This website, from the 1807 Commemorated Project, at the University of York, and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, provides a 'resource website for museum practitioners, consultants, outreach officers and all those with an interest in, or connection to, the heritage sector in Britain'. The website aims to 'ensure that future policies and practices within museums, libraries and archives are shaped and informed by the experiences of museum staff, consultants, communities and audiences who engaged with the marking of the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade'. The website contains information and suggestions for developing exhibitions, working with the communities in which the museums are situated, and the roles of curators. The website is easily navigated and simply designed and aims to make the process of collection-building, presentation and preservation a more academic and rigorous process.
The 1851 Project: The Great Exhibition is a Web page devoted to the collection of Exhibition materials which are held at the National Art Library (NAL) of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The site opens with a brief history of the Great Exhibition and the influence of the event upon subsequent similar exhibitions and the development of London's museums, especially the Victoria and Albert Museum. Beyond the legacy of the event are the actual holdings of documents directly related to it, which is the concern of this site. Dating back to 1995, the aim of the 1851 Project has been to improve access to the archival collections related to the Exhibition, including what remains of the actual exhibits themselves. To that end, by February 1997, a previously incomplete set of lists of all holdings in the NAL were compiled into a single computer catalogue. A link is provided to the NAL catalogue, and this page explains in detail how the user can search it in order to locate all relevant sources. It also explains the procedure that readers must follow to gain access to the collections. The site describes related holdings at other museums and archives, and provides links to their websites.There is also a bibliography of contemporary sources, such as pamphlets, and of secondary sources. In general, this page would be very helpful for researchers in this topic as a starting point for extended work or as confirmation that they had not missed any sources on this topic.
This website encourages exploration and understanding of and participation around the collection of Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums (Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Provost Skene's House and the Tolbooth). A selection of images have been digitized to represent the scope and depth of the collections and arranged in virtual tours, including some of relevance for art history, maritime history, the history of science and industry, archaeology and numismatics. There is also an online catalogue of this selection of objects from the collection of Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums. It is possible to view these objects in various ways: single image with basic cataloguing information; 6 images with a simple caption of the object's title or name; or a list of objects without images. All the images can be enlarged to a full-screen size.
The website for the Anglo Boer War Museum in Bloemfontein, South Africa, catalogues the Boer perspective of the South African War of 1899-1902. The site contains information relating to Boer heroes such as General Louis Botha, President Paul Kruger and Emily Hobhouse, the English social worker who travelled to South Africa and became an outspoken critic of the concentration camps used by the British. Given that the Museum is located in Bloemfontein, the heartland of Afrikaner nationalism, the pro-Boer content of the website is to be expected, but there are some other content-related problems. There is no mention of the currently accepted terminology of the South African War to refer to this conflict, to acknowledge the number of black South Africans who also participated, no mention either of Sol Plaatje's writings on the conflict.
This is the official website of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. This site includes information about: Anne Frank; the house where she and her family hid from the Nazis circa 1942-1944; the history of her famous diary - including images and transcriptions of extracts - and its publication after her death; resources for teaching about the Second World War and the persecution of the Jews in Europe especially during World War II, and the Holocaust; as well as links to online resources relating to the diverse issues raised by the issues involved. Teachers will particularly find a wealth of information here, especially historical images and videos. Researchers who study memory and commemoration will find the history of the transformation of the house where the Frank family and their friends hid into a museum to be interesting and informative. In the Activities menu, scholars should also check the Research subpages, which outlines library holdings and academic studies sponsored by the museum.
Art and War is a site maintained by the Canadian War Museum. The site includes information on the three war art collections held in the Museum: the Canadian War Memorials of the First World War (1914-1918); the Canadian War Records of the Second World War (1939-1945); and the post-war Canadian Armed Forces Civilian Artist Program (1968-1995). The Museum's war art collections have no permanent exhibition space and some pieces have not been exhibited since the 1920s. Thus, this site offers an unusual opportunity to see rarely-shown artworks; they are posted in five virtual exhibitions here: Canadian Wartime Propaganda; Australia, Britain, and Canada in the Second World War; Masterpieces from the Canadian War Museum; Military Munnings; and Second World War: Canada's War Artists Perspective. Of particular note here are impressionist paintings from the Great War made by future members of the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. Paintings and posters are intermingled with photographs and augmented by well-written historical commentary. A subsite documents the design and construction of the Canadian war memorial at Vimy Ridge. There is also information on women artists and the British war art program.
Navigation is acceptable; however, the fact that images cannot be enlarged to a higher resolution diminishes the accessibility and quality of the pictures on the site. The site is available in English and French.
This site is essentially a portal that unites some 200 International galleries and museums in order to bring to public attention information about exhibitions, artists, projects, publications etc. Museums in America and Europe are primarily represented. For example, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the British Museum, the Chrysler Museum, the Hermitage, the J. P. Getty Museum, and the Tate Gallery are all featured.The site allows easy access to the Web pages of the 200 institutions, but it also contains an archive of 10,000 high-quality images from many of the museums featured (The Art Museum Image Consortium). A calendar of exhibitions brings together in a single place the year's programme of international events. The site also contains articles, notices and news, provided by its main sponsor - Reuters.
The Web Site "Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation" serves to provide information about an American-Polish foundation that seeks to make available information about the Polish town of Oswiecim - Auschwitz and aspects of its Jewish history. The site is in German, Polish and English with flyers in French and Hebrew. It is of interest to all those studying Jewish, Polish and German history. More infamously known as the location of the death camps Auschwitz and Birkenau, the town is home to the Auschwitz Jewish Center run by the foundation. The site has a timeline of Jewish life in Oswiecim and there are excellent images of exhibits held at the center. The center has a video testimony room, a family history room and library (it also has an experienced genealogical researcher at its disposal), and runs various educational programmes as well as dialogue meetings and community events. The foundation has offices in the USA and Poland and offers scholarships for students and researchers. Contact information for both offices is provided.
This is the website of the North of England's largest local history museum, at Beamish, County Durham. In particular the museum recreates how the people of the North of England lived and worked in the nineteenth and twentieth century. The excellent information for the general visitor and the educator describes, with images, the attraction of this open-air experience of living history. The museum concentrates specifically on two periods: 1825, when the region was rural and thinly populated. The industrial revolution, especially the coming of the railways, accelerated change (the reconstructed buildings and attractions include a wagonway, railway and manor); and 1913, by which time the region's heavy industries were at their peak, (that includes a colliery, a railway station, the town, a tramway, as well as a farm and other exhibitions).
The Calvert Marine Museum is focused upon the collection, preservation, research and interpretation of the culture and natural history of Southern Maryland. The three themes interpreted in the Museum are: regional Miocene paleontology, estuarine life on the tidal Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay and the maritime history of these waters. The Museum has a permanent exhibition called Maritime Patuxent: A River and its People and also a temporary gallery which varies from photography exhibitions to topical exhibits. Users can read about the history of the Solomans area, including details of Captain Joshua Barney who led the Chesapeake Flotilla. There are also information pages about small craft and a description of the Museum's 15 aquariums which house marine plants and animals. The site includes histories of Cove Point Lighthouse and of Drum Point Lighthouse; Editions of the Museum's quarterly newsletter, Bugeye Times are available on the site, containing articles relating to the Museum's interests.
"Canada in WWII" is a brilliant site on Canadian involvement in the Second World War published by the Juno Beach Centre. This online museum provides an excellent overview of the Canadian war experience, with a good mix of reference articles and primary source images and personal stories. The events of World War II are covered from the eve of war to its conclusion, looking at Canada in the Depression, the rise of Fascism, key campaigns and readjustment after the war. In the section dedicated to People there are biographies of the key Canadians, British, American, Polish and German figures involved in the war. Information on the weaponry used in the different branches of the armed forces in detailed in the section for arms and weapons. In addition there is an interactive centre, which requires users to have Flash 6. Here users can access interactive animations of how wartime technologies and manoeuvres worked, such as minesweeping and convoys.
The website introduces the museum which was founded to collect information and documentation on the POW camps. The site is in Polish, German and English. The site explains the history of the museum, beginning in 1964. Its main emphasis was on the accounts of Polish prisoners in the camps at Lamsdorf. The internment camp functioned between 1939-1945, but Lamsdorf had been used as a camp as early as the Franco-Prussian War. The Nazis established one of the largest complex of camps here which saw over 300,000 pass through it. For a year or two after the Second World War it was used as a detainment centre for Germans. The site is quite informative and includes details of research activity, exhibitions, camp facilities for modern tourists, and a map of the grounds. This site is of interest to those studying nineteenth and twentieth century European history, military history, and Polish History.
The Cold War Museum website records the history of the people, places and events of the Cold War (circa 1946-1991 CE) to inform about the fears, divisions, and dangers that the Cold War fostered, and to promote interest in the creation of a permanent Cold War Museum facility. The site includes a discussion forum, a facility to search the website and also browse through a timeline from the 1940s to 1990s. The resource is hyperlinked throughout so the section on the Korean War, for example, might be accessed from a number of points on the site. Online exhibits complement the travelling Cold War Museum exhibits. These include: the CIA; the DIA; Berlin Wall; patches collection; photo gallery; Cold War Museum Collection; reconnaissance aircraft; and 1998 U-2 declassification conference. The museum is based in Virginia, US.
COLLAGE (the City of London Library and Art Gallery Electronic) is an online image database created by the City of London and iBase Image Systems. The database currently contains approximately 20,000 images from the Guildhall Library and Guildhall Art Gallery in London. The collection is devoted primarily to London topography and London life from the 15th Century to the present day. All parts of London (not just the City) are covered, as are the adjoining counties. Each image is accompanied by a description of the picture and details of, for example, the artist, size of the picture, date, publisher, medium, etc., as appropriate. The database can be searched or browsed by artists, places or people, or by categories such as abstract ideas, history, politics, or the natural world. A series of online exhibitions are also available, as well as sections bringing together some selected highlights of the collections.
"Corsair" is a searchable repository of pictures of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts by The Pierpont Morgan Library. This website also contains data about other materials which form part of the collection, including: ancient seals; cuneiform tablets; drawings; rare printed books; and musical scores. All data are accessible via simple search forms. The library has plans for the digitisation of its entire collection of rare materials and all pictures will be accessible via this website. Introductory pages on all sections of the collections are already available. Researchers in particular may find this website useful.
This website provides a short history of the oldest museum for recording crime, the Metropolitan Police's Crime Museum, also known as the Black Museum, which was founded in 1875. The site explains the origins of the museum and its present-day incarnation, mentioning some of the collections and artefacts that are housed there. In addition to this, it also provides information about five notorious cases investigated by the Metropolitan Police, including Jack the Ripper, Dr. Crippen and the Brighton Trunk Murders. The museum is not open to members of the public, but can be used by police officers.
This website is the home page of the official archive, library and museum of Dachau concentration camp which, in its time, held more than 200,000 prisoners from over thirty countries. Events in the camp are related here through historical photographs and short written passages in English and German. The camp was built in 1933 as a new kind of prison for political opponents of the regime, such as communists, social democrats, trade unionists and some liberals and conservatives. Other groups were subsequently imprisoned there, including Jews, homosexuals, gypsies, Jehovah's Witnesses and priests. After the 'Night of Broken Glass' (Kristallnacht) on 9-10 November 1938, more than 10,000 Jews were sent to Dachau. The site treats the wartime history of the camp very briefly, touching on the treatment of slave labour, prisoners of war, and Jewish prisoners. It notably does not give any prominence to the medical experimentation that took place at the camp. Essential statistics are posted: well over the 30,000 who were recorded dead perished there; and over 67,000 people were still imprisoned there upon liberation. There is a virtual tour of the camp from the years when it was operating. For more in-depth information, researchers in Holocaust Studies should look to the subpage on the archive associated with the camp, which briefly describes archival holdings of written documents, over 5,000 photographs, posters, plans, objects and some 800 films. Details on German memorial publications of documents are provided, with some compiled versions translated into English and French. The site also gives directions to the camp, information for visitors and tours (especially visiting teachers and students), brief details on current exhibitions and contact information. There is a straightforward but good links page, notably to other concentration camp memorial sites.
The online Directory of South West Museums, Libraries, and Archives, provided by MLA South West, features information almost 2,000 museums, galleries, libraries, and archives in South West England, plus other relevant organisations such as specialist support services and governing bodies. The directory may be searched by museum content (from agriculture to transport) or by locality. Alternatively, searches may be conducted by keywords from the museum description. Results include each museum's name and address, with a description of the content; visitor information such as opening hours, pricing, and concessions; access details for disabled visitors; information on public transport links and the availability of parking; and a link to the museum's website if it has one. The directory is part of the broader MLA South West website, which contains more general information on development programmes and collections.
This website provides information on the Dittrick Medical History Center (Cleveland, Ohio) and its collections of 60,000 rare books, 60,000 museum artifacts, 10,000 images, and archive listings. Originally part of the Cleveland Medical Library Association (est. 1894), the Dittrick is now an interdisciplinary centre within the College of Arts and Sciences of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. It is an international resource for the study of the history of medical technology, and provides research material for the study of speciality areas and local and international medical institutions. The site has six main sections: the Dittrick Museum of Medical History which consists mainly of a collection of instruments gathered from Cleveland physicians dating from 19th and 20th centuries; the rare medical book collection dating from late 14th century to 20th century; a section featuring 4 small online exhibits (Cleveland's smallpox epidemic of 1902; Images of dissection; a tour of Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland; and Asklepios Murals at the Allen Memorial Library); sample lists and overviews of the centre's archives; the image collection; and a What's New? section. Each section provides a very small sample of the collections housed at the center through the use of online images accompanied by brief background essays. There are also pages listing the Centre's publications, events and links to medical museums, archives and libraries both in the USA and worldwide. This site is regularly updated and includes news of forthcoming events and publications.
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 website "Empire and Us" is for the Bristol based British Empire and Commonwealth Museum, Britain's first major museum dedicated to the nation's colonial past, opened in 2002. The museum documents 500 years of imperial and Commonwealth history, from John Cabot's voyage to Newfoundland in 1497 to the legacies of Empire in Britain today. The site does not publish any online exhibitions, but provides information about the main galleries at the museum, Britain builds an empire, 1480-1800, the rise of Victoria's empire, 1800-1900, and the End of empire, 1900 to the present. The website also contains information about the museum's archives, which holds a range of resources including photographs, books, periodicals, artefacts, and uniforms and clothing, as well as museum publications, and the educational resources available for schools. A virtual museum tours is offered with the option of downloading the file in compressed format for slower connections. The website announces that the museum will relocate to London.
This is the website of the Exploratorium: The Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception. Primarily the education arm of the museum, the site contains many interactive resources aimed at school pupils, but also of interest to those in more advanced education. For example, there is a fascinating online multimedia exhibit focusing on biodiversity, which provides readers with an excellent introduction to the issues involved, the models used by scientists, and some of the studies that have been carried out. Online features such as this often utilise the full capabilities of the Internet, particularly favouring video footage.The site also contains links to other sites of interest.
The Web Site of the "Fundacji Archiwum i Muzeum Pomorskie Armii Krajowej oraz Wojskowej Służby Polek w Toruniu (The Foundation of the Pomeranian Archive and Museum of the Home Army and Polish Women's Military Service in Toruń)" is in Polish with a more limited English version. It was founded by Professor El់ieta Zawacka, who had an extremely distinguished career during the Second World War as a military instructor of women, fought in the defence of Lwów, and in the Polish underground. As the courier 'Zo' she was famous throughout Europe for her journeys and bravery and was later arrested by the Communist Security Forces in 1951. The Web Site contains information on the archives and holdings pertaining to the role of Polish women in World War Two. It also features accounts by women of their experiences, and details of academic meetings and conferences. This is an excellent site for those interested in women's history, military history, the Second World War, or Polish Studies.
Part of the National Maritime Museum's Collections online database, the Green Blackwall Collection website comprises material presented to the National Maritime Museum by the Green family between 1941 and 1977. The collection, mainly from the 18th and 19th centuries, illustrates the yard; the London docks; and ships built by or for the Greens. The Museum library holds items from the collection, including: maps and charts of the Thames; and manuscripts and printed books about the Greens and their business activities. The collection is divided into: decorative art; fine art; flags; models; relics; ship equipment; timekeeping; uniforms; weapons; plans and photographs; maps; charts; printed books; and manuscripts.
This is the website of the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, and more specifically provides visitor information about the "The Historic Dockyard Chatham". The website of the museum interprets "the age of sail" for the general visitor and for school parties. The Museum of the Royal Dockyard on the River Medway, in Kent, covers 80 acres and contains over 40 ancient monuments and a wide range of exciting maritime and naval exhibits including three historic warships: HMS Gannet, 1878; HM Submarine Ocelot; and HMS Cavalier. Audio tours of the warships are available online. The dockyard was Britain's chief naval base from the time of Charles II until closure in the early 1980s. The site provides visitor information, detailing the exhibits and opening times, and providing contact details for school educators for using the learning resources of the museum.
The Historic Jamestowne website is published by the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA) in collaboration with the National Park Service (NPS). It is concerned with the first permanent English settlement in America, founded by the Virginia Company in 1607. On the site there is information on the archaeological activity currently ongoing in Jamestowne, with information and images of featured finds. There is also a strong history section giving the background to the Jamestowne settlement, the Virginia Company and the early settlers. Elsewhere on the site are lesson plans and interactive exercises, web links and recommended reading.
This is the website of the Imperial War Museum, based in London. This immense online presentation includes details of the Museum's unique coverage of Twentieth Century conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth (from the First World War to the Gulf War and the present day), and is a portal to the Museum's further branches: Imperial War Museum Duxford; Cabinet War Rooms; HMS Belfast moored on the River Thames; and the Imperial War Museum North, Manchester. Visitor information is clearly presented as are links to Museum services such as the "Collecting Group", the online shop, "Education", even "Battlefield Tours". Collections online allow the user to access short essays on historical themes.The online exhibitions of the Imperial War Museum London are all accessible here, including many about World War I and the Second World War; also the Spanish Civil War, the Korean War, and the Falklands Conflict; the submarine; and interviews with the women who were living at, or involved with the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp in the 1980s. There is also a selection of images from the Photograph Archive.These online exhibitions reflect the range of resources and presentations on the Museum's website as a whole, covering all aspects of life in wartime. From here information is provided about the Imperial War Museum's Holocaust Exhibition (the story of the Nazis' persecution of the Jews and other groups before and during the Second World War). Previous exhibits include "Anthem for Doomed Youth" a major exhibition relating to the poets of the Great War (including: Edmund Blunden; Rupert Brooke; Robert Graves; Julian Grenfell; Ivor Gurney; David Jones; Francis Ledwidge; Wilfred Owen; Isaac Rosenberg; Siegfried Sassoon; Charles Sorley; and Edward Thomas). Extracts of oral history interviews held by the Museum's Sound Archive are available, such as short accounts of soldiers in the trenches, the home front and women at war; and the "Lusitania medallion". For the Second World War exhibition themes include the Commonwealth; the Battle of Britain; the campaign in Burma; the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor; the factories and workers of Great Britain; codes in wartime, and how the German Enigma code was broken.
"The Imperial War Museum's Collections" website provides access to a searchable catalogue of around 60,000 of the museum's records. Listed is material from a range of the Imperial War Museum's holdings, including film and video, sound recordings and oral history, documents, art, exhibits, books and printed material, photographs, aircraft, vehicles and aero engines. As well as being searchable, the catalogue can also be browsed in one of nine separate sections, each dealing with a different aspect of the history of warfare. The categories are War and Land, War and Sea, War in the Air, War and Peace, Prisoners, Civilians, Commonwealth, Truth and Propaganda, and Burial and Remembrance. Each section includes a short topic overview, tracing the history of each theme, and a selection of collection highlights taken from the catalogue. These highlights include images, audio files and documents, some of which can be accessed online. Excellent help and troubleshooting pages are provided, as well as different methods to navigate the collections. Desired items from the collections are collected by the user in a virtual list, for which an appointment can be requested for viewing at the Museum. Items from the IWM collections can be also be ordered for purchasing through the website.
This outstanding website features online exhibitions published by the Imperial War Museum. Each exhibition deals with an aspect of warfare, and the topics range from the First and Second World Wars to the Greenham Common protests during the Cold War. The twenty-one exhibitions all deal with twentieth century wars and campaigns that have had British involvement. Included are exhibitions on war artists Edward Ardizzone, H.S. Williamson and Mervyn Peake, a display about the British home front during the Second World War, Enigma and code-breaking, and Christmas during war years, as well as exhibitions on conflicts such as the Korean War, the Spanish Civil war, the Battle of Jutland, the campaign in Burma 1942-1945, the Falklands and Pearl Harbour. All of the exhibitions incorporate primary source material held at the museum, and make particular use of audio files, photographs and documents.
The Imperial War Museum's Holocaust Exhibition uses historical material to tell the story of the Nazis' persecution of the Jews and other groups before and during the Second World War. The website acts primarily as an introduction to the exhibition, and does not itself contain a great deal of text or primary material. The site does however provide details of recent publications on the Holocaust, a list of links to related websites, and an education section that provides details for teachers wishing to use the exhibition as a study aid for schoolchildren. The site includes a few secondary articles about the issues surrounding exhibiting and teaching the Holocaust. Details of museum opening hours and tour times are also provided.
The website of the Independence Seaport Museum, based in Philadelphia, reflects the maritime history of the area and its port with an attractive and well laid out resource. Exhibits include the history of Philadelphia's role in the China Trade that began in the late 1700s. Photos and information are available for the museum's two historic ships, the cruiser USS Olympia, and the submarine Becuna. There is an interesting oral history project bringing submariners and school students together, which includes a video. There is an educational program and the museum has a library which is also a maritime research centre for the region. Opening hours and contact details are provided.
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.
Jorvik is located in York, and recreates the sights, sounds and smells of the Viking city of Jorvik in 948 AD. The website includes visitor information, and details of the Archaeological Resource Centre, York Archaeological Trust and the Coppergate excavations.
This is the official website of Kilmartin House, an archaeological centre and museum situated in Argyll, on the west coast of Scotland. The Kilmartin House Trust has won many prestigious awards for their high-quality, innovative interpretation of the archaeological heritage to be found in the area: over 150 prehistoric sites lie within 6 miles of Kilmartin. These include Pictish sites, burial cairns, rock carvings, standing stones and the fortress of the earliest Scottish kings at Dunadd. The website includes a virtual tour of the museum with some colour images of artefacts and displays, and an Interactive Monuments section, created in association with SCRAN (Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network). This includes colour images of and information about the key 150 local sites. The website also includes information on their educational programmes and publications, information for visitors to the area and a section on the Trust itself. For some sections of the website Cosmo or Cortona plug-ins are required. The Museum was awarded the Scottish Museum of the Year in 1998, but in 2004 has risked closure. The website has won numerous online awards for design and information and still provides excellent contents. The website includes comprehensive information for anyone interested in visiting the museum and the locality, including a quick preview (photographs and descriptions) of the exhibition. The research work of the museum and the Kilmartin House Trust is also described.
The Web Site "KL Stutthof" provides information on the concentration camp located at Sztutowo, in Poland. The site is in German, English and Polish. The museum focuses on the conservation of the camp, collecting archival materials, and research and education. The location of the site was selected as early as August 1939, and was initially created to eliminate 'Polish undesirables'. Over 110, 000 people were held at the camp, who came from all over Europe. This site is a good resource for those studying the Second World War, or German or Polish history. In the gallery section the user will find a rich collection of photographs of the museum and its events, as well as archived historical images. Although the thumbnails are of poor quality, when clicked on, the enlarged versions are of much better quality. The site gives details of its publications, the opening hours and contact details of the museum, and a map of the museum. The museum holds details of former prisoners and extant documentation pertaining to the camp. The news section is of interest to researchers, with conference announcements, notice of exhibitions, and updates on events at the museum.
LeMo Archiv, the living virtual museum online, is an outstanding online archive and teaching resource produced by the German Historical Museum in Berlin. It has a number of online teaching aids and other tools aimed at helping students. Local German schools affiliated with the LeMo Archive through museum outreach are linked via the teaching aids site. Teachers and students of German will find the site most informative and enjoyable: there are good illustrated historical essays covering different periods of German history during the 20th century. The essays also link to many supporting contemporary audio and text documents. Researchers in German History and German Studies will also benefit, as the site posts memoirs and letters from individuals from the First World War onwards under the heading 'Kollektive Gedächtnis' (Collective Memory). The most helpful section, however, falls obscurely under the site's 'Suche' (Search) subsite, which opens surprisingly onto a large collection of online primary sources and historical aids, including: important audio recordings; illustrated biographies of noted figures; timelines; laws, news items and speeches; a visual online archive of posters, icons, flyers and maps; statistics; and videos. Parts of the site are available in either 3D (VRML) or 2D (HTML) formats; technical advice for the necessary plug ins is provided. The site has a Web cam with views of the LeMo office space and surroundings in Berlin; it also features an archived online forum with commentary from site visitors going back to 1998 -- whether good, bad or indifferent.
This is the website of the Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Virginia, USA. This museum is the National maritime museum and on the website you can see highlights of the collections and exhibitions including: the USS Monitor artefacts (from the ironclad battleship of the American Civil War); the Chris-Craft collection; Captive Passage - The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas; and the USS Monitor Center. There are extensive online resources for educators from the museum's programmes that include: the Birth of the US Navy; the Battle of the Atlantic, (Allied Naval Intelligence in the Second World War); Women and the Sea; The Age of Exploration (includes Christopher Columbus); and Waters of Despair, Waters of Hope - African-Americans; and the Chesapeake Bay: Our History and Our Future. There is detailed information and finding aids for the collections. You may search the catalogues of the collections of the library and research archives, and review visiting and research information, including brief descriptions of material comprising the photography collection; and the Elwin M. Eldredge Collection database which contains records for 352 American steamship companies. .
The Maritime Museum of British Columbia was established in 1954 as a non-profit society. British Columbia's marine history is told from early exploration to Captain Cook, Canadian Pacific Steamships and the Royal Navy. The website includes links to the galleries; Exploration, Adventure, Whaling and fishing and Shipbuilding. The website includes exploration pictures of vessels, the role of the Canadian Navy in war, the Vintage Vessel Registry, and links to the Library and ships' plans, lighthouses, and ship wrecks and other historic sites.
This site provides information about the McLean Museum and Art Gallery located in Greenock. The museum's collections, described here, include exhibits relating to the history of shipbuilding in the area as well as historic photographs of ships that worked on the Clyde. Visitor information and contact details are provided.
The web site of the "Museum of allied prisoners of war martyrdom in Żagań (Muzeum martyrologii alianckich jeńców wojennych w Żaganiu)" has versions in French, Polish, German, and English. It provides information about the museum in Żagań, famous as the site where the Nazis built a chain of prisoner-of-war (POW) camps. The site informs that the museum focuses on pilots camps Stalag Luft III, Stalag VIII C and Stalag VIII E between 1939 and 1945. Luft III was famed for the many escape attempts made. The site describes some of them and has published an account by one of the survivors, Flt Lt van der Stok. However, it was not the first time that Żagań was chosen as a location for POW camps. In the early nineteenth century Napoleon's armies passed through and the Franco-Prussian and First World Wars also left their marks and their dead here. There is a good selection of illustrative photographs. Links provide further reading into the Great Escape and the Stalag III. This is a good site for those interested in the history of the Second World War.
This is the website of the American Aviation Museum, at the Robins Air Force Base. There are highly animated and visually and orally stimulating presentations about the military aircraft collection exhibits and aviation history. Exhibits online include: the Aviation Hall of Fame; 14th Air Force; 43rd Bomb Group; RAFB and World War Two Commemorative; History of Flight; The Korean War; The Tuskegee Airmen; and The Robert Scott Story. The website engages the senses with entertaining yet easily navigable and informative content, snappy graphics - some like a pilot's head-up-display, sound effects of aircraft, innovative use of technology, and consistent use of graphics and navigation menus. The site includes games and interactivity for children and older researchers to enjoy. The website won the Gold MUSE Award 2003 for Promotion of an Institution from the Media and Technology Standing Professional Committee of the American Association of Museums (AAM).
The website of The Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading belongs to this museum, which fulfils several different functions: it is a university department; a centre for research and information; it acts as a national resource centre; and also functions as a museum. The centre aims to cater for a variety of users and provides resources geared towards schools, the general public, undergraduates and researchers. The museum has developed an online database of relevant resources. This database includes details of their library holdings, photograph collection, object collection, archives and their bibliography of British and Irish rural history. Online exhibitions are presented. It is possible to search the catalogue by title and name search, keyword search, subject search and classmark search. Searches can be restricted to certain parts of the collection and to specific date ranges. Online help in using the catalogue is available. The database provides access to host of information. The website provides details on various parts of the Centre: there is information on the library and its collections; details are provided about the photographic service (for which a charge is made); details of their archives are given and there is information on visiting the museum. A list of relevant links is also provided. The museum also receives funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
The Web Site of the "Muzeum archidiecezjalne sztuki religijne w Lublinie (Lublin archdiocesan museum of religious art)" is in Polish. It provides the usual information on the museum's opening hours, collections, and location. The site has details of past and current exhibitions, and includes a brief history of the museum. The museum is famed for its Trinitarian Tower and close links to the Jesuits from the sixteenth century. The site features descriptions of the ongoing preservation of historic buildings and objects and a brief gallery. The site is well illustrated and of interest to those researching Polish ecclesiastical history, or the area of Lublin.
The Web Site "Muzeum Historyczne m. st. Warszawy (Historical Museum of Warsaw)" provides information on the Polish museum, dedicated to its capital. The site has both an English and Polish version. Located in the centre of the rebuilt Old Town, the museum has managed, despite destruction during the Second World War, to gather an impressive collection of artifacts. There are frequent exhibitions, in particular of art, and the site publishes information about permanent and temporary exhibitions. A good resource for those interested in the history of Warsaw in particular, Polish Studies, or Polish culture.
The Web Site "Muzeum lotnictwa polskiego w Krakowie (Polish Aviation Museum, Cracow)" is in both Polish and English and provides details on its opening hours, collections and location. Situated at the historic site of Rakowice, one of the oldest military airfields in Europe, it was home to a balloon detachment at the end of the nineteenth century, and played a critical role in the First World War, the Polish-Soviet War, and the Second World War. It was used as an active airfield for the last time in 1963. The site is of great interest to military historians and provides some good illustrations of engines, planes, helicopters, gliders and anti-aircraft missiles. The museum is home to many unique aircraft, including the 1916 Russian M. 15 flying boat, a German Albatross B.IIa trainer and the fuselages of World War One German warplanes. The museum also has an excellent and extensive library and photograph archive. The publications of the museum are presented and available for purchase.
The Web Site "Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku" (Malbork Castle Museum) is presented in Polish, German and English. Malbork (Marienburg) castle is one of the most famous in Europe and was home to and the headquarters of the Teutonic Knights. Building began in the late thirteenth century since then the castle has had a varied fate, returned to Poland, occupied by the Prussians and by Napoleonic troops. The site features a good history of the castle, with illustrations and information about its extensive restorations. The Teutonic Order has been known under varying names and is still extant, its headquarters are currently in Vienna. Between 1309 and 1457 its headquarters were in Malbork. The site also features sections on permanent exhibitions including; the Malbork Amber Collection; rare and old militaria; at sacral and banquet tables; and nineteenth century stained glass windows. News on the symposia and events organised by and at the museum is given up to date. Information about the museum, its location, and opening times is also provided on this site. An online bookstore is also available.
This is the website of the National Army Museum. The museum in Chelsea presents the history of British land forces from the Fifteenth Century to the present day, and the history of Commonwealth land forces up to their respective dates of independence. Online there is an excellent guide to the general history of the Army with summaries of a number of battles and campaigns including: an introduction; the Regimental System; the English Civil War; the War of the Spanish Succession; the American War of Independence; war with France; First World War; Second World War; the Korean War; Aden; the Falklands; and the Gulf War.The museum holds few official records, but provides brief guides to starting points for researching British Army records, researching a soldier’s military career; finding more about soldiers who died during the First and Second World Wars; and how to use the collections of the National Army Museum to conduct research. These guides as well as teaching notes are available by post from the museum, and details are provided online.The National Army Museum's Collections Page offers access to some resources. Currently there is the opportunity to browse oil paintings and the collection of vehicles and artillery, and also search the record descriptions.
The website 'The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library' is the home page of this institution founded in 1974 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Holdings focus on Czech and Slovak life in the United States, and are described as specialising in: political and local history, especially for publications between 1875 and 1950; literature and poetry; folk and fine art; music; genealogy; an archives with photos, letters, postcards, antiquarian books, and stamps. There is a Calendar of Events, and previous News Releases. In the 'Publications' section, the journal Slovo is described briefly without further information on tables of contents, number of issues or editorial board and policy. The latest issue of NCSML newsletter, MOST, is published full-text on the site in PDF format. Little information is available about the exhibitions of the museum. A recent flood (2008) has damaged large parts of the archival holdings and artefacts, and the website focuses mostly on stories of the flood and of the subsequent restoration and recovery.
The website 'NCCL Galleries of Justice' offers an introduction to the National Centre for Citizenship and Law Galleries of Justice in Nottingham. The NCCL Galleries of Justice is a museum project which collects material from the HM prison service museums and makes use of the heritage of the Shire Hall in Nottingham (former court of justice and prison) and of the police station in Lace Market. The NCCL Galleries of Justices is a registered charity aiming at reducing crime among young people, and their centre has a generous presentation on the site. The web presentation of the museum itself is aimed at encouraging family visits and school parties. The site has four sections: Visitor attractions; Conference and events; Crime reduction; and Learning and access. Each of them contains material and information about the offerings of this museum, the history of the Galleries of Justices and of administration of justice at the Shire Hall in Nottingham. Resources for teachers and students are partially still under construction. The visitor attractions feature a crime and punishment tour and ghost tours.
The website Norway's Resistance Museum is published by the Norwegian Ministry of Defence and is in German, English and Norwegian. The site, split into sections on the exhibition and the museum, provides information about the history, location and opening hours of the museum in the Akershus Castle, Oslo. The location was chosen because it adjoins the spot where, during the Second World War Norwegian patriots were executed by the Germans. It is now the site of a memorial. The aim of the museum is to collect items and printed matter, which will preserve the memory of the occupation and give a true insight of the horrors of that period. The page entitled exhibition is divided into over 40 sections of text describing the relevant exhibits. It ranges from newspapers reporting the invasion of Poland, to prisons and concentration camps in Norway, such as Grini, Berg, Osen and Ulven. The site is of interest to those studying World War Two, or Scandinavian Studies.
The official Polish website of the "State Museum at Majdanek" has Polish and English which vary slightly in content. Majdanek, the second largest Nazi camp of its kind in Europe, was located on the edge of the Eastern Polish city of Lublin and the site is still preserved. The State Museum was established in the autumn of 1944, in the wake of the German retreat. The site provides information on the museum and its role in education, research and preservation on an international level. The well-illustrated site presents a brief history of the concentration/death camp, where it is estimated that over 230, 000 people met their deaths. There is also vital information about the nature of extant archival records, which include documents pertaining to: the Polish Red Cross; Action Reinhard; prisoners' memoirs and recollections; the construction of the camp; and correspondence relating to the looting of prisoners' property. The extensive collection of exhibits held by the museum numbers nearly 300,000. Information about the educational programmes, galleries, and events held at the site is also provided, as well as details of the opening hours.
The Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, Maine is based in a number of historic seafaring buildings such as a former sea captain's house. Brief information on current and upcoming exhibits are included on the site, as are details of educational opportunities. Events such as the lecture programme are outlined. The Museum's Stephen Philips Memorial Library holds genealogical and local history research materials. These include the David A. Nichols Collection and a series of nautical charts.
This is the website of Puke Ariki, a museum, library and heritage visitor centre for Taranaki. The site provides information about this 'knowledge centre' that houses a full public library, museum and visitor information centre, and provides digital access to some of the resources on New Zealand history available there. The site also contains comprehensive information about the centre itself and its facilities, resources and exhibitions. The main focus of the online content is the Taranaki Stories that provide biographies and oral histories of important historical individuals. These are divided into a variety of topics, including leading women, immigration, farming and conflict. There are also a few online exhibitions, immigration passenger lists and historical photographs.
The museum is situated in Reedville, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia and is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the maritime history of the area. The collection includes artefacts and historical material covering the history of menhaden fishing from its inception to the present, models of fishing vessels, and tools used for building and maintaining the fleet. Exhibits include a history of watermen's activities from early native American practices to those used today by oystermen, pound fishermen and crabbers.
This is the website of the Belgian Royal Museum of the Army and Military History (KLM-MRA), in Brussels. Here are preserved the military history of the country since the Middle Ages, including the Austrian, French and Dutch periods, Belgian independence and military politics, as well as the major world conflicts of the twentieth century, especially World War I. The website offers practical guidance for visitors, and contact details for teachers and others wishing to bring groups to the museum. There is a panoramic photographic display taken from the roof of the museum available to download, but the main attraction for the potential visitor is the chance to take a "virtual visit" in the galleries, (a basic display of photographs with interpretative text), and the opportunity to consult the museum's databases. The galleries include: The Austrian Netherlands; Dutch period and Belgian Revolution; Belgium/Arms -in the 19th Century, -in the Middle Ages, - in the Napoleonic Era; Resistance and Deportation (during the Second World War); Aeroplanes; Tanks (including hyperlinks to the Brussels Tank Museum); The First World War; Navy; and Treasures of Imperial Russia. The Orders and Medals gallery, for example, is very clearly represented here with photographs. One may also interrogate the databases of the collections including: Library Online Database; Register of Belgian Military Museums; Collection Catalogue; and the Index of the Museum Journal 1924-1999.The navigation is facilitated by frames, but these detract visually from the site's design, as do pop-up adverts for events at the museum. However, the presence of these adverts and the text of the site itself point to a resource that is constantly evolving and being added to on a weekly if not daily basis.
The website 'The Royal Navy Submarine Museum' is the homepage of this museum based in Gosport, Hampshire. The Museum collections overviews the holdings in the online exhibitions; description of the five submarines held at the museum; artefacts; the photographs; and several sections dedicated to the history of British submarines and their actions during wars. The Online exhibitions include: Nasmith VC; Free a man for sea; The Jolly Roger; and D-day. There is a subsite dedicated to submarine losses from 1904 to 1971, with brief details of the ship and circumstances of sinking. The Education Services section highlights the benefits the museum has for school children at various key stages. The site gives information about news and events organised by the museum.
The Royal Observatory and the National Maritime Museum have teamed together to create this comprehensive subsite dedicated to the holdings and activities of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. The information on the site is manifold. The history of the Royal Observatory and events related to the International Year of Astronomy 2009 are present on the main page. Sections on the site are: Planetarium Shows; Peter Harrison Planetarium; Meridian line; 28-inch telescope; Time ball; Camera obscura; Observing evenigs; Astronomy galleries; Time galleries; and For schools. Each section has subsequent chapters with background information; history; aspects of physics or astronomy explainedl or answers to various questions related to time or observation of the skies. Photographs on the site and on Flickr! and 360 degrees panoramas accompany the text. The online learning resources were stil under development at the time of review. This site introduces an exciting place to visit and offers a great deal of information to anyone interested in astronomy, physics and time reckoning.
The website 'Russian Museum' is entirely dedicated to the treasures of the State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), which boasts the world's largest collection of Russian fine art of all historical periods and development tendencies. The collection includes Russian icons, paintings, graphics, sculpture, numismatics, drawing and water-colours, applied and folk arts, and modern arts. The museum was opened in 1898 and was Russia's first ever state museum of fine art. Although it is a museum of world importance, it would not be an exaggeration to say that it is visited primarily for its picture gallery. By going into each of the 10 sections of the museum's collection users can read about this particular part of the collection and view images associated with it. For example, the section "Painting" includes images of pictures by Aivazovsky, Bryulov, Levitsky and others. The site also covers some past and current exhibitions, as well as those held abroad, and two virtual exhibitions: Kazimir Malevich and Jesus Christ in Christian Art and Culture (14th to 20th centuries), for which a special plug-in is required. The site also provides visitor information.
The Scottish Fisheries Museum focuses on the history of the fishing industry on the east coast of Scotland from the earliest times to the present. The site includes images from the photographic archive, and information on the museum, the herring industry, types of fishing boats, The Reaper, a restored sailing Fifie; and the Museum Art collection from the 18th Century.
The Scottish Maritime Museum is divided between three locations; the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine; Clydebuilt at Braehead in Glasgow; and the Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank in Dumbarton. At Irvine, it is possible to see a reconstruction of a shipyard workers tenement flat (pre-1920). Clydebuilt focuses on the development of the area from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first century; Dumbarton contains the Denny Tank, the first commercial ship model testing tank. Boats on display at the various sites include a Puffer Spartan and a tug Garnock. The site also includes visitor information.
The Shetland Museum is the largest museum in Shetland and covers island life. Displays include the Ness Yoal, 'Maggie'; whalebone artefacts, a harpoon and whaling lance; models of Inuit kayaks; models and artefacts relating to the haf fishing industry; relics from the Spanish Armada; and artefacts and naval uniforms from World Wars 1 and 2.
Information on the Signal Tower Museum forms part of the Museums section of the Angus Council website. The Arbroath Museum is located in the shore station and family living quarters for the Bell Rock Lighthouse, which lies 11.5 miles out from Arbroath. Displays include a reconstruction of the Auchmithie Fishing Village of 1890, and reflect the region's maritime and fishing heritage.
Located in Port Adelaide, the South Australian Maritime Museum is managed by the History Trust of South Australia. Exhibitions include the Australian navy and South Australia; immigration; port life and genealogy: whilst the collections focus on figureheads, migration, and passengers, amongst other themes. The site also gives details about the vessels which are floating exhibits at the museum. Visitor information is included, as well as for the Port Adelaide lighthouse.
This is the official website of The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset which houses "the Worlds Largest Collection" of tanks and armoured fighting vehicles. This site hosts a large selection of illustrated articles about this collection - whetting the appetite for potential visitors and adding to students and teachers knowledge of warfare in the twentieth century. This includes presentations of museum exhibitions such as a First World War Trench Exhibition"Tanks on the Somme" that allows the visitor to walk through British and German trenches to experience the conditions of trench warfare and understand how the tank came to break the stalemate. As well as museum exhibits from World War I and the Royal Armoured Corps in the Second World War, through to the Gulf War, there is also an extensive Archive and Reference Library. Guidance for visitors to this research facility and to the Tank Museum itself is provided on these pages. This site is obviously a vital part of the museum's outreach to the education sector, with detailed information about new ventures such as an interactive activity trail. Unfortunately the website is a marketing tool for this trail and little interactivity is online. There is, however, the Curator's "Virtual Reality" guided tour of a chronological journey through the museum provided as a Java version, so no extra plug-in is required.
The Tate Archive website introduces this museum archive which was founded in 1969 and contains over a million documents relating to the history of the Tate Gallery and twentieth century British art. On the website the different collections and materials held in the archive are detailed, and some 4,000 items have been digitised and can be searched and viewed online. The website itself is divided into four sections, the Archive Collection, Archive Showcase, and Gallery Records. The entire holdings can be searched in the Archive Catalogue. The Archive Showcase features the digitised material, which relates to the Tate's history, the Bloomsbury Group, and Barbara Reise, and this can be searched by theme, media, and category. The Archive online section presents the microsites hosted by the Tate, containing papers and archives of individual artists: the archives of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA); the John Piper archive; Goshka Makuga archive; Audio and Film footage highlights; Prunella Clough; Bill Furlong; Christmas Tree; The Musgrave Kinley Outsider Trust; Donald Rodney; and the microsite dedicated to the Artist Placement Group.
Tate Online is the award winning website of the family of galleries that house the national collection of British art from the sixteenth century to the present day, including the Turner Bequest, and the national collection of international modern art: Tate Modern at Bankside, London; Tate Britain at Millbank, London; Tate Liverpool; and Tate St Ives. The website provides information on each gallery, and a tremendous depth of content (such as access to the Tate Learning and audio and video material, and the Tate's art collections including 50,000 images, details of the collection, a comprehensive A-Z artist listing, and details of current and touring exhibitions). It is easy to use to find more information about an artist or movement. The website was awarded Best Research Site, Museum Search Engine or On-line Database in the 'Museums and the Web 2004 : Best of the Web' competition, for the comprehensiveness of the online databases and search engines that provide detailed information for individuals and/or groups. Specific parts of the website also received nominations in the same competition: for Best Innovative or Experimental Application (Tate Britain : Cornelia Parker Cold Dark Matter : An Exploded View; and the Tate Collections : Insight); for Best Museum Web Site Supporting Educational Use (Tate Art Detective; and Tate Learning); and for Best On-line Exhibition or Activity Site (Olafur Eliasson : The Weather Project).
'Tate Papers' is a full-text online journal published as part of the activities of Tate Research at the Tate galleries. At June 2008 nine issues are freely available. Articles are presented as individual pages in HTML format. The journal contains weighty scholarly articles on subjects in art history and art conservation. There are also reflective texts by contemporary artists. Recent articles have included: 'The Legacy of Interaction: Artists at the Imperial War Museum 1981-2007 ', 'Historically Accurate Reconstructions of Artists' Oil Painting Materials' (the summary of a four-year research project), 'Lines of Sight: Alfred Watkins, Photography and Topography in Early Twentieth-Century Britain'; and a special themed issue (No.8) on replication in art, with several bibliographies, among others. This is a useful and engaging electronic journal, which is published twice each year as an Autumn and a Spring issue. Users may choose to register with the website for email alerts for new issues and news of other Tate Research activities. The website also has a readable archive of 'emails to the editor', and details of how to contribute papers and articles.
The Temehu Tourism Services website has a special and substantial section on the museums in Libya, and also provides a directory of the little-known museums in that country. This new 2009 website also aims to make scholarly information and images freely available. The website includes "detailed reviews and analysis of all the museums of Libya, a photo gallery about the whole country, organised by town, a video gallery, a Libyan jewellery & traditional crafts gallery, and prehistoric art galleries". Details of opening times and museum entrance fees are also given, along with other practical details. Travel without an approved guide and planned route is still forbidden in the country, so the website has suggestions for its own Libyan tours, routes, and hotels. There is an associated weblog, which currently has details of the new (June 2009) changes in the Tourist Visa Law in Libya, advice on driving in Libya (apparently it is rather dangerous), and other useful current advice. This website would appear to be an important resource for archaeologists and historians planning to visit Libya, although other scholarly tour guides and resources may be available.
This website, from the New York City Museum 'tells the stories of immigrants who lived in 97 Orchard Street, a tenement built in 1863 on Manhattan's Lower East Side'. The 'History' section includes a list of thousands of residents (estimated to be about 7,000 between 1863 and 1935) who lived in the building, and describes changes in building toilets, light, water, and heating. There is, moreover, a virtual tour, a 1916 immigration simulation game, and some lesson plans. The website is attractively designed in places, although a little cluttered and 'busy' in others, and while much of what is available is aimed at people intending to visit the museum, the images and information available are nevertheless of use. There are also links to detailed bibliographies on the general subject of tenement-living in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries, and information on similar research projects in other areas.
The mission of the Texas Maritime Museum, Rockport, is to excite and educate the public about Texas maritime history and artifacts. The Texas Maritime Museum is part of the La Salle Odyssey (the story of Robert La Salle's French expedition to Texas in 1684), a coalition of eight institutions (seven museums and a half scale model of the Belle), located in six counties. The Texas Maritime Museum is the first museum of the coalition to open their exhibit. The site provides information on the Museum's collections and exhibits, has a news page, and gives details of membership.
This is the website of Time Travellers, a non profit-distributing limited company, that create live interpretive performance of history and archaeology subjects in museums, galleries, heritage sites and schools. These performances can provide "living history and children's role-play... to provoke, enlighten, and entertain". This is essentially an online advertisement for the company, and provides links to recent clients and partners such as: Bradford Industrial Museum; National Army Museum, London; Northumbria National Park; National Railway Museum, York; and the North Yorkshire Education Advisory Service. In addition to the content provided here to show off their range of tailored performance programmes - a brief résumé of performances like "Cat and Mouse (politician and suffragette in debate from 1913) and "Interview with Wilfred Owen" (an interview with the First World War poet using his own words) - there is also a brief set of links to articles which deal with theoretical issues surrounding Time Travellers, live interpretation, and historical character interpretive performance. These appear to have been written to contribute to the lack of academic and professional publications about performance in museums.
Established in 1963, the Titanic Historical Society (THS) is dedicated to preserving the history of RMS Titanic and the White Star Line. It claims it is the first and largest international organisation in this field, and emphasises its research contribution with its quarterly journal, the Titanic Commutator. Some summaries of articles are provided on the site and back issues can be ordered from the Society. Most articles discuss Titanic artefacts, underwater salvage efforts and related themes. The website includes visitor information for the THS private museum. Also included are details on the THS's annual conventions, notably held in 2009 aboard the retired RMS Queen Mary. The site has an online shop with a number of mementoes, recordings and videos for sale. This resource is primarily aimed at THS members or potential members, teachers, students and interested members of the public.
This page is part of the Devonmuseums.net website about Topsham Museum, Exeter. The museum's presentation on maritime history (the River Gallery, completed in 2007) has been long listed for The Art Fund Prize 2008. It features unique historic river craft, from the River Exe, Devon. Visitor information is provided for this gallery and the furnished period rooms of the house, the Sail Loft with its historical timeline of the town's general history, and memorabilia of the film star Vivien Leigh.
The Twickenham Museum website is an excellent example of a local museum online resource. It contains a wide range of well-presented materials relating to the history of Twickenham, Whitton, Teddington, and the Hamptons, towns and villages by the river Thames situated to the South-West of London. The site includes artworks, image archives, and accounts of notable individuals that lived in the region. There are features on the statues at York House, the great English poet Alexander Pope, and life on the river Thames. A timeline traces the history of Twickenham and its environs from the eighth century to the present day, with links to pages about artefacts held at the museum. Pages on individuals are categorised according to their field of achievement: writers; soldiers; artists; garden designers; merchants; scientists; physicians; noblemen and landowners; politicians; lawyers; actors; and so forth. Each page is hyperlinked to others, and includes a bibliography. There are special sections for children, and histories of local schools and other institutions. A search engine is provided.
'Untold London: discover the art of London's diverse communities' is a website showcasing the variety of exhibitions to be found in the capital. The website is served with content via the popular 24 Hour Museum web service, edited from the London Museums Hub, and funded by the Museums and Libraries Association. Untold London serves both as a listings and "What's On?" service, and a guide to collections and venues. At June 2009 the service was up-to-date, and delivered in English only. There is a sophisticated search facility, able to search for London exhibitions by ethnic group, nationality, or religious affiliation. The lesbian, bisexual and gay section is seemingly limited to just one page, and these groups do not feature on the otherwise sophisticated search options. Despite this limitation, Untold London is a polished and practical website for those seeking to discover the variety of cultural history exhibitions that London is able to offer.
The US Naval Academy Museum was established in 1845, and is an educational resource for the Brigade of Midshipmen at the U. S. Naval Academy. The Museum aims to advance the theory and practice of sea power and the Navy's role in war and peace, focusing on the role of the naval officer. The site includes information on the Rogers Ship Models Collection of warship models built for the British Admiralty, dating from the 17th to 19th Centuries, and the paintings of sea battles in the Beverley R. Robinson Collection. There is also information on research facilities for naval history and photographs, the flag and ordnance collections, and details of current exhibits.
The US Navy Museum of Armament and Technology at China Lake website includes information on the establishment of the museum; the history of the US Navy at China Lake, containing interviews, footage, and information on test programmes; and the weapons exhibit. This ranges from naval warfare of World War II, to modern missiles.
The USS Arizona Monument is a memorial to the sinking of the battleship and the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The site includes information on the American stance in the Sino-Japanese conflict prior to WW2, and warfare in the Pacific. The site also includes information on the events of the attack on Pearl Harbour; the history of the USS Arizona; and a list of losses; as well as visitor information.
This website provides information about the USS Bowfin (SS-285) and the USS Bowfin Submarine and Museum Park including a virtual tour, specifications, pictures, an overview and history. Information on USS Bowfin includes historical information about the submarine and its weapons and technology; a crew roster; and FAQs about submarines. Information is also included on the submarine museum and park.
The USS Constitution Museum is situated next to the USS Constitution and is focused upon bringing to life the stories of those who 'authorized, built, served on and preserved' the warship. The Museum has a collection of the ship's artefacts including, logs, journals, charts, weapons, decorative arts and paintings. There is information about lectures and events run by the museum, and visitor information is included.
The website "The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum" provides information on and illustrations of nearly 50 buildings of historic importance which date from 13th to the 19th century. It has won a variety of awards such as Museum of the Year and Community Museum of the Year. Information is also provided in French, Dutch and German. The complex also features period gardens, woodland walks and farmsteads. The buildings have been rescued from destruction and carefully reassembled and include: a timber-framed farmhouse; a market hall; a medieval shop; a granary; and workshops. This is a wonderful resource for studying local history, or the practicalities of life in the period. Essential insights into social and cultural history can be sparked off by watching the everyday practices and rituals that were part of particularly pre-industrial community life. There are displays of practical crafts taking place in the workshops and many of the buildings' interiors have been refurbished according to the style of its period. There is a virtual tour of the complex, and provisions are made for educational programmes for all levels from schools to an MSc in Timber Building Conservation. The centre also hosts courses on historic building conservation, traditional country skills and recreational courses. There is a timetable of the courses online. Courses include topics such as: the sixteenth century dairy; making pottage (including a look at Tudor social structure and its impact on food); historic gardens and their various uses in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries; as well as workshops in practical skills such as ploughing with heavy horses.
The Window on Wiltshire's Heritage (WOW) website acts as a central resource and portal to related websites with a focus on the archaeology, architecture, art, nature and museums of Wiltshire. The project involves 22 partner organisations from across Wiltshire with the aim to provide a virtual display of Wiltshire's heritage. The website consists of eight main themed sections, two of which are currently under development, and these in turn link through to the partner websites on which the various datasets are hosted. The partner websites can also be searched from the WOW website through the 'Discover' section. The WOW website itself also hosts a 'Get Involved' section in which users can view and vote for their favourite Wiltshire monument. The site also features a news section, listing upcoming events and developments in Wiltshire's heritage sector, and publishes an e-newsletter which can be subscribed to through the website. The site is easily navigable, well designed and well set out. Lists of results, linking through to the partner sites, are produced for searches and from the selection of keywords and a warning is always given when a user is about to leave the WOW pages.