This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the "Aberdeen University Students, 1860-1920" 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 this study was the construction and analysis of a database of the records relating to students who attended the University of Aberdeen from 1860 to 1920, in order to create a comprehensive textual dossier of information about individual students which could be accessed easily by the University Archivist in answering frequent enquiries about past students; to facilitate the researches of scholars preparing publications on different aspects of University life for the institution's quincentenary in 1995; to demonstrate trends in the geographical and social mobility of the student population, as well as the impact on academic life of major changes in the curriculum.
The "Archives and Manuscripts" website provides information on the University of London's archives, deposited collections, and manuscripts, housed in the Senate House Library. It focuses on two sections of the University of London Library. The first is the archives of the central administration of London University, and the second is the deposited collections. The archives and manuscript holdings can be searched via the University of London Research Library Services catalogue. The website features an introduction to the university archives which document its development as a federal university from 1900. There is also archival material on Senate House, and the full set of minutes of the Senate from 1837. Most records are open 30 years after their creation. A list of records and their references is provided online. The deposited collections and manuscripts contain almost 1,000 separate collections. Digitised copies of lists of students from 1836 to 1926 can be downloaded in PDF format in the Students Records section. The website lists catalogues of the collections and rules for users. There is also a rather useful list of links to archives.
The Web Site "Archiwum państwowe w Gdańsku (State archive in Gdańsk)" is in Polish with a less detailed but useful English version, and provides details of the opening hours, location, accessibility, and holdings of the archive. The collections of the archive reflect the history of Gdańsk, which was formerly the German city of Danzig and the Free City of Gdańsk. The site features the history, structure and preservation of the archive. Of use to the researchers is the information on the access to holdings. The records are divided into the following categories: state and local administration records between 18th and 20th century; records of the cities of Gdańsk and Elbląg, records of smaller Pomeranian towns; church, monastic, and public register records; judicial records; guild and merchants' records; and records of scientific, educational, and cultural institutions. The archive also has a good collection of maps and private papers. The catalogues of the holdings can be searched via SEZAM, the database run by the State Archives of Poland with several town archives and significant cultural institutions of the country. The archive is part of the Baltic Connections project. An excellent site for those researchign Polish, German, or Pomeranian history.
The Web Site "Archiwum państwowe w Kielcach (State archive in Kielce)" provides information on the branch of the state archives in Kielce. There are details of the opening hours, accessibility of the archive, and the holdings. The site details the territorial range of the archive, the most interesting holdings, a history of the archive, and a list of links to websites of a similar nature. The earliest documentation dates from the fifteenth century, but the collections mainly date from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. They include documentation on the guilds, local councils, judicial records, and educational institutions. There is an online exhibition of the most precious treasures of the archive, from the early modern period, partitions, the inter-war period, the Second World War and the second half of the twentieth century.
The Web Site "Archiwum państwowe w Lesznie (State Archive in Leszno)" is a branch of the Polish State Archives. It was established in 1951 and contains administrative, political, financial, judicial, and educational records. There is a very useful list of the records held. The archive is digitalising the catalogues of holdings which can be found on the IZA database. The site features a history of the archive, a description of its holdings, its publications, and access details. An excellent photogallery features images of valuable documentation held by the archive. The site is of interest primarily to those who are carrying out research in or on Poland.
The Web Site "Archiwum Państwowe w Lublinie (State archive in Lublin)" is in Polish with a very substantial English version. The site provides the usual information about the archive and its reproduction services, opening hours, and location. There is access to the SEZAM, PRADZIAD, IZA, ELA and GENEBA databases. The territorial range covered by the archive covers the lands between the Bug, San, and the Vistula. The archive has a wonderful collection of early modern records, as well as the founding charter of Lublin from 1317. The collections include: guild; judicial; financial; administrative; municipal; Jewish; and ecclesiastical records. The site is of interest to those researching the area of Lublin or those carrying out geneaological research.
The Web Site "Archiwum Państwowe w Radomiu (State Archive in Radom)" is in Polish and English. The archive has been functioning since the early modern period, and found itself in the hands of the Austrians during the partitions. This is elaborated on in the brief history of the archive featured on the site. The archives are stronger in nineteenth and twentieth century holdings, but do have some municipal records from the early modern period. Of interest to genealogists and historians, are the registry records of Roman Catholic, Jewish, Orthodox, and Protestant communities. For those interested in the post-war history of Poland, the Radom archives are extremely rich in holdings on the PZPR. The link to SEZAM is useful for searching the records, as well as the publications list. The Polish variant of the site has a guest book.
This website, a National Library of Wales (NLW) Digital Mirror site, contains a digitsed display of the 'treachery' of the Blue Books. This section of the NLW website gives a general introduction to Wales in the nineteenth century, and has links to three sections which provide much greater detail. The sections (Carmarthen, Glamorgan and Pembroke; Brecknock, Cardigan, Radnor and Monmouth; and North Wales, comprising Anglesey, Carnarvon, Denbigh, Flint, Meirioneth and Montgomery) are further split up and provide a vast amount of detail and information on the topic of Welsh education in the nineteenth century.
The Cabinet Papers website provides free access to recently digitised cabinet papers from 1915-1978. The digitisation funded via the JISC Digitisation Programme. The papers are organised into a diverse range of topics and introduced through historical essays. The website will be of interest to teachers and students who can search free-text or browse through the following sections. 'Themes' explore Britain's world relations, war and disintegration of empire, economic development and the government's approach to the challenges of society. Key topics include: the British Empire; decolonisation and the development of the Commonwealth; the development of the Welfare state and National Health Service; economic policy; diplomacy, foreign policy and British involvement in the First World War and Second World War. 'A-level studies' concentrates on: the Trade Union Movement; the General Strike; the Welfare State; and the National Health Service (NHS). Cabinet government is explained in another section; how it works, what record are kept, and the history and development of Cabinet government. Interactive 'Maps in Time' help you understand events in their geographical and political context, as the British Empire and the British government changed during the period 1900-2000. A software tool (The Writing Frame) is available to use which is designed to support students when using sources. The section 'All HE packages and A Level Studies' introduces a collection of carefully selected cabinet papers. Teachers' guides are provided to assist with classroom activties.
This site provides free access to a major digital archive of British government documents. Over half a million pages of papers, memos, minutes and reports covering all major British government cabinet, ministerial and prime ministerial decisions from 1915-1997 can be read online at the National Archives website as part of a project funded by the funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) digitisation programme. All areas of British domestic and foreign policy can be traced and insight offered into government decision making processes. The site can be searched by keyword or browsed by theme. Key topics include: the British, Empire, decolonisation and the development of the Commonwealth; the development of the Welfare state and National Health Service; economic policy; diplomacy, foreign policy and British involvement in the First and Second World wars. The site also includes 'A' level teaching guides with suggested classroom activities; interactive maps of key political and social events and a who's who of prime ministers and key politicians.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the 'Catalogue of the Published Papers of the National Association for the Promotion of Social Science, 1857-1886' 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 series of 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 National Association for the Promotion of Social Science (or Social Science Association as it was known in short) provided a highly influential forum for the discussion of social, political, economic, educational, sanitary, legal and cultural issues between the 1850s and 1880s. Its debates featured leading Victorians, among them prime ministers and other politicians; intellectuals; social reformers; the first British feminists; trade unionists; and civil servants. Approximately 4,500 papers, published in more than 50 volumes, were delivered to the Association by more than 2,000 speakers but they have been little used by scholars because their contents are largely unknown. The aim of the project has been to produce a searchable catalogue, freely accessible over the World Wide Web, to assist researchers in finding some of the most important social commentary of the Victorian era. The resource is a relational database containing the titles of all papers in the serials published by the National Association for the Promotion of Social Science, as well as those in the Association's Report on Trades Societies (1860), the report of the Congrés International de Bienfaisance de Londres (1862) and Lectures on Economical Science (1870). For each paper, the database holds its author, citation, where a full text of it may be found if the paper is only a summary or no more than a listed title, any notes about the content of the paper made by the original editor of the catalogue. The database also contains a classificatory scheme, devised by the original editor, in which every paper is allocated a place. The database also contains any biographical information about authors given in the publications.
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.
The Clergy of the Church of England Database is an online relational database containing records of the careers of all clergymen of the Church of England between 1540 and 1835. The database provides an extensive research tool for historical researchers who wish to find biographical information about individual clergymen in early modern times, making it possible for the user to trace individuals across parishes, chronological and geographical patronage, and more structural investigations of the Church of England. The database contains records from all 27 dioceses of England and Wales which are held at 51 diocesan repositories and other archives and libraries. The primary records listed from the diocesan collections include registers, subscription books, licensing books, and liber cleri or call books. Where these records are fragmentary, other types of records have been consulted, including bishops' transcripts of parish registers, wills, taxation records, and surveys of clergy. The website also features a list of people involved in the project, and an explanation of the database. The project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) within the Research Grants scheme.
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 is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the 'Digest of Welsh Historical Statistics : Education, 1600-1976' 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 download as a compressed (zip) file. This machine-readable version of John Williams' Digest of Welsh Historical Statistics is the result of a collaboration between the Statistical Directorate of the National Assembly for Wales, the History Data Service and the Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis at Queen's University Belfast; John Williams' Digest of Welsh Historical Statistics is intended to provide a service for those working on the history of modern Wales. It arises from a belief that the quantitative element is a necessary and important part of the historical record; from an awareness that it was an aspect that was particularly inaccessible for scholars of Welsh history; and from a conviction that some encouragement in the use of quantitative material was necessary. It is modelled on the two volumes dedicated to British historical statistics: Mitchell, B.R. and Deane, P. (1962) Abstract of British historical statistics and Mitchell, B.R. and Jones, H.G. (1971) Second abstract of British historical statistics. The main tables are: Schools. Number of schools, 1818-1867; Monmouthshire, 1600-1870; and work schools, 1700-1890; Schools. Church of England elementary schools under government inspection, 1850-1862; British schools, total and inspected, Wales and South Wales, 1843-1871; Schools. Type of school, 1877-1976; Schools, by responsible body, 1879-1971; Pupils. Number of pupils in day and Sunday schools, 1818-1867; Pupils. Number on register, by type of school, 1877-1976; Pupils. Number of pupils in maintained schools, by sex, 1898-1976; School leavers by age of leaving a) from public and elementary schools, 1920-1938; b) from secondary schools on the grant list, 1909-1938; and c) school leavers, by sex and reason, 1947-1974; Teachers. Number of full-time teachers, by type of school, 1851-1973; Teachers. Full-time teachers, by qualification, 1851-1973; Teachers. Teachers in training, 1865-1974; Finance. Total net expenditure on elementary education, 1951-1975; Examinations. Number of candidates and passes, Central Welsh Board 1900-1950; and Welsh Joint Education Committee 1951-1974; University. Number of full-time degree and diploma students, by college and sex, 1893-1972; University. Origin of full-time degree students of the University of Wales, 1921-1975; University. Staff of the University of Wales, by grade, 1908-1974; University. Finance. Total current income and expenditure by institution, University of Wales, 1893-1974.
This website describes AHRC-funded work on a multi-authored print publication (with online supporting materials) ‘A History of the Dissenting Academies in the British Isles, 1660-1860’. Established after the Act of Uniformity in 1662, Dissenting Academies provided higher education and preparation for the ministry to Protestant students excluded from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, for some 200 years. The project aims to provide the first modern study of the academies in thirty years, and will include online databases “with relevant details of academies, tutors, and students, and a bibliography of source materials”.
The 'Five College Archives Digital Access Project' website provides access to a selection of material held at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. It encompasses fifty-four online collections amounting to over thirty-eight thousand items. The material included on the site relates to 19th and early 20th century women, in particular the education of women. The type of material on the site includes letters, photographs, articles, diaries and official college publications. Details of the archives which have been included from each of the colleges can be found on the site. It is possible to search the collection. The search engine will, in the majority of cases, search the text of the description of documents as most of the documents have been put on the site as images. The collections of the colleges can be searched individually or together. The site also maintains a set of links relating to the digitization of archival collections. The site is now archived.
GASHE allows searching across the archives of ten of Scotland's higher education Institutions. Its chief aim is to facilitate research into Scotland's intellectual, educational and cultural history. The collections are catalogued according to international standards and contain well over a million items, including diverse materials in varying media. For each collection, the following information is recorded: a reference code; the title of the collection; the dates covered by the collection; administrative history; scope and content; system of arrangement; repository; and the conditions of access and use. The online catalogue of collection descriptions can be browsed by contributing institution, or searched using a freetext search or via a series of indexes of subjects, place, people and institutions/organisations. A small gallery of photographs of records held by the various HE institutions is provided, along with detailed project information. The GASHE project received funding from the Research Support Libraries Programme (RSLP) between 1999 and 2002 and from the Arts and Humanities Research Council from 2003 to 2006.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the 'Great Britain Historical Database : Census Data : Education Statistics, 1951' 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 tab delimited files, UK higher education users may also download the data through the CHCC (Historical Census Collection) system. 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 data includes: Educational Statistics in 1951 arranged by age at termination of education.
HEURÍSTICA : revista arbitrada del Grupo de investigación historia de la educación (HEDURE) is an online journal published twice a year by the Universidad de los Andes in Venezuela. Affiliated with the Sociedad Venezolana de Historia de la Educación (SVHE), the Internacional Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE); and the Red Historia de la Educación en América Latina (HISTEDUCAL) the journal provides full text access to all articles as a PDF from issue Number 3 onwards. Combined with a robust search engine and the ability to browse, this is an attractive journal, which is easy to navigate. Articles are in Spanish and include topics such as the history of Dominican universities, educational ethics in revolutionary times and bioethics and social responsibility. Book reviews and reviews of events are also included.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range, and availability of the dataset 'Historical Statistics on the Funding and Development of the UK University System, 1920-2002', 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). From this Web page you may download PDF and HTML files giving introductory information about the study. The data itself is available to order from the HDS as a set of tab delimited text files, though to make use of this dataset you must first register with the HDS: further information is supplied giving instructions. This study comprises the data collected for a wider project exploring the historical relationship between higher education and the UK economy. The project sought to provide a long-term explanation of the relationships between funding, widening access, and socio-economic aspects of higher education.
The History and Policy website is the result of a collaboration between the Institute of Historical Research, the University of Cambridge and The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The aims include to provide better historical perspective and knowledge for the current policy debate. Offering a range of papers which provide insights into current political topics from historical research, this is an easy to use resource which can be searched by theme, author or keyword. Via the What We Do Page you can access history papers, links to media coverage and join a network of historians. (H&P Papers provides links to the latest historical papers on the site which include the credit crunch, climate change and the environment, child-support, and British electoral history (such as 'Two Cheers for Democracy: involvement and interest in British politics since 1918' and 'The hustings, broadcasters and the future of British democracy'). The News page provides links to newspaper and radio coverage of historical issues. Journalists and politicians trying to contact a historian will find the Resources page most useful. Users can register, but this is not essential.
The History of Literacy website is maintained by the History of Reading Special Interest Group (SIG) of the International Reading Association and provides a focal point for anyone researching the history of literacy and reading. The site includes information about the History of Reading SIG; back issues of the group's newsletter (in PDF, from 1976); a series of online publications (also in PDF) which provide practical guidance on undertaking (and funding) research on the history of literacy; and a series of pages dedicated to locating research resources including archives, organisations, book reviews, and funding grants. There are smaller sections on teaching, offering sample course syllabi, and unannotated links to further online resources. The group maintains an email discussion list, the subscription details for which are also available.
This is a digital version of an exhibition on early Venetian books held at Brigham Young University in 1995, which celebrated the quincentenary of the founding of the Aldine Press. The text of this version is taken from the exhibition catalogue. The exhibition was divided into six sections, which are outlined in the Preface. These sections are: Greek and Latin, covering books outlining the development of Aldus Manutius (ca. 1449-1515) the Elder's programme to promote Greek and Latin classics; Humanist, covering contemporary humanist authors including Poliziano and Bembo; Rome, illustrating the work of the press under Paulus as an official printer to the Roman Catholic Church; Manutii, the writings of the three Manutii as published by their own press; and - under the heading New World - a selection of books published by the Aldine Press and related to travel and exploration, amongst them the first Greek edition of Herodotus Historiae, dated 1502. A few of the more noteworthy of the books are highlighted in the Introduction, which outlines the contribution of Aldus and his press to the survival of many ancient texts and links to descriptions of some of them, each accompanied by a picture of the binding followed by one of the title page, where present, and in some cases a selection of other pages. Dimensions provided are those of the text pages, height followed by width.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the "Indexes to A.B. Emden's Biographical Registers of the University of Cambridge to 1500" 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 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 purpose of the project was to make accessible for historical analysis the biographical information contained in Emden's Biographical Registers of the Universities of Oxford to 1540 and Cambridge to 1500. It was not intended to eliminate the need to consult the printed volumes, but rather to facilitate access to the different categories of material contained in them. For example, one could extract the names of those meeting certain predetermined criteria such as members of Merton College between 1320 and 1339 (dates were encoded as belonging to 20 year 'generations') who were authors. For fuller details the printed volumes would have to be consulted. The datasets consist of a series of indexes to the entries in Emden's Biographical Registers of the Universities of Oxford to 1540 and Cambridge to 1500, arranged by various categories of biographical information. The categories include: membership of faculties, colleges and religious orders; place of origin; ownership, authorship and donations of books; tenure of legal and official posts; and association with royal, noble and episcopal households.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the "Indexes to A.B. Emden's Biographical Registers of the University of Oxford to 1540" 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 series of text and Excel 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 purpose of the project was to make accessible for historical analysis the biographical information contained in Emden's Biographical Registers of the Universities of Oxford to 1540 and Cambridge to 1500. It was not intended to eliminate the need to consult the printed volumes, but rather to facilitate access to the different categories of material contained in them. For example, one could extract the names of those meeting certain predetermined criteria such as members of Merton College between 1320 and 1339 (dates were encoded as belonging to 20 year 'generations') who were authors. For fuller details the printed volumes would have to be consulted. The datasets consist of a series of indexes to the entries in Emden's Biographical Registers of the Universities of Oxford to 1540 and Cambridge to 1500, arranged by various categories of biographical information. The categories include: membership of faculties, colleges and religious orders; place of origin; ownership, authorship and donations of books; tenure of legal and official posts; and association with royal, noble and episcopal households.
Professor Robin Halston's comprehensive Library History Database lists over 27,000 private, public and commercial libraries in the British Isles from the late Middle Ages to 1850. The data can be accessed by location or type of library, and is accompanied by sections providing statistics on the distribution of institutional and commercial libraries, information on the sources used, indexes of place names and library names, and a page dedicated to women in the book trade. Of particular note are the resources here for Country House Libraries and the Elizabethan Society for Antiquaries. Although the navigation can be quite slow due to the sheer size of the files and the lack of an in-built search facility, the contents of the site will not disappoint and the database will prove a great aid for researchers working on Book History, English Studies, or general Cultural Studies projects. At the time of last review, the site noted that the database would soon be transferred to the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.
This website describes the archive and special collections held at Liverpool John Moores University. Of particular note are its extensive collections relating to the English Punk movement, the personal archives of popular singer Frankie Vaughan, Management cyberneticist Stafford Beer and Military historian and critic Basil Liddel Hart. The collections include the archives of the various founder institutions of the university, including the Liverpool School of Art. Catalogue information is provided, together with overviews of the collections and access information (access to some collections is restricted).
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).
Medievalists.net is a website offering news and resources relating to all aspects of medieval studies. The site is aimed at anyone interested in the medieval period, from academics to interested readers, to re-enactors and beyond. The site provides resources or links under different headings, including: news (stories in the media with medieval connections); books; videos; academia; fiction; movies; music; blogs; travel; and games. By far the largest and most varied of these is the 'articles' section, which provides a large database of interdisciplinary academic articles, each tagged by subject and keywords for easier browsing using the site's 'Subject Guide' (the site can also be searched in its entirety by keyword). Subjects covered include: archaeology; art history; literature (several languages); drama; demography; and economics. The database is a work in progress, with over 400 articles already at the time of writing, some available as PDF files and others as text. Videos of a number of academic lectures on various subjects are also available, as are links to book reviews and information on courses in medieval subjects worldwide. This is a varied and interesting resource, covering a wide scope of subject areas.
This is the website of the Open University’s archive, based at its Walton Hall, Milton Keynes campus. The archive includes materials relating both to the history of the University and to research, with particular strengths in the fields of: modern political history; distance education; women’s history; history of management; history of mathematics; systems behaviour. The key collections are described in some detail, together with arrangements for accessing them. Material is documented online through individual collection catalogues or through the library catalogue.
This is an attractively designed website about the history of a single parish, Llangynfelyn, in Ceredigion (Cardiganshire) mid-Wales. All the information is provided in English and Welsh, side-by-side on the same pages. It includes extracts from remarkably comprehensive primary sources relevant to the parish (with sections including: crime and punishment; education; the poor law; and mining). There are also transcriptions of every Census for Llangynfelyn from 1841 to 1901. Maps and old photographs are also available. There is excellent navigation via a site map, drop-down menus and a search engine for the site. This is a fantastic resource for family historians and anyone interested in local history. It demonstrates how information can be presented through a bi-lingual medium, online.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the "Prosopography of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, 1517-1603" 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 tab delimited text. 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 project was to make accessible for historical analysis the paper-based biographical files, compiled under the direction of Dr James McConica, on members of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, from 1517 to 1603. These paper-based files are now in Corpus Christi College Archives. It was not intended to eliminate the need to consult the paper-based files but rather to facilitate access to the different categories of material contained in them. The dataset consists of a series of indexes to paper-based biographical files on members of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, from 1517 to 1603. The indexes are arranged by various categories of biographical information.
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 website "Resources in the History of Idiocy" is published by an academic at the University of Dundee and provides a number of resources for those interested in the history of learning disabilities and mental health. On the site users will find two lengthy bibliographies of secondary and primary sources, as well as a handful of online articles and a selection of transcribed historical texts spanning 1797 to 1882. Also on the site is a selection of links to relevant websites and to other historical documents. The contents are mainly concerned with American and British history, although some European material is also included. The site seems to be archived now since it was last updated in 2004.
The site "Rossbret Institutions website" describes the history of prisons and workhouses in the British Isles. The Poor Law, Voluntary and Subscription Hospitals are also included in this study. Indeed the range of institutions that are accessible from the left navigation frame of this site include: Asylums; Almshouses; Prisons; Dispensaries; Hospitals; Reformatories; Orphanages; Workhouses; Poor Law; Industrial Schools; and Special Schools. Within each cataegory are provided directories and gazeteers of the institution type, along with extracts and data from primary sources, and links to other websites which contain further contemporary materials and historical background. Related resources in the fields of genealogy and family history, local and building history and architecture, as well as related mailing-lists are also described here. Excerpts from "The Builder" dealing with hospital architecture in the nineteenth century are published on the site.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range, and availability of the dataset 'Social Origins, University Experiences and Career Destinations of Oxford University Members, 1900-1979', 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). From this Web page you may download PDF and HTML files giving introductory information about the study. The data itself is available to order from the HDS as a set of tab delimited text files, though to make use of this material you must first register with the HDS (further information and instructions are supplied). The purpose of this study was to collect and analyse data on the social origins, university experiences, and career destinations of a 9 per cent stratified sample of Oxford University's 20th-century members. Other aims included the development of computer methods used for large-scale collective biography; the elaboration of taxonomic schemes used for social mobility studies of 20th-century British middle-class groups; and the provision of social mobility data for 20th-century British women hitherto absent from other social mobility studies.
The website "Staffordshire Past-Track" is an online collection of local history material. It is published by Staffordshire County Council in partnership with several local museums, archives and private collectors, and has received funding from the New Opportunities Fund. Available on the site are a range of primary sources, including documents, photographs, oral histories, objects and video footage. These can be searched by keyword, period, date range and resource type, and there is also the Map Explorer feature that also enables users to search for content geographically. In addition to this, the photographic material can be browsed in the Theme Explorer section, which covers a range of topics and themes including agriculture, industry, archaeology, religion, business, organisations, transport, war, health and welfare, childhood, family life, domestic servants, and education. The final section of the site is called Featured Content, and this houses a number of virtual exhibitions that explore particular events and themes in Staffordshire. Among past features were Staffordshire churches, celebrations in the county, monuments, the suspected poisoner William Palmer, coalmining, and midwifery; at the time of review the feature theme was "Crime and Punishment in the Archives", an excellent subsite with and audiovisual tour of the Staffordshire malefactors through time.
The Statistical Accounts of Scotland website, hosted by EDINA, is a fully searchable and browsable facsimile of all 36 bound volumes of the Old Statistical Account (1791-1799) and the New Statistical Account (1845) which were compiled as an early census from information supplied largely by parish church ministers. These accounts provide information on subjects such as wealth and poverty, climate, agriculture, population, and schools. Information on the accounts is available from the site. It is possible to browse the accounts by table of contents, by general index, and by county or parish level. It is necessary to specify which account is to be browsed in each case. Searches can be carried out on the general index, counties, parishes or page text. Online help on searching and browsing the accounts is available. The website also provides information on the project. This is a valuable resource for anyone looking for material on late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Scotland. EDINA projects receive funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). This resource is also described by the JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities. Full access is granted with institutional subscription and an additional username and password, or with a UK Federation account, and non-subscribers can browse selected scanned pages.
The Textbook Colloquium was founded in 1988 to promote the study of textbooks, especially from a historical perspective, and is affiliated with the Institute of English Studies, University of London. The Colloquium website makes available working papers and the full-text of articles from its peer reviewed journal, Paradigm. Sample topics of articles published include: British book trade history; promotion of literacy for the poor; nineteenth century science textbooks; and religious education. Information is also available on joining the colloquium and forthcoming events. There is a selected list of links to other historical textbook resources online.
The site "Local history" is published by The National Archives as part of the national archive's Pathways to the Past project, designed for adult learners. The site acts as a guide to the local history resources available in the The National Archives, and it offers illustrated 'galleries' on five topics relevant to local historians. It is not designed to be an exhaustive introduction, and focuses on resources dating from the eighteenth century onwards. Land and People discusses sources like parish acreage returns, tithe records and maps, parish summaries, and farm surveys. Local Government and Services looks at the records pertaining to manors, poor law unions, public health, and schools. Popular Protest section explores the resources available on the Luddites, the Chartists, the Swing Riots and the General Strike. In addition to this the two remaining galleries, The Law and Working Lives cover records from prisons, assizes courts, and the metropolitan police, and staff records, census information, trade unions, and wages and payments. The guide is well illustrated with facsimile images of primary source material, and helpful explanations of the records held at The National Archives.
The website 'Struggle for Mastery: Britain 1066-1284' is a PDF document providing an extensive bibliography of secondary sources for British history between 1066 and 1284. It was compiled by the respected medieval historian, Professor David Carpenter, from sources used in his 'Struggle for Mastery: Britain 1066-1284', (Penguin, 2003) and suggestions for further reading. Too long to include in the book, this full bibliography was therefore put online by Kings College London. It is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the period. Divided into sections, the bibliography deals chronologically and thematically with the political, social and economic history of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Carpenter's comments on many of the sources provide an introduction to the historiography of the period, illustrating the different points of view held by historians and other experts. His interesting and informative reviews encourage the reader to investigate new sources and subject areas. It concentrates on sources published to 2000, although there are some down to 2003. Despite its length, Carpenter does not claim it is exhaustive. Although this is an essay, its headings and layout - especially the use of underlining - could be improved for online readers.
This website details the history of the Royal Navy training ships for boys, the first of which were the H.M.S. Implacable at Plymouth (established in 1855) and H.M.S. Illustrious at Portsmouth. The site includes many of the author's own reminiscences of life on the ships in the 1960s, in particular the disciplinary regime and use of corporal punishment. The site provides locations of naval and other training ships with dates of operation, along with historical information about some of these ships and nautical schools. An image gallery contains various old photographs of the training ships and their crews. There is also a page of links, and a couple of message boards that are well used, mostly by people exchanging memories of their experiences on board. The site is not the most prepossessing in terms of design and presentation, but it contains a reasonable amount of information and is likely to be of value to the researcher as well as to nostalgic cadets.
The website of the Tyne and Wear Archives Service provides free access to information about this archive which holds documents relating to Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland, Gateshead, South Tyneside and North Tyneside from the twelfth to the twenty first centuries. It is a simple and easy to use website, with access to the online catalogue of the Archives Service. The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council has designated this an Outstanding Collection for its ship building and maritime trade collection. Information for visitors, news, contact details and a good selection of user guides are provided. There is a link to the Archives North East online research query service. There are also links to very good mini sites produced by the Tyne and Wear Archive Service, notably the Mauretania website funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and a site for school students, dedicated to Captain David Peacock, a zoologist who tackled the lice problem in the First World War.
This website describes the University of Glasgow's archive holdings. These comprise two collections: the University's own archives (dating to its foundation in 1451) and the Scottish Business Archive contains the University's archives relating to the history of commerce and manufacture in Scotland. These inlcude the shipping and shipbuilding industries, food and drink production, mining, transport, law, banking and publishing. Each collection is described in PDF format together with access arrangements.
This web page lists the special collections held by the University of Huddersfield library. Each collection is described, and linked documents contain a wide variety of other information, varying from simple lists of items held in the collection, to searchable databases of the material. Key collections include: the extensive social and economic history library of statistician G.H. Wood; historical books on diet and nutrition donated by nutritionist John Yudkin; collections of Yorkshire parish histories, records, maps and theses; the Wesley Historical Society (Yorkshire Branch)’s nationally important collection of 12,000 printed items and manuscripts relating to the region’s Methodist history; a collection of twentieth century socialist and labour history. Other collections are mainly in the areas of architecture, social, health and education history, and radical and left-wing literature.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the 'Value of a University Education As Perceived by Students and Their Families Before the War' 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 in either a Microsoft Excel 97 or tab delimited ASCII text formats. 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 study aimed to explore the ways in which male students calculated the costs and benefits of higher education in England in the 1930s, before the establishment of mandatory grants and awards; together with an analysis of the strategies used for meeting the costs of this investment. It was designed to complement the researcher's earlier study of women graduates of the same period, which was carried out in 1995 with support from the Spencer Foundation in Chicago. A total of 1085 four page questionnaires were distributed to men who had graduated from eight English universities and university colleges before 1939. Respondents were asked to give information about their social background and the ways in which they had met the expense of their years at college. They were also asked about their subsequent careers. A total of 577 completed questionnaires were obtained. This database contains only that material, extracted from the completed questionnaires, which could be effectively anonymised. Entries give information about family of origin and family of destination. They give some indication of reasons for going to university. The bulk of the information relates to family support and type of funding. Main variables: institution, father's occupation, mother's occupation, family of origin size, reasons for going to university, arts or sciences, subject, degree result, extent of family funding, state scholarship, local authority scholarship, board of education grant, school scholarship, university/college scholarship, loans taken out, other sources of support, teaching qualification, place of residence, vacation work, first occupation, other occupations, marital status, number of children, wife's occupation before marriage, wife's employment status after marriage, notes.The original questionnaires remain in the possession of the depositor and access is embargoed.
Essex Past is the website for the section of the Victoria County History that relates to Essex, providing information about the ten major volumes already published and draft texts for a forthcoming volume. Work on the county of Essex, as on most English counties of this standard reference work, has been sporadic since its beginning in the reign of Queen Victoria and providing texts online is a useful means for researchers to access new information whilst waiting for the hard copy volumes to be published. The involvement of the University of Essex, Essex County Council and the Institute of Historical Research in this essential resource underlines its importance. Information about the volumes and parishes completed to date is provided, with details of how the research is carried out and of collaborative projects. The draft texts for volume XII, covering the north east Essex coast, concentrate on Frinton, Walton on the Naze, Kirby le Soken and Thorpe le Soken. The website has not been updated recently and there is an online appeal for funding.
The website "Victorian Times" reveals a project is funded by the New Opportunities Fund, and is published in partnership with the Centre for Digital Library Research, University of Strathclyde, The Library of the London School of Economics and The Stationery Office. Victorian Times aims to provide a learning resource on nineteenth century Britain that can be accessed by students of all levels, from school children, to life-long learners and researchers. A drop-down menu allows the reader to select his/her educational level. The project is concerned with the social, political and economic aspects of Victorian history, focusing particularly on health care, education, housing, transport, industry, and labour and trade unions, and provides access to digitised primary sources, namely parliamentary papers, pamphlets, and photographs. The material on the site can be searched or browsed, and there are also timelines planned for each topic, and a selection of biographies of prominent Victorians.
The website of the 'Powys: a day in the life' is a digital history project, based at the Powys County Council Modern Records Centre, in Mid-Wales. This attractively designed resource focuses on Monday 6th April 1891 (the day of the national census), and seeks to compare life then in the former counties of Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire, and Breconshire, with life in Powys on 24th September 2002 (when the project encouraged the people of Powys to contribute to an online diary for that one day on this website). The website offers a snap-shot (in Welsh or English) across the community in the late nineteenth century: school lessons; crimes being tried for in the courts; health care; the great houses; the world of work; clothing; food; and entertainment. Timelines for 1891 and 2002 provide context. The project is led by Powys Library and Archives department, with partners from all that county's museums (Brecknock, Powysland and Radnorshire), and the major local history societies of Powys.
The website "Women and Books : From the Sixteenth Century to the Suffragettes" has been adapted from an exhibition of the same title at the University of Glasgow. It features sections on: books written, translated, and compiled by women; books for, and about women; books owned, illustrated, or published by women; and books on women's education. This exhibition and website reminds us that women, although rarely prominent in the earlier period of publishing as authors, still had a role to play as: dedicatees; patrons; collectors; or readers of books. The books that were on display are accompanied by a paragraph of commentary and full bibliographical detail, with some excellent images of folios. There is also an interesting section on suffragette literature. This virtual exhibition would be of interest to those studying the history of the book, or involved in gender studies.
"The Workhouse" is an outstanding online survey of the history, culture, and background to the Poor Laws of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland intended to provide relief locally to the poor and the destitute. The site provides details on life in workhouses, literature inspired by workhouses (some of which is available in full-text from the site) and education of the poor. This is the creation of an enthusiastic family historian and is the result of his personal research and visits to hundreds of former workhouse sites - the contributions of numerous people are also acknowledged. "The Workhouse" points to research resources and archival holdings to explore further the nineteenth-century workhouse for academic and family history research. It is a very comprehensive site with excellent original text and images that is extremely easy to navigate and use as a reference source for research or as an educational resource for students of all levels. It would even be an introduction to this class of records for students of archives and museum administration, and local history librarianship.On this site you can find the full-text and much background information about the poor laws, especially the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834, and the Settlement Act 1662, (repealed 1948). The history of poor law unions that administered the relief of the poor and in particular the workhouses is presented here: England before 1834; England and Wales from 1834; Ireland from 1838 (including the Irish famine); and Scotland from 1845. There are Poor Law Union lists and clickable maps. There are details of the administration and staff of the poor law and the workhouse, including workhouse life (such as entering the workhouse). The workhouse's relief of poverty is alive (even notorious) still in the memories of some people in the British Isles, and this site takes advantage of oral history, (for example the recollections of a clerk of the Abingdon workhouse, that provides a fascinating glimpse of this workhouse). There are many further resources on this site including sections on: a workhouse tour; education for the poor; references in literature (ballads, poetry, novels - including Charles Dickens's "Oliver Twist", plays, journalism, documentary, periodicals, biography); timeline; bibliography; glossary; as well as family history links and resources. Links relating to particular poor law unions and workhouses may be found on individual pages, and a separate page gives links to calendars of record offices' and archives' collections and records. The site makes use of frames but this does make navigation straightforward.
This website lists the special collections held at York St John University Fountains Learning Centre. Although the webpage includes links to library resources of specific interest only to members of the institution, there are two collections of wider interest: the University’s own archives, with material relevant to the history of education in Northern England dating back to 1812; and the Rees-Williams Collection of Victorian children's books. Both collections have detailed descriptions of material contained within them, along with access arrangements.