The 1001 Wonders website is in the process of creating an interactive site for each of 1001 world heritage sites around the globe. Each finished page has a 360 degree interactive panorama of the site, as well as a brief description. The website is very easy to use. A visitor clicks the "Planisphere" menu at the top of the homepage to access a world map. From here, parts of the world can be clicked on to get to particular sites in that area. The panoramas are a high resolution and very clear and would make an excellent teaching tool as well as an informative and interesting resource for students and members of the general public.
The website 'Accessing Scotland's Past' is a pilot project managed by the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The organisation records and interprets a variety of sites, monuments and buildings which are significant in Scotland's heritage. It works to promote the use of these resources through the National Monuments Record of Scotland. Photographs; aerial views; books; periodicals; site reports; maps; architectural drawings; and models make up the records which have long been catalogued for use of the general public. This project however aims to provide a clearer guide to each historical site and historical building by giving a historical overview and information on further resources and external links. The historical overviews are concise and may not offer enough depth for academics. The site provides some examples of its work but further references must be accessed through another site to which links are given. As the project is only in a pilot stage, the target areas are restricted to the Cairngorms; Aberdeenshire and Moray; and the Merse in the Scottish Borders.
This AHRC-funded centre, which is based at De Montfort University, and the Sport, History and Heritage Research Network's website provides online access and information on work by leading sports historians. The website's main attraction is a list of papers on sports history and heritage. There, unfortunately, has been no standardisation of the file type for the papers to be download and, as a result, some are available only in Word, some as a PDF, and others as PowerPoint. Nevertheless, the papers provide access to work from one of the world's leading sports heritage historians, and will be of value to those working in this field.
'Albion Magazine Online : exploring English identity' is an online magazine exploring issues in English culture and Englishness. At October 2007, there are seven issues online for free, each containing full-text articles, interviews, and reviews of books, fine art, cinema and music containing a diversity of representations of Englishness. The Summer 2007 issue was a special issue on 'English Radicalism' and included an interview with Leon Rosselson. The magazine's tone is serious and liberal, and this bi-annual publication serves as a thoughtful introduction to the "positive aspects of Englishness and English culture without ignoring areas that need improvement".
This exhibition, from the Field Museum, Chicago, "takes you on a journey through 13,000 years of human ingenuity and achievement in the western hemisphere, where hundreds of diverse societies thrived long before the arrival of Europeans." This attractive and easy-to-navigate website features an exhibition overview, a FAQ about culture and the Americas, essays (about topics such as the Ice Age), interactive features, links to related collections, educational resources (including a glossary and reading materials), and more.
'ARCA: Association for Research into Crimes against Art' is a stylish website for a U.S. organisation described as an... "interdisciplinary think tank/research group on contemporary issues in art crime". ARCA aims to publish a 'Journal of Art Crime', which it is anticipated will... "come out in the Spring of 2009". At April 2009 there are also some articles freely available at the foot of the 'Publications' page - such as 'Five Art Crimes of 2008'; and 'Four Categories of Art Crime and Their Effect on the Art Trade'. The website has an archive of press articles featuring ARCA, details of courses in Art Crime Studies, a short summary of art crime statistics, a full listing of ARCA projects and thematic areas of interest, and details of membership fees and benefits. This will be a useful website for those seeking contacts in the field of art crime studies. The website is also available in Italian.
The website "Architectural Heritage Fund" reflects the activities of this organisation. Founded in 1976, the Architectural Heritage Fund is a registered charity that aims to promote the conservation of historic buildings in the United Kingdom. The website provides information on the fund, rescuing buildings, grants and loans available for rescue work and general support for community and voluntary organisations interested in regenerating historic buildings. The site is well structured and provides clear guidance for groups interested in rescuing buildings. It is split into sections on rescuing buildings, grants and loans, advice and publications, regeneration, case studies, funding for historic buildings, news, contact details and a very complete links section to other organisations involved in the regeneration of historic buildings. Navigation through these sections is made easier by simple menus and a "site locator" which tracks were you are within the site. The case studies (available in PDF format as high or low quality versions for quicker download time) provide examples of the type of work the Fund has supported in the past. The news section has recent press cuttings (also in PDF format) on historic buildings and the Architectural Heritage Fund. Summaries of news from within the fund itself are provided in html format.
This amateur site provides an introduction, in French, to religious architecture in Western Europe. The site can be searched by type of building (cathedral, church or chapel, abbey or monastery), or by region (departments of France, or other European countries). Records for individual buildings contain images, potted histories of the site, and in certain instances, floor plans and elevations. The site also provides useful guides to architectural history, the history of monastic orders, and pilgrimage, as well as a glossary of architectural terms (which includes a French-English translation).
Published by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Architecture.com is a searchable online portal about architecture and the built environment. In addition to providing practical information on architects and the architectural profession (which can also be accessed via the main RIBA webpage), the site features news and debate about the built environment and a valuable reference index of online resources in architecture and architectural history. The fully searchable catalogue of the RIBA Architectural Library (housing the biggest architectural study resource in the UK) is complemented by useful introductions to individual parts of the collection such as books, archives, drawings and photographs. A selection of portraits of leading architects (with annotations) possessed by the RIBA library is reproduced here and provides a useful source of images for historians. The website also provides two separate pages of Internet links. A compilation of over 1000 mainly UK-based sites with abstracts and references is accompanied by a list some 2000 sites on the main RIBA webpage with a broader international subject matter, including the comprehensive 'Great buildings' website. Also included are links to online exhibitions on architects and architectural projects. Architecture.com is a valuable reference source both for practical information on the architectural profession but is will also interest architectural and social historians and heritage professionals.
This webpage describes the University of Teesside’s archives and special collections. These comprise three main collections: the European Green Archive, covering the activities of the Green Party from 1972 to the present, and including policy documents, conference proceedings, press, minutes, manifestos and campaigns; the HMS Trincomalee Trust Archive of material relating to the reconstructed 1817 Royal Navy Frigate, including accounts, minutes, technical schematics, prints, drawings and original artefacts from the ship; and the Wally K Daly Archive of Daly’s short stories, radio plays, contributions to TV series such as Juliet Bravo, Casualty and Byker Grove, photographs and ephemera. The webpage includes information on accessing this material.
The ARSC Journal is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal devoted to all aspects of the history of sound recording. The journal is published by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC). In August 2009 the ARSC made back-issues freely available online, from 1967 through to 1989. The contents of these issues are searchable, and the website also has an external link to an index of articles (an XSL file created by the University of California, Santa Barbara). Issues from 1989 - 2009 have tables-of-contents at the website but are not freely available, and these may be found as part of the commercial 'International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text' service or purchased individually in print form. The journal contains historical articles, technical papers on preservation issues, bibliographies and discographies. Example freely available articles from 1967 - 1989 include: 'The Birth of Decca Stereo'; 'Critical Analysis of Spoken Word Broadcasts'; 'Selective Discography of the Civil Rights Movement'; 'Use of Recordings in Establishing Performance Practices for 19th/20th Century Organ Music'; and 'Hunting for the American White Spiritual', among many others. There are also details of the current Editorial Advisory Board, tables of contents for recent issues, and details of the submissions process.
The Asia-Europe network of museums (ASEMUS) attempts to strengthen the links between Europe and Asia by bringing together their shared heritages. The virtual exhibition of 2,500 masterpieces in Asian and European collections is probably the showcase for the general reader. ASEMUS is an important and ambitious project of cooperation especially valuable in an ongoing period of conflict and misunderstanding. The project is supported by ASEF, the Asia-Europe foundation, which was established in 1997 to promote cultural and intellectual exchange between the continents. ASEMUS endeavours to rectify the present inequalities in museum collections, whereby those in Asia hold little of European origin, but European museums maintain extensive collections of Asian material. At present, the organisation is in development, but its aims are straightforward - to share collections and to encourage cooperation. ASEMUS does not have any funds of its own, and encourages patronage.
'Aughty' is a website dedicated to the Slieve Aughty uplands in Counties Clare and Galway in the west of Ireland. What makes this website different from normal local-interest websites is the wide range of full-text academic papers it makes available. Papers are offered in PDF form, and there are titles such as: 'Spatial Stories: Mapping the Social Relations of Power on 19th Century OS Maps of Ireland'; 'The Eric Fines of Ancient Irish Law'; 'Women in Irish History Research Guide'; 'The Poetry of Rural Ulster'; 'Locative Narrative and the Landscape'; 'Collecting and Preserving Folklore and Oral History: Basic Techniques'; and 'The Gaelic Clans of County Clare and Their Territories', among many others. There is also a developing annotated bibliography and list of resources about the Slieve Aughty area, as well as information about the land use, history, wildlife, and culture of the area. This personal project will be a website of interest to those investigating the culture and heritage of remote upland communities in the British Isles.
This is the Web page of the BBC2 programmes 'Restoration', broadcast in 2003-2004, and 'Restoration Village', 2006. In the programme, historic buildings in different areas of the British Isles are nominated for restoration with a single project to be chosen to receive the prize of restoration. Properties include the Victoria Baths in Manchester (2003's winner); the Old Grammar School, King's Norton (2004's winner); Chedham's Yard, Wellesbourne, Warwickshire (the 2006 winner). Other information provided by the site includes details about the programmes, its presenters and advocates as well information about the restoration fund and details of how to get involved. A database of courses in local history, conservation and heritage, a list of local and national heritage groups and an online library of articles related to buildings is also available. The page is archived.
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.
Britain in print is a project being led by Edinburgh University Library on behalf of CURL (the Consortium of Research Libraries in the British Isles), and is made up of a partnership of 17 libraries across the UK. The aim of the project is to enhance electronic access to the wealth of heritage material held in some of the most important libraries in the UK, and produced in the first 250 years after the invention of the printing press, in the period 1450-1700. In order to achieve this aim, the project will create electronic records for pre-1700 British books in participating libraries, and make them available via a web-based catalogue, in addition to creating online learning materials aimed at schools, which draw on these resources. The website provides full details of the project, in addition to other resources, including a Learning zone section, Timelines, Introduction to print, and a Members Area, for which registration is needed.
The website of the "British Cinema History Research Project (BCHRP)" provides information on the projects based at the School of English and American Studies, University of East Anglia. One of the projects involves publishing online searchable transcriptions of the most significant interviews from the Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) Oral History project. It focuses on interviews with those who have worked behind the camera, whose taped interviews are archived at the British Film Institute (BFI). The second project is a searchable online index for the trade journal for film producers and exhibitors,"Kine Weekly", the successor to "Optical Magic Lantern and Photographic Enlarger", which began publication around 1890. In the 1970s the publication merged with "Today's Cinema", and became "Screen International". This project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (now the AHRC) within the Resource Enhancement scheme.
The website 'The British Library Online Gallery: Illuminated Manuscripts' is an online exhibition of the BL, containing over 3000 images taken from the library's collection of illuminated manuscripts. The site is introduced by the curator, and contains images chosen from manuscripts dating from the 8th to the 15th centuries, including: annals; medical treatises; hagiographies; psalters; bestiaries; chronicles; and religious works. Celebrated manuscripts such as the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Sherborne Missal are represented, as would be expected, but perhaps more interesting are the images from the less showy manuscripts that constitute the greater part of the library's collection. The images chosen include: marginalia; heraldic art; illuminated and historiated initials and miniatures. This resource would be of use to all those interested in the cultural and intellectual history of the medieval period, as well as scholars and students of art history and manuscript studies. Users can browse the illuminated manuscripts collection by title and date or use the link to the catalogue. Once selected, the images are presented with a short description and can be viewed either as a large image or as smaller image in which users can zoom and pan (requires Flash).
The British Postal Museum and Archive website provides access to the catalogue and some of the collections of the Royal Mail and the Post Office, dating back over four hundred years. It is an invaluable source for the history of postal communication in Britain, and for developments in social, transport and business history and in design and advertising, particularly in the last two centuries. Learning pages provide resources for small children through to adults, with specific information for teachers; there is a guide for family historians. A history section traces the development of the post from the Romans onwards, concentrating on the period from the Stuarts to the present day. Informative and attractive online exhibitions include How the Post Office went to War, Elizabeth, Queen and Icon, and Playing for the Cup. This user-friendly site was designed with accessibility in mind; it can be viewed in Welsh and a spoken version is available. Clearly laid out, the website includes FAQs, a glossary and a shop. The records in the archive were awarded designated status by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, in recognition of their national importance.
The website 'British Records Association' reflects the activity of this scholarly society established to promote and engage in the preservation and publication of historical records. On the Association's website there is a range of information relating to their activities, including details of membership, events and conferences, and their journal. In addition to this details of BRA publications can be accessed, and the full-text of several of their guideline pamphlets. Also on the site is information about the Records Preservation Section, an organisation that works to rescue historical records, advise individuals on the care of records, and provide archival services.
This is the homepage of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS). The site gives an overview of this academic professional association, including its constitution and contacts for board members and how to join. It offers information on BSECS conferences, with calls for papers which notably focus on work by postgraduates. Online conference papers are posted in full on the website, along with a forum for public comment, although user registration is required. The site additionally lists relevant external conferences as well as their programmes, and provides links to journals, other professional associations and resources that relate to scholarly study of the 18th century.
This website publishes the free and full-text online version of the Bulletin des Études Grecques Modernes et Contemporaines. The Bulletin is a publication of the French School of Athens that contains news about recent and ongoing researches in the field of modern and contemporary Greece as well as bibliographic material. New issues will appear here a few years after the printed version is published. This website may be useful primarily to researchers in history or archaeology.
Cadw, 'the official guardian of the built heritage of Wales', is the Welsh Assembly's historic environment division and is responsible for protecting, conserving and promoting a numerous and diverse range of sites. This attractive and well laid out website includes extensive information on Welsh monuments, buildings, parks, gardens, landscapes and underwater archaeology. The places to visit section includes a map with links to descriptions and images of historic sites. There are details of opening hours, admission prices and an events programme. The learning and discovery pages include information on castles through history, including those of the Welsh princes and of Edward I, with detailed information on specific sites and resources for teachers. Owners of historic properties can access advice about listed building status and securing grants. The legislation section details laws relating to heritage protection and guidance on access and listing. Cadw has many guides and publications, some of which can be viewed online or downloaded as a pdf file, although others can only be purchased in hard copy. The site is also available in Welsh.
The personal website created by Simon and Gina Robins called Castlexplorer provides a gazetteer of medieval fortifications across England, Wales and Scotland. Aimed primarily at the general public, entries in the gazetteer can be located using an interactive map or the alphabetical A to Z list. For each entry there are photographs, a short history of the site, basic information on visitor facilities, directions on how to get there, and links to relevant websites for the specific castle. In addition, there is a brief outline history of the development and decline of castles in medieval Britain. A useful glossary of terms associated with castles is also included. A short bibliography provides details of a range of published guides for a general audience,
The Centre for World Environmental History at the University of Sussex is the only centre in Europe dedicated to study of the environmental history of the tropics. Its website offers an introduction to its work, admission procedures, teaching information and conference notices, as well as the findings of research projects. Environmental history covers aspects of history, geography and cultural studies and 'draws widely from sciences, social sciences and the humanities'. The site has had a redesign since it was first reviewed on Intute. In the process it has stopped presenting reports on research as pdf documents. There are three research projects mentioned on the website - focusing on Tobago, Lesotho and the East India Company, but only one research paper can be accessed. Despite this downgrading of facilities available this is still a useful site.
This is the website of the Church Monuments Society that encourages the appreciation, study and conservation of church monuments both in the UK and abroad. The website provides an introduction to the society, its meetings, lectures, symposia and excursions. There are also details on how to join the society, and an updated noticeboard. The publications section of the noticeboard provides a useful list of recent publications with short descriptive reviews. The notes and queries section may also be useful for academics or researchers and provides short articles online. The "links" section provides a list of websites for magazines, journals and other publications, societies and other organisations and sites that hold monument records. The journal link provides a list of articles (and short abstracts from 2001 onwards) published in the annual journal of the society "Church Monuments". Article titles from 1985-2008 are currently available but full-texts are not.
CIPHER (Communities of Interest Promoting Heritage of European Regions) is an online resource for a project (now completed) which used specially developed learning and IT programmes to promote the cultural heritage of the European regions among a wide constituency, in the form of Cultural Heritage Forums (CHFs) which present regionally based bodies of cultural knowledge. Web portals are designed to allow individual visitors to 'personalise' the way they read and study the content but also to make their own contributions with a viewing to creating communities of knowledge and learning. Forums included: 'Irish Cultural and Natural Heritage' which includes archaeological and ecological data-sets from a variety of public and private bodies; 'Nordic heritage through story-telling and historical artefacts' based on: Olaus Magnus's Carta Magna of 1539; his History of the Northern Peoples of 1555; and the Raisio Archaeology Archive of material from 990-1400 AD; 'Shared heritage of Central Europe' (Czech Republic and Austria); 'Tradition of technology in South Central English' featuring the WWII intelligence work and code-breaking at Bletchley Park. These can be downloaded as PDF files. The participant organisations reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the project and include: the Open University Knowledge Media Unit (UK); Dublin Institute of Technology Digital Media Centre and the Discovery Programme (Ireland); The Czech Technical University; the Internet-Lösungen und Dientsleistungen RiS GmbH (Austria); and the Helsinki University of Art and Design (Finland). This resource includes: contact details of all the contributing institutions and individuals; and a glossary of the technical and educational terms used by the authors.
The Circus Historical Society (CHS) is a society "dedicated to recording the history of the American circus". The CHS website has an index to all articles in its publication 'The Bandwagon', and free sample full-text articles such as "Spec-ology of the Circus" and "Tom Mix: His Life, His Films and His Circus". There is an extensive online collection of circus photos, illustrations and circus logos. There is an annotated listing of circus history collections and resources in the USA. There is a selected bibliography. The website also contains a partial index to the circus journal 'White Tops' (1927-1997). The CHS website can be searched by keyword. This may be a useful website for British scholars seeking to understand how the American circus influenced popular entertainment in the British Isles. The CHS also holds an annual scholarly conference in the USA.
'Circus Museum' is a large online collection of "posters, photos and prints from the collection of Jaap Best, the Netherlands’ largest collection of circus memorabilia", and it offers "nearly eight thousand circus posters from 1880 to the present, from the Netherlands to America" in addition to images of photographs, postcards and prints. The collection is free to access, and can be searched by keyword, and filtered by image type. The search results present images using a Flash player, and users are able to zoom into very large images that show very clear details. Paper prints may be purchased. Images are accompanied by full information. The website says that in 2007 the organisers were able to add "7,000 circus photos and picture postcards" to the existing collection. There is also a short biography of the collector Jaap Best, and a profile of the main German poster printing firm Adolph Friedländer. This website is very well designed and is presented in an engaging manner, and the navigation is simple and easy to use. Headphones or speakers are recommended, since the audio is very well done even though it is only spoken in Dutch.
The Cistercians in Yorkshire website is a comprehensive and well-presented source of information on Cistercian history and practice in Britain. The Cistercian Order (or White Monks) arrived in the twelfth century, and was present in Britain until the dissolution of the Monasteries in the sixteenth. The site includes multimedia features and the intelligent use of hyperlinks to navigate the site. The central focus of the website is on the five major Cistercian abbeys in Yorkshire: Byland; Fountains; Kirkstall; Rievaulx; and Roche. For each of these abbeys there are web pages about their location, history, buildings, lands, and people. A full A-Z directory of other British and Irish Cistercian abbeys is also provided, giving brief histories and summary information for each abbey, such as whether the ruins are accessible to the public. The website also provides extensive information about Cistercian life (divided into topic areas) and a general history of the order. A glossary of terms is included, as is a list of prominent people with short biographies. Multimedia features include three-dimensional reconstructions of buildings and video clips of architecture and architectural features. Articles and essays are clear and succinct, and accompanied by full scholarly footnotes. The Cistercians in Yorkshire project is funded by the UK Lottery 'New Opportunities Fund'. The site does not give any indication of its date of creation or last update. A text only version is available.
This electronic journal, published quarterly by the US National Park Service, is concerned with all aspects of American heritage – from the natural and built environment, through museums and archaeological sites to the ways in which history is narrated. Aimed at the “heritage community”, the focus is largely on historic locations within the United States, including their histories, preservation and interpretation. The journal also includes news features. Issues are available online in PDF format from 2003 (the journal’s archaeology focussed-predecessor, published until 2001 is available elsewhere) and are fully searchable.
This website grew out of an exhibition of the collection, held by the University of Göttingen, which showcased some 300 Pacific island artefacts collected by James Cook on his famous voyages in the 1700s. The site, which is very easy to navigate and use, also has research essays, an extensive bibliography and links to other online resources on James Cook. There are three options to search for resources: users can browse by 'place' (i.e. where the artefacts came from); by 'category' (i.e. what the artefacts are - such as combs or clothing) or browse all, which simply lists the artefacts. Each artefact has an image and details relating to its construction, materials, origins and so on. The Web page is highly valuable to historians of the Pacific Islands in the eighteenth century, and is of very significant general interest.
The Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi (CVMA) collection is hosted by the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS), and this Web page provides introductory information and access to the searchable collection through the VADS interface or the CVMA's own website. The CVMA was founded in 1949 and has committees in twelve countries. In Britain it is a British Academy Research Project whose activities include the creation of this picture archive. The image collection contains over 18,000 images, most provided by the National Monuments Record, with others from sources such as the Centre for Medieval Studies, York, and several private collections.
The Journal of Heritage Stewardship (CRM) is a peer-reviewed journal published by the US National Park Service and focusing on cultural heritage. It publishes academic papers; articles and reviews. Most articles and papers focus on American heritage, but there are articles on the heritage of other continents. The full-text contents are freely available; it is possible to subscribe to the paper version or obtain information on submitting papers.
The website "Croness Pumping Station" is published by the Crossness Engines Trust, and is part of the National Grid for Learning. The site covers the history of the Crossness Pumping station, built in 1865 by Joseph Bazalgette as part of London's new drainage system. There is a sizeable section on the pumping station's history, taken from Ian G. Hampson's 'A popular history of Crossness'. This covers the building and it's engines, as well as including a biography of Joseph Bazalgette, and information on the state of London's sanitation and public health in the Victorian age. There is also information about the Trust and it's work to restore Crossness since the 1980s.
'Cultural perceptions of the South Downs and High Weald' is an appendix to the local authority research and planning document 'Landscape Character Assessment for Mid Sussex 2005' (Mid Sussex District Council). This 2,600-word appendix provides a scholarly and well-researched overview of the cultural perceptions of the places and landscape of this particular part of England, and it discusses as especially significant Cobbett's 'Rural Rides', the literature of Rudyard Kipling, and the work of the artist Eric Ravilious. There is a short bibliography.
Produced by Culture24 (formerly known as the 24 Hour Museum), the Places to Go Web page lists over 4,000 cultural venues. Guides are available for Birmingham, Manchester, London, Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Norwich, Brighton and Hove, and Newcastle and Gateshead, as well as regions, such as North East, North West, Yorkshire, East Midlands, West Midlands East of England, South East, South West, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Each guide contains news and reviews, city trails, venue guides and events listings. Features on local history, a kids section and links to museums, archives, libraries, local history societies, arts groups etc. are also available. Each individual guide can by searched from the site.
The website of the Defence of Britain Project, which ran from April 1995 to March 2002 under the auspices of the Council for British Archaeology, is now completed and archived project which aimed to map the military landscape of Britain. The project was run by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA). Nearly 20,000 twentieth century military sites in the United Kingdom were recorded by an army of some 600 volunteers. Two databases which were developed by the project can be viewed online via the Archaeology Data Service (a link is provided). A link also opens the old site of the project, where users can find: a selection of some of the images contained in these databases; a record count of how many sites are in each county and unitary authority, a map of anti-invasion defences; information about research into pillboxes and other anti-invasion defences; previous issues of the newsletter, links to other sites and details of the organisations linked with the development of the database. On the current site of the project and of the CBA a list of publications on 20th century military history can be consulted.
The website of "The DiCamillo Companion to British and Irish Country Houses" is a project which aims, in its database, "to list every country house ever built in Britain and Ireland, standing or demolished". The author, Curt DiCamillo, is a member of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, although his company is registered in the US. The database can be searched by location, country, and country house name. The site is rather good and of interest to those who need to contextualise their history within an architectural setting or who are carrying out research on country houses. The illustrations are excellent and a slide show highlights the best of the houses. This may take up to two minutes to download. The section on houses in danger merely states the obvious and does not list any of the houses. The link to Burke's Peerage and Gentry database is rather useful. The site also provides links to societies involved in the preservation of country houses and institutions offering courses and masters degrees in the study of country houses. The site features a pronunciation guide together with a rather tacky gimmick in the guise of a fictional Lord Worcestercleucch.
The 'Dictionary of British Circus Biography' (DBCB) aims to create an "index of showmen, performers and other people associated with circus" in the British Isles. The DBCB website has details of the project, and calls for contributions of materials. The project is run by John Turner, a circus scholar and contributor to the Dictionary of National Biography, and the website has a list of his publications. These include the 3,000-entry 'Victorian Arena; the Performers' and the DBCB aims to build on this work by adding to it details of 20th century British circus performers. The DBCB is said to be due for print publication at some point in the future, and is currently said to contain 11,000 biographical records and 10,500 "records of actual circus visits".
The Digital Atlas of England Project aims to satisfy the need for publicly available information on the UK's churches in an easily accessible form through the creation of a permanent digital image bank of architecturally and historically interesting sites in England. The Atlas only records those buildings recorded in Nikolaus Pevsner's Buildings of England series built prior to 1900 and as a result does not cover those in most large towns and cities. The project director is focusing on Anglican parish churches, and their structure and contents (including Royal Arms, pews, stained glass, pulpits and of course tombs). This site displays sample images, although it appears that the aim is to produce a range of CD-ROMs containing the images, and featuring the Panorama programme which is used by the project. Details for the purchase of the CD-ROMs are given, though at the time of writing this they were out of print. The good quality sample images indicate the standard of this project. The Atlas website provides information about the project, including a record of the number of photographs created. The website also contains a record open and locked churches in England, an interesting photographer's blog with contributions from the photographers for the project, and an invitation to join an email discussion list of the site. Free registration is required in order to access the full content of the View Buildings section of the site.
This website describes an AHRC-funded project examining the transformation of personal archives from physical objects (such as journals, photographs, letters) to digital media and the implications this has on libraries, research repositories and scholarship. The project team consists of people from the British Library (the lead partner), University College London and University of Bristol. The project runs from September 2007 until March 2009, with dissemination continuing until June 2009, and is led by Dr Jeremy Leighton John of the British Library. The website has full details of this wide-ranging project, the research team and partners. Details of publications by team members are available as a PDF document, and the project aims to place full-text papers on the website at a future date. The team has a weblog, going back to the start of the project. Information is also provided about the Digital Lives conference, which was held on 10th February 2009.
The Doc Rowe archive is a unique independent collection that documents contemporary English folk customs and annual events. It contains historical material, as well as constantly updated contemporary resources. David R. 'Doc' Rowe annually revisits around 180 traditional events in the British Isles, making sound recordings, photographs and collecting ephemera connected with the events. This internationally important archive is currently stored in a community centre in Sheffield, and, although public contributions go towards the renting of the storage space, Doc's activities are self-funded. The website contains a biography of Doc, a detailed description of material in the collection, a full list of events he covers, and a small selection of his photographs shown at small size. The website also has details of the Doc Rowe Collection Support Group and how to make financial donations for the rent of the storage space.
An enormous amount of detailed information is provided about Domesday Book on this website from The National Archives, which should be the starting point for anyone wanting to find out more about this unique eleventh century document. The website is attractively illustrated, with an extensive glossary of terms and is suitable for users at all levels. It is largely free to use, although via a link to Documents Online users can search for people, places and specific folios in Domesday Book and pay to download colour images of the text or a translation. The Discover Domesday section provides detailed information about the creation of this document, how the entries can be interpreted and the insight it gives into eleventh century England. It examines the legacy of Domesday Book and considers the various editions that have been published. The World of Domesday pages set the document in the context of eleventh century society, providing information about economic, political and religious life. For schools, the Focus on Domesday section explains the story behind the document and how it was made; it includes a 'snapshot lesson' with tasks for pupils, video clips and teachers' notes. There is a quiz, game and a link to an online bookstore. Councils and tourist information centres can download a Domesday logo. The size of this website can be overwhelming and an improved layout and editing of duplicated information would be welcome.
This website is part of the Doncaster Community website, and provides a detailed history of one of Doncaster's most important civic buildings, the Mansion House. The Mansion House is currently used by local government, and was originally built in the eighteenth century as 'Assembly Rooms', for the purpose of public entertainment. This site contains a good range of information about the Mansion House; which is one of only four surviving civic Mansion Houses in England. The site is structured in the form of a tour of the rooms in the house, with current photographs of the rooms and a brief history of each room and the furnishings in it. Also available is information about the origins of the house, the architect James Paine who designed it and contact details for those wishing to visit the house.
The 'Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative' (ECAI) has a free Web portal that serves as a showcase for... "exemplars of the variety of cultural atlases currently being developed", presented as part of the ECAI's mission to... "use time and space to enhance understanding and preservation of human culture". The website requires no registration, and users can browse by region, nation, or city. At April 2008, the Initiative has only two British examples. Google Earth can also be used as a browser, via an offered KLM feed. The ECAI invites the submission of suitable maps, and holds two 'ECAI Congress of Cultural Atlases' events each year. The website also has full details of the ECAI, and details of published research papers. There is a comprehensive listing of ECAI editors, executive members, and partners. Of note is that the ECAI is examining how the presentation of scholarly findings can best be enhanced via... "web-based technologies and spatial visualization through GIS" - the ECAI website has full details and reports on this. Among other notable projects featured on the ECAI website is the free 'TimeMap' set of software tools, via the University of Sydney.
'The Empire that was Russia: the Prokudin-Gorskii photographic record recreated' is a 2003 Library of Congress online exhibition of unique colour photographs from late imperial Russia. The photographs were created by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) just prior to the First World War. There is biographical material about Prokudin-Gorskii and his expeditions, and a chronology. The gallery contains over 50 pictures, and these are divided into: 'Architecture'; 'Ethnic Diversity'; 'Transportation'; and 'People at Work'. There is a discussion of the digichromatography colour process used by Prokudin-Gorskii.
'England in Particular' is a website created by the charity Common Ground. It has information on topics such as local distinctiveness, spirit-of-place, and England's traditions. There is a English Gazeteer of 'calendar customs', and a comprehensive directory of hand-made maps created since 1980 as part of the Common Ground 'Parish maps' project. Full-text essays include: "Losing Your Place"; "The Naming of Rivers, Brooks & Bridges"; "Staying put for centuries: what do trees mean to people and their places?"; and "Trees, woods, culture and imagination", among others. There are also instructions on how to create an A-Z of place. The website contains eight issues of the free newsletter 'Particular News'. There is information about the encyclopaedic book 'England in Particular' that was published by Common Ground in 2006, including 26 sample entries.
The English Emblem Book Project was set up with the aim of making full-text emblem books from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries available online. Nine books are currently available online. Full bibliographical details of the original source of each book is provided. The full-text of each book has been scanned. Details of the optimum viewing requirements for each book is available from the technical information section of the site. This section also provides further information on the numbering, scanning and physical condition of the original works used for the project. The website also provides details of what emblem books are and general information on the project. The website has a bibliography of printed sources and a list of other emblem book websites.
'Our Place' is an English Heritage website and is aimed at those who work in the heritage industry in the UK, specifically those workers who are charged with "broadening access to heritage" in ways that fit with government policy objectives. 'Our Place' aims to offer a social networking forum for contact with peers, news and a notice board, and events listings. Large sections of the website are password-protected and require users to sign in, but membership is free. The website offers the ability to search for other members, to promote projects, and to add details of events of interest to other members. There is also an email newsletter for members. This may be a useful networking hub, but the current level of activity cannot be judged in any way without first joining.
This website reviews the recognised historical status of the battlefield of Langport in Somerset, provides photographs, a map showing the extent of the battlefield as registered by English Heritage, and a summary of the importance of the site. A link to a more detailed 12 page report (in pdf format) provides a description of the battle and the site where the Parliamentarians defeated the Royalist army in 1645, during the English Civil War. As well as explaining the historic context of the battle, the report also describes the physical landscape and its effect upon the military campaign, and how the landscape has changed since 1645. Contemporary accounts of the battle are extensively quoted, the debate over the precise location of the battle discussed, and a description is provided of the battlefield boundary as determined by English Heritage.
The website "English Heritage Public Archive" is the National Monuments Record (NMR) of English Heritage, and aims to preserve archives and data and to help in the understanding and enjoyment of the historic environment through their archives and information sources. The NMR holds around 10 million items covering archaeology, marine archaeology, buildings and aerial photographs of England. Amongst the collections available are nineteenth and twentieth century photographs, a complete register of listed buildings, data on archaeological sites, building surveys and a specialised reference library. The website makes it possible to browse many of the photographs online, and also provides the facility to search a variety of databases and catalogues online. In addition to this on the site users can make online enquiries about the contents of the NMR, access educational services, specialist services and find information on news and events.
ViewFinder is an online image archive published by the National Monuments Record, the public archive of English Heritage, in collaboration with Oxfordshire County Council and the Science Museum. It is comprised of various digitised photographic collections, including: The Henry W. Taunt Collection; England at Work; Rupert Potter (father of Beatrix); and York and Son. These collections cover varying aspects of everyday life in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including: architecture; landscape; customs; local history; coal mining; agriculture; railways; textiles; and transport. The collections can be searched by: keyword; collection; and photographer, among other methods, and are accompanied by contextual captions. Also available are specially created photo essays, which introduce specific topics and photographers. This site would be of use to social and cultural historians, as well as those interested in photographic history.
Felice Beato's Japan: places' is a large online exhibition from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The British citizen Felice Beato (born Corfu, 1833/4-1907) was the first photographer to systematically survey Japan. This MIT exhibition contains a substantial 50-image album of Beato's pictures. They feature places, buildings, and sculpture, primarily in Yokahama. The pictures are drawn from the collection of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. There is a very substantial scholarly essay by Allen Hockley. There are also detailed annotations, made by Beato’s colleagues, placed alongside the pictures. Beato had a profound and lasting influence on Japanese photography.
The "Finds Research Group AD 700-1700" website provides an introduction to this group which is a forum for people interested in or researching artefacts of the Anglo-Saxon, Viking, medieval and post-medieval periods. The website includes details of forthcoming conferences and meetings, a list of datasheets produced by the forum which communicate the results of ongoing work, membership details and short list of links. One datasheet (Prick Spurs 700-1700 by Blanche M.A. Ellis) is available as an example in PDF format. Membership forms are available on line for printing out (in html format). Details of committee members are also presented. The short list of links includes other finds societies and groups, museums and governmental bodies related to archaeology.
'Site/Lines: a journal of place' is a free full-text online journal from the Foundation for Landscape Studies. Site/Lines is a journal of "place-based writing. It serves as a scholarly and literary forum for essays and reviews of books, exhibitions, and design dealing with landscape themes and projects." It also examines the "social life of landscapes". As of June 2007, eight issues are available for download as PDF files. Issues are normally 24 pages long, and recent issues have themes such as New Orleans, the Botanical Garden, and German parks and landscape design. Readers will find details of the editor and Board of Editors on the last page of each issue.
The website of the the Friends of Lister Lane Cemetery, in Halifax, West Yorkshire, is an excellent example of community involvement in local history. The Friends were the winners of the BBC History Magazine local history awards in 2007, and their website illustrates how they used their historical research to generate community enthusiasm for, and participation in local history. Founded in 1999 as a working group to repair and maintain the Victorian cemetery, the group's historical research into the people buried there led to the compilation of an illustrated biographical database of people who contributed to the social and economic development of Halifax in the 19th and 20th centuries. Selections from this database are freely available through the website. A particular focus emerged from the project relating to the history of the Chartist movement in Halifax during the 1840s - this research led to the development of a range of online resources as well as community events, a podcast, and a newsletter. A study of local Chartist leader, Ben Rushton (1785-1833), includes a biography, extracts from his writings and speeches, and the full text of a lecture given by Dr Mike Sanders (from the University of Manchester) on the historical significance of the a Chartist meeting which took place at Blackstone Edge, Halifax in August 1846.
"Frog In A Well" is a well-designed website that hosts three "collaborative weblogs dedicated to East Asian history", with a specific focus in each weblog on China, Japan, or Korea. Weblog postings appear to be made mainly in English, but they can also be wholly or partly in Chinese, Japanese or Korean - some visitors may need to download extra fonts in order to correctly read these languages. About 30 named authors are active bloggers, and the discussion is of a scholarly nature. Author status is open to graduate students as well as to lecturers and other scholars. Each of the three weblogs has an extensive set of "categories" links, allowing a visitor to filter all of the previous postings by theme or topic. The 'Frog In A Well' archives date back to 2004, and the contents are searchable by keyword or phrase. RSS newsfeeds are available for all three weblogs.
The Future Histories of the Moving Image Research Network is an AHRC-funded research network that aims to "address the issues of sustainability and historiography arising from the growing number of moving image arts database and digitised collection projects in the UK." There are full details of key members and participants, a statement of aims, and a timetable for activities during 2007 and 2008. The website also has details of a November 2007 conference "Future Histories of the Moving Image" at the University of Sunderland, England.
The website "Garden History Society" introduces this society which aims to promote the study of the history of gardening, landscape gardening and horticulture, promote the protection and conservation of historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes, and to advise on their restoration and encourage the creation of new parks, gardens and designed landscapes. The website provides many resources suitable for academics researching the history of gardens, but also interested members of the public. There are online indexes for the journal Garden History (some only available in the cumulative index in PDF format), with plans for digitisation of major articles. Newsletter contents are also available and the conservation reports for England and Wales, and Scotland contained within them available in html format. The Society publishes or has published on it behalf, a number of informative books, leaflets and reports. A list of these is available in a cumulative index and annual bibliographies of titles relating to garden history are available. Both are in PDF format. The links page provides a list of websites relevant to Garden History. Useful for academics is the register of research (again a PDF file) that is intended as a guide to the research activities and interests of Members of the Society. It can be also printed off as a A5 booklet and contains useful information
German History in Documents and Images (GHDI) exhibits primary sources online to present a narrative of Germany's political, social, and cultural history from 1500 to the present. The site includes historical narrative overviews and original German texts, accompanied by new English translations. Short secondary historical narratives are prepared by a variety of current scholars who are specialists in relevant fields. The site is divided into ten sections according to historical time periods, with each addressing the following themes: government and administration; parties and organizations; military and war; economy and labour; nature and environment; gender, family, and generations; region, city, and countryside; religion; literature, art, and music; elite and popular cultures; and science and education. Primary sources and texts can be downloaded from the site, which is extermely useful for teaching, research, and study purposes. The site prohibits commercial use.
The website of the "Getty Conservation Institute" (GCI) introduces this institution created in the early 1980's to advance conservation sciences and find solutions to the conservation problems of monuments, artefacts and artworks. It operates in three main fields - scientfic research, education and training, and field projects. The website gives a full and informative account of the Institute's projects and principles. The introductory page, which includes contact details, has a link to a brief history of the Institute, from its establishment in the early 1980's and the emergence of defined goals, to hopes for the future. The website is organised around the Institute's working procedures - in the laboratory, in the field, in the museum and in education. The bulk of information concerns laboratory work, where attention is focussed on studies of deterioration mechanisms and the design of conservation treatments. Purposes and principles, the processes of project design, and the organisation of the research units are outlined. Further details are given for collections and objects, analytical technologies, environmental studies and building materials. For each, a list of current and past projects is provided., and these include preservation in collections in hot and humid environments, the conservation of the St. Vitus Mosaic in Prague, design of non-toxic measures to control pests in a museum environment and the preservation of lime mortars and plasters. Many of these projects have their own detailed websites, listing participants and publications as well as the objectives of the project. There is also extensive information on the equipment used in the laboratory. Further information on the conservation departments in the John Paul Getty Museum (antiquities, decorative arts and sculpture, painting, and paper) is available with a QuickTime plug-in. The Institute's educational endeavours are detailed with their work in field projects, courses and events, and teaching resources. The Institute's conservation activities are easily accessible, with full lists of forthcoming and past projects and lectures, of which the content of each is fully explained. There is also full information on resources and publications, included free access to the GCI Bulletin, the Newsletter, free books, reports and other publications available in PDF format.
Ghostsigns is the website and gallery of a collaborative national effort to photograph the remaining painted wall-signs of the British Isles. The website has full details of the project, an interactive map plotting the 600 signs so far identified, and some historical background. There are also details of how people can participate in this summer 2010 project. Ghostsigns is hosted and supported by the History of Advertising Trust. The project will be of interest to those researching advertising typography, advertising history, outdoor communication, regional differences in design, and the urban experience during the 20th century.
The website "Great Buildings collection" is an impressive online encyclopaedia of important world buildings and their architects edited by Kevin Matthews and published for free on the Internet by Artifice Inc., a 3D modelling software company based in Oregon with a focus on architecture. The database, which will interest a range audience of students and researchers in architecture and social history as well as the general public, features over 800 buildings which can be searched by a variety of categories such as period style, building type, date, climate, country, locational context (such as urban, rural, mountainside or coastal) or architectural feature (for example all buildings with domes or courtyard) in addition to personnel choices by the editor such as Millennium buildings. Each building is displayed as a series of data fields (the information for which is supplied by a range of contributors) and illustrated with photographic images and/or 3D digital models. The entries are fully hypertexted and are interlinked with the main RIBA website to facilitate use of their online architectural resources. Timelines of architects and of buildings are also created on the site. Bibliographic references to linked to commercial bookselling websites though other non-related advertising fliers also proliferate. The images can be freely used for non profit-making and educational activities but there are also details of a licensing scheme for commercial usage. The website also features news links to the Architecture Week site for up-to-date stories on buildings and planning.
This website, part funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, explores the history and buildings of the Great Hospital, Norwich. Founded in 1249 the hospital still retains many of its original buildings and unique archives, giving a valuable picture of the life of the unwell poor over seven centuries. The website narrates the institution’s history, from its beginnings in the spiritual care of the poor to its modern day existence as sheltered housing for the elderly. The website uses high quality digitised images of key documents, photographs and three dimensional architectural illustrations to chart the evolution of the hospital as an institution.
The website The Great War: Vimy Ridge describes the research undertaken by Richard Van Wyck Laughton, grandson of George Van Wyck Laughton, who served in the British and Canadian armies in that conflict. This site is an extension of Richard Laughton's elaborate and well-sourced genealogical pages on this Canadian branch of the Laughton family. This section was created, the site states, to counter the recent historiographical trend to play down or question the importance of Vimy Ridge in Canadian history and particularly in the teaching of the subject. Laughton is not an academic, so his stance in this regard goes no further than to present the history of his grandfather who served in the First World War. External links posted on the site, however, all refer to the importance of the Canadian capture of Vimy Ridge in the Battle of Arras, contrary to current revisionist arguments.
In 1911, George Laughton joined the militia of Middlesex County, Ontario. At the beginning of the war, he joined the 7th Regiment Fusiliers in the 142nd Overseas Battalion as a Lieutenant. After officer training in England, Laughton transferred from the Canadian Expeditionary Force to the British Expeditionary Force, ending as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 26th Northumberland Fusiliers, 34th Division, British 3rd Army. The site posts scanned images of all of his official records from Canada and the United Kingdom. This is enhanced by explanatory essays written by his grandson, along with memorabilia, including a war diary from the Battle of Arras, newspaper clippings, many letters home about the war, and a small collection of physical items. This site will prove useful for those engaged in advanced undergraduate or those starting postgraduate research. Perhaps of greatest interest here are conflicting British and Canadian records regarding Laughton's experiences in the Scarpe Valley in March 1917, for which he was awarded the Military Cross. These conficting accounts could inadvertently provide an introductory window for students on the current historiographical debates regarding this conflict.
The site of the public foundation for Habsburg Studies, which was founded in 2003, provides manifold information about the aims, activities, conferences, publications and research grants offered by the Institute for Habsburg History. Its focus is to promote international research concerning the period when historical Hungary was part of the Habsburg Empire, encouraging young historians to take multinational and inter-ethnic approaches. The website also has a mirror in Hungarian; Flash and HTML versions of the website are provided. Fragments of books and essays as well as the 12 episodes of the historical documentary on the "Habsburgs and Hungary" produced together with Duna Television, a Hungarian television channel broadcasting via satellite, are available as downloads under the "academic collaborations" link. The director of the institute, András Gerő, has made available online chapters from his books and the entire text of "Emperor Francis Joseph-King of Hungarians", published in 2001 by Columbia University Press. The programmes of past and present conferences held at the institute can be read as PDF files. Search of the entire content of the website is provided.
The Hampshire Treasures Online website brings together the results of a survey undertaken by Hampshire County Council to form a single record of treasures to be found throughout Hampshire, and make these available online. A Hampshire Treasure is defined as 'those natural or man made features of the county which are of public interest by reason of their aesthetic, archaeological, historic, scenic, scientific, sociological or traditional interest, and whose deterioration or destruction would represent a serious loss to our heritage'. The record is published in 13 volumes that can be browsed on line or entries can be found through a keyword search. Entries consist of description and dates; remarks; protections status and OS (Ordnance Survey) grid reference for the features. This is an easy to use reference resource on the heritage of Hampshire.
The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center is the homepage of the arts centre of the same name, situated at the University of Texas at Austin. Since its creation in 1957, The Ransom Center's mission has been to promote study of the arts and humanities and as such it has acquired a world-renowned collection of holdings in: film; books; art; manuscripts; and photography. Among the items currently in the Center's collections are: a Gutenberg Bible (ca. 1455); the first photograph (ca. 1826); film archives of David O. Selznick and Robert De Niro; and paintings by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. To add to this, the Center also holds manuscript collections of: James Joyce; Ernest Hemingway; T. S. Eliot; D. H. Lawrence; Tennessee Williams; and Norman Mailer among others The website gives details of: the Center's holdings (which are searchable); current and permanent exhibitions; online exhibitions (including one on the film "Gone with the Wind" and another on Lewis Carroll); events at the Center; and other news relating to the Center. This site is easy to navigate and provides some useful online resources for students studying the visual arts, performing arts, and English literature.
The Havengore Trust works to restore and preserve the Havengore which was the longest serving Port of London Authority vessel, and is best known for carrying Sir Winston Churchill's coffin during his State Funeral. The Trust's website contains information on the preparations for and events of the 1965 funeral, details of the Havengore's ceremonial and working duties, along with information on the restoration programme. There is information about the decorations and medals awarded to Churchill and tributes made to him. The site includes details of the Havengore's build and specifications; memories of men who worked on her; past newsletters and links to related sites. The Havengore is now used as a venue for commercial events.
This website, from the Heritage Gateway, provides an excellent amount of information on England's local and rural history. The website aims to aims to build a gateway to "England's local and national historic environment records" by providing online access to information about, for example, listed buildings, English and England's archaeological history, and guides to works currently being undertaken by English archaeologists. This simple-to-use website can be searched by various different methods (including, but not limited to: county, district and parish lists; country, district and parish keywords; types of building; famous people/residents; and particular time periods). The information provided on each entry is very detailed, and includes a wide range of material from post code information, to brief historical synopses. This website will provide to be a fantastic resource for those interested in England's history in general and, more specifically, those with an interest in England's architectural history.
"Heritage Ireland" is an official guide to the historic buildings, parks and gardens in the care of the Irish Government together with an outline of the various cultural and heritage bodies such as museums, libraries and performance venues which conserve and promote Irish cultural heritage. The website, published by the Department of the Environment and Local Government and part-funded by the European Union, provides a useful A-Z gazetteer which combines short historical and cultural accounts of individual sites and institutions with practical information on access, opening times, prices and contact details (including web addresses). The content is divided according to the Irish counties, with maps also available. There is a page of links to other Irish government bodies responsible for national heritage. The resource, available in English, Irish, French, German, Italian and Spanish versions, while largely aimed at the general public will also interest professional archaeologists, historians and heritage managers.
Published by the US National Parks Service, this online journal provides a monthly update on important news stories related to heritage in the United States, including historic sites, buildings, museums and national parks. The website includes a searchable archive, dating back to 2003.
The Highland Council Historic Environment Record (HER) website makes available online a database of over 32,000 archaeological sites and monuments in the Scottish Highlands, from the Stone Age to modern times. The database has been compiled by the Archaeology Unit of the Highland Council Planning and Development Service. It is fully searchable online, and each record details the district, parish, location and period of the site or monument, and is accompanied by photographs and documents relevant to its discovery or history. There are several search options, including an interactive map. Research tools include a glossary, tips and guidance, period summaries, and frequently asked questions. Further resources are available on the site: themed articles and heritage trails. New additions include new monuments added to the database as well as field reports. The site is being updated constantly.
Hillman's Hyperlinked and Searchable Chambers' Book of Days is an online version of Chambers' book, subtitled, 'A miscellany of popular antiquities in connection with the calendar, including biography, anecdote and history, curiosities of literature and oddities of human life and character'. The website is the result of scanning the original printed version, from which the site takes its form, arranged into sections, one for each day of the year. Each section provides information on a number of famous literary and historical figures who were born and died on each day in previous years, along with: the saints connected with that particular day of the year; biographies of some of those who were born and died on the day; relevant calendar customs, stories, and superstitions; and descriptions of historical events. The website can also be browsed by: biographies; calendar customs; wars; historical events; and oddities, among other topics. There is also a keyword search, which is useful in bringing up fascinating items of information that might otherwise be missed. The site is an interesting work of reference of its time (1869), and would be a good introduction for students and interested readers to folklore and customs which have long since gone out of use, or to the way history was represented during the 19th century. The site is not a scholarly work, but is well presented and easy to use.
This website provides resources relating to the Historic Environment Local Management (HELM) project established by English Heritage in 2004 to support professionals involved with conservation of the historic landscape in England. Aimed primarily at such people as archaeologists, estate managers, planners and local authority officers, it explains in detail the positive roles that each of these can play in heritage management, along with giving practical advice for procedures and training opportunities. A directory of "Historic Environment Champions" is provided, as well as a large online library of documents discussing topical issues such as sensitivity to the historic environment in town planning and rural development, the renovation and re-use of traditional buildings, funding, and the contribution that historic environments can make to the quality of life and vibrancy of local communities. Detailed reports and a database of local case studies discuss all aspects of historic environment management, providing practical advice and promoting the sharing of good practice in research, recording, conservation, planning and community involvement. A free quarterly newsletter is available, with an archive of past issues.
Historic food is the Website of English historical food expert Ivan Day. The site offers insights into a highly interesting branch of cultural history in England, from late medieval to Victorian times. The site outlines a range of courses which Day and his colleagues offer in Cumbria on all manner of historic cooking, baking and ornate work with desserts. Site visitors will note that the culinary standards discussed and presented here range from the most traditional forms of roasting to the type of confectionary skills which would produce candies only available to the highest echelons of society. Day also accounts for European influences and his offerings challenge older clichés about English cookery. One course in Italian Renaissance cooking is offered. The site is liberally illustrated with images scanned from historic recipe books and culinary manuscripts, which, when the cursor is passed over them, reveal scanned photographs of Day's modern recreations, using period cooking implements (also pictured here) and period recipes. A series of galleries provides impressive evidence of Day's and his staff's skills, but will also make historical cooking accessible to a modern audience, and may even serve as an unusual historical teaching tool.
The site contains advertising for Day's period culinary services for films and television and an online shop, which was closed at the time of review. There are additional subpages devoted to related links and events where Day's and his colleagues' creations are exhibited or where historical culinary techniques are discussed.
This Scottish Government website is concerned with all aspects of historic building conservation in Scotland. The site provides a general introduction to historic sites and describes the methods of preservation employed. There is a database of all listed buildings in Scotland, which may be searched by Council, Parish, or keyword. Results give the address of each building, the date and category of listing, and the council responsible for the listing. There is a special report on Urquhart Castle, an introduction to carbon dating techniques, information about historic visitor attractions, a list of places available as film locations, a searchable bibliography of publications, and an online tourist gift shop. The website also provides an educational service which requires registration. As may be gathered from the above, this site is aimed more towards the general public than the academic, but may nevertheless prove useful for the historic building searches, the bibliography, and possibly even for providing the opening hours of historic sites.
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.
As part of the website for Expo2000, the website "History of World Exhibitions" is a resource on the history of international exhibitions. Clicking on each year listed provides more detailed information on each of the earlier exhibitions, beginning with the first international event, the Great Exhibition of 1851, and then continuing with those held in Paris, Vienna, Philadelphia, Chicago, Saint Louis, Barcelona, Brussels, Seattle, Montreal, Osaka, Seville, Lisbon and finishing with the 2000 exhibition held in Hanover. Each of these exhibitions has sections featuring: facts and figures; antecedents; concept; background; architecture; comments,;bibliography; and other relevant material. Each part is illustrated with contemporary illustrations. This site is available in both English and German, and is part of the website for the Hanover 2000 Expo.
The website "HMB Endeavour replica" hosted by the Australian National Maritime Museum gives the latest news and information about the 'Endeavour', a replica of the ship in which Captain James Cook made his first voyage to Oceania. The ship has been described by the National Maritime Museum, Greenwic, as the world's best replica of an 18th century ship. She has sailed from Australia to Britain in several voyages and is very much a functioning vessel as well as a floating tourist attraction. The Captain's and crewmembers' reports may be read at the site, along with the charts of recent voyages. Information about refits and repairs is also included. There is also a section of the site devoted to the history of the project, and information for those who wish to sail the Endeavour, or assist with her maintenance. The history of the original ship, its specifications, the aim of its voyaged to the South Seas and more resources on Captain Cook's missions are also offered on the site.
Images of England is an online database which aims to create a photographic record for every listed building in England. Run by the National Monuments Record, the project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund with additional support from English Heritage and Kodak Professional. Each photograph in the database is taken by a volunteer photographer and is accompanied by an architectural description; these descriptions are written by experts. The database can be searched by photographer, county, building type, period or associated person (such as architect, landscape gardener, builder, manufacturer, craftsman, patron, designer, historical figure, draftsman, painter, sculptor, stained glass worker or interior designer). Advanced search features enable users to carry out more complex queries. Images are presented as a set of thumbnails matching the classification selected. Clicking on a thumbnail image presents a larger image with the list entry for that building. The site also offers extensive information on the project and explanations of the content of the database. The website is freely available, although some elements of the site require users to register by filling out an online form.
'Imagining Staffordshire' is a Staffordshire Country Council-funded online project that aims to explore the county of Staffordshire through the work of artists and writers from the region or those inspired by it. The site features writers and artists past and present, including local myths and folklore, and welcomes relevant contributions of work. Among the items offered on the website are: a short appreciation of the author of 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight' (c. late 14th century) and its North Staffordshire settings and dialect; an outline of 'The Watershed Project' (a cultural exploration of the River Sow); and a short article outlining the links of various notable writers with Staffordshire. This resource would be of interest to those studying the geographical area and the works inspired by the region.
Impacts 08 - The Liverpool Model, is Directed by Dr Beatriz Garcia and is a joint research initiative of the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, which evaluates the social, cultural, economic and environmental effects of Liverpool's hosting the European Capital of Culture title in 2008. The research programme, commissioned by Liverpool City Council, examines the progress and impact of this experience on the city and its people.The aim of Impacts 08 is to develop a research model for evaluating the multiple impacts of culture-led regeneration programmes that can be applied to events across the UK and beyond.
The Institute for the Study of Nomadic Civilizations is a scholarly and scientific Mongolian organisation which works with UNESCO, the Dept. of Education, Culture and Science of Mongolia, and the Chinese authorities, among others. At June 2009 the Institute has been established for ten years, and it organises projects, expeditions, conferences, summer schools, and issues publications to do with Mongolian life, culture and history. The website has details of all these, along with full details of the members and governing body of the Institute. Among the publications are the English encyclopaedia 'History and Culture of the Mongols' (2006) and the book 'The Inner Sense and Understanding of the Nomadic People's Musical Psychology' (2006). Among the accounts of projects are details of a major 'Heritage of the Mongolian Long Folk Song' (2008-2010) ethnographic song-gathering project. This will be a vital contact point for anyone interested in the cultures and languages of Central Asian nomadic peoples.
The website of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) introduces this professional institute that represents conservation professionals in the public and private sectors in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Their website contains detailed information about the Institute's aims, membership requirements, branches, and officers. News of upcoming events and conferences may also be found at the site. There is a list of academic courses accredited by the Institute and online essays giving guidance on particular conservation issues. Details of 'Context', the institute's magazine, are provided at the site, as are the texts of archived articles from the journal. These are freely available. There is also an open discussion forum. An 'international' section details the Institute's aim of encouraging greater cooperation between nations. Finally, the site provides links to other organisations with complementary goals. The site contains a lot of useful content.
This is the website of The Ironbridge Institute which, (as a partnership between the University of Birmingham, The Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity and the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust), teaches postgraduate courses in heritage management and industrial archaeology, and Museum Association accredited museums management courses. The Ironbridge Gorge Museum and its associated Trust has become a centre of excellence for the conservation and management of a whole historic landscape, for the benefit of residents and visitors, and the Institute teaches students and facilitates studying for a higher degree by research, based around this "heritage".The website provides some information about the courses: Heritage Management (appropriate for people working or planning to work in conservation and recording agencies, museums, tourism, environmental education, archaeology, landscape design and planning); the industrial archaeology elements prepare students to manage monuments of the industrial age and their associated landscapes in a modern environment. Also provided are brief details of: sources for funding and career prospects, always issues for a postgraduate student; the Institute's consultancy work, including mention of the extensive archives of photographs and material collected as part of this work. The Institute's Coalbrookdale campus is part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust at the site of the Iron Bridge, spanning the River Severn at Ironbridge in Shropshire. This bridge is recognised as a totem of the Industrial Revolution, built in 1779 for Abraham Darby III.
The website of the "Jersey Heritage Trust" describes the work of the organisation responsible for the island's major historic sites, award-winning museums and public archives. The Channel Island has a rich history, culture and heritage, positioned as it is close to the French coast, and its own distinct form of language and culture. The Heritage Trust holds collections of artefacts, works of art, documents, specimens and information relating to Jersey's history, culture and environment. These collections define the island, hold the evidence for its historical development and act as the community's memory. The website provides details for the tourist as well as the Historian. There are details on Jersey's museums, archives and historical sites, such as Mont Orgueil. There are searchable databases on art, archives and museums (Mont Orgueil Castle, Elizabeth Castle, Maritime Museum). Multimedia offers are also on the site, such as the 360 virtual tour of the neolithic La Houghe Bie. The site also informs about the "Flash Days" programme for children.
The emergence of new Jewish communities in Britain following their readmission in the 1650s resulted in the creation of a rich and unique heritage of religious building types such as synagogues, cemeteries and ritual bathhouses, but also social spaces such as schools, soup kitchens and hospitals. The decline in the size of the Jewish population and changes in the economic status of congregations since WWII has placed many Jewish buildings of considerable social and architectural importance under threat. This website describes the attempts of a project organised by the Jewish Memorial Council (JMC) and substantially funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to survey, photograph and archive some 350 surviving examples of Jewish buildings constructed up to the Second World War. The resource includes a map of survey sites in the British Isles, a list of listed synagogues and other Jewish buildings, an outline of sites under risk (or lost, including the last major synagogue in Dublin demolished in 1999) and details of plans for publication and preservation of surviving monuments. Many of the structures under threat are characterised by lavish 19th and 20th century architectural or decorative features and fine craftsmanship, often combing contemporary styles with specifically Jewish features. The resource also provides practical advice for individuals and groups, both members of synagogue communities or the general public, to record any part of the Jewish built heritage which is under threat. This site will interest in particular architectural and social historians and heritage professionals but will also broaden public awareness of this important aspect of the built environment in the British Isles.
'Jews and the Graphic Novel' is a 22-page documentary comic book created and written by David Gantz. This comic is free to read online, and offers a condensed history of the immense contribution made by American Jewish men to the art and craft of the comic book in the 20th century. The author has the advantage of having worked in the industry since the 1940s, and there is particular focus on the impact of the Second World War on the industry. In 22 pages, this free online comic can only scratch the surface of a history which is now dealt with in a significant number of scholarly history books - such as 'From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and comic books'; 'The Jewish graphic novel: critical approaches'; 'Up, Up, and Oy Vey'; and 'Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero', among others. It does however give a useful outline introduction for those who are just starting to take an interest in the topic.
The website "Murals of the XIIth to the XVIIth century in France and elsewhere" is an amateur site created by Yves Impens to offer detailed information and images of the painted churches of Brinay (Bourges region) and Jenzat (Clermont region) in France together with images and outline commentaries on similar structures elsewhere in France, Belgium and Switzerland. Together these pages comprise a useful online corpus of French religious mural painting between the 12th and the 15th centuries AD. French churches, unlike their English counterparts which suffered from the iconoclasm of the Reformation and the 17th century, contain a wealth of mediaeval wall-paintings featuring images of the life of Christ and the saints or eschatalogical themes such as the Last Judgement. The sections on Brinay and Jenzat provide an account of the architecture and history of the church with interactive plans while more general sections of the site discuss techniques of mural painting and the pigments employed by the artists. A recent addition to the site, which is an on-going project, is an inventory of painted churches in France and Swizerland with interactive maps for easy browsing which provide gazette-style information on many more examples than are featured in the photo gallery. Many of the entries are conveniently linked to the Google maps providing geographical information for those not familiar with the often remote locations of many of these churches. Useful links to related sites and references are also posted on this site. The resource is a valuable source of colour images for students and researchers of mediaeval French art and archaeology and provides useful complementary material for those more familiar with painted churches on this side of the English Channel.
The Limestone Sculpture Provenance Project website provides detailed information on the project, sponsored by the International Center of Medieval Art. The project aims to assist the identification of geographic origin and attribution of sculptures which have been removed from their original context. One of the outcomes of the project is a database, accessible from this site, that contains information about the compositional characterization of different types of stone, providing 'fingerprints' by which to identify the origins of pieces of sculpture. The website also gives further information on: the project's methodology (and its limitations); an example based on the sculpture of a head of an angel shown to be in probability from Notre-Dame; and a bibliography. This site would be of interest to students and scholars studying the technical history of sculpture, particularly of the medieval period.
This website documents an AHRC-funded collaboration between the University of Liverpool’s School of History and the Liverpool Record Office to computerise the city’s unique local studies sheaf catalogue and create resource finding guides, essays and commentaries around the most important historical writing about Liverpool. These are available online (as will the catalogue be, on its completion in 2009) and cover seven different topics: Archive Sources – introductions to conducting research in the record office; Culture; Maritime and port history, including shipping companies, emigration and the slave trade; Politics; Society; Urban history, building and planning, including the city’s architecture; Work, business and the economy. The project builds on the 2006 publication ‘Liverpool 800: Culture, Character and History’. This website is a very useful resource for anyone embarking on the study of the city of Liverpool.
The Local Heritage Initiative (LHI) website, published by the Countryside Agency, provides a wealth of information about the local heritage projects that are in place around England. It contains a searchable directory of current local heritage projects being undertaken in individual counties, information on how to get funding for a historical project and contact information for the advice and support services the Local Heritage Initiative offers. The projects tend to concentrate on one of the following fields, archaeological sites, natural historical sites (agricultural features etc.), built heritage, local traditions and customs, and industrial heritage sites. The Heritage Lottery Fund was involved in the projects. For KS3 teachers there is a subsite with activity sheets in Citizenship, Geography and History; they can be downloaded in PDF or Word formats. This is a well-designed site, and even though it contains a great deal of information, this is easily navigated. The LHI programme is closed but the site has useful resources for those with an in local history and heritage.
The Luso-Brazilian Review is an interdisciplinary online academic journal that publishes scholarly articles about lusophone cultures in the field of literature, history and social sciences. It is published bi-annually, each issue carries scholarly articles and book reviews in English or Portuguese. The journal has also had several themed special issues, for example, issue 38.2 celebrated the 500th anniversary of the European discovery of Brazil. The website provides free access to the titles and abstracts in each issue since the 2002 issue (vol. 39, n. 2), while the pdf version of the full text is available to fee-paying subscribers only. A range of search functions (author, title and date) enable complex searches.The site also carries detailed information about submission and subscription. The site is particularly recommended to students and researchers in the humanities and social sciences.
This is the website of The Mausolea and Monuments Trust (MMT) a registered charity for the protection and preservation for the public of Mausolea and Sepulchral Monuments situated within the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The website provides information about the trust, its history and its work. The website splits into several different areas. The history link provides information on mausolea under the Trusts care, and current appeals to raise funds to preserve other monuments. There is also information on current events, how to join the trust and an archive of newsletter articles on mausolea. An illustrated gazetteer of mausolea is planned for the future. The link page provided is especially useful providing lists of websites on architectural heritage, cemetery friends, funerary architecture and customs and individual mausolea.
Founded in 1921, the McCord Museum of Canadian History reflects the efforts of private collector David Ross McCord (1844-1930) to amass a significant set of historical documents, artworks, archaelogical finds and cultural artifacts that would present a general image of aboriginal, colonial and modern Canadian history. The museum is also located in Montreal and connected to the city's one-time history as the most important urban centre in the country. Altogether, the museum possesses over 1,370,000 manuscripts, objects and images, spanning the 11th to the 21st centuries. It has working ties with faculty at McGill and Concordia Universities. The site provides visiting information for teachers (who will also appreciate special events for students, onsite games, the McCord's school outreach efforts and EduWeb, a special subsite with many teaching resources) and members of the public. Researchers will benefit both from the museum's colloquia and from bursaries set up to support scholarly work on the collections. A site search engine permits users to search the museum's past and current exhibits, alongside an online database of 130,000 images. Users can store their image searches. There is also a function which allows site visitors to turn images into E-mail postcards. Advanced searches for serious research are possible, as is casual browsing by themes relevant to those studying in such fields as fashion; cultural studies; art history; folklore; Canadian history; ethnology; and archaeology. These well-integrated browsing capabilities are bolstered by several beautiful online animated exhibitions, entitled Thematic Tours. These range from medical history to aboriginal relations with the state, and from confederation to Aislin's scathing political cartoons, thus spanning Canada's founding history and the outcome of that history in contemporary affairs.
This is the official website of the British Ministry of Defence art collection, a collection containing art relevant to the experience and history of the British Armed Forces. The main page contains a concise 500-word profile of the collection and the MOD Art Collection team who maintain... "over fifteen hundred items of fine art and antiques, including paintings, drawings, engravings, photographs, clocks and furniture". There is also a short article on conservation efforts, and details of the collection of architectural drawings. There are also image galleries such as 12 images of works by war artists (accompanied by short scholarly texts), and similar annotated galleries for: Portraits; Battles; Exploration; Clocks; Engravings; and Miscellaneous. The website has contact and location details. There are also external Web links to those with similar military collections, such as the Imperial War Museum, Royal Naval Museum, National Army Museum, and the Royal Air Force Museum.
This is the website for an AHRC-funded research cluster aiming to apply visualization techniques to heritage sites under threat from coastal erosion and buildings in Wales and Ireland. It brings together computer scientists, archaeologists and heritage managers and organisations including the National Museums of Wales and Ireland, the National Trust and English Heritage. In doing so, through as series of workshops (details available), it will allow the application of computer modelling technologies and allow custodians of these sites to model the “different stages of their site's past and present different versions of that past”. The workshops, which include a strong practical element, will be followed by an “agenda setting” report.
The Naseby Battlefield Project was initiated in 2001 as a community based project in Northamptonshire dedicated to commemorating the Battle of Naseby which marked a turning point in the English Civil Wars, when, in 1645, the New Model Army decisively defeated the Royalist forces. The Project is supported by: The Battlefields Trust; The Royal Armouries; the Sealed Knot Society; and The Battlefields Resource Centre, and aims to establish an interpretative trail, battlefield tours, visitor centre and museum. The website provides news, events listings, and organisational information relating to the work of the Project. There are also pages of historical background notes under the sections headed The Battle, and The Battlefield. These provide illustrated articles on various aspects of the historic battle of Naseby, how it was fought, and the full list of units and their commanders. Detailed visitor information, including a battlefield walk tour guide with map, is provided in downloadable PDF files.
Since its establishment in 1979, the National Association of Mining History Organisations has supported the study of mining history and archaeology in the United Kingdom and Ireland from the prehistoric period to the present. This valuable website provides practical guidelines and research advice to individuals and groups wishing to study the history of mining and to explore the sites of former mining activity. It aims to connect the many local and national groups interested in mining remains, from industrial archaeology enthusiasts to cavers to academic and commercial bodies, and provides a full list (with weblinks) of its members. The Association's newsletter is provided online from 2001 and there are details of an email discussion group to which interested parties can subscribe. The guidelines, which can be downloaded as PDF files, include detailed essays on recording the underground archaeology of mines and on removing artefacts as well as advice on library and archive research. Also provided is information on practical matters such as insurance and how to establish and maintain good relations with landowners and custodians of mining sites as well as an extensive series of weblinks to societies and institutions from all over the world. The links section lists the mining history associations and organisation in the UK. This resource will benefit a wide constituency, from the interested amateur to academics studying the history and archaeology of extractive industries.
This is the website of the UK's National Puppetry Archive, part of the The British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild. The Archive curators are Michael Dixon and Ray DaSilva. The project is supported by the National Lottery. At March 2010 the website has basic details of the Archive's aims and participants, links to a database of the archive (hosted by the eHive service), contact details, and a small but useful set of links to other organisations active in UK puppetry history.
The National Trust is a charity that works to preserve and protect the coastline, countryside, and buildings of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The website provides information not only about its numerous country houses, castles, estates, and townhouses, but also about conservation and preservation issues. News of new acquisitions and openings is also posted on the site which is easy to navigate. The site has wonderful images, and information on the individual properties managed by the Trust, including opening hours, directions, and details of events and the property's history. The site has an FAQ and search facility, so information on particular properties can be easily located, or alternatively the user can specify an area and locate properties in that area. There are also details on the site of volunteer and paid vacancies, as well as environmental and conservation work and policy. An educational section of the site provides learning resources for teachers, lecturers and students and contains interactive features as well as details of courses, working holidays and other events. A version of each page of the site is available for visually impaired users. The site is of interest to the general public, tourists, architects, and historians.
Published by Proquest Learning in association with the British Library, The Nineteenth Century website hosts an online catalogue of over 30,000 19th-century works available on microfiche at the British Library. The database can be searched as a whole, or browsed by headings including: women writers; children's literature; books on British colonization; Ireland; linguistics; publishing; and evolution and creation. In addition to these categorised listings, the site offers features such as book reviews (of 19th-century books) and links to 19th-century subjects such as the history of the top hat. Search results return full bibliographic details along with the fiche number of each work. The project is ongoing, and is not expected to reach its conclusion until around 2017.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency website provides information about heritage sites and historic monuments in Northern Ireland. Of interest to the Arts and Humanities students is the section "Built Environment", which features information on building preservation and conservation and provides links to the following sections: Listed Buildings; Buildings at risk; Monuments and Buildings Records; State care monuments; Scheduled Monuments; Maritime Heritage; Defence Heritage; Archaeology. Also here information about events, grants, legislation and Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) can be found. The site provides information on the listing and grading of buildings, links to relevant organisations and collections pertaining to the area and its historic buildings and information about legislation. On the main page, among the quicklinks, the "Places to Visit" section is probably also of interest as it has information about a variety of buildings and monuments such as Navan Fort, Tully Castle, Carrickfergus Castle, and Grey Abbey among others. Each place can be accessed by clicking on its name on the interactive map.
This is the homepage of the Nova Scotia Museum (NSM), which was established in 1868 and is one of the oldest provincial museums in Canada. The NSM's site also hosts over 25 other museums in the province. There is an annotated list of links to all constituent museums and a second general list of archives and museums. The site gives details on the NSM's funding competitions for research grants and educational services for schools. It also hosts major subsites on archaeology in the province; natural sciences; protected heritage sites; and posts information on collection conservation policy. The site lists the NSM's publications, with prices and details for ordering them. These include Curatorial Reports with preliminary results from research on NSM collections or from research carried out under NSM programmes. One Curatorial Report on the history of the use of Gaelic in the province can be downloaded directly. Site visitors should note that the site has a French component, but there is no full parallel French site. The site has its own search engine and should prove useful as a starting point for researchers. It will also be of interest to tourists and other members of the general public. Teachers will possibly find it of greatest use, however, for its courseware and online teaching suggestions.
'The Obakemono Project: a gaijin's guide to the fantastic folk monsters of Japan' is a comprehensive and well-designed website which is effectively a free online encyclopaedia of "animated objects, transformed animals, ogres, demons, and human freaks" found in historic Japanese culture. These monsters are also known as "yokai (yoh-kye), or bakemono (bah-keh-mo-no)". There are 86 individual entries at May 2008. These entries each contain a serious and scholarly text, with footnotes and references. Each is also illustrated with elegant original artwork depicting the monster. All the artwork used appears to be by the same artist, possibly the author herself, since the artist is not credited. There is a feature where users can choose to have images used for Japanese text. There is a list of selected books and external websites. There is a public discussion forum containing around 4,000 posts at May 2008. This may be a useful website for those investigating monsters in contemporary Japanese culture such as film, manga, videogames, and the culture of company mascots, and for those seeking to understand older forms of Japanese folk art, architecture and literature.
Created to celebrate the two hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, the official website of HMS Victory provides detailed information on the ship and her crew. Much of the site focuses on HMS Victory's role as the flagship of Admiral Lord Nelson's fleet at Trafalgar in 1805; it includes a muster roll of the men on board. Attractively illustrated with photographs, cross-section diagrams and a newspaper report of the battle, this is a useful site. Despite being in dry dock at Portsmouth, HMS Victory is still a commissioned warship and is staff by the Royal Navy, so some information is given about her history between Trafalgar and the present day. As the ship is open to visitors, the standard information for tourist attractions is provided, including opening hours and ticket prices. There are many pages for schools, generally key stages 1 and 2, with a transcript of the tour given to schoolchildren. Some areas of the site have not been updated since 2004 and a few links do not work.
This website, available in both French and English, contains a vast amount of Canadian historical sources and is searchable either by keyword or browsable in alphabetical order. The site provides access to many interesting and varied aspects to Canadian history, from the initial settlements, through the American invasions in the War for Independence, and Canadian abolition sentiments, through to the erection of the Sackville telephone exchange. The website is both massive in scope and easy to browse, and it benefits from the collaboration from many Canadian libraries, archives and universities. The website will be of great value to historians of North America, and Canada in particular.
This website documents the special collections and archives held at Oxford Brookes University. Individual collections are described, and items in them may be searched for through the library’s online catalogue. The collection reflects the history of the institutions, together with its strengths in research, and is notably strong in material relating to the history of medicine, cartography, twentieth century literature and the food, drink and hospitality industry. Collections are supplemented by a number of important archives, including the National Brewing Library, the Museum of Modern Art Oxford collection (now Modern Art Oxford) and Man Booker Prize archive.
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.
Marking the two hundred years since Parliament passed the Act that abolished the British Slave Trade, this website illustrates the role that the government played in slavery. Created by the Parliamentary Archives and the 24 Hour Museum (now known as Culture24), this well laid out and informative site makes good use of documents and images, including paintings, cartoons and artefacts. The emphasis is on learning and users from schoolchildren to historians will be able to find out more about the slave trade at their own pace. The History and Explore sections use digitised documents to discuss the background to the transatlantic slave trade, the role of Parliament and the abolition movement. In the Your Voice section, users can post comments, check whether their ancestors signed the slavery petitions and listen to an interview with Kwame Kwei-Armah. The Learning pages provide guidance for schoolchildren to create citizenship and history projects; teachers can register to create an interactive resource. There is a timeline, glossary and information about an exhibition held at Westminster Hall until 23 September 2007, where many of these documents can be seen.
The website "Pevsner Architectural Guides" contains the series with the same title, founded by the architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner (1902-1983), which is an indispensable resource for students and enthusiasts of the architecture and building history of the British Isles. The volumes are now in the process of revision and augmentation more than 50 years after the first one appeared in 1951. This official website of the Pevsner series was launched in 1998 by the Buildings Books Trust in collaboration with Yale University Press. It provides valuable information on the progress of new editions of existing volumes and of the new series of city architectural guides, while also offering a series of fascinating short accounts of the history of the series and the social and intellectual background of its creator, by a variety of leading art and architectural historians. There is also a page of judiciously chosen websites providing a wide conspectus of online resources for the architectural and social history of the United Kingdom. This site will benefit professional historians, archaeologists, and architects, as well as interested students and laypersons.
'The other within, an anthropology of Englishness' is a major ESRC-funded research project that seeks to explore ideas about Englishness as seen in the historical collection of the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, which contains "40,000 objects from England". The project runs from 2006 until 2009, and aims to "analyse the collections of the museum, together with the history and motives of the people making the collections". The project webpage contains an outline of the project, details of staff, details of sub-projects, and two six-monthly progress reports.
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.
This is the website of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA), a registered charity, which has been working since 1991 to raise awareness among the public and the authorities of the rich heritage of monumental art of Britain from all periods by encouraging cooperation among concerned individuals and supporting conservation and education projects. The society founded the National Recording Project (NRP) to catalogue every piece of public sculpture in the British Isles, including architectural decoration, and to create both a permanant digital archive and a series of regional monographs (the Public Sculpture of Britain series published by Liverpool University Press). The online database contains thousands of entries (many with photographs) of notable public sculpture arranged by region with a user friendly selection of images on the main PMSA page. The resource includes a selection of the various projects supported by the society (including the production of a handbook for the use individuals and groups responsible for the preservation not just of sculptures but archives and studio remains of artists). The Save our Sculpture initiative uses a series of regional cases studies to highlight the constant threat to the sculptural heritage of towns and cities around Britain and encourages local individuals and groups to get involved in the conservation movement. The website also provides membership details and information about society events. There are also links to the websites of other public art organisations. This resource will benefit art and architectural historians as well as archaeologists and social historians interested in the relationship between monuments and public memory. Images from the resource are additionally deposited with the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS).
A guide to Queen Anne's Revenge, the flagship of Bluebeard the pirate which sank in Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina in 1718. The resource provides a fascinating illustrated account of the wreck and its thousands of recovered artefacts together with much valuable background material from British and French sources on the politics and economics of slaving and piracy in North America in the early 18th century. The ship had in fact been captured from the French a year before its demise and renamed in honour of the reigning English Queen by pirates who proved themselves as much as a nuisance to the English settlers of Charlston and the coast of New England as they did to the French. The wreck has been investigated since 1997 under the auspices of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources in collaboration with public, private and academic researchers. The account of the work highlights the problems of underwater excavation but also the wider legal and heritage issues raised by underwater archaeology so will also interest heritage professionals. The website provides preliminary excavation and conservation reports of the work from 1997 onwards, some geological background, in addition to bibliographies and research articles (in PDF format, in the "Researcher Corner") on various aspects of the shipwreck.
'Quest: issues in contemporary Jewish history' is a full-text open access ejournal. Quest published its first issue in 2010, on the special topic of "Jews in Europe after the Shoah: Studies and Research Perspectives". This peer-reviewed journal publishes articles, discussion pieces, and reviews. The website is well designed and articles are presented in HTML format only. Example article titles from the first issue are: 'State-sponsored Anti-Semitism in Postwar USSR'; 'The Jews in Poland after the Second World War: most recent contributions of Polish historiography'; and 'West German Jewry: guilt, power and pluralism', among others. The journal is published in English by the Fondazione Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea (CDEC) of Milan, Italy. The website has details of the Editor, assistant editors, and the Supporting Committee.
'RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage' (formerly Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarianship, RBML) is a full-text online journal, published twice a year by the U.S. Association of College and Research Libraries. RBM journal issues from 1998 to 2008 are freely available online. Articles are published as PDF files. Some journal issues are themed - for instance the Spring 2008 "Ephemera" issue, with article titles such as: 'The Long-Term Significance of Printed Ephemera' and 'The Contribution of Ephemera Dealers'. Example titles from other issues include: 'Second-Hand and Antiquarian Books on the Internet'; 'Archiving the Avant-garde'; 'Legal Concepts of Cultural Heritage Property'; and 'Now What Should We Do with Them?: Artists' Books in the Curriculum'. An additional index is available for the print issues of RBML which were produced from 1986 to 1995. There are also details of the editors and submission procedures. RBM will be a useful publication of interest to librarians, archivists, curators, collectors, book dealers, and bibliophiles.
This is the website of RMS Titanic, Inc., the company responsible for salvaging the wreck of the Titanic, which sank on its maiden voyage after colliding with an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean in 1912. The site is divided into several different sections including: the 6,000 artefacts recovered from the wreck site and their conservation; the past exhibitions; the underwater expeditions to the sunken ship; conservation; the ship and its structure; and the science used in the salvage operation. Highlights include short essays about the Titanic, including historical photographs. Registration on the site allows users and especially researchers access to far more extensive databases of photographs of salvaged artefacts. The site offers an archive of articles about the Titanic wreck. Teachers can register for a Titanic teachers' guide to access lesson materials.
There is also a corporate section that describes the salvage company itself (granted salvor-in-possession rights to the wreck of the Titanic by a United States Federal Court order in 1994), and information about forthcoming exhibitions of recovered artefacts. This is a well presented site that contains a good deal of information on all aspects of the ship and related salvage operations.
'Roger Scruton : writer and philosopher' is the personal website and weblog of British philosopher Roger Scruton. One of the most valuable elements of the website is Roger Scruton's active weblog, which has archives that date back to 2000. In the 'Journalism' section there is a link to an external website containing a full bibliography and full-text copies of many notable press articles by Scruton. A full listing of books can be found in the online C.V., and there are also links to selected Amazon pages that feature books. The website also has details of Scruton's activities in music composition, broadcasting, teaching, his farming, and his personal projects.
Rosetta is a postgraduate journal published by students at the University of Birmingham. It represents the diversity of studies at the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity with papers on archaeological, historical and classical topics, including Mesopotamian studies; industrial archaeology and Byzantine studies. The journal welcomes submissions from postgraduate students. At the time of review, the first issue ad been published with illustrated articles; personal experiences (e.g. Simon Buteux's "Thirty Years of Birmingham Archaeology: A Career in Ruins"); book and conference reviews. The papers contain maps and videos and can be easily printed using the version in PDF format. The journal is edited by postgraduate students and publishes unfinished research being carried out at postgraduate level, but the papers appear fresh and stimulating.
The Scottish Borders Heritage website combines historical and archaeological resources with visitor information to provide a comprehensive guide to the Borders area of southern Scotland. Information regarding individual Heritage Sites is categorised into five themes (Early Settlers, Border Warfare, Farm and Factory, Historic Townships, and Church History), which are in turn sub-divided between eleven geographical areas. In all, 119 Heritage Sites are documented, which can be browsed either by theme or by location. The website is associated with a series of books by John Dent and Rory McDonald (published between 1997 and 2001). Also available within the website is an image gallery that presents photos from the Borders region in association with the themes mentioned above. Links to other Scottish Heritage organisations are also available, while a News and Events section provides information and articles regarding Borders heritage issues and events.
The Scottish Textiles Heritage Online project aims to provide a one-stop shop for information relating to Scotland's textile treasures. The project has surveyed and catalogued textile collections within six partner institutions and other museums and archives within Scotland. The site provides a searchable database and image gallery that is intended to give a holistic view of Scotland's textile heritage held within Scottish museums and archives and pointing to significant collections held elsewhere. The project is led by Heriot-Watt University Archive, Records Management and Museum Service and is funded by a Scottish Museums Council Strategic Change Award. The site also refers to Irish tartans and comments regularly in a blog format on different tartans as complex symbols of identity, culture, local textile production, sartorial traditions, fashion and family history.
Scriptorium is an online digital archive of manuscript miscellanies and commonplace books dating from the 15th to 18th centuries. The archive is the work of a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge, and is still progressing. At the time of writing the site gives access to images of three codexes from the University of Cambridge: a French Biblical miscellany from the 1540s; an English miscellany of verse dated c. 1640; and a 16th-century collection of carols in English and Latin. The images are of a high quality and can be enlarged for clearer viewing. The images are accompanied by: a description of the codex; a summary of its contents; and a bibliography. In the future the project hopes to provide access to manuscripts from some of its collaborators, including: the Brotherton Library at the University of Leeds; and Holkham Hall in Norfolk. Users of the site can also access: details of project news and events; a 'Provenance Image Database'; related articles; and a link to an online palaeography course. This site would be of use to those studying western manuscripts and literature.
'Secreted Desires: The Major Uranians, Hopkins, Pater and Wilde' is a 500-page ebook on literary homosexuality in the British Isles. The book is freely available online as a full-text PDF file, an exact version of the print edition (Masaryk University, 2006). The book examines "Gerard Manley Hopkins’s eroticism" and offers a "close reading of Hopkins’s ‘Epithalamion’", then examines "the breach between Pater and Oscar Wilde". The final section examines the possibility of a "Uranian continuum" that stretches to the present day. The author states that the work is free "to redistribute, [and] include in databases". The author teaches at the Department of English and American Studies, Masaryk University.
This Uppsala University website is devoted to the Codex Argenteus, the "Silver Bible", which was written in silver and gold letters on purple vellum in Ravenna in about 520 CE. It contains fragments of the four gospels in the 4th century Gothic version of Bishop Ulfilas (Wulfila). The Web page for the Codex includes a digitisation of the 1927 photo facsimile edition. This includes supplementary images from other codices, plus the 'Alphabeta Gothica' (which compares the script alphabets of several different codices, including the Codex Argenteus), but is somewhat lacking in descriptive or explanatory material. The site also provides links to a small number of papers, and other research material relevant to the study of this Bible and its early medieval historical context. Navigation of the site is unfortunately not always intuitive: for example, a bibliography for the Codex Argenteus is listed under the heading 'Database of the Gothic language' in the Books and Links section.
SINE is a lottery-funded online database of searchable images featuring the architectural and structural heritage of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham and Teesside in the North East of England, much of which has been threatened, significantly altered or destroyed as a result of economic developments in the past 30 years. The site was a project of the University of Newcastle on Tyne. The photographs are divided into a series of key categories which illustrate various aspects of the historic environment such as industrial architecture, public monuments, the social history of Newcastle and the North East and the archaeological heritage of the region. The photographic corpus derives from a series of public and private collections. The Stafford Linsley Collection of industrial archaeology is complemented by aerial images from the Norman McCord Collection and several artistic representations of buildings and working activities by Victorian 'gentleman' painter William Henry Charlton (1846-1918). The project also includes news items relating to the SINE archive and its work, including stories relating to the state of preservation of buildings featured in the archive which complements the important section documenting construction and demolition within the project area. The database can be browsed or searched by a wide range of categories such as structure type and materials (based on the English Heritage NMR Thesaurus) and location. An interACTIVE Zone presents the material in an attractive and fun way, in which children can explore the gallery or take learning journeys. Other projects include the digitising of the Lambeth Palace Library archive of church plans. The projects is now concluded and the site has last been updated in 2004. This database has a broad potential constituency of users, from architectural and social historians to mediaeval and post-mediaeval archaeologists and heritage management professionals.
English Heritage has investigated the connections between the transatlantic slave trade and the properties it manages. This special Sites of Memory website is a guide to a selection of the many historic buildings and sites with a link to the history of the slave trade, of black people brought to England through the trade, and of the abolition struggle. This attractively designed Web page is split into three main sections (the Slave Trade and Plantation Wealth; Black Lives in England; and Abolitionists), and each of these sections deals, in essay format with illustrative pictures, with the impact of slavery on English Heritage's holdings, and how these buildings and sites impacted the slave trade. This website presents the slave trade with an interesting and fresh narrative, and looks at the trade from a different angle.
The Society for Arabian Studies is a scholarly organisation based in London that aims to... "support and encourage research in the Arabian peninsula in the fields of archaeology, history, culture and the environment". The website is presented in English. The Society publishes an annual 'Bulletin' magazine in English, which is freely available online in PDF format. The 'Bulletin' aims to be a comprehensive survey of scholarly activity in the field during the past year, and at October 2008 three issues of this journal are available for download. Also available on the website are full details of the organising committee, membership fees, the Society's conferences, lectures, its Monograph Series, and other activities. The Society also offers small grants, of Ł500. This website will be especially useful for those seeking an accessible summary of recent scholarship in this area.
This is currently the main website for the 1,500-item Staffordshire Hoard. The Hoard is a very large and significant find of Anglo-Saxon worked gold and silver, discovered by a metal detectorist in a mid Staffordshire field in 2009. The find was saved for the nation through public fund-raising in 2010, and will be permanently displayed in Stoke-on-Trent (the collecting authority museum) and Birmingham in the UK. At June 2010 the website has: an archive of the initial press and media materials; details of the partners working to conserve and buy the Hoard; a questions and answers page; potted biographies of the individuals concerned; and an interactive slide show of the excavation of a village of the period. The most useful parts of the website for scholars will be found via the Artefacts page - an initial 'Catalogue of the objects in the hoard' which is available for download as a PDF file. This catalogue is accompanied by a 659 image gallery of the Hoard.
This is a website published by a local history enthusiast, Simon Knott, which aims to catalogue all of the Anglican and Catholic churches in Suffolk, with descriptions and accompanying photographs. Currently there are around six hundred churches featured on the site, and these can be searched or browsed by place name. Each entry contains: a short history of the church; details of architectural changes made to the buildings; and location and access details, as well as Simon's personal view of the building and its features. In addition to the main catalogue, there are also: suggestions for further reading; a glossary of unfamiliar terms; and audio files of programmes and interviews the author has participated in for BBC Radio Suffolk. This site would be of interest to those studying church architecture (particularly medieval) and archaeologists.
Tales of the frontier: political representations and practices inspired by Hadrian's Wall is the website of a major Arts and Humanities Research Council project (July 2007 - Sept 2009), which is investigating the cultural and political meanings given to this famous Roman frontier system. The project will range in time from the Venerable Bede (8th Century) to contemporary tourism, and will draw on a wide variety of resources including works of art and literature. The website contains details of the project and staff. There are pages for news, publications and events. There are a small number of selected external Web links of relevance to the project. The project is based at the Durham Centre for Roman Cultural Studies, which is also developing the Hadrian's Wall Research Framework.
'Tatau/Tattoo: Embodied Art and Cultural Exchange, c. 1760-2000' is the website of a major three-year research project into the history of body arts as an aspect of the flow of Oceanic-European cultural exchange. The project is supported by the Getty Grant Program and the Arts and Humanities Research Board. Tatau/Tattoo is multidisciplinary and involves researches in "art history, history, and anthropology ... and contemporary documentary photography". The website contains a project outline, the programme and abstracts for a 2003 conference on the topic, plus short research biographies of the participants, and details of videos and exhibitions.
This is a set of Web pages on the website of the World Museum Liverpool. They accompany a major AHRC-funded exhibition and research project titled 'The Beat Goes On', documenting the historic music scenes on Merseyside during the 20th century. At August 2009 the exhibition is current, and ends on 1st November 2009. This free Web resource will remain online after the exhibition closes, and has been... "produced by the Institute of Popular Music and supported by the University of Liverpool, National Museums Liverpool, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and English Heritage." Sections include: Sounds of the city; Sites and scenes; Musicianship; Sound and technology; Image and design; Hearing new sounds; and Global impact. These appear to be aimed at university students. Some sections are more generic than others, and there is little oral history to be found. There is also a Reading List. This may be an interesting starting point for those interested in an overview of the cultural dynamics of youth 'scenes' in cities in the 20th century. More likely to be directly useful to a study of the city is a book produced to accompany the exhibition, the 256-page Liverpool University Press hardback 'The Beat Goes on: Liverpool, Popular Music and the Changing City' (2008).
The History Education Network/Histoire et Éducation en Réseau (THEN/HiER) is an award-winning bilingual site dedicated to the study of history at various levels of education in Canada. Produced through a collaboration among professional academics, public museum professionals and educational curriculum policy makers, THEN/HiER has several sections: News and Resources; Research; Practice; Curriculum and Advocacy; and Make your Voice Heard. The news section provides the latest updates on resources in history education, posts a database of history programmes, offers job listings, a newsletter, and notable events such as lectures and conferences. The research subsite allows users to access a database of article, chapter, book and report summaries, and thesis and dissertation abstracts. It also provides tips on how to conduct historical research and lists journals that deal with history education. The section on Practice explains best practices in historical education and provides primary and secondary source bibliographies in that field. Curriculum and Advocacy offers curriculum and education policy documents. Make Your Voice Heard gives users interactive components, such as message boards and sets up forums for collaborative projects. While the site is Canadian, it is worth noting that the site's administrators pick up news from Europe, the USA and further abroad internationally, making this a generally useful resource for anyone teaching history in the secondary or tertiary educational systems. Users can register and log in to access all information available.
Thomas and Jane Carlyle's Craigenputtock is a website devoted to the life and estate of Scottish nineteenth-century satirist and historian Thomas Carlyle and his wife. The site is the work of the Carlyle Craigenputtock Circle (CCC), a non-profit organisation devoted to the study and promotion of the Carlyle's lives at Craigenputtock and the preservation of the estate. The site provides: a brief biography of Thomas Carlyle; images and description of the Craigenputtock house and estate; information on the CCC and its work; and a number of links relating to Carlyle and his works. This resource would interest anyone studying nineteenth-century English or Scottish literature.
The Thomas Jefferson's Monticello website provides lively and interesting details on the nature of Monticello during the time of Thomas Jefferson (c. 1740-1830). Run by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation (formerly the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation), the website provides colourful information on Jefferson's house and plantation (at Monticello), and his life's achievements. There is a very nicely done 'Monticello Explorer' which provides an interactive account, through pictures and videos, of Jefferson's plantation. There is, further, information on educational issues (both for school teachers and those in Higher Education) and on scholarships available. A highly useful Web page for those seeking more information on Jefferson or on Monticello in general.
The "Threat to the World Heritage in Iraq" is a website that documents the effects of the political and military crisis affecting Iraq and the Middle East since the early 1990s. Archaeologists had to reassess the threat posed by war to the extraordinarily rich collection of historical sites of world significance in the region. This resource, produced by eminent Near Eastern scholars Nicholas Postgate and Eleanor Robson, is a topical guide to a wide variety of archaeological and architectural monuments in the firing line and provides useful weblinks to recent media stories highlighting the damage to archaeological heritage caused by human conflict. After an introduction outlining the nature of the threat and the problems caused by military action and looting after 1991, the heritage sites at risk are grouped thematically under headings such as: places of worship; khans (merchant hostels); palaces and military sites; irrigation works and bridges; archaeological sites with standing buildings; caves; and museums. All of the entries provide grid references and hypertext links to detailed maps of Iraq or to photographic images. The separate index of photographs can be searched alphabetically and is particularly useful for providing relatively recent images illustrating the present state of preservation of many of the sites and monuments. Links to academic sites on Near Eastern subjects are also provided. Apart from the immediate news value of this website, the resource is also a useful source of maps, photographs and topographical information for students and researchers working in the Near East, as well as providing information for those interested in the ethics and politics of heritage issues. The site has not been updated since 2003 but it has a strong testimonial value for the recent history.
This website details the history, culture and society of the Urhobo in Nigeria, Africa. The Urhobo are a people of southern Nigeria, based largely along the northwestern Niger river. This website, compiled by Peter P. Ekeh and the Urhobo History Society through the State University of New York at Buffalo. The website is split into several broad categories (e.g. history, culture, education matters, women affairs, youth affairs, geography, and so on) and each of these contains relevant articles or pictures (detailing, for example, local art work or architecture). The website presents a quite substantive amount of information on the Urhobo, their lives, their culture and their past.
This site provides free access to a searchable database of over 50,000 war memorials that can be found in the UK. It was created with the support of the Imperial war Museum and includes references to all wars from the 10th Century to the current day. Memorials include: crosses, commemorative plaques, cenotaphs. It is possible to search the database by keyword, place name or time span. Entries are detailed, including typically information on the physical condition of the memorial, its inscriptions, ownership, location and cost.
The UNESCO World Heritage list contains over 850 sites, monuments and areas of archaeological, historical and environmental interest which are deemed to be of global significance. This is the official website of the list which provides basic information on each entry together with photographs, grid references and conservation reports on each monument or place as well and which outlines the criteria required for inclusion in the list. The list is arranged alphabetically by country, 141 at the time of review, and links take you to the relevant UNESCO session documents. The photographs can be viewed as thumbnails or at a larger screen-size scale. Many of the entries have hyperlinks to partner organisations or tourist websites in each country which provide additional documentation for the heritage sites. The list is also available in French and Spanish and can be read with our without frames. Apart from the substantive information on UNESCO World Heritage sites, which will interest a wide audience, both amateur and professional, this concise but highly useful resource also provides insights into the politics and practice of heritage management on a world scale.
'Untold London: discover the art of London's diverse communities' is a website showcasing the variety of exhibitions to be found in the capital. The website is served with content via the popular 24 Hour Museum web service, edited from the London Museums Hub, and funded by the Museums and Libraries Association. Untold London serves both as a listings and "What's On?" service, and a guide to collections and venues. At June 2009 the service was up-to-date, and delivered in English only. There is a sophisticated search facility, able to search for London exhibitions by ethnic group, nationality, or religious affiliation. The lesbian, bisexual and gay section is seemingly limited to just one page, and these groups do not feature on the otherwise sophisticated search options. Despite this limitation, Untold London is a polished and practical website for those seeking to discover the variety of cultural history exhibitions that London is able to offer.
This excellent website provides access to the papers of the National Association for the Promotion of Social Science (1857-1886). There is a wealth of information on the National Association and its activities - which included some of the first and more organised attempts to quantify governmental policy and practice, and also the first steps towards female suffrage in the United Kingdom. The easy-to-use Web page has information on the formation, activities, and dissolution of the National Association. What will be of considerably more value to scholars, however, is the online searchable database of the Association's papers. The collection - which is made up of digitised sources from around the United Kingdom - can be searched in a great number of ways (e.g. author's name; word, phrase or title; series; year; document type).
This website accompanies a multi-disciplinary project to investigate the lasting significance of the Viennese café. The project is a joint venture between Birkbeck College, London, and the Royal College of Art, and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Research focuses on "the historical, cultural and artistic complexity of the Viennese café as an urban space in order to better understand the culture of cafés, both past and present. Attention has long been focused on Paris as a cradle of modernity and artistic modernism. Through its focus on the Viennese café, this project aims to redefine our understanding not only of the arts in Vienna, but also of modernity and modern life more generally." The website provides: an outline of the project; an events programme; information about the project conference; details of publications, news and comment; links to related research sites; contact information and details of project staff.
'Walking the Land' are a contemporary artists' group based in Gloucestershire, who... "produce work which refers to specific places, localities and environments". This group operates commercially and is active offering events such as the 'River Severn ArtWalk', a programme of 'Walking with Artists' courses/holidays, and are open to commissions to create new works. The website also has details of previous projects from 2004-2007. There is an online gallery, which includes works by the three artists as well as participant in the art walks. In 'Exhibitions' there are details of current and forthcoming projects and exhibitions by the group. This may be a useful website for those seeking to engage with contemporary practices around 'walking art' and 'land art', in a more engaged format than a conference room.
The West Sussex Past website is a portal to archive, library and museum online heritage services which allows users to search for materials across a range of databases and as such represents an excellent research tool for the history of West Sussex. The main focus of the site is the West Sussex Past Gateway, where users can search across 29 heritage databases simultaneously; these databases are provided by a range of organisations including the County Library Service, the County Record Office, and museums, societies and universities. Furthermore, users may search two different image databases: West Sussex Past Picture, the official databases of photographs, paintings, and prints from the 1640s onwards, provided by the County Library Service and local museums; and the West Sussex Record Office Photographic Database. The online catalogue of the the Record Office may also be searched here.
Together with a number of resources aimed at schools, this is a user friendly and rich resource for anyone researching the history of this English county.
The Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre website introduces the research facilities offered by this new institution and its new building. The centre covers all services related to knowledge of the past for the county of Wiltshire. Under the "Our services" section these are introduced to more detail: Wiltshire and Swindon archives; the local studies library; buildings record; museum advisory service; archaeology service (linked to the Wiltshire and Swindon Sites and Monument Record); education service; conservation area; and education. Here are also included a section on the history of the new building of the History Centre and the list of forthcoming events. A virtual tour of the building is offered on the site; by clicking with the mouse on each section of the plan, more information on that particular part of the centre is given. The blog had only one entry at the time of review. Information for those who intend to visit the History Centre is given: how to plan the visit; appointments; opening hours; registration; photocopying facilities and fees. The section of the Wiltshire archives has a good number of online guides and tools for the researcher and for those who want to uncover their own family history. The Wiltshire Wills Project includes an online catalogue of wills available on the previous web address of the Wiltshire and Swindon Archives. A records summary list and a parish records list are published on the website. The site has just been launched at the time of cataloguing and more resources will be added
The website Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre is part of Wiltshire County Council's Heritage Services and acts as a portal for a selection of the county's local heritage sites, with links to sites on conservation, museums, archaeology, records/archives, records office project and buildings records. The Archives/Parish records section contains archive catalogues; the parish records database; the wills database (1540-1858); and the search engines for all the collections. The SMR section is dedicated to the Wiltshire and Swindon Sites and Monument Record. The online database of all monuments (over 20,000) in the county can be searched on the site. The Museums pages opens a link to Wiltshire Treasures: Unlocking the Treasures of Wilsthire subsite, where all the museums in the county are represented with links to their own sites. The last section entitled Wiltshire Studies Collections actually opens a subsite with the catalogue of the Wiltshire Studies Library. This is an extremely useful site for
World Heritage Review is a bi-monthly magazine published by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to highlight sites listed for preservation. Such sites include buildings, parks, towns, even islands, deemed to be of outstanding importance on a global scale. The online version of the magazine features articles about recent additions to the UNESCO list, and an archive of previous preservation sites. Articles tend to be around 3,000 words, providing histories of the site in question and explaining their importance. Each article is illustrated with photographs. The web page also provides subscription details for individuals and institutions wishing to obtain the print version of the magazine, and a slightly nonsensical opinion poll.
This is the website of the World Monuments Fund, a New York-based non-profit organisation dedicated to preserving and protecting endangered works of historic art and architecture around the world. The World Monuments Fund compiles a list of the 100 most endangered sites every two years. This list is published on the website and is viewable by a clickable map. Each site has a short entry with photograph and a description of the site, its history and the threats to its survival. A page lists information on specific projects sponsored by the World Monuments Fund. A news page has articles relevant to the World Monuments Fund's activities. Another page describes the Jewish Heritage Grant Program, a project responding to the widespread neglect of the rich architectural heritage of Jewish communities around the world.
This website describes the archives and special collections at held at Keele University. Established in the 1950s, the collections now encompass significant amounts of material, with a particular focus on the cultural, social and industrial history of the Potteries in Staffordshire. Collections range from the personal papers of important national figures (with local connections) such as Josiah Wedgwood and Arnold Bennett, through material of more localised interest, the archives of manufacturing companies, the archives of the Manorial court of tamworth, and papers of aristocratic families such as the Pagets and Sneyds. The website gives the background of each collection together with access arrangements.
This website describes the special collections held at the University of Ulster’s Coleraine Library. The collections, which are searchable from the University’s main library catalogue (linked to from here) cover a range of subjects but with a particular focus on Irish history, literature and culture.