This is an online narrative overview of Athens' history, from neolithic to contemporary times. The text is divided into chapters which give an easily-accessible chronological survey of the city from around 5000 BC to the late twentieth century. Key periods covered include: Mycenaean Athens (1500-1200 BC); archaic Athens (750-478 BC); classical Athens (478-339 BC); Hellenistic Athens (339-168 BC); Roman Athens from republic to empire (168 BC-AD 303); Byzantine Athens (AD 303-1205); Crusader Athens (AD 1205-1456); Ottoman Athens (AD 1456-1821); the Greek War of Independence (AD 1821-1833); Bavarian rule (1833-1862); and twentieth-century Athens. Timelines are also given for ancient, medieval and modern Athens, and the site also features a bibliography of secondary material (without annotation).
The website of the Abney Park Trust provides information about this burial ground in North-East London, founded in 1840 as a Non-Conformist burial ground when nearby Bunhill Fields became full. The site offers a history of this large Victorian cemetery, with details of selected monuments and a list of notable people buried there. There is also a virtual tour, which provides images of parts of the cemetery, and details for visitors and the educational services offered by the Trust. In addition to this there is a selection of links to other British cemetery groups, and a link to the Abney Park Cemetery Indexing Project, which is working to index all the names and graves in the graveyard and is of particular use to genealogists and urban historians. The site could benefit from more photographs to illustrate the texts.
This is the informative and well-illustrated site of the historian, Paul Remfry (a contributing editor to the Castles of Wales website). He is the author of publications focussing on castles found along the Marches, (the borderland between England and Wales), and the conflicts that arose between Marcher Lords and native Welsh rulers. The author's writing is enthused with detail and asides that provide a real flavour of life in the castles of Wales and the borders of England in the medieval period. The style of writing is very like storytelling, (indeed there is a preview of a novel still in progress), and includes reference not only to major players (such as Henry III and Edward I and their lords, also Owain Glyndwr and the Llywelyns of Gwynedd) but to the constables of the castles, their families, and their men-at-arms.The site features up-to-date information about Remfry's published works, as well as planned works: bibliographical information; brief descriptions; reviews; photographs; and other illustrations. It is possible to purchase these publications direct. Books listed include "The Battles of Wales, 1055 to 1295". The battles are listed here, (location, year, date, also the magnitude ranging from skirmish to campaign), and there are hyperlinks to the relevant publications elsewhere on the site. These include booklets on the castles in: Wales - Glamorgan, Gwent, Gwynedd, Powys (including separate volumes for Breconshire, Montgomery, and Radnorshire); and England - Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, and Shropshire. Mr Remfry is a member of the Marches Guide Association, that offers tours, lectures, and trips to the castles located in the Marches, and details of these activities are included here. There are links to further castle resources on the Web, including a direct link to all of Remfry's contributions (the numerous essays and photographs) to the Castles of Wales website.
The Web Site "Archiwum Państwowe w Olsztynie (State archive in Olsztyń)" provides the usual information about the location, collections, accessibility, and organisation of the regional branch of the Polish State Archives. The site features a brief history of the archive, which was formally founded in 1948. Unfortunately there is not much information on this site on the holdings, but there is a link to the databases IZA and SEZAM on the national archives' (AGAD) site. The holdings include administrative, regional, local, ecclesiastical, municipal, and fiscal records. Specialists from the Olsztyń archives have completed the project of digitisating the ledgers and inventory books of the former Prussia Museum in Kaliningrad (Königsberg).The site is of interest to those who are studying German or Polish history.
The site "Archiwum Państwowe w Piotrkowie Trybunalskim (State archive in Piotrków Trybunalski)" introduces the activitity of this regional branch of the Polish State Archives. The language of the site is Polish. The archive has its roots in the fourteenth century, and has an extensive collection of administrative records of the early modern period, since it was the seat of the Crown Tribunal (Trybunał Koronny). The archive also has a department in Tomaszów Mazowiecki. The archives have changed hands many times, as most Polish archival collections, and also suffered loss and damage throughout their history. The collections include: administrative; military; police; ecclesiastical; and muncipal records. The holdings of this archive can be searched via SEZAM, the central database of archival holdings. The funds of the archives are particularly strong in nineteenth and twentieth cenury records. The site features several online exhibitions such as celebrations of the centennial press of Tomaszow; the 25th anniversary of the Solidarność; or the anniversay of 350 years of the university in Vilnius founded by Stephen Báthory. The subsite dedicated to the events and publications is rich and up to date.
The Web Site of the Archiwum Państwowe w Siedlcach (State archive in Siedlce) is in Polish with good English and French versions. It features information on the opening hours, collections, and location of the archive. The chronological range of the holdings spans 1651-1997. There is an online description of the collections, which consist of: administrative; judicial; police; fiscal; property; and institutional records. The strength of the collection really lies in the nineteenth century range. The birth, death, and marriage records are also useful for the genealogist or historian. Charters of the city are preserved, as well as records pertaining to eminent Polish families such as the Kuczyńskis, Czartoryskis, and Wierzejskis. Publications of the archives are well presented and the possibility of online purchase is offered to the interested. A good but basic site of use to those carrying out research on Siedlce and its environs.
The Web Site "Archiwum państwowe w Suwałkach (The state archive of Suwałki)" provides information in Polish on this branch of the Polish State Archives. The archives have a long tradition in this area, but were formally founded in 1921. During the twentieth century, its records were taken by the Russians and the Germans and at the end of the Second World War were to be found scattered in Belarus, Moscow, Lithuania, and St Petersburg. The archives also have a department in Ełk and contact details are also provided for this archive. The holdings date from the seventeenth century, which mainly consist of Radziwiłł and ecclesiastical privileges. The nineteenth century is far better represented. A selection of important documents (registers, privileges) is offered digitised on the site. The holdings of thie archives can be consulted on the national databases SEZAM, IZA and PRADZIAD. A good archive for those interested in the history of Poland's new eastern borderlands (Kresy) and their varied populations.
The Web Site of the "Archiwum państwowe w Bydgoszczy (State archive in Bydgoszcz)" is in Polish, with brief versions in English and German. The site provides the usual information about the archive's opening hours, location, and collections. The archive also has a branch in Inowrocław. The site features a listing of the main holdings which include: state and local government; judicial institutions; the military and the police; religious organisations; municipal and village records; and maps and plans. The municipal records date from the fourteenth century. The collections of the archives can be searched through the main database hosted on the web site of the central State Archives in Poland. This site provides a good resource for the researcher who is working on German (Bromberg) or Polish history.
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 Krakowie (State archive in Cracow)" is in Polish and English and provides information on the archive's opening hours, locations, and collections. The archive is divided into separate sections, located in various departments and the earliest documentation comes from the thirteenth century.The archive holds much of the early state documentation for Poland, from the period when Cracow was the Polish capital. There are details of the archive's conservation, educational, publishing, and training activities. Of use to researchers are the forms which can be downloaded for requests to the archives for reproduction and borrowing services. The online exhibitions on the archive's holdings, stamps, iconography, cartography and temporary exhibitions enrich this site. The holdings of all branches of the Krakow state archive can be search throught the SEZAM database, however the keywords and strings are available only in Polish.
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 of the "Archiwum państwowe w Płocku (State archive of Płock)" is in Polish, with good English and Russian versions. The archive also has departments in Kutno and Łeczyca. The archive is one of the oldest in Poland, established as the Płock Castle Archive, and its interesting history is told in the site. The holdings focus mainly on the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries and are particularly strong for the period of the PRL or the Polish People's Republic. The usual information on opening hours, location and accesibility are provided, as well as an online enquiry form. This is a site of interest to those carrying out research on Płock, Mazovia or Poland in general.
The Web Site "Archiwum państwowe w Przemyślu (State archive in Przemyśl)" provides information about this branch of the Polish State Archive. The site has good versions in English, German and Ukrainian. There are the usual details on accessibility, collections, opening hours and reprographic services. The collection contains holdings dating from 1291. One of the most interesting and extensive collections is that of documentation from the Greek-Catholic Bishopric between the end of the thirteenth century and 1946. There are also rich collections on eminent aristocratic Polish families such as the Czartoryskis, Lubomirskis, Potockis, and Tarnowskis. There are also records of the Jewish community. Comprehensive listings are available online of the ecclesiastical, municipal, judicial, and legal records throught the SEZAM, ELA and PRADZIAD centralised databases. The site also features the tables of contents of the "Historical-Archival Yearly". This is an informative site for those carrying out research on Przemyśl and its environs.
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.
The Web Site "Archiwum państwowe w Rzeszowie (The State Archive in Rzeszów)" is in Polish It provides the usual information on opening hours, holdings, accessibility, and the location of the archives. It has a particularly strong collection of records on the Jewish community, which is assigned to a dedicated department (The Jewish History Research Centre) within the archive. The Rzeszów holdings date from 1406 and consist of administrative, fiscal, agricultural, judicial, industrial, political, union, and military records. It has a good collection of family records of the Lubomirskis, Jaworskis, Potockis, and Mycielskis. A good site of use to those carrying out genealogical or historical research in this area of Poland.
The Web Site "Archiwum Państwowe w Zamościu (State archive in Zamość)" provides information on this department of the Polish State Archives. The site is in Polish, with a brief English description of the history of the archive and main collections. The Russian version was empty at the time of the review. The holdings and collections of the archive focus mainly on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with older records held at the Lublin State Archives. Information on the opening hours, accessibility, and location of the archive is to be found on the site, as well as a history of the archives, its organisation, and its publications. The collections contain mainly judicial, administrative, regional, fiscal, and industrial records. The site is of use to those carrying out research into this area of eastern Poland.
The Web Site "Arhiv republike Slovenije (The archives of the republic of Slovenia)" provides information on the Slovene national archives, based in Ljubljana. The site is in Slovene, and English. The usual information about opening hours, accessibility, location, and collections are to be found on the site, as well as a brief history of the archive. Some of the holdings date from the ninth century, and consist of municipal, manorial, personal, ecclesiastical and judicial records. Collections can be searched on the online database. There is also a link to the section containing film archives. A travelling exhibition on "Slovene Towns Through History" is also posted on the site in PDF files. This is an excellent site for those carrying out research on Slovenia.
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 is the website of an international cooperation project initiated by the National Archives of Netherlands with the aim of collecting a guide to all archival material relevant to the history of the Baltic Sea, the trade in the Baltic and relations between the countries around this sea. The result is a comprehensive database with over 900 descriptions of archival items from 10 countries, which can be searched free of charge on the site. The topics covered by the database include: shipping and maritime sectors; merchants and merchant houses; transaction costs; trade regulations and diplomacy; and spin-off effects. The "exhibition" contains the most interesting documents posted online from the archive of each participant country. A thorough history of the Baltic Sea trade between 1450 and 1800 by Hanno Brand from Groningen University is a useful overview of the topic. The "other research" section introduces scholars with interests in relevant subjects and invites further submissions of papers. This is an excellent site, beautifully designed and easy to navigate.
The BBC History Web page "London's Burning: the Great Fire" is an exploration of the events leading up to and resulting from the great fire of 1666. Ignited at Pudding Lane at the bakery of Thomas Faynor (coincidentally, baker to Charles II), the fire destroyed 373 acres of the city, and left one hundred thousand people homeless. This well-researched essay, written by professional journalist Bruce Robinson, outlines the political background leading up to the fire, introducing the Popish plot believed by many Protestants to have been the cause behind the burning of London. The essay discusses topics such as the xenophobic reaction to Catholics and foreigners, as well as post-Restoration concerns.
This is the website of the North of England's largest local history museum, at Beamish, County Durham. In particular the museum recreates how the people of the North of England lived and worked in the nineteenth and twentieth century. The excellent information for the general visitor and the educator describes, with images, the attraction of this open-air experience of living history. The museum concentrates specifically on two periods: 1825, when the region was rural and thinly populated. The industrial revolution, especially the coming of the railways, accelerated change (the reconstructed buildings and attractions include a wagonway, railway and manor); and 1913, by which time the region's heavy industries were at their peak, (that includes a colliery, a railway station, the town, a tramway, as well as a farm and other exhibitions).
Taken from the New York Public Library's Photography Collection, the 'Changing New York' website is an online exhibition of fifty-seven enlargeable photographs by Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) documenting the city's rapidly changing built environment between 1935 and 1938. The website includes brief biographical information on Berenice Abbott and background notes to the exhibition.
Berlin 2000: A Case Study in Urban History is an academic site published by Professor Gerhard Rempel of Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts. The site is the platform for a course taught by Rempel on the history and culture of Berlin, from the founding of the city to the present. The site contains a syllabus and complete set of lecture notes which will help students and instructors. There is information on examinations and assignments, including innovative instructions for students on how to incorporate graphics into their essays using other courseware on the Web. There are also an undergraduate bibliography; some scanned 20th century maps; a short links list; and a subpage with multimedia suggestions, including short film clips and photographs arranged in virtual tours taken in the 1980s and 1990s. While the course traces the history of Berlin to its beginnings, the emphasis here is inevitably on the mid-to-late twentieth century. The origins of that period are less well-represented, but the site and course nonetheless are highly valuable in providing instruction to a new generation of students on the realities of the Cold War and its influence on current events.
This site, created by Heiko Burkhardt, provides a basic history of the Berlin Wall. The site has a time-line and a history of the Berlin Wall from its erection to the tenth anniversary of its fall. The site also includes photographs, information about art work on the Wall (past and present) and a selection of memories of the Wall. Other features of the site include: a list of FAQs; a list of links to other websites; maps; and facts about the wall. The site also has information on the current state of the Wall. It is possible to search the site and the majority of the material is available in English.
This is a direct link to a PDF file titled 'Birmingham Bibliography: an annotated bibliography focusing on Birmingham's built environment, particularly since the late-nineteenth century'. At June 2008, the 12,000-word bibliography has been through many revisions and editors, and is now current to January 2008. This current edition is freely provided online by the Strategic Development Research Unit at Birmingham City University in the UK. The bibliography was first published in print form as a chapter in the book 'Carl Chinn's Birmingham: bibliography of a city' (University of Birmingham Press, 2003), but has since been updated and expanded. This will be a useful and comprehensive starting point for those aiming to study aspects of the architecture and urban history of Britain's second-city - one of the main cities that drove the Industrial Revolution.
This website, for Black History Month (BHM) celebrates the celebration of black history in the United Kingdom. Black History Month has been celebrated in the UK for the past thirty years and this website aims to promote the main goals and objectives of Black History Month. The website features interviews and articles from Gordon Brown (the British Prime Minister); Dianne Abbot (a Labour Member of Parliament); Archbishop Desmond Tutut (of the Church of England); and Formula 1 racing star Lewis Hamilton. Of perhaps greater significance, however, are the articles detailing the major issues in black history throughout the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. There are, moreover, links to debate on current issues, details about the 'freedom song', black issues in the armed forces, police and government, issues of adoption rights and many more. This is a highly engaging, interesting and current website with a great wealth of material and resources available.
Part of the Perseus Digital Library, the website featuring the "Bolles Collection on the History of London" is an excellent online resource for historians of London, cartographers and those researching the literature of London. It features works by Henry Mayhew, Walter Thornbury, Thomas Milbank, and Charles Dickens. Edwin C. Bolles' collection on the History of London spans the founding of the city to the nineteenth century. There are over 8,000 images, and 35 texts, as well as informative maps of the English and British capital. This site, a hyperlinked digital library, is an excellent resource for those with an interest in the history of London, or for researchers. The site is shut down daily for over an hour for additions and maintenance work and at the time of cataloguing was experiencing problems. It is a tremendous resource that links to other sections of the Perseus Digital Library. The Bolles Collection is only available on the old version of the Perseus Digital Library and the section on the London Maps did not open at the time of review
Through the website for the Borough Market Privileges - the hinterland of Medieval London c.1400 project, 2,300 records relating to markets and trading rights around the capital can be accessed for free. Including information about tolls, licences, debts and goods, it is of use to those studying the economic life of London, southern England and beyond in the late Medieval period. Taken from printed primary sources, mainly the Calendars of Close and Patent Rolls and borough records, the evidence is presented chronologically in a simple table with basic search facilities. The records focus on the period 1370 to 1425, but some relate to the wider period 1200 to 1500. The project was headed by Professor Derek Keene at the Centre for Metropolitan History in 1996-97 and was funded by the Aurelius Trust. The data is published here for the first time. Only relevant information has been included, for example, if a charter also granted other concessions, these are not listed.
The Brickfields website is published by The Building Exploratory with funding from the New Opportunities Fund. This educational site, designed for life-long learners, explores the history of the London borough of Hackney from Roman times to the present day. Six historical periods are covered, Roman, Medieval, Tudor, Georgian, Victorian and the twentieth century, and in each section the landscape, homes, employment, transport are looked at, as well as interesting relics from that era. In addition to this there are two galleries designed for family learning on Victorian Hackney and Homes Through Time. Both of these sites have worksheets that can be downloaded in a PDF format, and an interactive game. The site is still being developed, and offers a large amount of information relevant to students of urban and social history.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the "British East India Company: Salaries Paid to 'Clerks', 1760-1850" 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 resource lists by name, occupation, year, department, and years of experience of clerks employed in the British East India Company between 1760 and 1850. It provides an indication of middle class incomes received by a significant group of men in the middle and upper sections of London's middle class during the classic years of the British industrial revolution.
This Web page describes an AHRC-funded research project recording and analysing large-scale pre-Ordnance Survey maps of British urban settlements. The project is working to locate, catalogue and describe all extant town maps and analyse the resulting database to write the first book length narrative history of town mapping.
The "Brixton history" website is published as part of the wider website Urban75.com, an online magazine largely covering life in the London neighbourhood Brixton published by a local journalist. The site features a brief history of the Brixton area, and several articles on twentieth century events, including the 1981 Brixton riots, urban planning in the area during the 1970s and the erection of the Barrier Block housing estate, and squatting movements from the 1980s onwards. Also featured are a number of primary source images, a selection of digitised nineteenth and early twentieth century adverts, handbills, and playbills for businesses and theatres in Brixton, and a wide selection of historic photographs of Brixton compared with modern day ones.
The Cardiff: The Building of a Capital website is published by the Glamorgan Record Office, and holds a database of some 40,000 building regulation plans for the city of Cardiff. The plans are for both private and public buildings, with details of schools, cinemas, sports stadia, hotels, public houses, coffee bars, air raid shelters, shops, workhouses, hospitals, officers, factories, churches, mosques, synagogues, and houses, spanning a period from 1857 to the 1960s. The plans can be searched by description, road, architect, developer, date, building type, or plan reference number. In addition to this there is a short history of Cardiff's growth during the 19th and 20th centuries, illustrated with primary source material from the building regulation plans archive. This section covers looking at who moved to Cardiff, why they did, where they lived, and how worship, education and leisure were catered for. There are interesting subpages here on restoration and preservation of historical documents. A schools section provides historical images of schools and learning materials for students and teachers.
This Website is created by the UK government to provide information to the public on recent and past censuses in the country. The upcoming 2011 census has subpages here, with the latest news and frequently asked questions. A subpage advises genealogists on the legislation governing the use of censuses for their research. And academic researchers will note several guides to the 2001 census under the get data menu subheading found on the main homepage. There are search engines and online reports referring to local government, parliamentary constituencies, parishes, postal districts, and urban and rural regions. Also of interest here are results correlated to migration within, into and out of the UK, with origin and destination matrices. Additional services outlined here are provided by Office of National Statistics to conduct specific census searches on behalf of individuals making enquiries. Other useful information here includes a glossary; an explanation on data comparability over time; and census geography from 1801 to 2001.
Historians and other scholars should check the information here about the censuses from 1801 to 1991. Prior to the 1960s, census information is available in the form of printed reports. However, a subsite, A Vision of Britain Through Time, concentrates on the historical censuses from 1801 onward and provides special search engines and a historical mapping function, as well as reports, abstracts and summaries of findings. Of interest to cultural and social historians is the Vision subsite entitled Travelers' Tales, which provides full text historical travelers' accounts of England from the 12th to 19th centuries. A news section here describes the most recent finding aids which have been added to the Vision site.
The Centre for Metropolitan History (CMH) was established in 1988 and promotes the study and appreciation of London’s character and development. The Centre aims to act as a forum for the exchange of ideas on metropolitan history through its seminars, conferences and meetings. It also aims to undertake and promote research into all aspects of London from its beginnings to the present day. Work on providing access to bibliographic data and information on research in progress is also being undertaken. This website provides details of the work of the Centre and its aims. The type of information available includes an online newsletter, copies of annual reports, publication details and outlines of research projects being undertaken. Details of seminars and conferences held by CMH are also provided. The site also gives access to online data. There is for example an online Gazetteer of Markets and Fairs in England and Wales to 1516. The site makes use of frames.
The website of the Centre for Urban History at the University of Leicester offers a range of online resources, as well as providing information about the study of urban history. The site is divided into three main categories, Study, Resources,and News. Study provides details of the various postgraduate courses taught at the Centre for Urban History, which include taught MAs in Urban History, European Urbanisation and Social History, as well as research Mphils and PhDs, and a range of short postgraduate diploma and certificate courses. The Resources section provides general information about a range of databases and research materials available at the Centre or online. These include online catalogues for the Centre's library, the East Midlands Oral History Archive, the Dyos collection, and the Small Towns Project. In addition, the Research section lists staff and postgraduate research interests, relevant publications, seminar programmes, and general information about the Centre such as opening hours and the location of resources. Also included on the site is information about how to join the Centre for Urban History, and news of seminars and conferences. The Newsletter of CUH. "Urban History News", is published monthly and available on the site for 6 months; older copies can be requested from the CUH.
This is the home page of the International Study Centre for the History of Cities (Centro Internazionale di Studi per la Storia della Cittŕ). The site gathers information on events and research on Italian urban history, with a particular focus on the Middle Ages. It will be of great value to scholars interested in the history of town planning and medieval archaeology. This is an extensive site divided into various sections each resembling a different sector of activities. In particular, the section "Methods and Research" may be useful for historical research on the material configuration of Italian cities. It provides indicators for the reconstruction of the design processes in relation to their historical perspectives. The site provides updated information on: proposals for the preservation of Italian landscapes and historical areas; courses in the history of town planning in Italian universities; research methods; bibliographies; new publications and conferences; and archival sources. The site also provides an online version of its newsletter. Only a few sections of the site are in English at the time of review.
The website "Charles Booth Online Archive" is a fascinating resource providing details of the life and works of the Victorian businessman and social campaigner, Charles Booth (1840-1916). The site focuses on Booth's survey into life and labour in London, conducted between 1886 and 1903, one of the most comprehensive and important contemporary accounts of London society and poverty. The website contains a detailed online catalogue of materials relating to Booth's survey, all taken from the Booth Collection at the London School of Economics. Many of the materials, including 31 of the original notebooks, have been digitised, the images being available from the site. The site also includes 12 interactive digitised poverty maps of London, with colour coding to indicate income levels on a street-by-street basis. These maps are searchable by place name and postcode, and the images are displayed parallel to modern maps and to relevant passages in the catalogue descriptions and the digitised notebooks. The site also offers a catalogue of the Booth family papers and digitised images of seven editions of the Booth family magazine. The site includes a biography, list of links, and a search engine for the catalogue. The Charles Booth Online Archive received funding from the Research Support Libraries Programme (RSLP). The site is now archived.
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.
The website CHCC: British history and the census consists of online teaching material that has been developed to support the use of the Historical Censuses Collection by the University of Glasgow in learning and teaching. This is freely available for use by UK higher and further education. This teaching resource improves access to the data amassed by CHCC (Collection of Historical and Contemporary Census Data) project by offering potential applications for census data. For example: understanding the nineteenth-century census; migration in ninetennth-century Britain; using the census for local history; household and family structure; work and employment; social status; urbanisation; and skills. The units show how to use widely available software like Microsoft Access and Excel with these worksheets. The CHCC project receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
The website "Chester : A Virtual Stroll Around the Walls" is an excellent and relatively informative site which provides photographs of Chester's famed historic city walls. Dating partially from the Roman era, the walls were added to through the ages and form a complete circuit around the centre of Chester, a must on any tourist's itinerary. Chester was one of the few original Roman camps, and was known as Deva. The site provides varied information on Chester from Roman times, the history of the city, its architecture and topography. There is information here of interest to both the casual tourist and inhabitant of Chester alike. Facts about Chester's long history are presented in a lively and interesting way. The site provides reminiscences and updates about other buildings of historic importance in Chester, as well as a gallery of images of Chester, old Chester and of the famous Mystery Plays. The paintings of Chester by Louiss Rayner together with a biography of the artist can be seen on the site.
Christian Nold is an artist who uses mapping technologies to creatively engage urban communities. His website contains a detailed account of his work, and information about over 20 projects. These include the well-known Greenwich Emotion Map in London, now just part of Nord's larger Bio Mapping project. The website has over 100 PDF files, each containing a scan of press coverage for the various projects undertaken by Nold. The front page also has a weblog-like sidebar that details Nold's latest activities. Nold is one of the leading British practitioners in creative neogeography and walking art.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the "Colchester Primitive Methodist Property Schedules, 1859-1864" 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 resource is a transcription of a bundle of property schedules covering the period 1859 to 1864, representing 10 different chapels. They are concerned the original construction of the chapel, the current structural and financial situation, the population, membership, capacity and attendance, the potential for development in terms of land, rents, registration, insurance and enrolment and a balance sheet of annual income and expenditure.
COLLAGE (the City of London Library and Art Gallery Electronic) is an online image database created by the City of London and iBase Image Systems. The database currently contains approximately 20,000 images from the Guildhall Library and Guildhall Art Gallery in London. The collection is devoted primarily to London topography and London life from the 15th Century to the present day. All parts of London (not just the City) are covered, as are the adjoining counties. Each image is accompanied by a description of the picture and details of, for example, the artist, size of the picture, date, publisher, medium, etc., as appropriate. The database can be searched or browsed by artists, places or people, or by categories such as abstract ideas, history, politics, or the natural world. A series of online exhibitions are also available, as well as sections bringing together some selected highlights of the collections.
The website "COLLAGE: virtual exhbitions" is an online image database published by the Corporation of London containing more than 20,000 images of the capital over the centuries. This section of the COLLAGE (City of London Library and Art Gallery Electronic) website features a number of online exhibitions highlighting elements from the Guildhall Art Gallery. The exhibitions include images from the sixteenth through to the twentieth century, and contain paintings, etchings and photographs. The subjects covered in the presentations are Henry Dixon's London, from 1860-1880, the building of London's railways, children in nineteenth century paintings, Victorian paintings, landscapes, Tudor London, and proposed designs for London. All the images can be enlarged for enhanced viewing, and users can also purchase copies of the pictures in a number of formats.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the 'Comparative Cities Teaching Package, 1841-1880' dataset hosted by the Economic ans Social Data Service (ESDS), based at the UK Data Archive University of Essex (formerly part of the Arts and Humanities Data Service - AHDS). This file comprises a teaching package designed to introduce students to analysis of manuscript schedules of the nineteenth century census for social, urban, family, and demographic history. To make use of this dataset you must first register with the HDS, and further information is supplied giving instructions. The files are designed for use with SPSS. They are organized to illustrate constrasts among cities at different stages of industrialization and the demographic transition in Europe and America: Pisa, Italy (1841), Amiens, France (1851), Stockport, England (1841 and 1851), and Providence, United States (1850, 1865 and 1880). The rural district around Pisa and part of Providence County are also included. Summaries imbedded in the file permit analysis at the individual, household, or nuclear unit level. The package also contains a coursebook with explanation of each variable, a dictionary with occupational titles that appear in the censuses, course syllabus, and other instructions for use. The files are being used in the separate ongoing research of the two principal investigators and should be used for instructional purposes only. This teaching package can be supplied only in the format provided to ICPSR, as two card-image data files, two files of SPSS instruction cards, and associated printed documentation.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the 'Comparative Cities Teaching Package, 1841-1880' dataset hosted by the History Data Service (HDS), based at the UK Data Archive University of Essex (formerly part of the Arts and Humanities Data Service - AHDS). This file comprises a teaching package designed to introduce students to the analysis of manuscript schedules of the nineteenth century census for social, urban, family, and demographic history. To make use of this dataset you must first register with the HDS, and further information is supplied giving instructions. The files are designed for use with SPSS. They are organized to illustrate constrasts among cities at different stages of industrialization and the demographic transition in Europe and America: Pisa, Italy (1841), Amiens, France (1851), Stockport, England (1841 and 1851), and Providence, United States (1850, 1865 and 1880). The rural district around Pisa and part of Providence County are also included. Summaries embedded in the file permit analysis at the individual, household, or nuclear unit level. The package also contains a coursebook with explanation of each variable, a dictionary with occupational titles that appear in the censuses, course syllabus, and other instructions for use. The files are being used in the separate ongoing research of the two principal investigators and should be used for instructional purposes only. This teaching package can be supplied as two card-image data files, two files of SPSS instruction cards, and associated printed documentation.
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.
The British Library website has provided this online exhibition featuring the Crace collection of maps of London. Collected by the 19th-century designer, Frederick Crace (1779-1859), these 1,200 printed and hand-drawn maps chart the development of the cities of London, Westminster, and their environs from around 1570 to 1860. Users can trace the destruction and recovery of the City in and after the Great Fire of 1666, and the expansion of the East and West Ends. The documents include: plans; board games; maps; street directories; and views and elevations. They cover all types of topographical unit, from the whole area of London and its surrounds to individual buildings. The collection is a most important resource for the history of London, and this website will be great interest and value for any researcher working on the city and the surrounding areas.
All the items in this exhibition are available to view via a listing, and a search engine is also provided. Clicking on any title provides a short description, medium, date and cartographer, with the image. By clicking on the more metadata button, further information relating to the size, scale and ratio of each map is also available. As well as an option to print a full size copy, there is also a facility for an interactive zoomable image (requires Flash).
The website "Das virtuelle Hamburg Urkundenbuch" is a project by Jürgen Sarnowsky at Hamburg University, Geisteswissenschaften in der digitalen Welt (Humanities in the digital world) centre in collaboration with the town archives of Hamburg to collate primary sources, mainly archival documents, pertaining to the history of Hamburg after 1350, the date at which the printed series Hamburgisches Urkundenbuch (Hamburg documents) stops. The resource covers material from 1351 to 1525. It offers summaries (Regesten) of documents chiefly from Latin, with some in Low German. Each entry provides a German summary of the document and for some the transcription of the original text or excerpts from it. In some cases a description and/or a link to a digital facsimile is provided. A list of abbreviations, a description of the project and the acknowledgement of the larger team of students who worked on the edition. A search for keywords is possible. The project encompasses also other sources on the late medieval and Reformation Hamburg: a map of the Elbe by Melchior Lorichs from 1568 and two monographs on the town law of Hamburg. This is an important portal for all interested in medieval history and in the electronic publication of primary sources.
Desafectos is a peer-reviewed electronic journal which publishes scholarly articles relating to modern history. The journal focuses primarily but not exclusively on European history, and the Iberian peninsula in particular. Contributions are in either Catalan or Spanish (Castilian). Online since 2000, users will find a range of interesting articles on such areas as: the development of the modern university in Spain with particular reference to Barcelona; Franco and fascism; and the development model of contemporary cities and how this model was contested in Catalunya and Valencia by use of a more ecological view. The journal also features specialist dossiers, book reviews, a discussion forum and a fairly good collection of links to related online resources. Users should note that some of the pages within the main journal site were not accessible at the time of cataloguing.
The website " The Diary of Samuel Pepys" is an interesting project by Phil Gyford, to turn Samuel Pepys' diary into a Weblog, with the first entry posted on 1st January 2003 and one each day after that. Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) commenced his diary in 1660, and it provided one of the most interesting portraits of seventeenth century London and of his own personal dilemmas and married life. Pepys lived through some of the most tumultous events of the period, including the Great Fire of London. The Weblog format allows for readers' annotations. Daily entries from the nine-volume work are also available as RSS news feeds for inclusion on external websites. The text of the diary is derived from an edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley in 1893 and obtained in electronic form from Project Gutenberg. The site also includes further information about the text, an encyclopedia of seventeenth century Britain , a brief biographical note, and further reading. Hypertext annotations makes the text easier for the user to read. A search through the entire text of the diary is possible.
The website Diaspora Connections: Irish Families in Stafford, 1830-1919 is a research project by John Herson into the Irish diaspora in the nineteenth century, focusing on the families that went to Stafford in this century. The aim of the project is to trace the movements of the Irish families who settled in Stafford, and to provide a contact for ancestors so that they can contribute to each family's historical record. On the site there is an alphabetical list of the surnames of the Irish settler's who stayed at least 10 years in Stafford. For each name there is a brief history of the individuals, where they came from, their occupation, and information about children and other relatives. Also included on the site is a short introduction outlining why people emigrated to Stafford, and a brief history of Stafford.
The Dictionary of Scottish Architects (DSA) website offers biographical information and lists of buildings for all architects working in Scotland between 1840 and 1940. The website comprises a database searchable by architect, location, practice, building and client. All known works by Scottish architects from this period are catalogued, as are the Scottish buildings of English and Irish architects. There is also some, although not comprehensive, coverage of Scottish trained architects who practiced elsewhere. In the case of a handful of Scottish practices whose output after the Second World War was in a similar vein to their earlier work, post-1940 works have been included. The large quantity of material collected by Professor David M Walker since the 1950s formed the starting point for the creation of the Dictionary of Scottish Architects. The Dictionary of Scottish Architects project was funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) award. For preservation, the data has been deposited with the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS).
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the 'Digest of Welsh Historical Statistics: Housing, 1801-1974' 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 download as a compressed (zip) file. This is a machine-readable version of part of John Williams' ‘Digest of Welsh Historical and is intended to provide a service for those working on the history of modern Wales. The main tables are: Number of houses, inhabited, uninhabited (and building, 1811-1921), by county, 1801-1971; (a) Number of private households, by county, 1801-1901; (b) number of private households, dwellings, rooms and density of occupation, by county, 1911-1971; Number of rooms occupied by private households, by county, 1911-1971; Brick production: (a) return of duties paid on bricks, by region, 1829-1849; (b) number of bricks and amount of duty paid, by county, 1836-1846; Number of house plans approved, by town, South Wales, 1851-1914; Estimated costs of building plans passed by Urban Districts, by type of building, 1909-1939; Total number of houses built in inter-war years, by county, 1919-1940; Number of houses authorised, under construction and completed, local authority and private enterprise, 1919-1939 and 1946-1974; by county 1919-1939; by county borough 1919-1939; number of houses demolished 1947-1974; Decisions on planning applications, by type of development, 1962-1972; Houses completed, by number of bedrooms, public and (from 1963) private sectors, houses and flats, 1945-1974; Government financial contributions, new houses and improvement grants, 1950-1974; Number of conversions and improvements, approved for grant, by public and private sector, 1955-1974; Prices and costs, 1958-1974.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the "Directories Database, 1772-1787" 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 dataset is a study of urban occupations in Britain in the early Industrial Revolution, via analysis of entries in 16 early urban directories. Local town directories were produced in increasing numbers from the 1760s onwards. They were ad hoc works, generally providing listings of leading local inhabitants, with their names, addresses and occupations. The sources used for this database were selected from all large urban centres with early listings. One directory (or relevant section from a directory) was analysed for every urban centre for which such a local publication was produced either in the 1770s or 1780s. In some cases, the selection was simple, as only one such volume was available. Where there were many (as in the case of London or Birmingham), a substantial edition from an appropriate date was chosen. The range of towns investigated was as wide as possible within the British Isles, defined only by the existence of relevant sources. Most of the early directories served the larger urban communities , although not all big cities had them. In addition, a few smaller places were also included, to add to the range of urban centres in the survey. In all the time span covered was a relatively compact period of fifteen years: from 1772 to 1787.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the "Distributions of Individuals by Type of Occupation in 54 Cities in Britain, 1820s and 1840s" 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 data were gathered to provide a model illustrating concentrated and deconcentrated interests and successful lobbying. Data on hundreds of various occupational types, gathered from commercial directories and court directories for nineteenth century British cities and towns, were grouped into fifteen categories. Data on Anti-Corn Law League subscriptions were obtained from two published sources.
This is a Computer Assisted Learning (CAL) program to teach the analysis of documentary photography, using the work of Jacob Riis (1849 - 1914), the American photographer, as an example. Its creation was funded by HEFCE and the CAL Group at the University of Nottingham and it is published on the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) website. It is free to install, although VADS have to be contacted for a serial number, without which installation will not be possible; the contact details are on the website. Once installed, the program uses images, text and hyperlinked glossaries, leading the user through the process of analysing documentary photography from first principles, using Riis' work as an example. Riis is best known for his depiction of urban poverty among the tenements of New York City. The users' interpretation is then compared to that of the lecturer. The program can be used as a self-study aid or within a classroom context.
The website of the Dundee Local History Centre of Dundee Central Library gives the Department's opening hours, and lists the special collections that it houses. The site contains sample images from several of the Department's collections. The following collections are described in some detail: the Photopolis and Andrew Wilson Bequest archives consist of photographs of life and working conditions in Dundee, 1880-1925; The James Bowman Lindsay archive, recording the life of the Scottish inventor; the rare books and manuscripts catalogue (which may be downloaded for browsing); the Wrighton Collection of Old Scottish music; the William McGonagall archive, celebrating the notoriously inept poet's life and work; the Ivory Collection of over 300 books on scientific subjects, dating from the sixteenth century; and the Mary Slessor (1848-1915) collection of books and letters. The website also contains some of the exhibitions that Dundee central library has staged in recent years.The site provides more than bare catalogues, describing not just the content of each of the collections, but their background and creation as well. Most of the pages in the site are nicely presented and usefully hyperlinked to related material, including images, the occasional sound file, and other websites.This website will prove extremely useful to researchers studying Dundee, or Scottish urban history, as well as to those studying the more specialist fields associated with each collection.
This website provides access to facsimile copies of maps from Blaeu's"Toonneel der Steden" published in 1652. Thirty five maps of Dutch towns are currently available from the site; these include maps of Arnheim, Amsterdam, Delft, Groningen, Haarlem, Leiden, Rotterdam, and Utrecht. The maps can be viewed either as gif or jpeg images. The gif images are smaller and quicker to download but consequently do not show as much detail. Some of the maps are accompanied by town histories (in Dutch) written by students at the University of Groningen.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the "Dyffryn Clwyd Court Roll Database, 1294-1422" dataset hosted by the Economic and Social Data Service (HDS), 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 main aims of the project were: 1. To produce and make available a database of material in the Dyffryn Clwyd court rolls, in the form of a calendar in English; 2. To carry out detailed analysis of the data processed; 3. To investigate and apply new methods of handling and analysing large quantities of medieval historical data. This dataset improves upon and supersedes Welsh Society in the Fourteenth Century : The Evidence of Court Rolls (SN 2979). The dataset consists of a English language calendar of the medieval Latin court rolls. Each court roll is held as a separate file and each entry within the roll is generally held as a separate record within the file. The variables in the main calendar include: manuscript class reference and membrane number; record number; name of the court; date; persons named in entry; the calendar of entry with the persons in the preceding variable identified by the letter p and a number, together with any necessary editorial comments. The main calendar excludes information about the constables, stewards or other court presidents and the total receipts from each court which is recorded in separate files. The dataset also includes two files of cumulative indexes of surnames and place-names and the User Guide includes a synonym list. The data are held as ASCII files, but have been created using the Idealist for DOS program and are best suited for use with this program. The main topics covered by this dataset include: 1. The structure of late-medieval Welsh society and the role of particular groups with in it: elites, the nature and importance of kinship. 2. Relations between English settlers and the native Welsh. 3. Small-town society. 4. Socio-economic topics: e.g. land market, the working of the local economy. 5. Socio-legal topics: e.g. pledging, use of Welsh and English legal procedures, the pattern of litigation. 6. The administration of the lordship. 7. Naming and naming patterns.
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.
This is the website for a series of three AHRC-funded workshops in 2009, bringing together Neapolitanists and critically examine and rethink scholarship about the city of Naples, challenging dominant historical paradigms - the Grand Tour, the failure of the south – and promoting scholarship “across chronological and disciplinary divides”. The website includes details of each workshop, including abstracts of papers, and submission guidelines (at the time of writing the final two workshops were still accepting papers). Workshops are entitled: Exoticizing Vesuvius? The historical and intellectual formation of Neapolitan historiography; Topography and Piety - Naples Afflicted; Objects of Collecting in Naples and Naples as Object of Collecting. The project envisages outcomes published as a special issue of an academic journal.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the "Feeding the City II : Demesne Agriculture in the London Region, 1375-1400" 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 database was collected as part of the research project 'Feeding the City (II) : London and its Hinterland c. 1300-1400'. The aims of this project were twofold. Firstly, to examine the demands for foodstuffs and fuel generated by London in the later fourteenth century and the impact these demands had on the production and distribution of agrarian products within the metropolitan region. Secondly, to compare these results with those previously generated for the early fourteenth century by the research project 'Feeding the City (I) : London's Impact on the Agrarian Economy of Southern England 1250-1350'.
The Festival of Britain Society has provided this website on the history of this event, which was held in 1951 on the South Bank in London. This site is still being developed, with new material being added every few weeks. At present there are sections covering the initial idea for this event, and another on the site and the process of clearing the site on the South Bank for the construction of the Royal Festival Hall, the Dome of Discovery and other exhibition buildings. The South Bank section offers images of the Festival together with an interactive plan, which at future provides images and background on the Dome of Discovery. Plans are in place to provide similar material for other buildings featured on this plan. Sections are planned on the Pleasure Gardens at Battersea, the Lansbury estate built for the Festival, road and sea events, regional festivals, the end of the festival, souvenirs and a links page. Information is also provided on the Festival of Britain Society.
Channel 4 publishes this interactive microsite on the Great Fire of London as part of its history website. The site explores the history of the legendary September 1666 fire, and provides an excellent introduction to the topic. On the site users can read the story of the fire, tracing the course of events over the four days in September 1666 when the fire occurred. A Flash movie shows which areas the fire affected, and there is information on the legacy of the fire and London in the late 17th century. There is also an extremely useful queries page, where historians from the Museum of London have answered questions sent in by readers. Lastly there is a page of suggested further websites and books. Connected sites detail the spread of the plague in the city in 1665; the Gunpowder Plot in 1605; and the English Civil War. The site contains advertising.
The Five Points Site is the American government's official site on the archaelogical dig beneath the present-day Foley Square Courthouse, exploring the remnants of the notorious nineteenth century Manhattan Irish slum of the Five Points. The slum generally occupied what is now the area of Foley Square, Columbus Park, Collect Pond Park, and various Lower Manhattan correctional facilities, including the Tombs. The area, which was razed in a slum clearance in the 1890s, was the focus of an archaelogical dig conducted by the United States General Services Administration and various contracted companies in the early 1990s. The description of the archaelogical work conducted is accompanied by scanned historical images provided by the New York Historical Society and the New York Public Library. Researchers, teachers, students and interested members of the public will find photographs here of excavated lodgings and unearthed artifacts to be of special interest. Among items uncovered here, some are surprisingly expensive and precious, and were possessed by well-off artisans who chose to live near their businesses in the late eighteenth century, despite the increasingly grim reputation of the neighbourhood. Remnants here point to the rough character of daily life as much as they do to the history of immigration, politics, industry (such as the first garment district), all of which shaped the character of New York City. A short biography of recommended reading is provided.
The website 'Florilegium Urbanum' is part of the Medieval English Towns website, a site that provides a range of resources on cities and towns in medieval England, compiled by Stephen Alsford, a retired Canadian academic. Florilegium Urbanum is a considered selection of primary source texts, which illustrate various aspects of urban life in medieval England. The texts have been translated from the original Latin, Anglo-Norman French, or Middle English into modern English, so that they are accessible to most people and can be used at all levels of study. The site is split into five separate sections, which are then further sub-divided, making navigation of the documents easier. Each sub-section has an introductory essay with illustrations and bibliographical references. The five main sections are: the Introduction, which offers perspectives on English towns and cities; Community, which deals with society - particularly its institutions and attitudes; Economy, which looks at industry, commerce and labour; Government, covering constitutional development and political activity at a local and national level; and the Lifecycle section, which is concerned with the experiences of the individual.There are currently over 100 primary source texts available, and all of the texts are accompanied by an introduction and some interpretive discussion.
This website represents a historical database providing resources on Venice and its history from the early 14th to the 18th century. It is hosted by the University of Venice Ca' Foscari. A first section "Cives" offers access to records regarding granting of citizenship in Venice during the 14th and 15th century period. The "Contarini" database - the most comprehensive of the databases featured - makes available information on the members of the Contarini family, one of the most ancient and largest of the Venetian nobility. It sets out dates of birth, death, marriage, profession, and details on the "redecime" when available.
The "redecima" databases - available for the years 1566, 1661, and 1740 - bring forth a detailed register of those who were liable of paying the "decima". Set up in 1463, the "decima" was the main direct tax imposed by the Venetian authorities. Originally intended to be updated every ten years, this tax register was in fact revised in an erratic manner. These three inventories provide: the name, surname, patronymic and district of residence. The "Licenze di stampa" database offers data on the grant of printing permission and privileges in Venice for the years 1700-1705 and 1760-1765. It is possible to carry out a simultaneous search through the databases. Data included however has been selected according to heterogeneous criteria. A browsing option is not available. All the databases provide references to original documents.Each section is accompanied by an explanatory introduction and a biography. The website is available in Italian only.
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.
The website "Glamorgan Record Office" introduces this archiving institution which collects and preserves documents relating to the history of the county, the Diocese of Llandaff, and the Archdiocese of Cardiff. The Record Office is situated in Cardiff, South Wales. Directions and opening hours are provided for visitors. The website makes public the record office's policy documents and summarises new accessions. It also provides several leaflets intended to help new researchers in particular fields. These may be viewed with Adobe Acrobat. There are pages on courses, job vacancies, and links to other sites. A special online project, 'Cardiff: the building of a Capital', features a database of building plans that trace the development of the city from a town of 10,000 inhabitants in 1841 to a population of 250,000 a little over a century later. The database may be searched by various fields and returns results giving a brief description of the works done, the address, the architect, developer, dates, and other pertinent information.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range, and availability of the dataset 'Glasgow Householders, 1832-1911', 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 project was to study social and spatial structures of the industrialising city, considering topics such as social mobility and residential segregation.
This is a scan of a beautifully detailed, sectioned map of London as it was in 1827. Greenwood's map is scaled at eight inches to the mile, covers London and surroundings and stretches out from Earls Court in the West, to the River Lea and Greenwich in the East, Highgate to the North and Camberwell to the South. Navigate the image map online with directional arrows and zoom in, zoom out; or search by place name, stairs, wharves, sites of future railway termini, canals. There is a history of Christopher Greenwood's map of London 1827-1856. There is also a link to higher resolution images, and to a modern online mapping service - multimap - to compare with the London of 1827.
This simple site, published by Matco Enterprises Ltd, provides a complete transcript of Henry Harben's 1918 Dictionary of the City of London. The dictionary contains over 6,000 street-names in the City of London, with each entry giving details of the location and history of the street, the origin of its name, and when it first appeared cartographically. The site makes it possible to browse through the street names alphabetically, and also provides a glossary of the abbreviations used in the dictionary, and an introductory note about Henry Harben and his work. This website uses frames. A CD with this information is available for purchase.
The website "Historical sites of Jewish Warsaw" is in Polish and English, and is edited by Jan Jagielski. The site, which is published by the Warsaw Department of Promotion, features a timeline and guide to over fifty locations linked to the history of Warsaw's Jews. There is a good introduction written by Jacek Leociak "From Żidowska street to Umschlagplatz", which points out that Warsaw was thirty per cent Jewish during the interwar period, and it is estimated that between 10 and 15 thousand Jews now reside in Poland. This is a wonderful yet moving journey and lesson for those who know Warsaw well, and an opportunity to step into a now-vanished world. An alphabetical list of locations is of use to the informed user, recreating the topography of Jewish streets and houses in the city. A chronology is extremely helpful, as is the plan of the Ghetto and the map of Warsaw. For those intending to visit sites, it must be remembered that the majority of Warsaw was destroyed during the Second World War, and some sites mentioned here were not rebuilt.
The website draws together the reports and research of the United States National Park Service, which is responsible for the preservation of a wide range of sites, from landscapes to historic buildings and monuments. Publications date back to the 1960s and are organised thematically and by site. This resource is of benefit to anyone interested in the history of the United States, and particularly as recorded in its monuments and historic landscapes. The website is also a rich source of material for the history of historic preservation and conservation.
The Humanities Research Institute is a consortium of technology-related research projects from within the University of Sheffield's Faculty of Arts. Their core mission is to use new technologies to formulate and investigate research questions in the humanities which cannot be easily answered by the use of conventional methodologies. The cultural material in electronic form can range from medieval literary manuscripts, public records and early printed books through to modern music manuscripts, novel holographs and scientific writings. "They are conceived and published electronically to give the widest possible access to primary research materials, which would otherwise be available only to scholars travelling to the world's greatest libraries." This online service includes links to the following projects: André Gide Editions; Bakhtin Centre; Cotton Catalogue; East Asian Languages; Fairbank Archive; Flora Tristan; French Stars; Hartlib Papers; Hebrew Dictionary; Hospice History; Illuminated Manuscripts; John Foxe; Latin Stemmer; National Fairground Archive; Pérez Galdós Editions; SciPer; Strafford Papers; Stuart London.
The website "Ideal Homes: Suburbia in Focus" is an online project funded by the New Opportunities Fund, and is the result of collaboration between the University of Greenwich and the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark. The website looks at the development of suburbs in South-east London, and the factors that affected this expansion, such as population growth, changes in urban infrastructure, and commercial interest. Each borough is considered individually, with further exploration of districts within the borough, and even particular housing projects, such as the Downham Estate in Lewisham. Other sections include the suburban histories of Blackheath, Danson Estate, Norwood, Plumstead, Streatham, and Thamesmead. There are a large amount of photographs and images available on the site, documenting buildings of particular interest, and the changing look of the six boroughs as they became increasingly populated during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The Italian Renaissance website is intended as a student-level introduction to the key developments of the Renaissance. It begins by discussing what exactly the 'Renaissance' was, why and when it came to be so called, and how it differed from the Middle Ages. There is a page on humanism, which likewise explores its origins and character, and a page on Renaissance Neo-Platonism, looking at the history and revival of this school of philosophy. The site also describes the achievements of several influential individuals such as Pico della Mirandola, Niccolň Machiavelli, and Leonardo da Vinci. A page on architecture and public space completes the historical section of the site.
A 'resources' section provides a representative gallery of examples of Renaissance art. This includes images of works by Botticelli, da Vinci, Raphael, and Titian amongst others. Readings from the period include extracts from texts by Machiavelli, Michelangelo Buonarroti, and Pico della Mirandola. There is also an historical map of early modern Italian cities and states, and a short list of links. This site forms part of an online courseware unit from Washington State University's 'World Civilizations' project. It is targeted at students about to begin university and first year undergraduates. The site has remained static for some time, but remains a useful tool.
"Jack the Ripper as the threat of outcast London" is an annotated essay which appears as part of the online and hard copy journal "Essays in History", published by the University of Virginia. The essays are written by graduate students and referreed. In essence these essays can be used by an experienced teacher as a discussion point for the subject or the exposition of argument in short essays. Jack the Ripper is the subject of numerous studies and volumes, which almost always focus on trying to reveal his identity. Notorious as the suspect for a spate of gruesome murders of prostitutes in Victorian London, he has become one of the most infamous figures in British history. This essay is refreshing because instead of following the familar path of trying to discern the identity of the murderer, the author focuses on the reactions of London to the killings, which further polarised London's West and East Ends. He discusses the social tensions inherent in the late nineteenth century views of the East End as a place peopled by social outcasts, deviants, and other pariahs. An interesting essay that discusses the role of poverty, drink, housing, prostitution and contemporary debate. It also turns London itself into a character with a voice.
The website "Kensington Turnpike Trust Drawins", which is part of the British Library's Online Gallery, makes available a selection of 30 images of drawings of the area supervised by the Kensington Turnpike Trust. This Trust, which was set up in 1725, cared for the main roads in Kensington, Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Corner. In 1811 the Trust commissioned the artist Joseph Salway to make a series of drawings that recorded everything under the Trust's management, which at that time included not only the roads but related facilities such as street lamps and pumps. The drawings include plans and elevations, and depict the area in remarkable detail, down to individual lamp-posts and garden plans. They include well-known streets and buildings such as Kensington Church Street and Holland House, and form a fascinating record of the increasingly fashionable area during the Regency period. They are likely to be of interest to London historians, as well as researchers working on public trusts such as the Turnpike Trust. Users can views the "Curator's Choice" of highlights from the collection, and the collection may also be viewed in its entirety as a list. Each image is accompanied by bibliographic information and a description providing extra detail. The images may be viewed as large images, or using a zoom function. The large images are of very good quality, but the window for the zoom and pan functions is too small for user to gain a good overview of the documents. The site also includes a historical introduction, which is interesting and useful.
The website "Lambeth: Welcome to Landmark" is an online database of 9,000 digitised images taken from the London borough of Lambeth's Archives picture collection. The images available cover people, places, and events from across the entire borough, and include photographs, drawings, prints and watercolours. The titles and descriptions of images in the database can be searched by keyword, or users can browse the contents by people, place, or subject. Users can also locate images by using the postcode or ward maps available on the site. The images cover centuries of Lambeth history, although the bulk of the images are from the nineteenth and twentieth century. Included are individual collections such as Harry Jacks portfolio of Black families from Brixton. The images are available for purchase, but searching and viewing them is free.
The web page Lara Whelan: 'Unburying Bits of Rubbish: Deconstruction of the Victorian Suburban Ideal' is part of the 'Literary London' ejournal website, contains the full-text of this essay. The author investigates the discrepancies between the Victorian ideal of middle-class suburban living and the often sordid reality, and reconsiders the function and trajectory of several genres of nineteenth century literature (among which the sensation novel and the ghost story) in the context of the resulting anxieties. The essay incorporates historical data and excerpts from such works as Jane Elisabeth Panton's 'Suburban Residences and How to Circumvent Them' (1896) and the pseudo-journalistic 'Dumbledowndreary' by George Sala, as well as fragments of text from 'Household Words'; these are juxtaposed with contemporaneous literary representation of the suburbs and their inhabitants as penned by Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins and others.
Law, crime and history (formerly 'Solon: crimes and misdemeanours, deviance and the law in historical perspective') is a full-text refereed ejournal published online by the University of Plymouth in the UK. Example article titles include: 'Undiscovered Country: Towards a History of the Criminal 'Underworld'; 'Persistent Offenders in the North West of England, 1880-1940'; and 'Convicted Murderers and the Victorian Press: Condemnation vs. Sympathy'. The journal website also has details of events, associated research projects, and the 'SOLON Database of Crime Reportage'... "a fully-searchable, free to access and download, qualitative database focused on nineteenth-century crime reportage". There are full details of the editors, editorial board, and the submissions process.
The 'Leodis: a photographic archive of Leeds' website is a digitisation project to make available online the extensive collection of images held by Leeds Library and Information Service. The database currently holds over 52,000 images available to view on the Web (with higher resolution images stored offline). The database can be searched by keyword, district, decade (from 1690s-1990s), or year. Boolean searching is available for keywords. A typical record will include a short description together with any corrections, the fields mentioned above, and details of the format of the original. Copies of any image can also be purchased via the site. The project encourages users to attach comments to any image to enhance the archive. An image can also be sent as a 'Web card'. Several guided tours are available as virtual walks through parts of Leeds. Users may register to create their own online album of images.
The website "Lewisham Voices" is an online project published by the Museum of London in partnership with the Library and Information Service in Lewisham, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It is part of the Museum of London oral history project London's Voices, and features images and personal recollections from people living in Lewisham during the twentieth century. The recollections are arranged into seven sections: babies and childhood; family life; teenage years; getting married; daily life; free time; and a life in pictures. The reminiscences reflect the diversity of the borough, and include those of a Chinese immigrant, Indian families, and life-long Londoners.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the "Liverpool Community, 1649-1750" 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 investigate the character of Liverpool society during the first century of its rapid commercial expansion, and in particular to address the question whether its social characteristics help to explain the dynamic nature of its economic growth. The particular questions addressed include the origins of in-migrants to Liverpool, occupational structure and change, family and business networks, and the character of the governing elite and their use of power. The method was to input major sources for the history of Liverpool into computer files, to link names and compile information about Liverpool inhabitants. This allowed information to be built up about geographical origins, occupations, wealth, residential location, family and business or political networks and inter-generational continuity in the town. The topics covered by these data are: Councillors and town officers, 1649-1749, date, name and office of the men and very few women, who were active in office or on the council, and representing as complete a data set as possible of politically and administratively active people in Liverpool during the period. Freemen admissions, 1650-1708, date of entry, name, status and, frequently, details of mode of entering freedom, place of origin, the father of the freeman by patrimony or the master of a freemen by apprenticeship, the fine paid and sometimes the occupation of the freeman. Hearth tax, 1663, listing households with the number of hearths assessed, and containing the name, gender and status of the household head. Hearth tax, 1664, listing chargeable and non-chargeable households with the number of hearths assessed, and containing the name, gender and status of the household head. Hearth tax, 1666, listing households with the number of hearths assessed (including industrial hearths), and containing the name, gender and status of the household head. Hearth tax, 1673, listing households with the number of hearths assessed, and containing the name, gender and status of the household head. Overseas Port Book, 1665, names of boats, merchants, masters and ports traded with and information about commodities imported and exported by each merchant. Vestry officials, 1681-1750, name, status, gender and offices of vestry officials such as churchwardens, sidesmen, overseers of the poor and workhouse officials. Apprentices indentured, 1707-50, information about each person involved in an apprenticeship. Rate assessment for 1708, name and status of ratepayers and tenants, and the location and value of properties. Overseas Port Book, 1709, names of boats, merchants, masters and ports traded with and information about commodities imported and exported by each merchant. Rate assessment, 1743, name, status and occupation of ratepayers and tenants, and the location and value of properties. Liverpool Plantation Registers, 1743-48, information about ships and their owners engaged in the transatlantic Liverpool trade.
This website describes an AHRC-funded project which is piloting a new approach to the study of domestic life in nineteenth century London, based on the ‘ethnographies of place’ methodology pioneered by historical archaeologists in Australia. The project examines artefacts in the Museum of London's collection from three sites (in the East End, West End and South of the River Thames) and aims to shift attention from the study of the representation of domestic life (through art and literature) to its materiality. The website also includes details on the project’s methods and findings, team and dissemination activities.
The website The local history of Stoke-on-Trent, England introduces this unique city made up by six distinct towns and the Potteries region. It is published by an enthusiast and largely covers the area during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in its industrial hey-day. The content can be navigated in a number of ways, by using the menu bar, the designated search, or by browsing by category. Available on the site is information about the history of the pottery industry, historic photographs and postcards, old maps, virtual historic walks, with themes such as the canal system, and sites of industrial history, and a timeline of significant dates in the region. In addition to these resources there are some great resources on child poverty and labour, including a full transcription of Samuel Scriven's 1840 Report on Child Labour in the Potteries, and the audio file of a BBC radio programme on working conditions for children in the nineteenth century. The history of the Shelton Iron and Steel Works is also included, and digitised extracts from trade directories, providing some useful sources on the region's industrial past.
London 1753 is the Web page for the British Museum's exhibition of the same name, which ran from May to November 2003, exploring London in the mid-18th century. The site offers a 28-page online tour of London in the 18th century, part of the British Museum's COMPASS project. The tour covers: the City; the Thames; Charing Cross to Bloomsbury; Westminster; and St James and Mayfair, and looks at London through paintings, drawings and prints by notable artists, including William Hogarth (1697-1764), Paul Sandby (1731?-1809), and William Hoare (1707-1792).
This is the website of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society. The website contains a list of lectures and conferences organised by the Society, a list of publications with their contents and abstracts for older volumes, and a printable application form. The society was founded in 1855 'for the purpose of investigating the antiquities and early history of the Cities of London and Westminster and the Metropolitan County of Middlesex'. Currently the Society arranges lectures and conferences, publishes research on the history and archaeology of London and Middlesex, helps to monitor the state of historic buildings and monuments in Greater London and acts as a discussion and news forum for members.
The London Journal is an interdisciplinary journal relating to London's history, economy, sociology, geography, architecture, art and literature. The journal is concerned with London's historical development, contemporary London and London's future. Tables of contents (Volume 20 No.1 1995 onwards) and abstracts of articles (Volume 24 No. 1 1999 onwards) are available from the site. The last issue posted on this site is volume 30 no. 2 (2005). More recent issues can be consulted on the website of the publishing house. The site posts information about subscriptions and contacts.
The London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) website provides a variety of information about the facilities that they have to offer. There is some general information about the London Metropolitan Archives and a section with the latest news. Details are given on the location, opening hours, enquiry service and reprographics service. Information is provided on how to make the most of a visit to the archive and also of their family research service. Information leaflets on sources available from the London Metropolitan Archives can be downloaded (in PDF) from the site. These include leaflets on family history, history of nursing, patient records in London hospital and Middlesex Deeds Registry. An online catalogue has been made available recently, together with Civil Registration indexes. The LMA have also begun to contribute records to the AIM 25, a database of collections in London and M25 area archives.
London's Past Online is a bibliographical database of publications on the history of London. The database can be searched by discipline, subject, author, title, journal name, date, place and person. There is also a facility to save searches. The bibliography contains over 30, 000 records and will greatly facilitate research by students, postgraduates, archaeologists, local historians and academics as well as anyone with a passing interest in the history of London and urban development. For further ease there is an explanation of field names and how to use the database. The bibliography has been produced by the Centre for Metropolitan History (Institute of Historical Research, University of London) in association with the Royal Historical Society (RHS). The database received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) within the Resource Enhancement scheme.
This website is published by Motco Enterprises Ltd, and makes available a digitised copy of John Rocque's 1746 map of London, Westminster and Southwark. On the site there is information about the original dimensions and arrangements of the map, and instructions on how to use the online version. The scale is very large on the digitised version so that it is legible, which can make navigation a little difficult. However, the map can be navigated either by choosing the area you wish to view from the small overview map, or by using the index of some 1500 place names to go straight to a particular place on the map. This should be a particularly valuable resource for historians of the city who are working on the eighteenth century.
This excellent website, Los Angeles: Past, Present and Future, was started in 1996 by Dennis Thomison, a Reference Librarian at the University of Southern California, and provides free online access to a wealth of information on Los Angeles. It is maintained today USC's Information Services. The website is split into three sections: LA Yesterday; LA Today; and Tomorrow, and there is the option to keyword search through the materials. Each of these three sections has a wealth of resources available, covering a massive range of material and subjects. Information ranges from, for example, a history of the beginnings of the Disneyland theme park to gangs and gang violence in Los Angeles. A truly superb resource for anyone interested in Los Angeles and California.
The Agas Map of London, originally created circa 1560-1570, and now held in the Guildhall Library, London, has been placed online as a teaching tool for students of Renaissance English literature, drama and history, by the Department of English, University of Victoria, Canada. The facsimile of the map is interactive. By clicking on any area, a zoom-in view is obtained, along with related references, contemporary sources and other resources where these are available. Indexes cross-reference the map to people, streets, city wards and historical sites in the city in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. To complement the map, papers and research findings of students are integrated into the web site - covering aspects of the history of early modern London and literature such as pageants and royal processions, parish constables, executioners, migrants, and the theatre.
Part of the impressive John Snow site hosted by the UCLA, the website "Map of London Waterworks 1856" is a resource dedicated to publishing an electronic copy of the Robert W. Mylne's 1856 'Map of the Contours of London and its Environs, Showing the Districts and Areas Supplied by the Nine Metropolitan Water Companies'. The image quality is very good, and the map is available at several levels of magnification; navigation remains simple regardless of the level of zoom due to a separate navigation frame. In additon to providing full bibliographic data for the source and a short publishing history, the site also features the text of the original introduction and a copy of the legend. Maps of London from 1818 and 1859 are also added to the site.
The Mapping Medieval Chester project brings together a team including literary specialists, historical geographers and digital humanities specialists to explore space, place and identity in medieval Chester. The project asks questions about Chester as a city on the often troubled border between England and Wales, and about how different medieval inhabitants imagined and represented the urban space around them. A key aspect of the project is to integrate geographical and literary mappings of the medieval city using cartographic and textual sources and using these to understand more how urban landscapes in the Middle Ages were interpreted and navigated by local inhabitants. One particularly innovative dimension of this is the projects use of information technologies both as a means of exploring these mappings of medieval Chester, for example through the use and development of a Geographical Information System GIS to create a map of Chester as it was c.1500, and as a means of widening access and public interest in Chesters medieval past and in medieval urban studies generally by linking literary and cartographic sources in digital media.GIS shape files and the TEI-XML encoded textual editions can all be downloaded in raw form from the website allowing individuals to carry out their own further analyses and research.
Mapping the Medieval urban landscape: Edward I's New Towns of England and Wales is the website for a project which aimed to look at towns founded by Edward I in the late 1200s in an attempt to understand the processes by which urban landscapes were created in the Middle Ages. The project looked at 12 towns in Wales and England: Aberystwyth; Harlech; Criccieth; Caernarfon; Newborough; Beaumaris; Conwy; Rhuddlan; Caerwys; Flint; Holt; Overton; and Winchelsea. The attractive and easy to use website consists of a number of pages describing: the project aims; background; methodology; the people involved; details of the pilot study at Winchelsea; and an impressive clickable map of England and Wales allowing the viewing of maps and a small amount of information on each of the study towns. Fuller reports on the findings of this project are not available here but will be disseminated via the website of the Archaeology Data Service in due course. Not all of the links work. Researchers in particular may find this website useful.
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 Medici Archive Project was founded in 1995 as a resource for the study of the Medici Granducal Archive, housed in the Archivio di Stato in Florence, Italy. The Granducal Archive was established by Grand Duke Cosimo I in 1569, and offers the most complete record of its kind in Renaissance and Baroque Europe. The archive consists mainly of correspondence. The project aims to produce documentary sources for the arts and humanities, with particular emphasis on the documentation of Jewish history, and the history of costume and textiles. Additionally, the project aims to pioneer technological innovation in the fields of archive management and humanities research. The site offers highlights from the archive, in the form of its Document of the Month pages. Selected documents appear both in Italian and in English translation, with suggestions for further reading and research questions suitable for undergraduates working with archival material. Background information on the historical context for each document is also available. This resource would benefit historians with a particular interest in Florentine history, as a source of both primary and secondary material.
The website 'Medieval English Towns' provides historic information on the cities and towns of medieval England, especially those in East Anglia. The site was created as a personal project by Stephen Alssord, an English museologist in Canada. Information is provided for a selection of towns including: Norwich; King's Lynn; Great Yarmouth; Ipswich; Colchester; Maldon and York. Also available is a study of governance in six East Anglian towns together with extensive links to further resources: bibliographies; general urban history; architecture; urban economy and society; and a large number of links to online resources about London and other particular English towns, as well as selected sites related to medieval cities outside of England.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the "Medieval Title Deeds for the City of York, 1080-1530" 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 text file. 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 provide a full summary, in English, of the contents of all known medieval title deeds for properties in the city of York. It is intended that the data should be used for the creation of a gazetteer of property ownership for the whole of the medieval city of York. The database was created as a consequence of reconstructing ownership patterns in selected areas of the city (see related publications) which revealed the substantial body of evidence surviving for the whole city.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the "Metropolitan London in the 1690s : Four Shillings in the Pound Aid, 1693-1694 : For the City of London, the City of Westminster, and Metropolitan Middlesex" 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. In the 1690s, after more than a century of rapid growth, London emerged as the largest city of Christian Europe. The Crown's heavy demands for war finance created an innovative tax regime, the local records of which provide for the first time a comprehensive picture of the social and economic geography of the English capital. Earlier taxation records omit a substantial proportion of the total number of households in London or provide only a crude indication of their relative wealth. The aim of the project was to construct a 'snapshot' of London based on the surviving returns of the 'aids' levied in 1693-1694, which record rental values for houses and other properties, and the value of the stock in trade of many householders for the entire metropolitan area north of the Thames. The method was to construct a series of databases from the manuscript returns and to provide a series of computer-based analytical tools, including a cartographic framework for spatial analysis, thus creating a directory and gazetteer of lasting value as a research tool. A further aim was to undertake extensive analysis of the material and to publish the results, principally in the form of a social atlas of the metropolis.
The Web Site "Miasta w dokumencie archiwalnym" is in Polish and describes the history of selected Polish towns, on the basis of archival documents. The site has been produced in cooperation with the Main Archive of Old Records (AGAD). It is an extremely useful site, based on the work of eminent historians such as Henryk Samsonowicz, Maria Bogucka, and Antoni Mączak. The site features a short history of Polish towns, their founding charters and laws, and a helpful glossary. Over twenty Polish towns are part of the the collection, which includes: Skawina; Warta; Wiśnicz; and Bolimów. The best feature of the site is the reproduction of original records, such as guild documents, town charters, the election of municipal officials, the accompanying transcriptions and commentary, and the full reference of the archival source of each document. An excellent resource for those researching the social or municipal history of the Polish lands.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the 'Modernity and Multi-Storey Living: Apartment Tenants in Canadian Cities, 1900-1939' 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 either: two Microsoft Access 2.0 databases; two Microsoft Access97 databases; a set of tab delimited ASCII files and a set of tif graphics files. From this Web page you may download a PDF user guide and a html file of study documentation. To make use of this dataset you must first register with the UK Data Archive, and further information is supplied giving instructions.The focus of the research has been to investigate the role of apartment housing in the social geography of two Canadian cities - Toronto and Winnipeg - in the period 1900-1939, in the context of debates about 'spaces of modernity' in nineteenth- and twentieth-century cities. The project aimed to reconstruct just who, in practice, occupied apartment buildings in each city. Were apartment tenants in any way distinctive, with respect to gender, socio-economic status, household structure, or ethnicity, and in their residential mobility, and day-to-day journey-to-work? Were there differences among the apartment-house population, especially when categorised according to the type of building in which they lived? The dataset is aimed at use by secondary analysts interested in twentieth-century urban society. For example it can be used for a social-historical analysis for heritage planners and architectural historians contemplating the listing or conservation of selected apartment buildings; and by comparing patterns of occupancy in dwellings adjacent to apartment blocks, it can be used to provide historical evidence of the social impact of apartments as non-conforming uses in areas of single-family housing. More broadly, the project aimed to explore the social construction of property relations, especially with respect to the role of rental housing in an increasingly owner-occupied housing market, and apartment housing in a society where the single-family detached dwelling was generally regarded as the most desirable form of dwelling.
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.
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.
This is an excellent resource for both teachers and students. The nineteenth-century city is defined by maps, images, quotes, and statistics at this website. For the purpose of "The Nineteenth-Century City", the 'city' is namely London and Manchester, two of Britain's most dynamic cities during the Industrial Revolution. The nineteenth-century is organized in ten pages, each one focusing on a major aspect of the city and its dwellers. These topics are Population, the Railway, the Great Exhibition, Housing and Health, Work, Education, Law and Order, Fashion, Architecture, and Women/Wives/Widows. Maps illustrate the exponential growth of population in London and Manchester, while descriptions of conditions and statistics are taken from Henry Mayhew's study "London Labour and the London Poor". This website is well designed and a useful tool for studying nineteenth-century urban life.
The website "Paris, ville antique - Paris, a Roman city" is beautifully produced interactive guide to the early history of Paris (Roman Lutetia) providing a guide to the archaeology and history of the French capital from ancient times to the early Mediaeval period and presented in a hypertext medium. The site has a very good English version. Although Neolithic and Bronze Age occupation from the 4th-3rd millennia BC is documented at Bercy and beneath the Louvre, the history of Paris really dates from the oppidum, or defended settlement, of the Parisii mentioned (and possibly destroyed?) by Julius Caesar during the Gallic wars in 53-52 BC. The settlement was transformed by the conquering Romans into Lutetia which became one of the largest and most sophisticated cities north of the Alps but which by the 3rd and 4th centuries AD had become a fortified settlement protecting the region from barbarian invasions. Sections on the site are: the City; aspects of daily life; archeology in Paris; and a virtual tour of Roman Paris. Key features of this website include: a history of the town describing its natural setting and indigenous Celtic inhabitants; a guided tour of the city relating the ancient and modern topography within an interactive map; an account of the history of excavation in Paris from the time of Gregory of Tours in the 6th century AD to the more explicitly archaeological work of the Commission du Vieux Paris and the Service Régional de l'Archéologie; sections on daily life, trade, manufacturing and artistic production revealed through artefactual remains. Also included is a useful concise list of key ancient sources and modern publications on the history of Paris and a chronological chart. Apart from its appeal to the general reader, this website is an attractive didactic resource for archaeology students at school and university.
Parks & Gardens UK is a Web resource that is managed by the Parks and Gardens Data Services, a charity that was set up through a partnership between the Association of Gardens Trusts and the University of York. The website contains outline information on places where historic parks or gardens exist, the local authority under whose jurisdiction they lie, persons associated, and contact names and addresses of bodies that may provide further information. The catalogue can be browsed by name or associated people and organisation; it is also possible to access records via a map or use an advanced search form. Each record provides a set of locational information accompanied by a brief description, while a 'Designations' section details any conservation/scheduling or official monuments register information. Some records are accompanied by short illustrated essays with bibliographies and biographies. Attention is drawn to particular landscape features and any buildings associated with the garden are noted. Listed buildings are highlighted where applicable. There are links to other useful resources for landscape and garden history. Access to the website is free.
The People in Place: families, households and housing in London 1550 - 1720 website is the online presence of the AHRC funded project of the same name. The result of a prestigious collaboration between the Centre for Metropolitan History, Institute of Historical Research and Birkbeck College, both University of London, and the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, this well presented and easy to use resource allows the user free access to the methods and findings of this project. Concentrating on three areas of London - Cheapside, Aldgate and Clerkenwell - the project considered issues including birth, marriage and death, apprenticeship, housing and disease; it will be useful for anyone interested in the history of London, as well as social and economic historians. The People in Place page sets the project in context. The Research Project page discusses its aims, methodology and sources. Users will find the Project Resources page particularly interesting, as it provides a bibliography, details of the research papers produced and links to the project dataset. The website is well illustrated with maps and graphs.
The Photo London website was created to highlight and promote the collections of modern and historic photographs of London housed in London's libraries, archives and museums. The website also provides background information on the history of photography in London. The original five collections were: Guildhall Library, Museum of London, London Metropolitan Archives, Westminster City Archives and National Monuments Record. There are links to each of these photographic collections and image databases. However, there are now many more associate members, each of which has a link to an information page, providing address and contact details, with some background information. The website also includes a photo gallery with thumbnail images, which can be browsed and a bibliography of related book titles. Additionally, there is a links page of related sites and a directory of London photographers 1841-1908, which was first published in print format in 1986. A photo essay by Mike Seaborne explains the history of photography in London, from the earliest developments up to the emergence of digital technologies. There is a also a bibliography, links to the main public collections and the results of a survey conducted in June 2001 into the holdings of photographic collections and the issues faced by curators. The lack of quantity is compensated for by the quality of the images, such as John Thompson's "haunting" The Crawlers, which documents the squalor of Victorian London, and Cyril Arapoff's beachside view of Tower Bridge in the 1930s.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the 'Pinner Census, 1901' 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 text file. 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. In order to facilitate the study of local history the Pinner Local History Society have transcribed the enumerators' books for Pinner for the census year 1901 in addition to their previous transcriptions of 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1891. The data comprise one record for each individual with information as follows: year and schedule; address; surname; forename/s; relationship to head code; marital status; sex; age; code for occupation (Booth-Armstrong); occupation name; birthplace; birth county.
The Web Site of the Regional Archives of Maribor provides the usual information about the access, opening times, location, and holdings of the Slovenian archive. The site is in Slovene with an introductory page in English and German. The archive was founded in 1933 and holds documents dating from 1246 to 1865. Among the holdings are documents on Jewish matters, the revolution in Slovenian Styria in 1918-1919, and manorial and monastic records from the fifteenth century. The site details the publications of the staff, and exhibition catalogues. However, of great use to the researcher is the online database of the archival fonds.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the "Political Power in Boston, Massachusetts and Charleston, South Carolina, 1828-1843" 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 text files (transcriptions). 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; only UK residents may access this resource. This study examined public records from two major port cities on the east coast of the United States in order to understand how urban centres functioned in antebellum America. The history, culture, and inhabitants of both cities were examined to compare the mechanisms of urban decision-making as they related to national economic and political circumstances. Demographic information was collected on a broad spectrum of individuals from both cities to gather as complete a picture as possible of those who wielded influence or power in the decisions undertaken in Boston and Charleston in response to the economic conditions of the period from 1828 to 1843. Variables in the dataset include the names of individuals; their gender; marital status; occupation; residence; location of business; birth and death dates; place of birth and nationality; political affiliation; church membership; fire and militia company association; professional, religious and/or philanthropic interests; business and corporate affiliations; property holdings; educational experiences; political offices served. The principal investigators emphasize that the arrangement and nature of the variables differ between the two cities.
"PortCities UK" is a huge online digital collection on the maritime history of the United Kingdom. It is funded by the New Opportunities Fund, as part of its EnrichUK project, and has been published by the National Maritime Museum in collaboration with Hartlepool Borough Libraries, Liverpool Libraries and Information Services, Bristol City Council, and Southampton Reference Library. PortCities UK acts as a portal for five satellite sites, which explore the maritime history of five cities: Bristol, Hartlepool, Liverpool, Southampton and London. Amongst the subjects covered are slavery, shipbuilding, the docks, employment at sea, maritime archives and records, and war. Altogether the site contains an impressive number of digitised items, including photographs, manuscripts, paintings, artefacts, and maps. These can be browsed or searched by each city, or the entire site can be searched from the portal page. Short movies of each of the partner sites can be seen on the main page in flash format or in HTML. This cluster of sites is a wonderful resource to teach and discover the maritime past of Britain's ports.
The Postcodes Project website is a new resource aimed at those with an interest in local history. It showcases a wide variety of objects from the Museum of London's collections, highlighting one for each London postcode area. In addition there are numerous links to local museums, libraries, archives and adult education centres to encourage people to get more involved in local heritage. Perhaps of greatest significance and interest for local historians, however, is a system which enables individuals and members of community groups to submit their own stories about an area. This form of public submission allows for a wide-ranging and unique account of the history of London and will be of invaluable benefit to local historians of the city and wider region. The website can be browsed by postcode, by place (listed under general postcodes) or by theme (e.g. fashions old and new, politics, transport, and so on) and each entry has various details, links to further information, and links to adjoining postcodes. This website takes a novel and involving approach of local history, and will be of substantial benefit to those interested in London's past.
The Web Site "Przewodnik po Warszawie (do 1944 roku )(A Warsaw Guide up until 1944)" is an excellent collection of pictures, postcards, photographs and other illustrations of Warsaw prior to 1944. It is a poignant reminder of the former glory of a European capital, destroyed when it chose to stage not one but two uprisings against its German Nazi occupiers. The city was rewarded with the destruction of over 90% of its area. This site provides an insight into the city as it was before 1944. It is a wonderful and moving trip for anyone interested in the history of the Second World War or the history of Poland, and it also stands alone as an online exhibition. The site is divided into the following categories: streets; monuments; stations; trams; Varsovians; Warsaw life; and new items. There are also helpful reviews of books on pre-war Warsaw and notices of events held in Warsaw.
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.
Rising East: Journal of East London Studies is a full-text ejournal, published by Lawrence & Wishart for the University of East London. At June 2009 there are five free issues online, with articles freely available as either HTML or PDF files. Tables of contents are also available for earlier issues (before Vol.3, No.2). Titles of freely available articles include: 'East London is no longer secular: religion as a source of social capital in the regeneration of East London'; 'Take a fresh look: community photography'; 'Shooting East London: an interview with filmmaker Ron Peck'; 'Vital arts: art and change in healthcare'; and 'Music at Blackheath Halls: providing a platform', among others. The website has details of the Editorial Board and a section giving guidelines for contributors.
This website describes "The Roger Morrice Entring Book Project", a project that aims to publish Morrice's incisive work on the political and religious history of England between 1677 and 1691. This project is of interest to all those studying the political, social and religious history of the reigns of Charles II, James II, and William III. The Entring book reveals information on a variety of aspects of Restoration society: urban growth; London commerce; livery company politics; the culture of anti-popery; printing; and promotion and control of the press. The Entring book contains over 900,000 words and has been published in six volumes, which include a companion volume and biographical dictionary, by Boydell and Brewer. The site offers the titles of each volume and names its editors. This project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council within the Research Grants scheme.
This is a resource celebrating the tricentenary of the city of St Petersburg, Russia. The Russian Committee for the 300th Anniversary of St Petersburg has created this site to highlight the city's celebrations throughout 2003. St Petersburg, also known as Petrograd and Leningrad in the twentieth century, possesses a rich cultural life which the festivities hope to highlight. Details are given of the festivals and cultural events taking place during the jubilee year. There are details of web addresses for St Petersburg's local leaders; administration and ministries; plus links to websites concerned with the historical and cultural life of St Petersburg. Also live pictures of St. Issac's cathedral and the Peter and Paul Fortress. This resource is useful for a basic overview of cultural life in the historic city of St Petersburg but has little academic material. The site requires a Flash plug-in.
The Samuel Gompers Papers project was started with the aim of collecting, editing and annotating primary sources about American labour history, and to make this material available to as wide an audience as possible. Samuel Gompers (1850-1924) was a prominent trade unionist and fighter for the rights of the working classes. The project has made use of Gompers' material and other labour sources from a variety of institutions including material held at the Library of Congress, the U.S. Department of Labour, the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, and the George Meany Memorial Archives. This website provides details of the project and has a sample of primary source material. This primary source material includes images and letters which are available both as facsimile copies and transcriptions. Indexes to the microfilm series of union records and books produced as a result of the project are available from this site. Other features of the site include a biography of Gompers, a time-line, and a bibliography. A list of links to other relevant web resources is also included.
This website publishes an online study of British town planning in the twentieth century, paying particular reference to Welwyn Garden City. The study is well-written, and is illustrated with a number of photographs and plans. It is divided into three main chapters, general planning, residential planning, and density progression. The first chapter looks at the garden city movement, and includes information about Letchworth Garden City, Welwyn Garden City, and Hampstead Garden Suburb. The second and third chapters discuss the subject of the postwar New Town housing project, and the changing priorities in this area caused by the destruction of the Second World War. Also available on the site is a bibliography for further reading.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the "Sociological Study of Fertility and Mortality in Ipswich, 1872-1910" 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 project had five major objectives: to create a detailed sociological and demographic database on individual families for the period 1871-1910 for the town of Ipswich by linking information from marriage, birth and death registers, and the 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901 censuses; to clarify the relationship between socio-economic status and fertility and mortality; to illuminate the nature of the long-term transition in fertility and mortality that took place in Ipswich and in England between 1871 and 1910; to analyse the relationship and interaction between fertility and mortality variables and how they changed over time; and to clarify the influence of local environment and geography on the structure of mortality, and to study patterns of geographical migration in the period between 1871 and 1910. The project transcribed a total of 85,611 births and 53,748 deaths registered for the period 1871-1910. Additionally, census entries were transcribed for 166,323 individuals enumerated in the 1871, 1891 and 1901 censuses, along with 1,707 Anglican marriages for 1871-1881.
The Web Site "Stary Kalisz (Old Kalisz)" is an excellent site produced by Przemysław Wožny, a graduate of Theology, and local historian of Kalisz, Jerzy Aleksander Splitt. The main site is in Polish, but there are summary sites in Danish, German, Czech, Croatian, Spanish, Norwegian, Slovak, English, Italian, French, Hungarian, Portuguese and Russian. Kalisz has the distinction of the first mentioned town in Poland. The site provides an excellent ecclesiastical, regional, ethnic and architectural history of the city. It is richly illustrated and of particular note are the images of buildings and monuments that have been destroyed. The site is divided into sections on: monuments; history; the disappearance of buildings; photographs; postcards, and old maps. The essays are presented in printable form and most of the text is credited to the sources it has been taken from. An outstanding and informative site.
This website provides information on opening hours, access rules, and its location. Part of the Polish state archives, the branch in Białystok, was formally established in 1952. It contains records on the eastern area of Poland, and of its Jewish population and those of the Augsburg confession. Another important collection is that of the documentation pertaining to the State Forest of Białowieża. The oldest document dates from 1640. There are details on the site of the archive's publications. This site is of great use to those who are researching the eastern borderlands of Poland (Kresy), and the lands that were formerly Poland, now in Ukraine, Lithuania, and Belarus.
The Web Site of the "Archiwum państwowe w Łodzi (State archive in Lodz)" provides information on the archive and its opening hours, locations, and collections. The archive was formally founded in 1926 and a history of the archive is featured on the site. The archive has departments in Pabianice and Sieradz, and its Łódź headquarters divides holdings into pre-1945 and post-1945 sections. There is an online catalogue of the holdings available in RTF form as a ZIP file, or in smaller lists of the records. Holdings include judicial, financial, administrative, educational, and military records. They can be searched via the databases SEZAM, IZA (inventories), PRADZIAD, and ELA. This is a site of interest to those researching the nineteenth and twentieth century history of the ?ód? area.
The Web Site of the "Archiwum Państwowe m.st. Warszawy (State archive of the capital city of Warsaw)" is in Polish and English and provides information about the opening hours, collections, and location of the archive. The holdings of the archive are not confined to the capital city, but also cover the terrain of parts of Mazowsze (Mazovia). As common with Polish archives the territorial range of the collections does not conform to a geographically defined area, so the helpful map provided gives the user a better idea. The site features a brief history of the archive and its destruction during the Second World War. There are details of the archive's publications, including the journal 'Kronika Warszawska' and of current exhibitions. The capital's archive has departments in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Mława, Łowicz, Pułtusk, and Otwock. Two interesting online exhibitions are featured; photographs of the occupation (1940-1944) taken by an unknown German and postcards of Warsaw (nineteenth century to 1939). These provide an opportunity to see vistas of Warsaw which were eradicated forever during World War Two. The collections can be searched via the internet databases hosted on the site of the Polish State Archives: SEZAM, PRADZIAD or ELA. Guidelines for searching are provided in English as well.
The State Archives in Rijeka are a regional branch of the Croatian National Archives. The region covered by the archives include Kvarner, Gorski Kotar, and Istria, but the chequered history of the area is reflected in the holdings. The territorial remit of the archives have been varied particularly over the last century or so. The site is in Croatian and English and provides the usual information about access, opening hours and the location of the archives. It also had the guides to the archives and the collections, although the catalogues are available only in Croatian;. The oldest document dates from 1201 and there are 740 archival collections, including charters from 1201, registers of births, marriages, and deaths from 1560; and city statutes from 1423. An excellent site for those researching Croatian, Hungarian, German, and Yugoslav history.
The website "State housing in New Zeakand: We call it home" is published by NZHistory.net.nz, which is part of the New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. The site documents the history of state housing in New Zealand, from 1905 to the beginning of the twenty-first century, looking at topics such as policy and political views of state housing, the designs of the houses and estates, issues of discrimination, and unusual housing like workers dwellings and railway housing. There are eleven main sections (pages) on the site: state housing in New Zealand; The first state house; The state steps in and out; Designing communities; Building families; Making ends meet; State house style; Outside the mainstream; Timeline; and Further Information. All of the topics incorporate digitised primary source material, such as posters, documents, photographs, and oral history audio and video files. The site has been designed to encourage people who have lived in, or created state housing to contribute too, with questions for people to consider and the opportunity to be interviewed for the project.
This website provides resources on the history of Venice from the city's foundation to the present day, with a particularly strong focus on Venice from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century. The site also covers the broader area of Veneto, with some material relating to Friuli and Lombardy, two Italian regions with which Venice had important relations during the Middle Ages. Available material includes: biographies of leading scholars of Venetian history; articles on Venetian historiography; bibliographies on various aspects of the city's history; information on primary source material; and pertinent web links. There is a section on cinematographic representations of the city, some full-text essays in PDF, and an online magazine. Details of conferences, seminars, and other events are also provided. The site is written in Italian, but many of the pages can also be read in English.
This website briefly outlines AHRC-funded work to create an international community of scholars considering “how streets shaped and informed the daily lives of urban communities in the past” and the contemporary resonance of this. The network will bring together researchers from many disciplines, including “art historians, architectural historians and theoreticians, planners, artists and critics, film-makers and an actor” to explore urban experience at the beginning of the modern era through the consideration of such things as gossip, street sounds, processions and protest.
This is the website for Tameside Local Studies Library, forming part of the public library service provided by Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council. Material relating to the history of Tameside's nine towns (Ashton-under-Lyne, Audenshaw, Denton, Droylsden, Dukinfield, Hyde, Longdendale, Mottram, Broadbottom, Hollingworth, Mossley, and Stalybridge) is centralised at Tameside Local Studies and Archives Unit.As this is part of the website for the Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, it contains links to further administrative information that leads you away from the core of local studies information presented here. This can be confusing, but most linked pages cross-reference back to the Tameside Local Studies Library, where the user is presented with a wealth of information that assists the researcher to find resources relating to: family history; military history (including the Manchester Regiment, and the Boer War); house history; exhibitions and slide packs for loan; local history publications for sale; publishing your research; black and Asian history; sound and oral history; and libraries and heritage. The information includes: library service information; general research guidelines for local, family, house and military history; Internet links; and local collection holdings of census records, parish registers, the International Genealogical Index, local newspapers, historical maps, photographs, and archives. There is also a Tameside bibliography, compiled 1992-1997 by the staff of Tameside Local Studies Library. This is presented as a PDF file. In 2000, the librarian responsible for developing the local studies and archive collection at Tameside was presented with the Dorothy McCulla Memorial award for Local Studies Librarianship 2000 by the Library Association Local Studies Group.
The website "Tate Online: Archive Journeys" is published as part of the Tate's website. It showcases content from the Tate Archive Online in three themed galleries: Tate History; Bloomsbury; and Reise. The first gallery covers the history of the Tate, from its foundation in 1897 to the present, the second looks at the lives of the literary and artistic Bloomsbury set in London, and the third follows the career of the American art critic Barbara Reise, who lived and worked in London during the 1960s and 1970s. Each of the galleries uses material from the Tate's archives, such as letters, photographs, and pictures, combined with a narrative of the subject. Each section also features a quiz. The level would be appropriate for school students and life-long learners in particular, but also for undergraduates.
This website, from the New York City Museum 'tells the stories of immigrants who lived in 97 Orchard Street, a tenement built in 1863 on Manhattan's Lower East Side'. The 'History' section includes a list of thousands of residents (estimated to be about 7,000 between 1863 and 1935) who lived in the building, and describes changes in building toilets, light, water, and heating. There is, moreover, a virtual tour, a 1916 immigration simulation game, and some lesson plans. The website is attractively designed in places, although a little cluttered and 'busy' in others, and while much of what is available is aimed at people intending to visit the museum, the images and information available are nevertheless of use. There are also links to detailed bibliographies on the general subject of tenement-living in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries, and information on similar research projects in other areas.
The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913 is an extremely valuable, award-winning research website that will prove invaluable for historians working on British criminal and judicial history. The site is described as an online "edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court." The site makes available all remaining editions of the 'Old Bailey Proceedings' (1674-1913) and 'The Ordinary of Newgate's Accounts' (1690-1772). These records provide information on 210,000 trials, including some 3,000 men and women who were executed. The texts are fully searchable through several menus by keyword and instructions are provided on how to search the site effectively. Details are also posted on a scholarly meeting conducted in relation to this Web project. The site promises to link to another University of Sheffield-based Web project, 'Plebeian Lives and the Making of Modern London, 1690 to 1800,' which is still in development.
The website "TheGlasgowStory" is a rich online resource on the history of this Scottish city. It is published by a partnership of Glasgow based institutions and organisations, including the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, and is funded by the New Opportunities Fund. The site is based around a large number of well-written essays on Glaswegian history, which document the city from its beginnings until the present day. These, and a substantial number of images sourced from libraries, museums and archives, can be searched by keyword. Alternatively users can access the resources by period, or by theme. These include everyday life, culture and leisure, learning and beliefs, trade and communication, industry and technology, buildings and cityscape, neighbourhoods, and personalities. Sections include: beginnings; rising burgh; industrial revolution; second city of the empire; no mean city; and modern times. The site is available in smaller or larger text and in high contrast as well.
This is the website of Town and Townscape: The Work and Life of Thomas Sharp, a project at Newcastle University funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Thomas Sharp 1901-1978 was a key figure in town planning in the mid-twentieth century. This project has made a unique collection of the personal papers of Sharp accessible through archival cataloguing and conservation. The Web page is easy to navigate using links on the left and there are sections detailing Thomas Sharp's life, a very interesting and relevant bibliography, details about Sharp-related collections in other public libraries, and associated works. The Web page is well put together, easy to use and of value to both urban historians and town/urban planners in general.
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.
UKBORDERS is a searchable database of digitised boundary datasets of the UK. It allows users to map Census data or any other dataset that can be aggregated to conventional Census geographies (counties, districts, wards and enumeration districts). The boundary datasets are available in many GIS formats (MapInfo MIF/MID, ArcView Shape, Arc/Info Export and several others) for users to download. Access to the service requires an institutional subscription (such as an Athens account) and individual registration through EDINA. Datasets include: synthetic neighbourhood localities; police basic command units; administrative units of the European Community; forested areas; CORINE land cover ecology sets; census wards; nature reserves; sites of special scientific interest; as well as many other datasets of various administrative boundaries. UKBORDERS receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). This description is based upon that provided by the JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
'Underground history' is an amateur website which provides a fascinating insight into both the industrial archaeology and the transport and social history of London. The author, Hywel Williams, assembles and presents a substantial portfolio of photographs, maps and background information on some forty decommissioned sections of the London Underground system which provide an alternative history of the Tube (and the Capital in general) from the late 19th century onward. The information is presented station by station and according to whether the tube lines were constructed by the deep level method or the cut-and-cover one. Other defunct underground features, such as the Kingsway tram underpass or obsolete entrances, passageways and platforms of extant stations are also included. The website, which is part of London Transport Web Ring, also presents weblinks to both official and unofficial organisations relating to public transport history and infrastructure, as well as a guide to novels and TV programmes featuring the underground system or using decommissioned stations as backdrops. Additionally, the author provides details of how to gain access to those parts of the network usually not open to the general public. While this resource is aimed primarily at the amateur transport historian or interested members of the public, there is much here too for the benefit professional historians of London and its transport system.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the "Urban Hierarchy and Functions in the East Midlands in the Late Middle Ages, 1300-1550" 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 Rich Text Format (RTF); Excel spreadsheets and PDF 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 aims of the project were to : 1. establish the broad pattern of the urban hierarchy in the East Midlands in the late Middle Ages 2. identify from a small sample of communities the principal economic, social and environmental markers for different levels within the urban hierarchy of late medieval towns; also where possible to identify demographic and economic fluctuations 3. identify linkages between towns and between town and countryside in the late Middle Ages 4. generate a new methodological framework to enable the productive application of archaeological evidence to the study of late medieval towns which will be of particular benefit to economic, social and urban historians The dataset contains information about all towns, proto-towns and commercial centres in the East Midlands in the period 1300-1550, including information about primary sources. It also includes weekly market tolls for Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, 1408-1519.
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 website 'The urban past: an international urban history bibliography' was compiled by Gilbert Stelter from the University of Guelph and was originally designed as a resource for students at this institution. The majority of the citations are to works published in English. The bibliography is divided into the ancient city, the classical city, the medieval city, the early modern city and the modern city. Each section is further divided into geographical sections, making the site easy to navigate. Some links to other Internet resources are included on the site. The site provides a helpful introduction to some of the bibliographic information available on urban history, although the literature is not up to date since the site has been archived since 1997.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the 'Urban Poverty in Nineteenth Century Italy : Florence, Turin, Rome' 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 main purpose of the study was to investigate the nature of poverty and its demographic dimensions in Florence, Turin and Rome about the year 1810. The data were collected from petitions made by households seeking poor relief from the respective urban authorities. The data is available to order from the HDS as tab delimited text files or SPSS portable 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 data consists of: Economic Variables (For individuals within the household, there is information on occupation, work status, salary and condition of work); Demographic (For individuals, information on age, sex and marital status, relationship to head of household. For households, information on size of houshold and domicility); Institutional). The most complete information on all variables is for Florence: less complete data are from Rome, the Jewish Ghetto of Rome and Turin.
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.
This electronic copy of Hector Gavin's 'Sanitary Ramblings, Being Sketches and Illustrations of Bethnal Green, a Type of the Condition of the Metropolis and Other Large Towns' (London: John Churchill, 1848) was sympathetically prepared for publication by Lee Jackson and can be found on the 'Dictionary of Victorian London' website. Written in support of the sanitary reform by a lecturer in forensic medicine and public health who was also a member of the Committee for the Health of Towns and of London Association, it tackles such topics as: 'Location and structure of dwelling-houses', 'Warming and ventilation of houses', 'House cleansing', 'Privies and cesspools', 'Paving', 'Street cleansing', 'Sewerage', 'Interments', 'Nuisances', 'Water supply', and 'Sickness and disease, and mortality'. The text is accompanied by a map and descriptions of the five medical relief districts of the parish of Bethnal Green, as well as by sickness and mortality tables for the one-year period ending on the 1st of October 1847. All publishing information has been retained, including the original print page references. The map is available in two sizes, the second of which is relatively large and may be slow to download over a low-bandwith connection; it is, however, detailed and of good quality.
Virtual Mitchell is an online database of images of Glasgow, published by the Mitchell Library, one of the largest reference libraries in Europe. The images have largely been taken from the City Archives, and are mainly of street scenes and buildings. The collection is largely made up of photographs, but also includes a small amount of prints and lithographs. The database can either be searched or browsed by keyword, street name and area. It can also be browsed thumbnail menus or by subject areas such as the cinema, shipbuilding, immigrant communities and the First and Second World Wars. Individual images can be downloaded from the site, but if proper copies are required these can be ordered separately.
This website, Virtual New York City (VNY), from the City University of New York, aims to provide free online access to a multitude of sources on the history of New York. Although still in development as of October 2009, the site provides information on all aspects of New York's history, from the political and economical to the social and environmental. There are currently four exhibitions on the site which are all under the broad heading of 'Disaster'. They focus on: storms; riots; fires; and epidemics. Information is presented under each of these headings and includes detailed and interesting discussion on some major events. There is, moreover, the ability to search the VNY archives by keyword, and a number of links to other sources detailing New York's history. This website will be of significant value to those interested in New York's history, or the history of America or urban studies in general.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the "Wages and Prices in Scotland, c.1580-1780" 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 principal purpose of this study was to counter the long-term neglect of Scottish price history by undertaking a thorough and systematic search of the principal Scottish archives. The main focus was on agricultural commodity prices and both urban and rural wages.
This website introduces an AHRC-funded project exploring the Saxon and Medieval archaeology of the town of Wallingford, in Oxfordshire, UK. With its rich townscape, preserving its medieval street pattern, large number of historic buildings and defensive structures (Saxon burh, medieval earthen ramparts and Norman castle) and a significant undisturbed archaeological record, the town has been identified by researchers due to its potential, yet the very limited amount of attention it has hitherto received. This project aims to employ a variety of approaches to expand knowledge of this key townscape and shed light on the nature of Saxon and Norman urbanism. The website details the results of the excavation seasons carried out so far, together with information about the study of Wallingford, including a comprehensive bibliography. The website also has a series of posters from the various trenches to read and download. The main project ran from 2008-10, but elements are continuing. A monograph is in preparation for the Society for Medieval Archaeology.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the "Women, Work and Trade in the English Industrial Revolution, 1773-1828" 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 database records details of women's trade and business activities in Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield between 1773 and 1828. The data is drawn from trade directories and newspapers published during sample years between these dates. This study aimed to show that businesswomen were central to urban society and to the operation and development of commerce in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century northern towns. It presents a rich and complicated picture of lower-middling life and female enterprise in three northern English towns: Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield. The stories told by a wide range of sources - including the trade directories and newspaper advertisements which form the basis of the database - demonstrate the very differing fortunes and levels of independence that individual businesswomen enjoyed. Yet, as a group, their involvement in the economic life of towns and, in particular, the manner in which they exploited and facilitated commercial development, force us to reassess our understanding of both gender relations and urban culture in late Georgian England. In contrast to the traditional historical consensus that the independent women of business during this period - particularly those engaged in occupations deemed 'unfeminine' - was insignificant and no more than an oddity, businesswomen are presented by the project findings not as footnotes to the main narrative, but as central characters in a story of unprecedented social and economic transformation.
Decembrists in Irkutsk is a Web page focusing on the famous uprising that took place in St. Petersburg on 14 December 1825. All the participants of the uprising (mostly high-ranking officers), later called Decembrists, marched troops to Senate Square in St. Petersburg in an attempt to force the Senate to sign the manifesto abolishing serfdom and initiating democratic reforms. The uprising was suppressed, five participants were executed and the rest were punished in various ways. Some of them were exiled to Siberia, and Irkutsk Province was one of the places where they settled for years. Among others the page provides information on Sergei Volkonsky, Piotr Mukhanov, and Yekaterina Trubetskaya (the wife of one of the Decembrists). It also includes a map of the first cities, settlements and forts in Eastern Siberia and some photos. It is helpful for general public, secondary students and undergraduates starting research of the topic. The site also offers links to sites on St. Petersburg, which can be accessed by clicking on the words "St. Petersburg" highlighted in the text.
This website offers a guide to the extensive special collections and archives at the University of Strathclyde. Despite their notable focus on Glasgow, these collections cover a wide spectrum of social, economic, political and military history, as well as literature, the built environment, notable Scottish institutions and individuals. Each collection is described, and titles in the catalogue are listed. Details are also provided about access arrangements.