (burial, will, retirement etc.); occupation(s); address(es); career (including private teachers); relationships to other people in the database (both personal and professional); apprenticeship(s); pupil(s); entries in poll books; insurance policies; and will(s). The institutions search draws on data about businesses; associations; societies; religious bodies (including churches and chapels); theatre companies; orchestras; concert series; and venues, such as theatres, gardens, halls, and taverns. An invaluable resource for historical research, this database contains over 2,000 records. Free registration is required to access the database.
The Luso-Brazilian Review is an interdisciplinary online academic journal that publishes scholarly articles about lusophone cultures in the field of literature, history and social sciences. It is published bi-annually, each issue carries scholarly articles and book reviews in English or Portuguese. The journal has also had several themed special issues, for example, issue 38.2 celebrated the 500th anniversary of the European discovery of Brazil. The website provides free access to the titles and abstracts in each issue since the 2002 issue (vol. 39, n. 2), while the pdf version of the full text is available to fee-paying subscribers only. A range of search functions (author, title and date) enable complex searches.The site also carries detailed information about submission and subscription. The site is particularly recommended to students and researchers in the humanities and social sciences.
This is an AHRC-funded project investigating the history of South Asians in Britain and in particular the contribution they have made to culture, art, intellectual activity and literature in Britain over the past four hundred years. The project is a collaboration between academics from the Open University, the University of Oxford and King's College London. The central feature of the website will be a database to be launched in summer 2010. It will hold an annotated bibliography of selected materials relating to South Asian artists, writers, activists and organizations in Britain during the period 1870 to 1950. In the meantime the site is a useful source of information about events taking place related to the project and a links page. As this is a relatively new project it can only be assumed that this site will grow in the months and years to come.
A Manuscript Miscellany is a website hosted by the Folger Shakespeare Library and is the result of a 2005 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer humanities institute entitled 'The Handwritten Worlds of Early Modern England'. The institute focused on the history of manuscripts from 1400 to 1700, examining among others: literary; domestic; devotional; dramatic; and business documents and texts from the Folger Library, in order to write a "more nuanced history of the period". The resulting essays (14 of them) written by the college-teacher participants of the institute are available on the website, with topics including: '"The Emperor of China His Letter to Queen Elizabeth" (1600)'; 'The Marginalized Voices of Chaucer's Early Readers'; 'A Seventeenth-Century Prophecy of Merlin'; and 'Gendering Hands, Gendering Business: A Letter from Elizabeth Bagot'. The site also provides a useful Glossary of Manuscript Terms, as well as a useful set of links to related electronic resources. The resources here would be of interest to students and researchers in the fields of manuscript studies, history and English, especially those studying the dissemination of texts and literacy in the early modern period.
This is the official website of the National Heritage agency of the Isle of Man. Detailed information is presented about the Isle of Man, its people, culture and the Manx language (y Ghailck), as well as the work of the Manx National Heritage and the agency's museums, site and field monuments, and other countryside heritage assets. There is also detailed information from The Story of Mann, an audio-visual presentation at the Manx Museum, Douglas. This chronicles the history of the Isle of Man: early Christianity in Mann; farmers and crofters; kings and lords of Mann; Mann and the sea; and Celts and Vikings. School visits are welcomed and there is a special section for Manx and non-Manx schools to explore aspects of the national curriculum within the agency.
This extensive website deals with the history of the Isle of Man, situated in the Irish Sea between England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. The site contains a comprehensive bibliography of publications about the island, subdivided by subject category, as well as a separate cartobibliography which includes a few historic maps that may be viewed online. There is also a large collection of family history resources; a collection of the full texts of over 100 monographs; an online gazetteer; an extensive discussion of various historical topics; a look at religion on the island; a section with biographies of Manx worthies; a section with details and hyperlinks to other websites and organisations with interests in the island; a number of serial publications about the island; a guide to the principle towns on the island - Douglas, Peel, Ramsey, and Castletown; and finally, a collection of images of the Isle of Man scanned from engravings from several different sources. Each section of the website goes into considerable detail, giving full references to any sources of interest that are not wholly available on the site itself. The comprehensive nature of the site should make it an essential bookmark for anyone studying the Isle of Man or any aspect of life on the island. The clear presentation and text ensures the site may be of interest to the general public as well as the historian. An alternative version of the site, with frames, is also available, but there does not appear to be any real difference in content between the two.
Mapping Margery Kempe is an online digital library of resources relating to the contextual study of Margery's and her spiritual biography (known as the 'Book of Margery Kempe'). The site is based at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachussets, USA, and provides various resources, including an online, original-spelling edition of the Book of Margery Kempe itself. The text of the book has been formatted so that users can locate particular sections and chapters quickly and easily, and is supported by an online glossary and bibliographical resources. The website also offers an excellent range of contextual material including biographies of some of Margery Kempe's most significant influences and contemporaries, and material relating to: medieval piety; pilgrimage; saints' lives; and church history. There are also detailed photographic resources relating to the church in Norfolk that Margery Kempe attended. Mapping Margery Kempe would be of interest not only to literary scholars but social and cultural historians of the medieval period. It is an ideal resource for those interested in contexual approaches to Margery Kempe's writing.
This is the website for the AHRC-funded project ‘Mapping Performance Culture: Nottingham 1857-1867’ which, in a collaboration between researchers in Theatre History and Geographical Information Science, offers an interactive map and research database of the city, overlaying cultural, social and economic data. This innovative research tool aims to enable new methodologies to be employed in the exploration of the relationship between audience, repertoire and urban space.
The Medieval Calendar Calculator is a simple online tool which allows the reader to see a calendar page for any year or month between 500 and 1582. By entering the year and month in the navigation bar, and by selecting the type of calendar (with the choice between a generic; the Hereford; or the Nicholas of Lynn calendars), the site automatically produces the relevant calendar pages. Each page provides information on the major feast days (colour-coded according to their liturgical rank) prescribed by the different calendars, but omits the ordinary festa. The site's functions are limited, and it lacks any further information on the history of the separate calendars, the existence of possible controversies, or indeed any background at all. Unfortunately, it also lacks the option of requesting the date of a particular feast day in a particular year. Nevertheless, it serves its purpose as a quick reference site.
This is the website of the Medieval Institute Library at the University of Notre Dame, a uniquely rich resource for medieval studies in that it gathers in one place some 90,000 volumes; various collections of handbooks, series, pamphlets, reprints and photographic materials; microfilm and microfiche copies of some 3,000 medieval manuscripts and facsimile reprints from European libraries; a large collection of manuscript catalogues and materials on palaeography, diplomatics, and early printed books; and a collection of more than 200 medieval seals in facsimile. The library holdings on the history of medieval universities and medieval education reflect the Medieval Institute's scholarly interest in intellectual history, including that of the Byzantine Empire.
This website provides an excellent introduction to, and a wealth of information on, the Medieval period. Some of the website's sections include: biographies and timelines of the kings of England and other famous people; the crusades; clothing and fashion entertainment; food; religion; art and music; weapons and castles; medicine; crime and punishment; and the culture of the period. Each section is further divided - with easy-to-use general headings - with a large amount of information provided under each topic.
Despite its broad title, Prof. Kelly's Medieval Literature and Culture website focuses entirely on the study of Old and Middle English literature, and reflects the contents and structure of Prof. Kelly's university course in medieval English literature. As such, the site provides practical reading lists on a number of topics: the 'idea of history'; travel literature; the medieval perception of the body; and religious writings. There are also hyper-links to a great number of primary texts (and modern English translations) of: medieval romances; lyrics; and prose. These primary texts are frequently hosted on other websites. The site has a pleasant lay-out (including some illustrative picture material) and benefits from a very straightforward navigation. However, the 'medieval' font used for the main menu page may cause somewhat uncomfortable reading. On the whole, the main strength of this site is its providing and systematizing links to primary texts, whereas its other features generally only offer minimal information and depend upon elaboration in a teaching context.
The website "Medieval Scotland" provides information; articles; and bibliographies on medieval Scotland (c. 500-1603). It is maintained by Sharon L. Krossa, who has a PhD degree from the University of Aberdeen. The articles are copyrighted, but may be read for free. They are mainly about the personal names of Scotland. The sections of Sharon's 'Scottish Medieval Bibliography' are provided as web pages, and include history; clothing; languages; and literature. There are also links to other relevant bibliographical sites; related articles; and websites of Scottish interest.
The Medieval Electronic Multimedia Organization (MEMO) is a group of scholars working in the field of Medieval Studies and neo-medievalism, who are interested in the revival of medieval forms of storytelling in modern culture - in fantasy videogames, films and television series. The group maintains an open online discussion list, publishes a free newsletter, and is currently planning their first book for late 2008, titled 'The Medieval in Motion: Neomedievalism in Film, Television and Electronic Games'. Membership of the MEMO group is free and is open to creatives and fans as well as to academics. The editors of the website intend to add a bibliography and publications list at some future date.
Migratingmemories (part of Nottingham Trent University's trAce online writing project) is an attempt to explore the nature of identity as mediated through the memories of migrants. The subjects are generally New inhabitants in Malmö, Tampere and Nottingham. The site consists of a number of cells that can be opened to reveal a text/picture window. In this window, a migrant writes about an object (an ordinary thing, such as a ring, a necklace, or a plate) and the memories of home it evokes.As the site grows, it is hoped the memories and readers' comments will interact to create a living meditation on the relationship between people and place.
The essential premise behind the electronic book 'Misconceptions about the Middle Ages' is that there are common misconceptions students tend to have about the Medieval period, which need to be corrected by those teaching medieval studies. Edited by Stephen J. Harris (University of Massachusetts) and Bryon L. Grigsby (Centenary College), Misconceptions about the Middle Ages comprises a number of essays on a range of topics including: the Crusades; the myth of the mounted knight; medieval medicine; medieval drama; medieval children; and the corruption of the medieval Church. The site is part of ORB: the Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies.
The website of the Mitchell and Kenyon Research Project describes a film collection of 800 non-fiction titles produced between 1900-1911, in the form of nitrate negatives. The footage reveals a social record of everyday life in Lancashire, Yorkshire, the Midlands, Scotland, Ireland, Bristol, and the North East. The site details the preservation and identification of this collection, and provides news about the collection, clips, synopses of some of the films, and an image gallery. There are also sections on research carried out on the collection, and on film preservation techniques. Details are given about DVDs available related to the collection and teaching notes to accompany the DVDs. This project is part of the British Film Institute, and received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board within the Research Grants scheme.
The website "Monuments and Dust - The Culture of Victorian London" is an international project led by the University of Virginia and University College London. The project has put together a digital representation of the metropolis using statistical, visual, and textual data. The project intersects many academic subjects including the histories of literature, journalism, architecture, and painting, as well as the study of colonialism and empire, the analysis of modern urban space, and the sociology of mass culture. The website includes a detailed model of the Crystal Palace with computer-generated animations and still images of the inside and outside of the building. This is an amazing rendering of the visual splendour of the Paxton's architecture accompanied by information about the original building's construction and history. There are also notes about the production of the computer-generated model. Primary source material includes Mayhew's London Labour and the London Poor; extracts from the Times; Dore and Jerrold's "London - a pilgrimage"; the London mortality statistics, 1850-1900; and the London population statistics, 1850-1900. These can be searched by London borough and decade. The bibliography is extensive. The site also published five research papers from 2001. The site is highly recommended. The site is now archived.
Mostly Medieval: Exploring the Middle Ages is a website that gives a general introduction to life in Britain in the Middle Ages. The site grew out of research conducted by the site's author, Susan Wallace, for a novel that was never completed. The site is divided into themed sections that cover topics such as: religion; medicine; festivals and holy days; myths and legends; and heraldry. Each section includes a short introduction to the topic, together with relevant texts and resources, including: texts of early ballads; a calendar of medieval feast days; lists of folk remedies; and a glossary of terms used in heraldry. The tone of the site is popular rather than scholarly, but the site is well presented (a text-only version is available, providing wider access) and would be a good general introduction to certain aspects of medieval life in Britain.
The Museum of London website provides a host of information about the museum and its collections. The site has details of permanent collections and of past and current exhibitions. The Museum's galleries deal with all aspects of London life. This site provides a taster for the galleries and exhibitions, which include life on and around the Thames from prehistoric times to the present day. The museum has a strong interest in the archaeology of London and this is reflected on the website. There is a section devoted to the London Archaeological Archive and Research Centre (LAARC), which includes a searchable catalogue of London archaeological sites and general information on archaeology in London. The learning section contains information and resources for teachers. Other features of the website include details on: opening hours, location, events and news. The site includes a database of oral sources, and contemporary opinions on London and by Londoners. Parts of the site (especially useful for visitors) can also be viewed in German, Spanish, French, and Italian.
The National Archives Learning Curve is an online teaching resource developed by the The National Archives to support the teaching of history in primary and secondary schools.The content of the site has been structured to tie in with National Curriculum teaching from Key Stages 2 to 5. The archive contains a range of original sources such as documents, photographs, film and audio material. The site covers material from 1066 to the twentieth century. Online exhibitions include the Home Front; the Great War (A First World War Soldier's Record: What can you tell?); and Victorian Britain. Specific topics featured in the Snapshots section of the site include slavery, Victorian prisons, the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, and Adolf Hitler. Each topic is marked to indicate suitability for particular key stages.
The website of the National Centre for English Cultural Tradition (NATCECT) provides information about the Centre and its activities. Based at the University of Sheffield, the Centre is the only university-based institution in England devoted to the study of all aspects of folklore. It offers undergraduate modules, an MA in Folklore and Cultural Tradition and supports PhD research on various topics. Subjects that fall within the Centre's remit include: cultural tradition; folklore; dialects; custom and belief; traditional dance, drama, and music; and traditional arts. NATCECT's activities include a Traditional Drama Research Group (TDRG). Details of conferences, publications, and the Traditional Heritage Museum are provided, and there is also a link to the NATCECT reference library page of the University of Sheffield Library website, plus a summary listing of NATCECT archive collections, which include over 1,000 research projects, 2,800 audiotapes, and 230 videotapes. Two samples from the Survey of Sheffield Usage are available in MP3 format, via the archive section.
The National Fairground Archive website is published by the University of Sheffield, where the archive itself is housed as part of the University of Sheffield Library Special Collections. The website provides a detailed introduction to the holdings of the archive, which is the leading repository for material relating to the history of Britain's travelling showpeople, from the late eighteenth century to the present day. The archive contains a wide range of resources, including fairground ephemera, programmes, handbills, posters, plans and drawings, monographs, journals and periodicals, photographs, and artefacts. Amongst the holdings are the Ron Taylor, Harry Lee, Jack Leeson, Stuart Johnson, and George Tucker collections, and material from the Fairground Association of Great Britain, the Showman's Guild of Great Britain, the Fair Organ Preservation Society, and the Fairground Society. The National Fairground Archives Image Database can be accessed from the site. The section on research projects contains detailed information on the past and current undertakings, such as the journal Early Popular Visual Culture, e-learning projects and the Mitchell and Kenyon case. Included on the site, as well as a catalogue of the holdings, are contact information, and a short history of fairs, which covers charter fairs, rides, the role of women, living vans and travelling menageries.
Neo-Victorian Studies is a peer-reviewed electronic journal concerned with the re-imagination of the nineteenth century in contemporary culture. It brings together an interdisciplinary editorial board to ensure a broad approach, but the main focus of the ejournal is to discuss the neo-Victorian novel and historical fiction (and film). The first issue includes articles on the emergence of Neo-Victorian Studies as a research specialism, essays on spectrality, mourning, and steampunk, and an interview with the best-selling author Sarah Waters. The journal aims to produce two or three issues a year, and is freely available. It is possible to download the individual articles as a PDF file.
The Picture Collection Online is a website of the New York Public Library. The high-quality images available include: army; clothing and dress; costume; design; dragons; fashion drawings; fur fashions; gloves; hats; hairdressing; hosiery; New York City; reptiles; shoes; slavery; snakes; textiles; and umbrellas and parasols. The images can be browsed by subject heading, source, title and name, or searched by various fields. Searching or browsing returns a page of thumbnail images, each of which can be expanded. Each image also has an accompanying catalogue record, which includes information about the original photograph, the source of the image (where available) and any relevant notes. Images may be added to a personal gallery from the results page for viewing or for ordering a print copy. The site also includes suggestions for how the collection might be used in school teaching.
Nineteenth Century Studies is a journal dedicated to interdisciplinary studies in American, British, European, and Imperial colonies' nineteenth-century history. Essays and reviews in literature, architecture, visual arts, music, science and ideology can be found within this journal. To read the articles a subscription is needed. However, the user is able to search the tables of contents (dating back to volume one in 1987). Topics come from many scholars in subjects areas such as Charles Dickens, Imperialism, Cholera, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Nonconformists, Classicism, Tennyson, Comic Strips, Art Nouveau, Impressionism, and many more.
This is the website of the North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History (NAASWCH). NAASWCH is a multidisciplinary association of scholars, teachers and individuals dedicated to advancing scholarship on Welsh studies, supporting the study of Welsh-American culture and fostering international bonds between scholars, teachers and the Welsh-American community. Their website reports on the biennial conference in North America (since 1995) where scholars of history, literature, language and the arts present and discuss the results of their research. You can also access the full-text of the content of the peer reviewed North American Journal of Welsh Studies (since its first issue Winter 2001, published twice a year) which is comprised of material originally presented at a conference or event sponsored by the NAASWCH. The first issue dates from Winter 2001.There is a collection of Welsh studies' links with brief annotations arranged by: Resources, Organizations and Institutions for Students and Scholars; Scholarship and higher education Information; Museums and Cultural Institutions; Libraries and Archives; Scholarly Journals and Literary Magazines; Government Institutions and Agencies; Welsh Language Instruction; Music and the Arts; Newspapers and Media; Publishers, Book Sellers, Bibliographies and Syllabi; Accommodation and Travel; Welsh-American Organizations; and Genealogy.
This is the website of the North American British Music Association, which aims to study... "British Music from all time periods on the North American continent". At April 2010 there are a useful set of newsletters from 2005 to 2009, and these are freely available in HTML format. The newsletters contain scholarly reviews and conference reports, as well as short essays. Example titles of short essays from the Newsletter include: 'A Royal Course: Examining British Culture and History Through a Monarchical Mirror'; 'The Beatles, Cultural Studies, and the Ipod Generation'; and 'A Chawton Album: Music from the Austen Family Music Books', among others. The website also has details of conferences and events, the NABMSA Listserv discussion forum, a very useful listing of recent publications of note - including scores, recordings and DVDs. This will be a useful starting point and resource for historians investigating the reception and influence of British music in North America and Canada.
This is the website of the Northern Region Film and Television Archive (NRFTA), a public sector moving image archive serving County Durham, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tees Valley and Tyne and Wear. On the website there is visitor information, as well as information for local history researchers and for potential depositors. There are sections on 'News' at the Archive, 'About the NRFTA' (which includes information on what the Archive's policies on aquisition, preservation and access), 'The Collection' (detailing what is in the NRFTA collection and access for commercial and private users), 'Depositors' (outlining preservation, access, copyright and other issues for donors of film), 'Filmshows, exhibitions and broadcasts' (listing past and forthcoming public screenings of NRFTA material), 'Downloads' (including PDF versions of NRFTA policy statements and contracts) and hyperlinks to related websites. The collection was used as the basis of a BBC series 'England on Film' broadcast in the spring of 2003. The Archive includes films about shipbuilding, mining and sport, and home movies featuring weddings, weekend trips and holidays. It was created in 1998, bringing together film collections from a number of sources, including BBC News Collection, Turners' Collection, Trade Films' Collection, and Amateur Film Collection.
This is the free ebooks page of the Ohio University Press. The page offers the full-text of four non-fiction history books, for free download as PDF ebooks. All the books are about aspects of British history, and no registration is required before access. The titles are: 'Music Hall and Modernity: The Late-Victorian Discovery of Popular Culture'; 'The Wake of Wellington: Englishness in 1852'; 'Bleak Houses: Marital Violence in Victorian Fiction'; and 'The Cut of His Coat: Men, Dress, and Consumer Culture in Britain, 1860-1914'. These books may be useful sources for those researching aspects of gender, masculinity, and popular culture during the second half of the 19th century, and will be useful additions to the electronic holdings of many university libraries.
"Old Style and New Style Dates and the Change to the Gregorian Calendar" is an online article by Mike Spathaky that provides a summary for genealogists of the complexities of the calendar changes that took place in England in 1752. It is published on the website of GENfair (an online family history fair and genealogy bookstore). This valuable explanation shows how historians specify a date 'with precision and without ambiguity', and why researchers (as well as archives administrators and local history librarians) need, not only to understand the notation used, but also to use it themselves to avoid misunderstanding. While the presentation of this article makes it suitable for a general audience, the level of detail involved makes it useful for academic researchers, offering a clear and accessible explanation for an important aspect of historical accuracy.
The website 'Orkneyjar: The Heritage of the Orkney Island' is an online resource dedicated to the archaeology, heritage and history of the Orkney Islands. This well designed website is written and published by a journalist and local history enthusiast. The website provides a collection of resources on the history and traditions of the Orkney Islands, mainly from prehistoric times until the fourteenth century, although later periods are also included. On the site users will find a brief history of the Orkney Islands, a timeline from 3,800 BC to 1379, information on historical sites, characters, and events, as well as a discussion of folklore and traditions. There are some lovely digitised primary sources on the site too, including a map of the Orkney Islands drawn in 1654. The homepage presents some of the iconic monuments: The Tomb of the Eagles; The Stone of Odin; and The Scar Viking Boat Burial. The site is updated constantly.
The 'Outlaws and Highwaymen: The History of the Highwaymen and their Predecessors the Medieval Outlaws' website features an extensive online database of primary materials relating to highwaymen and outlaws. Sources range from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century, tracing the evolution of popular views of such villains in England. Famous names mentioned in the sources include Robin Hood and Dick Turpin. Sources include full-text accounts, street ballads, songs, excerpts and quotations from letters, biographies, satires, pamphlets, and fictional stories. The index of texts can be viewed chronologically, by title and by author. Additionally included are a history of highwaymen, a links page, and an extensive bibliography. The website was constructed by Gillian Spraggs to accompany her book 'Outlaws and Highwaymen: The Cult of the Robber in England from the Middle Ages to the Nineteenth Century', published by Pimlico in 2001.
The website of the Oxford Bibliographical Society provides information on the society and its aims and activities. Based at the Bodleian Library, at the University of Oxford, the society is dedicated to furthering the study of: bibliography; the history of the book; and textual research. The site contains details of the society's publications and lecture programme. Lectures range from considerations of the workings of the Bodleian to the collected works of Robert Louis Stevenson and the Whitington press. There is also information on: past lectures; how to join the society; and a page of links to other bibliography Web resources. The society would be of interest to book historians and those studying western manuscripts.
Cambridge University Press has provided, online, this excerpt from chapter one of the recently published (2006) book by Stuart Sillars on 'Painting Shakespeare: the artist as critic, 1720-1820', which discusses the work of the artist John Wootton in locating Shakespeare painting. There is also a description of the book, a list of contents and excerpts from reviews of the book. This book explores the critical and interpretive painting and engraving of Shakespeare's plays in production, including works by Hogarth, Blake, Romney and Reynolds. Publication and ordering details are also provided.
The Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England (PASE) website is the home of the project of the same name, which is based at the Department of History and Centre for Computing in the Humanities at Kings College London. The project was originally funded (2000-2004) by the Arts and Humanities Research Board and has continued to be funded (2005-2008) by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. There are subsequently two phases, which cover the early and the high middle ages. The project aims to provide a register of all recorded inhabitants of Anglo-Saxon England, and to compile as much biographical data on them as is possible from extant sources. The website is well designed and easy to navigate and links directly to the database, which holds over 11,000 records. The database can be entered in a number of ways, by choosing a topic of interest, including: persons; sources; events; locations; status; offices; and occupations. The range of browsing options then varies according to the topic. The user can then access citations and lines of text that refer to the topics chosen. This database would be of use to scholars of Anglo-Saxon and social history. The project website contains plenty of information about the historical and technical aspects of PASE, setting out the context, objectives and methodology of the project, together with information on relevant conferences and publications.
The "Past and Present" website provides information on one of the most respected peer reviewed English language history journals (print ISSN: 0031-2746 and online ISSN:1477-464X). Published by Oxford University Press and established in 1952, "Past and Present" has an extremely impressive board of editors and a wide historical scope, focusing as it does on social and cultural history. Details of current subscriptions, the submission of articles, and the ordering of copies are also available on the site. Issues include articles, reviews, and conference notices. The archive contains all issues since 1952 and these can only be browsed by table of contents rather than by keyword or subject, so the reader needs to know what they are looking for really. Most of the articles are only available in abstract form. Contributors include: P. R. Schofield; Timothy Snyder; R. J. W. Evans; E. J. Hobsbawn; and Linda Colley. An excellent resource for those studying or researching cultural or social history.
The Web Site of the "Past and Present Society" provides information on the well-respected historical association, based in Oxford. It is well-known for its journal "Past and Present" published by Oxford University Press. The focus of the society is on cultural and social history, and at present is presided over by E. J. Hobsbawn. The editorial board includes: Roy Foster; David Cannadine; Joanna Innes; Mark Mazower; Chris Wickham; and Lyndal Roper. There is also a link to the journal website. The site is useful for graduates, postgraduates, and researchers in these fields of history. A list of the society's mongraphs published by Cambridge University Press is also useful for the historian. Themes addressed include: biology, medicine, and society; witchcraft in Bavaria; the origins of the English gentry; the imperial office in Byzantium; and crime in seventeenth century England. There are also details of post-doctoral fellowships, conferences, and forthcoming publications.
"Pastimes and Paradigms: the games we play" is an excellent online exhibition on the history of games from 1800 onwards. Published by Cornell University Library's Rare and Manuscript Collections, the brilliantly designed site considers a wide variety of antique and modern games. The chapters have amusing alliterative titles, and feature images of games, rulebooks, and strategies, looking at games from around the world, television tie-ins, and famous ones such as monopoly and chess. The social and cultural importance of games is explored, and the exhibition highlights how games are primary source material. Some of the features on the site require Flash, and Adobe Acrobat.
The webstie "The Patrin Web Journal: Romani Culture and History" is an online resource dedicated to the Roma, with a large variety of materials. There is, for example, a brief history of the Roma and a time-line from approximately 400 AD to the present day. Information is provided on the persecution of the Roma in the Holocaust prior to and during the Second World War. The site includes full-text of the book, 'The Pariah Syndrome: An account of Gypsy slavery and persecution', by Ian Hancock, Professor of Romani Studies at the University of Texas. The site has information on the culture and traditions of the Romani people. The site also addresses the current situation of the Roma; rights; organisations; Romani news, etc. It is possible to browse the information on the site by country. Other features of the site include a section of links, a glossary and a bibliography. The site as it stands now is an archived version of this Web page on Reocities, has not been updated in a long time, therefore information may be obsolete, although external links are active.
The website PECIA is a portal created by a French publisher, Jean-Luc Deuffic, whose aim is to provide direct access to sources, mainly manuscripts, for the study of medieval history by making new and reprinted editions available to medievalists. The website provides information about PECIA's current editorial programmes: Archives Testamentaires du Moyen Age; Le Livre Médiéval; and Sources Manuscrites d'Histoire Médiévale. The books can be ordered online. There are also links to bibliographies on manuscripts, university masters, copyists, and booksellers in medieval Britanny, as well as more general bibliographies about the medieval book. PECIA also publishes a periodical entitled PECIA ressources en médiévistique; the site provides the link to the publication's web page. There is also a link to the PECIA blog maintained by the same author. This is a valuable online resource for medievalists, with an emphasis on French medieval manuscripts.
Peritia is the website of the Medieval Academy of Ireland's journal of that title. The website is published on the University College Cork's site, but the print version is published by Brepols. Peritia is published annually and is concerned with Irish and Insular medieval studies, particularly in the context of the European middle ages. On the site users can access the tables of contents for the journal from 1982 until 1999, as well as abstracts for articles and reviews from 1986 onwards. These can be viewed separately or by volume. In addition to this there are: details on how to submit an article; details of how to obtain copies of the journal; and links to other medieval history sites.
'The other within, an anthropology of Englishness' is a major ESRC-funded research project that seeks to explore ideas about Englishness as seen in the historical collection of the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, which contains "40,000 objects from England". The project runs from 2006 until 2009, and aims to "analyse the collections of the museum, together with the history and motives of the people making the collections". The project webpage contains an outline of the project, details of staff, details of sub-projects, and two six-monthly progress reports.
Playbills of the Theatre Royal Edinburgh is a digital library of some 240 early nineteenth century playbills, which advertised performances at this Scottish theatre. The playbills cover the years 1807-1851, and include details of the main performance, the names of the stars, and any sub-performances or songs also being performed. The playbills can be searched by keyword, such as by title of a performance or by an actor's name, by date, or by theatrical profession or association, or browsed alphabetically by title. On some of the bills it is possible to read notes written by the compiler of the collection about the performance, who else was at the theatre, and how much the show cost. Also featured on the site are a highlights section of 16 playbills, a bibliography of related websites and books, and a brief history of the Theatre Royal itself. Access is also provided to the Scottish Theatre Programs Database which boasts over 4,300 records.
The Powys heritage online website provides access to information about the local history of the region. The site was originally created in 1999 as the "Powys digital history project". The current site acts as a portal to sites and projects dealing with the histoy of Powys. The main section of is dedicated to local history, aimed for schools. All the material on the site is available in Welsh and English. The site provides information on the local history of the following six districts, as part of the original project: Machynlleth and the Dovey Vallhe current site acts as a portal to sites and projects dealing with the histoy of Powysey; Llanidloes and district in Montgomeryshire; Rhayader and the Elan Valley; Presteigne and the Marches in Radnorshire; Hay and the Wye Valley; and The Upper Swansea Valley in Breconshire. The topics covered, although there are variations according to district, include education, the poor, religion, transport and old trade directories. Specific events such as the Revolt of Owain Glyndwr 1400-1415 are also covered. A themed menu covering: crime and punishment; education and schools; religion in Wales; and care of the poor is also available for browsing. Links to external sites are: Powys: A day in the life project and Powys county archives office. The site provides an interesting general introduction to the history of the area.
Presente y Pasado: Revista de Historia is an online journal published by the Escuela de Historia, Facultad de Humanidades y Educación, Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela. Published every semester since 1996, its aim is to publish articles about historical knowledge. Past articles have included articles about teaching the history of science, new Latin American canciones, the myth of the Basque and V.S. Naipaul. Full text articles are available to download as PDFs since 2001; articles are mostly in Spanish although recent issues have title translations into English. A search engine and browse by title, author or date make this a very easy to navigate journal. RSS feeds are also available.
The Web page "Records of Central Government Taxation in England, c. 1190-1690" describes the surviving detailed records of over 30,000 taxation records of lay people in England. These records can be used by undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers for exploring social, economic, geographical, and cultural history, as well as for the history of taxation. Work has been done on fourteen counties as part of the Records of Central Government Taxation Project, but this project focuses on the tax records of Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, and Oxfordshire. The aim is to arrange the information in a database in order to enhance researchers' usage of the material. The metadata of the documents are also recorded, as well as the list of taxes that led to the creation of the record, and a listing of the places mentioned was compiled, including corporate bodies and other methods and units of taxation. The project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the Research Grants scheme. This Web page details the context, range and availability of the resulting dataset which is hosted by the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS), based at the UK Data Archive University of Essex (formerly part of the Arts and Humanities Data Service - AHDS). The data is available to order from the HDS as tab delimited text files. From this Web page you may download a PDF of images of the study documentation. To make use of this dataset you must first register with the HDS, and further information is supplied giving instructions.
The Patrons and Performances website is an online database published by REED (Records of Early English Drama) and the University of Toronto. REED is an international scholarly project that since 1975 has studied early English drama, music and other forms of entertainment and ceremony in England (up to 1642). The database uses information from REED's print volumes, supplementing it with new research. Data from almost all the current REED volumes has been incorporated, with forthcoming volumes to be added as necessary. Types of information recorded in the database include: titles, lands and offices of patrons; locations of performance spaces and venues; plans, illustrations and photographs of venues; type of troupe (for example performing animals); payments made to troupes; and information on individual events. Since 2007 the database has included genealogical data concerning patrons, which will be gradually added to. Users can tag records of interest and email or print them out for later use. Interactive maps, using ArcGIS software to allow users to zoom in on areas and view various layers of information, are provided to enable better interpretation of the records. There is also a feature dedicated to Shakespeare in the provinces, comprising an illustrated essay about the playwright and his touring, with links to information within the database and on external sites provided throughout the text. This website is an extremely rich source of information on early dramatic activity in England and Wales, and will be of great interest to all students and researchers working on theatre history, the history of music or local history.
The Regency Collection website consists of miscellaneous resources relating to the Regency period of British history (and the surrounding years). Topics receiving particular attention include: coach travel; celebrities of the era; war and conflict (The Peninsular War); the postal service; industrial advances; writing; recipes; the 'cries of London' picture series; and Regency life in general. There are several individual articles under each topic area, providing introductions to subjects such as: muskets and rifles; London clubs; Royal marriage; gas lighting; and so forth. The articles are generally concise and informative, consisting of a mixture of primary and secondary materials. They are aimed more at the general public than a specifically academic readership, although they should be of interest to undergraduates requiring background information about Regency culture. Images of contemporary prints and paintings are used to illustrate the texts. The site also hosts (mostly) non-academic book reviews and small sections on Byron and Jane Austen (a certain Austenphilia pervades the site).
Regia Anglorum (The Kingdoms of the English) is the website of a historical re-enactment group (described as a living history group), which focuses on the period between AD 950 and 1066. They perform public re-enactments, have experience of television work, and are currently reconstructing a fortified Anglo-Saxon manor house named Wychurst. Although not an academic site in the strictest sense of the word this society prides itself on its authenticity and provides a wonderful insight into the period. It is of particular interest to those studying cultural and social history, as there is much material on the role and position of different villagers, stories and poems, the significance of places, and a collection of random articles including: Anglo-Saxon Military Organisation; Braid Weaving; Feasting and Fasting; Flora; and Kingmakers. An excellent resource for those interested in the history of England in the tenth and eleventh centuries.
The site "Regional Folklore and Myth", edited by Philip R. Burns, is an annotated gateway to a collection of folklore, legends, myths and mythology resources. Links are listed alphabetically according to region or culture, and range from the pre-classical to modern.The web resources that this page links to are highly variable: many are produced by amateurs and enthusiasts but seem to be reasonably well researched; some are rather more commercially-inclined with little to recommend them as sources of information. Rather too many of the links were broken at the last visit and it is to be hoped that the editor updates them more regularly in future. Having said this, the site should nevertheless provide students of mythology and folklore with a starting point for locating online resources.
Renaissance, the Elizabethan World is an impressive website, published by an enthusiast of the Renaissance in 16th century Britain and the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Several resources are available on this site, with articles on Elizabethan heraldry, Elizabethan sumptuary statutes, which laid down rules of dress within society, and transcripts of the trials of the Earls of Essex and Southampton in 1601. The most impressive resource is the online encyclopaedia Life in Elizabethan England - A Compendium of Common Knowledge. This provides brief explanations of various facets of everyday Elizabethan life, covering topics such as food, family, games and pastimes, employment, fashion and education, and is a useful reference source. All of the resources on this site can be collectively searched, and there are also links to other websites.
Renaissance Forum is a biannual refereed full-text electronic journal published by the University of Hull. The journal aims to provide an electronic forum for scholarly work in early-modern English literacy and historical scholarship and in the critical methodologies of these fields. It also aims to encourage debate in ways which are not possible in most non-electronic journals. Information for contributors is included on the site.The site is straightforward to navigate. It is possible to locate articles by journal issue number, by indices or via a keyword search. The indices provide lists of articles by contributor, by title of article, by author of book reviewed and by title of book reviewed. The website provides instructions on how to download, print and cite the journal. The site supports an email list. The list currently distributes copies of the journal and provides details of how to download the journal. There are plans to develop a moderated email discussion list for comment on material published in the journal. The site maintains a list of relevant links in the other resources section. Material is published in English and is available free of charge.
The Web Site "Renaissance love songs study guide" has been written and compiled by Professor Paul Brians of Washington State University and is part of his series of study guides. Renaissance love songs mark the shift away from devotional music to those of a more secular nature, and were further popularised by the spread of literacy and printing. Authors featured here include: Christine de Pisan (Dueil angoisseux); the anonymous author of Greensleeves; Marchetto Cara (Hor Vendut'ho la Speranza); Guilio Caccini (Amarilli mia bella); Rossino Mantovano (Lirum Bililirum); Pierre Certon (La la la, je ne l'ose dire); Thomas Morley (Now is the Month of Maying); William Byrd (This Sweet and Merry Month of May); Louise Labé (I Live, I Die, I Burn, I Drown); and Petrarch (to Laura). This site offers a good introduction to the subject with a connected links page about Renaissance music.
The website 'Renaissance Secrets' is published by the Open University and the BBC as a companion to a series of short programmes about this period of history. Subjects covered include the architecture of the dome of Florence Cathedral; Venice; Italian Renaissance medicine and healthcare; and the question of whether Gutenberg really did invent movable type, as has usually been believed. For some of the subjects, full transcripts of the programmes are provided. There are also reading lists, together with biographies of the academic experts involved. The course also includes interesting insights from non-academic experts, such as Daniel Libeskind and Cecil Balmond. Additionally, there are links to pages on four major historiographical approaches, including those connected to Marxist theories and women's history. The website is obviously intended to be used in conjunction with courses on the Renaissance, in particular that of the Open University. The subjects are not covered in depth, but the site serves as an entertaining and basic introduction to the topics covered. The site is well laid out, and excellent images are also interspersed with the texts.
This is the website of the Renaissance Society of America, a scholarly society with interests covering every aspect of the humanities in the Renaissance period (specified by the Society as 1300-1650). This site presents comprehensive details of the Society's meetings, publications, and membership. In addition to the usual 'about this society' and membership information, there is: information about the Society's publications, which include the journal Renaissance Quarterly and a series of books; details of the annual meeting; information on grants, awards and scholarships offered by the Society and other organisations; and a posting board for announcements (mainly regarding academic appointments). The RSA Links Database provides a searchable annotated list of links to relevant online resources. The Society's newsletter and current and past conference programmes are freely available on the site, but Renaissance Quarterly can only be accessed by members. Style sheets and submissions information for the Society's journals are also published, although these do not appear to be readily available on the Publications page (found via the site search facility from the home page). The design of the site is simple and it is easy to navigate. It will be primarily of interest to postgraduates and Faculty members.
"Renaissance studies" is the website for the journal published in electronic form and hard copy by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. It requires a subscription to see the full journal texts. "Renaissance Studies" is a multi-disciplinary publication of the Society for Renaissance Studies, which addresses all aspects of Renaissance history and culture. As well as publishing critical articles, the journal also publishes editions of historical documents from the period. These documents are published with a full critical apparatus and notes. The journal also publishes a wide range of book reviews in each edition. The site allows users to search an archive of editions of the journal which dates back to 1987. Full abstracts of the articles are available for all users, and subscribers to the print version can access the full online version at no additional cost. An early view of articles online before they go to print it is also possible for subscribers. Unfortunately it is only possible to search through the archive by date of publication. The site is best used for those wishing to locate a specific article, for which the user already has full references. Users wanting to browse for material by subject or author may find that a search takes some time.
The Research on Wren website was created by Dr. James Campbell at the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies, University of Cambridge. The site provides a helpful outline of the life and works of Sir Christopher Wren in four main sections: a biography on Wren, details of his scientific work, details of his architectural works and a bibliography. The biography of Wren gives details of both his professional and personal life. The scientific works section provides a list of Wren’s papers and experiments. The architectural works section lists Wren’s works by date of construction, by location, by type of building and by current state of the building. Other features of the site include a list of relevant links and a list of the latest updates, the most recent being in 2002.
The website 'Resource Guide in Sports History' is an online annotated bibliography for academic writing on the history of sport in Britain, including boxing, rugby, horse racing, football (soccer or Association football) and cricket. It is a PDF file, created by Dr Martin Johnes, Senior Lecturer in Sports Studies at the University of Cumbria. It is published on the website of the Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Network, part of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). This is just one of the many resource guides available from their website. The annotated bibliography addresses the subject under the following headings: Introductions to Sports History and its Importance; General Histories of Sport in Britain; Sports Historiography; Individual Sports; Sport and Class; Sport and Women; Sport and Identity, examining sport in the nations of the UK (Scotland, Wales, Ireland and English cities and regions); Local Studies (of possible interest for local history); and Sporting Heroes. There is a brief annotated guide to peer reviewed academic sports history journals, and to Internet resources like guides to the Olympic games, as well as to some other resources like a couple of fiction books or films ('Chariots of fire' and 'This sporting life'). There is also a suggested programme for an introductory sports history module for level one sports studies students who are often new to history as a discipline.
The River and Rowing Museum opened in August 1998. It is dedicated to the traditions and environment of the River Thames, the history of the sport of rowing and the historic riverside community of Henley-on-Thames. Topics covered on the site include information about the Rowing, Thames and Henley Galleries as well as special exhibitions; education services offered including upcoming events; brief details of the library collection; and recent press releases. Information for visitors is provided. A regular feature of events and the online presentation is the 'Wind in the Willows' of Kenneth Graham and the accompanying illustrations by E. H. Sheppard.
The Robin Hood Project is an online database of texts, images, bibliographies, and basic information about the fictional, literary and historical evidence for the outlaw Robin Hood. The project is based at the University of Rochester Robbins Library, which is also responsible for the Camelot Project, the Cinderella Bibliographies, and TEAMS Middle English Texts. From this site the user can find information about authors, artists, bibliographies, scholarly Websites about Robin Hood, and Robin Hood events and publications. Authors listed include many anonymous authors of ballads, plays and medieval works, as well as authors such as: Eliza Cook; Leigh Hunt; Thomas Love Peacock; Ben Jonson; John Keats; Robert Southey; Caroline Bowles Southey; and Lord Alfred Tennyson. Artists listed include: George Wharton Edwards; Howard Pyle; Louis Rhead; and Bernard Westmacott. Bibliographies include: general sources for the study of Robin Hood, including principal editions of the ballads; historical sources; major authors; adaptations; and selected criticism. A film bibliography is also listed. This site is a good introduction to the subject, and would be useful to anyone studying Robin Hood, or the literature of any of the periods represented here.
Edinburgh University's School of Scottish Studies Pearl Server hosts an archive of sound recordings and a gallery of photographs of Scotland. It is the sound recordings that are of particular note. These have been gathered together in the Tocher (or Tochradh) collection, and are indexed on the website by volume and by type of recording. Recordings include traditional Scottish songs and stories, as well as accounts of childhood in Scotland, popular beliefs and superstitions, and some non-fiction tales. There are well over 100 of these sound files that may be accessed free of charge from the website. The small gallery of photographs consists of six atmospheric black and white pictures of traditional Scottish life taken during the 1930's, 40's, and 50's, by the German photographer Werner Kissling. Finally, the site also contains sample recordings from a number of albums of Scottish folk music published by Greentrax Recordings. The outstanding Tocher audio archive makes this site an excellent resource for those studying Scottish history and tradition. The RealPlayer plug-in is required in order to listen to the recordings.
The website Scotland's Pages is part of the National Library of Scotland's Digital Library, and brings together manuscript and printed texts illustrating key events in a thousand years of Scottish history, beginning in the year 1000. The documents are all in English or in English translation, and may be accessed via a well-designed timeline. Many are supplied in facsimile (such as the Murthly Hours of 1280, the oldest book of hours associated with Scotland). Combined with a number of concise historical accounts, the source texts make Scotland's Pages a very useful and vivid chronology. The website reproduces the documents from an exhibition of manuscripts and printed material held in the National Library of Scotland in 2000. This resource would interest general Scottish historians and book historians.
This is a website containing several historical essays about important periods and events in Scotland's past. Areas covered include: the Highland Clearances; the massacre at Glencoe; the campaign of William Wallace; and Scottish history before Wallace. Most of the essays are relatively brief, and aimed at a general rather than a scholarly audience. They are however very readable and provide a useful narrative summary of events. It should be kept in mind that the author of most of the articles, Robert Gunn, is a self-confessed highlander and of a slightly partisan spirit, although he makes this perfectly clear in his essays, which in any case do not suffer overmuch from the 'Braveheart' treatment. The site is clearly presented, and likely to be useful to those requiring a general background to important historical events in Scotland.
The Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network (SCRAN) is a collection of over 300,000 images, sound files and movie clips selected from over 350 museums, galleries, media organisations, and archives. It principally covers Scottish material culture and human history. All resources are copyright-cleared for educational use. Subjects covered include: archaeology; architecture; art and design; art history; cultural studies; ethnology; history; literature; and media studies. Its extensive suite of learning materials includes: pathfinders (concise illustrated histories on various topics); the curriculum navigator (a tool to help teachers find SCRAN resources on specific subjects in the Scottish or English National curricula); and the schools' topic bank (a list of topics and related resource packs which can be used to support study or research). In addition, the FE/HE section contains practical advice (including how-to guides, search tips, FAQs and access to software tools), teaching ideas and examples of learning materials created using SCRAN resources. Non-subscribers can search the whole resource base for free and see thumbnail images and a basic caption, but to access the full content, users of SCRAN need a personal or institutional subscription. A free monthly trial is available, and SCRAN is available to UK HE/FE institutions at a subsidised rate under a national license agreement negotiated by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). This description is based on that supplied by the JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Corporal Works of Mercy is the website of a project belonging to the University of Leicester. The project's aim was to produce a searchable database of information and images relating to fifteenth and sixteenth-century didactic wall paintings depicting these subjects in British churches. The database was originally intended for art history students, but the data incorporates related textual information, for example sermons and diocesan records, that would be of interest to medieval historians more generally. The site as a whole provides: an introduction to the project and its work; two separate FAQs (one relating to the Seven Deadly Sins and one to the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy); the schema behind various depictions of the subject matter; initial project findings; a comparison between the two subjects; a bibliography; and the database itself. The database can be searched via various fields including: village or church name; county; date; schema; number of figures; and gender of main figure. Each database entry is fairly detailed, giving: architectural details of the church; position of the wall paintings; information on other paintings in the building; and the date the painting was uncovered, among other details.
Seventeenth Century News is an academic journal which reports on new publications on writers such as Dryden, Bacon and Donne, and covers all aspects of seventeenth century English, European and American culture with a particular emphasis on history and literature. Published twice a year as a double issue, 'Seventeenth Century News' was originally created by a student as a series of web pages for a project at Texas A&M University but the journal is now an official organ of the Milton Society of America and of the Milton section of the Modern Language Association. The journal no longer publishes full articles and focuses now on commissioned reviews. The website lists tables of contents from 1998 to the present. Downloadable full issues are available from 2002 to the present. The site also provides links to other academic journals.
This is the website of the Shakespeare Institute, located in Stratford-upon-Avon, a postgraduate study centre of the University of Birmingham. The website offers information about the postgraduate courses and research opportunities at the Institute, including the MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Shakespeare and Theatre, MA in Shakespeare and Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cultural History of Renaissance England, and MA in Shakespeare Studies. There are also details about Academic staff at the Institute and information about ongoing staff and students research projects, including a section dedicated to a project entitled Clothing, Culture and Identity in Early Modern England. The site also provides details of conferences, seminars and other events.
This is the archived website of "A Shape Retrieval System for Watermark Images" a project of interest to those researching or studying historical watermarks and conservation techniques. The aim of the project is to create a watermark archive as a resource to inform techniques in art and paper conservation. One aspect of the project was to create SHREW (shape retrieval of watermarks), which would enable searches of watermarks by general shape similarities. The second aspect was to create a test collection of digitised watermark images, through which different methods of reproduction could be compared. These materials form the Northumbria Watermarks Archive, to which there is a link on the page. The website explains in detail the methodologies used in the project and provides excellent sample images, which require the ability to view large images. Links are provided to other major digitised collections of watermarks. This project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the research grants award scheme.
The société internationale pour l'étude du théâtre médiéval (SITM) website is the home of a society that aims to encourage international collaboration in the study of medieval theatre. The society's board is made up of elected representatives from countries all over the world, and anyone studying medieval theatre is encouraged to join, whatever their location. The society produces an annual newsletter (the full text of recent issues is available on the site in PDF format) providing: related news; calls for papers; and details of events. The newsletter is written mainly in English, but some text is in French. The website also provides: a list of the society's international representatives; membership information; details of SITM's three-yearly colloquia; the society's statutes (in French); minutes of past meetings; and a small section of related links. The site also gives subscription and submission details for its annually-published journal 'European Medieval Drama', which publishes articles on medieval drama originating in languages other than English.
The site of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) offers some insight into the aims, activities and publications of this scholarly association based in North America. SCSC is dedicated to gather all scholars interested in early modern studies, from any academic discipline and geographical region. The site announces not only the call for papers and submissions to the annual conference of SCSC but also events and opportunities in related areas of interest put forward by other associations. Information about the forthcoming annual conference and calls for registrations are available on the site; the programme of the previous year’s meeting can be consulted. SCSC publishes The Sixteenth Century Journal quarterly, although it is not substantially presented on the society’s homepage. The site encourages membership in the society, which enables access to Iter: gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance, along with an annual subscription to the journal. The prizes offered by SCSC for books in early modern studies and the prize committees for each category are listed.
'Slatesite' ('Llechwefan' in Welsh) is a website that gives a complete picture of Wales' slate industry, and the society which grew from it. The site is linked with the websites of Gwynedd County Council's Archive and Museums Services and the Welsh Slate Museum (supporting partners). The plans are for the site to form a source of interpretive and teaching materials for lifelong learning about the industry, culture and social context of the North Wales slate areas. It should also be of value for family and local history research as well as academic research into economic, social and industrial history. The website is available in both Welsh and English.
This is the website of the Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino (SISMEL) based in Florence, Italy. The website provides information on the Society's activities, events, courses, research fellowships, access to the Society's online library catalogue, and lists of SISMEL's current and past publications, including Edizioni del Galluzzo. Additionally present are links to significant research resources for medieval studies produced by SISMEL. These include: Medioevo Latino (MEL), an annual bibliographical bulletin of European culture from Boethius to Erasmus (6th-15th century); Bibliotheca Scriptorum Latinorum Medii Recentiorisque Aevi (BISLAM); Compendium Auctorum Latinorum Medii Aevi (500-1500) (CALMA); the works, manuscript tradition and life of Gregorio Magno; Guide to patristical Latin manuscripts; Corpus of Latin Rhythmical Texts (4th-9th century); Collection of inventories, catalogues and lists of manuscripts from western medieval libraries (8th-15th century) (RICABIM); Music in the Middle Ages - medieval music bibliographical bulletin (MEM); Biblioteca agiografica italiana (BAI); the Italian Bible; La Mistica; CODEX - an inventory of medieval manuscripts from Tuscany.
This is the website of the Société Jersiaise (Jersey, Channel Islands), which was founded in 1873 for the study of Jersey archaeology, history, natural history and language and the conservation of the environment. Of particular note is the society's photographic archive, containing over 60,000 images, with an online public catalogue giving access to around half this number. A small sample of these are digitised and available online. The organisation's officers are all contactable from this resource, and their expertise is clearly and helpfully set out by subject, such as: archaeology; archives; bibliography; garden history; history; "La Langue Jerriaise"; numismatics and textile history. The society works closely with the Jersey Heritage Trust and the Jersey Museums Service, and there are details online of the Society's own reference library including collection level descriptions for their holdings relating to history and archaeology, family history, and local history. Details of how to access the printed catalogues of the photographic archive of the society are also given, as well as a description of the subjects of the holdings of about 40,000 images from the 1850s to the present day. Online there are also "People and Places" exhibitions (annual "calendars") that present images from the collection. However, apart from some information about the image's reproduction there is little interpretation of the subject of each. The site is presented in English and in the Jèrriais language.
The website "Soper Lane" has been compiled by a group of women who have studied the working lives of 15th century silkwomen. The site is interactive in nature: there is a discussion forums and a chat room, and users are able to upload their own work and comment on that of others. Some features of the site require user registration, which is free of charge. Information is provided about events attended by the group, and there are also short articles and bibliographies. The articles include discussion of the lives and trade of historical silkwomen, including, for example, Beatrice Fyler, who died in 1479. Other topics covered on the website include: medieval merchants: clothing; netting; and tabby weaving. The site is of interest to those researching cultural and social history, history of textiles, womens' history and history of London.
The online text Spanish and Portuguese monastic history: 600-1300 is the collection of thirteen essays by the American scholar Charles Julian Bishko on the topic of the title, specifically compiled for the online edition. All of the essays had been published earlier in printed form, primarily in periodicals between 1948-1984. Of the 13 essays, three tackle specifically Portuguese aspects of Iberian ecclesiastical history, whilst the others touch upon Portuguese dimensions in a wider context. The three essays concern Portuguese pactual monasticism, Henry of Portugal, and Cluniac priories in Portugal. The site provides the citation of the original publication. The transcriptions of the articles note the pagination of the original printed version, and also provide bibliographical and other notes. This site addresses the needs of historians of mediaeval Portugal and those of ecclesiastical historians, as it makes available scholarly articles that would othewise be difficult to obtain.
'Spinning the Web' is a website that presents the history of the Lancashire Cotton Industry, using a collection of thousands of items from the libraries, museums and archives of North West England. 'Spinning the Web' is funded by the New Opportunities Fund (NOF) and developed by Manchester Library and Information Service in partnership with local museums, libraries and archives. It is possible to search the collection, and to explore local history themes like children and women workers in Victorian times or industrialisation. The site is arranged into sections. "Overview" provides an account of the period between 1760 (before the factory) to the present day, including materials on the major chronological periods relating to the Lancashire and British cotton industry such as: the rise of the factory 1820-1860; the Lancashire Cotton Famine 1861-1865; and the Victorian Golden Age 1866-1896. "Places" shows the impact of cotton on villages, towns and cities. "People" covers living and working conditions in the mills, including: housing; health and diet; education; social commentators; the mill owners, managers, mill workers, home workers, women workers and child labour; leisure (holidays, recreation, music hall and theatre, literature); reform (strikes and protest, trades unions, education). "Industry" comprises materials on the rural and urban (Manchester) settings of the cotton district, including: North West cotton towns; and transport networks such as the role of canals and waterways, railways and roads; the factory (power sources, inventions and inventors); machines and processes; trade routes. "Clothing and products" covers a century of change in men's, women's and children's fashions and the increasing industrial use of cotton from 18th Century onwards. This website is one of the textile-related regional consortium of NOF digitisation projects, along with 'Cotton Town', 'From Weaver to Web' and 'Knitting Together', that is contributing to the 'Spinning the Web Consortium'.
This is an impressive website published by the Streetprint Engine, a web publishing initiative of the University of Alberta's CRC Humanities Computing Studio. Revolution and Romanticism is an online database of digitised British street literature, published between 1790 and 1840. The collection includes nearly 200 popular ballads, broadsides, chapbooks, political pamphlets, and penny dreadfuls. These can be searched or browsed by title, year, author, type or category, and cover what is recognised as a period of transition from old to new street literature. The topics covered are eclectic and include crime, geography, household business, legends and fairytales, politics, and romance. The quality of the design and digitisation of the site is high, and it is a pleasure to use.
Studies in Iconography is the website of the journal, published by Medieval Institute Publications, Western Michigan University, in collaboration with the Index of Christian Art, Princeton University. The journal publishes essays and reviews of books relating to visual culture pre-1600, and aims to be of interest to those researching: Byzantine; medieval; and early modern periods, especially in the areas of: semiotics; cultural anthropology; gender studies; ideological critique; and social history. The site offers tables of contents for volume 15 onwards, as well as details of the editorial board and submission and subscription information.
The website "The Survey of Scottish Witchcraft: 1563-1736" is an excellent database of Scottish witchcraft trials, compiled by eminent experts in the field, led by Julian Goodare of Edinburgh University. Data from over 4,000 trials for witchcraft has been assembled into a database. This can be searched online by date, motif, place, and name, and can also be downloaded, which is of great use to experts in the field working on comparative studies of witchcraft. The features of the cases are presented in a tabular form including: location of the sabbat; maleficia; religious motifs; ritual objects; and animals. Additional information is provided where relevant, for example on meetings with supernatural entities, folk notes, and general notes. This enables users to trace and collate patterns within the chronology of the trials and to cross-reference cultural motifs and features. The site offers an excellent example of a project of this nature, and should be a model for projects on other areas. This resource is likely to be of use to those interested in witchcraft, Scottish history, and cultural/social history.
The website of the Spanish historian Dr. Teresa de Castro offers electronic versions of some of her scholarly work on the history of food. Users may choose between navigating the site in English or Spanish, while her work may be in Spanish, English, or Italian. De Castro has published books and articles on the history of food in Spain (including Al-Andalus and Sefarad) and Australia. She has made available electronic versions of some of her books online: "Food mentality in Spain at the Renaissance"; "In the Christian Alhambra: Foods, Shops and Food Market"; and "Food Supply Policies in the Kingdom of Granada (1482-1510)". Some of her articles include: "The Introduction of Coffee and Coconut in Western Australia in 1869"; "Moriscos and Christians in Castile: The emergence of a Dietary Identity in Early Modern Times"; and "New Norcia’s Treasures (1884-1890)". This site will be of interest to anyone interested in the history of food, in particular in Spain and Australia. As the page is hosted by a free server, it carries some advertising.
This website displays the research projects of the Textile Conservation Centre (TCC), Winchester School of Art, at the University of Southampton. The project on smart and techno-textiles is run in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum, London and includes research on cutting-edge technology developments in textile manufacture, which feature in sportswear, as well as medical and industrial materials. The initial phase of the project will investigate a selection of modern fibres with a view to ascertaining their properties for preservation. An exhibition is also being prepared as part of the project. The project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the Innovation Awards scheme.The website also features information on other projects at the TCC. One of the most interesting projects, for both textile experts and historians of the early modern period, is the examination of liturgical textiles from the Reformation period. This project puts the preservation or deterioration of liturgical garments at the forefront of the historical debate on the role of appurtenances of worship in the return of England to Roman Catholicism under Mary I. Through this investigation the wealth of the pre-Reformation church can be examined, as well as methods of production of the vestments, and the fate of the garments in general.
The History Education Network/Histoire et Éducation en Réseau (THEN/HiER) is an award-winning bilingual site dedicated to the study of history at various levels of education in Canada. Produced through a collaboration among professional academics, public museum professionals and educational curriculum policy makers, THEN/HiER has several sections: News and Resources; Research; Practice; Curriculum and Advocacy; and Make your Voice Heard. The news section provides the latest updates on resources in history education, posts a database of history programmes, offers job listings, a newsletter, and notable events such as lectures and conferences. The research subsite allows users to access a database of article, chapter, book and report summaries, and thesis and dissertation abstracts. It also provides tips on how to conduct historical research and lists journals that deal with history education. The section on Practice explains best practices in historical education and provides primary and secondary source bibliographies in that field. Curriculum and Advocacy offers curriculum and education policy documents. Make Your Voice Heard gives users interactive components, such as message boards and sets up forums for collaborative projects. While the site is Canadian, it is worth noting that the site's administrators pick up news from Europe, the USA and further abroad internationally, making this a generally useful resource for anyone teaching history in the secondary or tertiary educational systems. Users can register and log in to access all information available.
'Liberating modernism, degenerate art, or subversive reeducation? The impact of jazz on European culture' is the only English-language essay available at the full-text German ejournal 'Electronic Journal Literatur Primaer'. This substantial 12,000-word essay is by Berndt Ostendorf of the Amerika Institut at Munich, and examines the entry of jazz into Europe as a... "radical break concerning the rules of performance and habits of reception in Western musical culture". Ostendorf provides a detailed survey of the reception of jazz from the arrival of the American Expeditionary forces during the First World War, through to the role of jazz and jazz radio in German reeducation after 1945. This is a useful free primer for those seeking scholarly material on the cultural reception of jazz in Europe during the 20th century.
The Victorian Web, a website devoted to nineteenth-century British literature and history, has a section dedicated to the novelist and poet Thomas Hardy (1840-1928). The main menu page is divided into the following categories: Biography; Works; Economic Contexts; Politics; Science; Literary Relations; Visual Arts; Religion; Genre and Mode; Themes; Imagery; Characterization; Related Resources; and Leading Questions. Clicking on a category opens a sub menu comprising of contributions from various scholars, a major contributor being Philip V. Allingham of Lakehead University. A biographical timeline of Hardy is provided, and amongst the Hardy works considered in the various essays are Tess of the d'Urbervilles; Jude the Obscure; The Mayor of Casterbridge; A Pair of Blue Eyes; The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid; and The Return of the Native. There is also a comparative study of imagery in both the works of Hardy and Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), as well as an interesting section devoted to the illustrations of Hardy's novels. In addition there is a photo-gallery of places associated with Hardy's life and works. However some of the links, although excellent in themselves, are of minor relevance to Hardy and lead back to broadly contextual essays from The Victorian Web with only a few passing references to Thomas Hardy.
The Time Series Data Library is maintained by Rob Hyndman, Associate Professor in the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics at Monash University, Australia. It is a library containing over 800 time series datasets. Access to the datasets is aided by a clear list of subject categories which cover a wide range of topics including; agriculture; crime; demography; health; industry; labour market; sport; transport; and tourism. Much of the data is concerned with English speaking countries including Britain; the United States; Canada; and Australia. Each data set is given a detailed bibliographic reference in order to consult the original information if necessary. The site also gives links to other online time series data collections and resources.
The Times Past site is a project which aims to display historical images of North Wales online. The project has been organised by Frank Armstrong and has been built with a team of volunteers. The site provides online access to a collection of old picture postcard images of North Wales. From the earliest days of photography enthusiasts were keen to use the new medium to capture images of town and country scenes. Picture postcards were often of very high quality, the original work being produced on large glass plate negatives. The photographs provide a valuable documentation of the historical changes in North Wales and provide an important link to the region's past. The images in the collection originate from between 1850 and 1950; they can be accessed via the index by location or through the 10 photograph galleries. Unfortunately, the site suffers from commercial advertising pop-ups. It seems as if this site hasn't been updated since 2001.
This is the website of the Toronto Centre for the Book established at the University of Toronto in 1994. The Centre co-ordinates a wide range of interdisciplinary research resources on the history of the book from across collections and initiatives at the University of Toronto. It also offers a programme of lectures and colloquia aiming to bring together all those with an interest in the subject, from faculty, librarians and students to the general public. The most recent of these lectures are freely available to download as podcasts. The Centre particularly seeks to foster postgraduate research by compiling information on research resources in this field; it has links to University of Toronto's Collaborative Program in Book History and Print Culture. The Centre encourages new membership and joining is free. The information on the website comprises: contact information; a current events list; an archive of past events; a list of committee members; details of current, past and cross-departmental courses; and a few links to related websites.
The website "The Traditional Ballad Index" is a large database of bibliographic information about ballads and folk songs in English. The actual texts of the ballads are not reproduced, but there are descriptions of the content of each song, information about the first known text and its geographical origins, its author (where known), and alternative titles. Additional comments note possible derivations from other songs or traditional stories and legends. Each record lists the sources in which the ballad was found, both written texts and audio recordings. The ballads date from the medieval period to the early twentieth century and mostly originate in the British Isles or North America. The database may be downloaded to a local host (in various formats) or searched by keyword via the Internet. This fascinating resource should be of interest to those researching popular literature and cultural history.
Created by the University of Michigan Library, Traditions of Magic in Late Antiquity offers a good visual and descriptive introduction to magical practices, devices and ornamentation from the pre-Christian period. Developed around the University's own extensive collection of papyri texts, each section begins with the description of a specific type of magical object, ranging from a early magic recipe books to a protective amulet. This description is followed by a series of related images that detail the features, significance and functionality of these apparatuses. The objects described come predominantly from the Mesopotamian and Egyptian regions, between the first and fifth centuries C.E. The site will be of appeal to anyone who has an interest in early magical rituals and practices during the height and decline of the Roman Empire. Those new to the subject may also wish to explore the brief, but helpful, bibliography at the end of the exhibit.
Translations in Progress is a site devoted to translations (primarily by Robert Levine) of Medieval Latin, Middle French, Modern French, and Modern German literary texts, as well as some medieval texts of an historical nature. The main interest of the site lies in the fact that none of the texts have been translated before. However, all the texts have literary merit, and part of the aim of the site is to make known obscure modern European writers. Many of the translations have been used in undergraduate and graduate courses that Levine has taught, the syllabi of which are available on the site, and there are a number of critical articles on the translated texts. Also included are some Realplayer sound files of poets such as W.B. Yeats and Ezra Pound reading their own translations. Numerous colourful paintings accompany the texts. The home page, however, is poorly laid out, making it difficult to locate contents easily.
The Renaissance Festival Books website, is the result of a collaborative project between the British Library and the University of Warwick and makes available facsimilies of 253 Renaissance festival books from the British Library's collections. These books describe festivals and ceremonies that took place in Europe between 1475 and 1700 to mark: marriages; funerals; coronations; and other grand events. Such festivals could take many forms, including: masques; dances; song; and parades and displays involving: fireworks; equestrian troops; and waterworks. The festival books therefore shed light on a variety of aspects of early modern courtly history in Europe, most notably: music; the court, royalty and nobility; costume; theatrical history; military history; tournaments; and social and economic history. The website offers some background to festival books, with articles by acknowledged experts in the field. The books themselves can be browsed or searched: pages with significant information are provided with metadata to enable accurate searching.
The Tudor history site, developed by Lara Eakins, contains a variety of information about the Tudor period. The site has biographical information of all the Tudor monarchs, including portraits and relevant art work. There is a very useful who's who in Tudor history which provides brief details about significant Tudors. The site also has details of life in Tudor times, Tudor architecture, maps, topics on Tudor history, chronologies and glossaries. Other features of the site include: a mailing list; links; bibliography; extracts from primary sources; a monthly newsletter; and a blog with questions and answers. The site has got a clear structure to it and there is a search engine to aid navigation. The site is being developed further with future plans available on the site. This site provides a useful starting point for details of Tudor history.
The University of Aberdeen's Photographic Archives is based on the collection produced by George Washington Wilson and Co, which consists of some 40,000 images dating from the second half of the nineteenth century. George Washington Wilson (1823-1893) was a successful 'artist and photographer' who took landscape photographs, pictures for postcards, stereograms, and photo-montages. By the late 1870s his company was the largest photographic business in the world. This site contains a selection of Wilson's photographs spanning the whole island of Great Britain, and also featuring images of Gibraltar, North Africa, South Africa, and Australia. Most of the negatives are still in remarkably good condition, and the electronic images are consequently crisp and clear, if sometimes a little under-exposed. Each image is accompanied by information as to when and where it was taken, a description of its contents, and keywords relating to its subject, for use with the search engine provided by the site. The images are copyrighted and may not be downloaded from the site. Full ordering details are however provided for those wishing to purchase copies.This is an excellent site which includes many good-quality pre-twentieth-century photographic images that would provide excellent illustrations for historical works.
The University of Sussex Journal of Contemporary History is a full-text refereed online journal. The journal aims to provide a forum for the publication of postgraduate work and to disseminate creative, critical, and inter-disciplinary historical research. The journal covers all aspects of nineteenth and twentieth century cultural, economic, political and social history. The journal was started in September 2000 and is published biannually. The journal can be browsed by date. The journal website also has a notice board to help facilitate communication between researchers. The journal actively encourages submissions; details can be found on the website.
The website "Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies" introduces this research centre of the University of Wales undertaking mainly team-based major research projects spanning a number of years. The site gives full details about the current and past projects, which cover a wide range of topics from the archaeology, history, language and literature of Wales. The site is intended primarily for an academic audience but should also interest the general reader. It is fully bilingual in Welsh and English. Most of the pages describe the projects and their various and numerous publications, but further resources are being added continually and the usefulness of the site should increase correspondingly. The material presented is very authoritative and the site is quick and easy to use.
'Untold London: discover the art of London's diverse communities' is a website showcasing the variety of exhibitions to be found in the capital. The website is served with content via the popular 24 Hour Museum web service, edited from the London Museums Hub, and funded by the Museums and Libraries Association. Untold London serves both as a listings and "What's On?" service, and a guide to collections and venues. At June 2009 the service was up-to-date, and delivered in English only. There is a sophisticated search facility, able to search for London exhibitions by ethnic group, nationality, or religious affiliation. The lesbian, bisexual and gay section is seemingly limited to just one page, and these groups do not feature on the otherwise sophisticated search options. Despite this limitation, Untold London is a polished and practical website for those seeking to discover the variety of cultural history exhibitions that London is able to offer.
The Urban Manuscripts Project website describes the project of that name, which aims to produce a database of urban manuscripts that were privately-owned English during the period 1300 and 1476. The stated aims within the broader scope of this project are to discover: who owned books in late-medieval towns (i.e. before the age of printing); what the books contained; who produced the books; and whether there was a distinctive urban literate culture. This database will be of great use to those researching: literacy; medieval cultural and social history; and particular individuals of the period. The final aim is to produce a printed catalogue and searchable database, allowing, for example, analysis of owner's names and occupations. The site provides a useful section of links to other similar projects. This project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the Research Grants scheme. The website does not mention any time frame for the course of this project; at the time of review the site had not made the database available nor did it publish research results.
The Victorian Dictionary is a website designed and maintained by Lee Jackson. A useful resource for students of social history, the Victorian Dictionary contains a vast amount of material on the period. Subjects included range from clothing and fashions to health and hygiene, markets and finance to death and dying. A relatively new resource, the Victorian Dictionary is growing all the time and open to contributions and suggestions. However, its extensive links pages make it an invaluable resource for those working on the history, art or politics of the Victorian age. A CD of the contents of the website is also available.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the "Victorian Household Panel Study, 1890-1893 : Release 1a, Release 1b and Release 2" dataset hosted by the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS), based at the UK Data Archive University of Essex (formerly part of the Arts and Humanities Data Service - AHDS). The data is available to order from the HDS as a tab delimited texts and DBF databases. From this Web page you may download a PDF of images of the study documentation. To make use of this dataset you must first register with the HDS, and further information is supplied giving instructions. The aim of the project was to study the labour supply, effort, and decisions of the workers employed at the Garesfield Bute pit in County Durham. The Victorian Household Panel Study has been compiled from four sources: the wages book and plans of Garesfield Bute pit at High Spen in County Durham, England; the Ordnance Survey map of 1895; and the 1891 Census Enumerators' Books. It contains detailed information about the households, work places and assignments, output and pay of the hewers, putters and supervisory underground workers in the pit for the period June 1890 to January 1893. For hewers, an important feature of work and society was the system of marrowing, under which they chose their own work mates, and shared earnings with them. The Panel Study permits reconstruction of the history of marrow pairings during the period June 1890 to January 1893.
Victorian Literature and Culture is the website of the scholarly journal of the same name. The journal is published by Cambridge University Press and features peer-reviewed contributions by some of the field's most respected figures. The site provides lists of contents from volume 19 (1991) to the present issue. Also provided are details of the editorial and advisory boards and guidelines for the submission of articles. There is also a link to the Cambridge University Press Web page for the journal, where users may subscribe.
Victorian Station is a website that provides an overview of: architecture; art and literature; interior design; and fashions popular in 19th-century transatlantic culture. Serving chiefly as a hub for non-academic Victorian enthusiasts, reenactors, and home decorators, this website nonetheless gives some invaluable insights into the daily lives of 19th-century British (and American) citizens for those studying the period. Materials are divided into: Arts and Literature; Associations; History; and Lifetstyle categories. The site is well organized and has a search function, but users should note that popup adverts are used to support the website.
This is an extended (and extensive) online bibliography for the 'Victorian Studies: Illustrated Periodicals' seminar taught by Michael Hancher at the University of Minnesota. It is divided into the following sections: Victorian studies: Three retrospects; Reading in the nineteenth century; Nineteenth-century journalism; Image and illustration; Ackerman and the 'Repository of Arts'; Charles Knight and the 'Penny Magazine'; and W. J. Linton and the 'Illustarted London News'. The bibliography extends beyond the required reading list for the seminar in question, and aims to provide a complex background to the main topics of study, as well as a good starting point for individual projects. It will, therefore, be useful not only to those looking for inspiration regarding the teaching of Victorian illustrated periodicals, but also to those undertaking research in this field.
The history of the Victorian Turkish bath is virtually uncharted, so the website is an attempt to interest historians in an aspect of Victorian life which has been almost totally forgotten. David Urquhart's reintroduction of the so-called Turkish (actually Roman) bath into the British Isles in 1856 was largely achieved by the Turkish Bath Movement allied to his Foreign Affairs Committees and promulgated in the "Sheffield Free Press" and the "Free Press". Created by a retired media resources librarian and historian who has been interested in the subject since 1990, this comprehensive site has six main sections: Introductory; History of the Turkish bath; Turkish bath topics (e.g. caricatures and cartoons, hydropathy, the earliest Turkish bath photos); some Turkish bath personalities; Turkish bath companies; Turkish bath directory (listing more than 600 establishments and with brief articles about an increasing number of them). In addition there are over 400 illustrations in both thumbnail and enlarged versions, footnotes, bibliography, illustrations index, and two-way acknowledgments. There is also a listing of the 21 Turkish baths that are still open, with contact numbers and addresses, and a Stop Press column of recent news. The site is fully searchable and is updated fairly regularly. This website does use frames, but a no-frames version is also available.
The Victorian Web provides a comprehensive general overview of nineteenth century British history and literature. The site is divided into sections: on political, social, and economic history; gender matters; philosophy; religion; science; technology; genre and technique; authors; visual arts; and Victorian design. Within each section commentaries present a useful introduction to the topics, abstracts from primary sources, links to other web resources and a bibliography. The Victorian web was created under the direction of George Landow, Professor of English and Art History at Brown University. The site was originally designed as a resource to aid in the teaching of courses in Victorian literature. All the material is in English and is available free of charge.
Villainy Detected functions as an online guide for those interested in crime and criminality in the 18th and 19th centuries, both in fact and fiction. The information provided includes contemporary reports and statistics, juxtaposed with fictional accounts of crime and punishment. There are short scholarly essays by academics from Lehigh University and various primary texts in facsimile. The site is searchable and searches can be filtered by century or location (British and American). The site also provides links to further resources such as external e-texts of crime literature.
This website is an online exhibition devoted to the life and work of Herman Voaden (1903-1991), "English-Canada's leading experimental theatre director and playwright during the 1930s and a prominent educator and cultural nationalist." The site has several pages outlining Voaden's education and career. There is an excellent, highly detailed archival finding aid describing the fonds, series and files in the Voaden collection, held in the Archives and Special Collections of York University in Toronto, which hosts this website. There is also an attractive photo gallery based on the archival collections, with pictures of: Voaden and his wife; his set designs; and his stage productions, along with the dancers and actors who performed in them. This well-designed site should prove to be of great interest to researchers in Canadian Theatre and Cultural History.
This is the website of The Virtual Library of Anglo-American Culture (VLib-AAC). The Virtual Library aims to be an Internet research library for scholars and students, and hopes to make available a large number of textual and electronic resources. The literature section of the gateway is divided into five fully searchable subject areas, including British and American literature and language, and Gender Studies. The history section is slightly different in that it catalogues materials firstly by source (journals, books, databases, and other Internet resources). However, author and title searches are also very easy to accomplish.
The Course Syllabi and Other Teaching Resources section of Professor Patrick Leary's 'Victoria Research Web' is an extensive directory of Web pages that hopes to inspire teachers of 19th century history, literature and cultural studies at all stages of the curriculum. The syllabi, the bulk of which are of undergraduate courses taught in US and UK universitites, are grouped by topic and cover the following main areas: Nineteenth-Century History; Victorian Literature Surveys; The Victorian Novel; Victorian Poetry; and Special Topics in Victorian Culture. The 'Other Resources' will be of interest first and foremost to primary and secondary school teachers, and, once again, come mainly from the UK and the US.
This annotated guide to the main Victorian Studies resources available on the Internet is part of Professor Patrick Leary's 'Victoria Research Web'. It lists, and links to, several general guides and directories of related Call for Papers websites, Victorian Studies organisations, a number of carefully selected and intelligently described digital projects, and other websites of academic interest. In addition, it contains a link to a sobering document written by Professor Leary with the student and novice researcher in mind. Entitled "A Word of Advice for Persons Relying on the Internet to Research Victorian Topics", it highlights some of the pitfalls of pursuing such an endeavour, argues for an integrated approach to research that does not shun the traditional library, and encourages visitors to critically evaluate the quality and reliability of Internet resources they intend to use in their work.
"Go Britannia! Wales : The History of Wales" is part of this American website that provides information for travellers to Britain. This is a lengthy (34 articles) account of the history of Wales written by a native, covering the cultural revival, Tudor Wales, religious changes under the Stuarts, the coming of industry, the emergence of the Labour Party, and the language dilemma, even migration to Patagonia - "The History of Wales from the Welsh point of view". As well as progressing through the articles in a linear fashion it is also possible to jump to other articles in the series, and also to use the general Britannia search engine.
This is the online full-text of M.R. James's articles entitled "The wanderings and homes of manuscripts" (London, 1919), dealing with the survival and transmission of ancient literature. Questions such as where manuscripts were made, how and in what centres they have been collected, and ways of tracing out their history are addressed in this text. The article was scanned as part of the Tertullian project, which is a collection of ancient and modern texts about the ancient Christian Latin writer Tertullian and his writings. The website is very well maintained and is added to regularly.
The War, Women and Survival website is based on an exhibition curated by the University of Nottingham's Manuscripts and Special Collections department, in partnership with the Midland East Region of Soroptimist International, from September - December 2005. This online version of the exhibition reproduces material originally shown on the display boards in 2005, along with images of some of the exhibits. The material here covers a range of conflicts, from the English Civil War to 21st-century conflicts in Rwanda, Afghanistan and the former Yugoslavia. The exhibition is divided into themes, including: 'Propaganda aimed at women'; 'Women in modern wars'; 'Supporting the troops'; 'Food rationing'; and 'Women survivors of recent conflicts'. Each section is illustrated with images and quotes from women (often from several different countries or time periods) highlighting themes common to all conflicts. The exhibition is an interesting and poignant look at the ways in which wars affect women all over the world, and would be of interest to those in the field of women's studies and social or cultural historians.
The homepage of the Warburg Institute Library provides information on the collections of this impressive library that specialises mainly in the History of Art; Religion; Science; Philosophy; and Social and Political History. The library is particularly renowned for its holdings on the Renaissance and Humanism. With holdings of over 350,000 volumes, the Library, based in Central London, also has around 2,500 runs of periodicals. There is a complete microfiche edition of 4,800 pre-1800 volumes of the Cicognara collection in the Vatican Library. Another significant collection is the Holkham Hall Manuscripts, from the library of the Earls of Leicester, which contains classical, patristic and humanistic texts. The libraries of the Royal Numismatic Society and the British Numismatic Society are also housed at the Warburg. The website lists the subjects covered in the collections, links directly to the School of Advanced Study catalogue listings in that subject and displays the items held at the Warburg. Practical advice and information on using the library and access to collections are also provided.
This website produced by the National Library of Wales Department of Printed Books, provides a list of books and articles on the Welsh settlement in Patagonia, (Chile and Argentina), South America. 'Y Wladfa Gymreig' ('the Welsh Colony') relates to the settlement of hundreds of Welsh people in Patagonia in the 1860s, where they set up schools and newspapers. Although the settlement was successful for some time, immigrants from Spain and Italy, in addition to lack of support from the government of Argentina, left the Welsh as a minority culture. The website provides a very full listing of: books and articles; music; information about mills and records of recent visits. This is a basic website but provides a wealth of information for researchers of the Welsh in Patagonia.
Who Knew Whom is an online database which focuses upon the connectivity of famous people. Compiled by Nat Goodden of the University of Gloucestershire, the intention is to provide a map of cultural networks based on the connections - such as by friendship, acquaintance, family, or collaboration - between artists, musicians, scientists, philosophers and other notable people throughout history. Each connection must be proven by evidence that can be supported by an authoritative source available on the Internet. The database is searchable by name, or by browsing an alphabetical list of names, and provides a brief summary of each individual's connections to other people in the database.
The Wiener Datenbank zur Europäischen Familiengeschichte, or Viennese Database on European Family History, is an online collection "of census type listings of European villages and towns from the 17th to the 20th century." The site is a product of research conducted since the mid-1970s at the Max Plank-Institute for History in Göttingen, the Department of History of the University of Salzburg, and the Department of Economic and Social History of the University of Vienna. Subpages give an introduction to the research methodology used here, which has rested since the project's inception on innovation in computerised quantitative social scientific techniques. Descriptions of software and categorization used in old and new versions of the database are provided, as are samples from, and downloadable versions of, databases for Austria, Italy and Switzerland. There are scholarly bibliographies for each of these sub-sections, as well as a general bibliography for the entire site. Also of note are accompanying lists of primary source microfilm collections at the University of Salzburg; and there is a link to a related project on social structures in Early Modern Bohemia. But sections on Germany and Croatia were under construction at the time of review. The site remains useful as an aid for academic study of Central Europe in the fields of: history of the family; analyses of socio-economic structures; social-anthropological historical studies; local history; historical regional comparisons; studies on pre-industrial society; studies on industrialization and on industrial society; and historical social development. Site visitors should note the database software requirements for viewing and downloading all information available.
The website "William Hogarth and 18th-century print culture" is an excellent source for prints by this renowned eighteenth-century artist. The site is organised into eight sections: topography of decay; professional women; theatricality and narrative; physiognomy; aesthetics; political satires; art í la mode; and a technical section discussing Hogarth's mediums. Each section explains the heading and gives examples of that aspect of Hogarth's works. The collection features a number of images of London, illustrating what Hogarth saw as the immorality of the urban dwellers. The section on professional women displays his famous "Harlot's Progress" showing the development of a country girl into an urban prostitute. Hogarth often posed his subjects in theatrical manner, and was very interested in the new eighteenth-century science of physiognomy. He was a leading figure of the study of appearance: as an artist this was extremely significant, as it meant the people he painted could be understood by their appearance. Hogarth was one of the original cartoonists of political satire. Among his most famous are those he created in comment on the great South Sea Scheme of 1721, in which the stock market crashed, and those involved were exposed. The website, which is an online version of an exhibition to commemorate Hogarth's 300th anniversary, held at Northwestern University from April to June, 1997, is very well organised and presented. It is highly recommended to fine arts, history, and literature students studying the eighteenth-century.
The William Morris Society website provides a range of information on the life and works of William Morris and his associates. The site includes a short biography of Morris, details of places associated with Morris and portraits of Morris and his contemporaries. The site contains images of designs created by Morris; these include textiles, wallpapers, stained glass and book arts. These images can, however, be slow to download. The site has details of Morris's writings with some links to full-text where these are available on the Internet. The site also has a bibliography which contains details of works relating to Morris, biographies, critical studies, decorative arts and on Morris and the book arts. Information is also available on collections which hold his work. The William Morris home page has a section with links to other William Morris websites and to discussion groups. There are details of the William Morris Society: contact details, how to join, publications and copies of the US newsletter from 1988 onwards. The site is relatively straight forward to navigate due to its fairly clear structure and there is an index which further aids navigation.
The Web pages of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum provide teachers and the general public with an impression of what a visit might involve, at this educational facility set in the Centre Court. The Museum's collection includes memorabilia from many of the famous players, from Victorian times up to the present day. There is information here outlining visits, workshops, and tours designed to meet the needs of the national curriculum from Key Stage 1-4. Also, the librarian of the All England Tennis and Croquet Club has compiled a club history that is linked to from these pages via the top navigation bar of the official website of Wimbledon.
The Witchcraft Legends website has been compiled by Professor Ashliman, emeritus professor of the University of Pittsburgh. He has collected and translated ten short legends about witchcraft, which illustrate varying conceptualisations of the figure of the witch in German, English, Scottish, and Irish mythology. The origins of the tales are provided, and these short pieces are excellent for discerning the functionality of the application of the figure of the witch to a particular narrative. The topos of the witch is used in a variety of discourses illustrated here. There are a few images and these accounts are excellent for illustrating the varying typology of legend themes. This is a useful site for anthropologists, historians and students of folklore.
Women and Gender in Early Modern Wales [circa 1500-1800] is an online guide to sources and further reading from the Department of History and Welsh History at Aberystwyth University. This bibliography is designed to complement the printed version by the same authors Michael Roberts and Simone Clarke, that itself sought to complement Deirdre Beddoe's works on the subject of women during modern Welsh history (1800-1945). This guide is designed for historians interested in women's and gender history in early modern Wales, circa 1500-1800. It is especially of use for the beginner as an introduction to works that might construct an understanding of the society and culture of Wales and its gendered dimensions in the period. Therefore, many entries will be familiar to historians of Wales, and as the authors are aware there is a bias towards accounts in English. However, little annotation is offered. The Web page has been converted from Microsoft Word, and is very basic in design, (no navigation is provided for example). However, the arrangement of the bibliography is simple and easy to follow and includes the following sections: women's history; the history of Wales; views of women; women and family; marriage; household structure and kinship; household management, home life, estate management, living standards; motherhood, child/parent relations; family size, limitation, illegitimacy, impotence; widows; legal status of women; women and health; women's sexuality; women and work; women and consumption; professional employments; women and the wider world; women, politics and power; royal and aristocratic women; women and crime; witchcraft; women and religion; the Reformation; Catholic women; Protestant women; radical and non-conformist Protestant women; piety and religious experience; women and education; women and the arts; women and writing; women as historians; studies of masculinity and manliness in Wales.
The York Mystery Plays website, 'Illumination: from shadow into light' is the work of the National Centre for Early Music in York, and gives a history of performance of the York cycle in its home city. The site discusses the nature of the plays, and the manner in which they have been performed in the past, including more recent revivals involving York trade guilds. Of particular interest to theatre historians and students of medieval drama is the archive of: photographs; interviews; and other materials relating to performances, which can be searched by title and year. There are sound clips available for some of the interviews, but otherwise a reference to holdings at the National Centre for Early Music is given. A short section of related links is also provided. The site is well designed and informative, and a good resource for those interested in the performance of medieval drama, or anyone studying the texts of the York plays themselves.
The website 'Österreichische Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaften' (Austrian Journal of Historical Sciences) is the home page of this periodical published at the University of Vienna. The ÖZG carries articles in German with English keywords and abstracts on social, economic, cultural, and intellectual branches of historical research, all with a special focus on Central Europe. The main thrust of articles tends away from different national perspectives and more toward methodological and theoretical aspects of these disciplines. Published quarterly in a paper format, the website offers archived abstracts of the journal's editorials and articles, going back to 1990. The site also lists themes for upcoming issues. Additionally helpful is the alphabetical index of authors' names, with the titles of their papers and links to the abstracts. Subscription and submission information is available on the site. Navigation is well organised and clear.