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 '19th century Poor Law Union and Workhouse records' website is part of the DocumentsOnline site from The National Archives. It offers free access to correspondence relating to the staff and inmates of Poor Law Unions and Workhouses from across England. Poor Law Unions, the website explains, were created after the Poor Law Amendment Act from 1834. The aim was to centralise poor relief, thus parishes became Poor Law Unions and administered workhouses. The online collection of the National Archives was not complete at the time of review. The database can be searched by word of phrase and by date. The site is easy to use and clearly laid out: digitised images of the documents can be downloaded for free in PDF format, by following the standard procedures on the DocumentsOnline site. The correspondence is between the guardians of the Union and the Poor Law Board at Somerset House in London. A brief introduction to the poor laws is provided, to set the documents in context and there are links to other areas of The National Archives website, including research guides on the poor and the Poor Laws, Poor Law records, elementary schools, education, nineteenth century public health and epidemics and lunatic asylums.
This website, part of the Nation Archives Documents Online service provides free access to over 17,000 digital images of ancient petitions in the National Archives. These petitions date from the reign of Henry III (1216-1272) to James I (1603-25), with concentrations in the reigns of Edward I (1272-1307), Edward II (1307-1327) and Edward III (1327-1377). Petitions represent appeals for the righting of wrongs and for favours from the king, but additionally reveal social, political and linguistic information. This website allows this extensive collection to be searched by name, place, occupation, date and keywords, images may be downloaded by adding them to the ‘shopping cart’ – there is no charge for ancient petitions. The resource was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council under the Resource Enhancement Scheme.
The website of the ARCHON Directory is published by The National Archives, and provides a gateway to UK archives. The ARCHON directory lists all archival repositories in the UK and overseas that are noted in the indexes to the UK National Register of Archives. It is possible to either search or browse the site. The search engine allows searching by ARCHON code number, repository name, town or county. It is also possible to browse the contents of the directory by geographical location or alphabetically. ARCHON provides a valuable resource for anyone wanting information on UK archives. There is a facility for browsing, an A-Z of professional organisations, and access to the Archival Research Projects Register. It is well organised and is easy to search or browse.
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.
The website of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (National Library of France) is a veritable treasure trove of resources for A Level students, undergraduates, postgraduates, academics, and teachers of French and History. The site is in French and English, although the English version is not as extensive as its French counterpart. It contains numerous resources, of which Gallica is probably one of the most useful. Gallica consists of an extensive collection of digitalised and downloadable texts in French, including: illuminated manuscripts of both the West and the East; portraits of musicians; Gallica Utopie (containing a canon of French literature); Gallica Proust; African Voyages; and Voyages in France. The Gallica Classique section contains over 1,000 volumes, among which are a complete set of Balzac's La Comédie Humaine; Diderot; Montaigne; Corneille; and Laclos. In addition to Gallica there are online exhibitions on China; Napoleon; Renaissance Drawings; Zola; Gustave LeGray; and Victor Hugo. Details of the collections' catalogues and departments, cultural programmes, and teaching resources enhance this site and it is, as expected, lavishly illustrated.
This website provides access to the online catalogue of the British Library's Manuscripts Department, which covers accessions from 1753 to the present day. In addition to the Catalogues of Additions, the catalogue incorporates such print catalogues as the following: Arundel, Burney, Blenheim, Cotton, Gladstone, Hargrave, Harley, Lansdowne, Plays, Sloane, Stowe, Egerton, Ashley, Cecil of Chelwood, G. K. Chesterton, Greek Catalogue, Guilford Catalogue, Medieval MSS, Music Loans, Music Miscellaneous, Music MSS, Petty, Royal Music Library MSS and Yelverton. The catalogue can be searched by manuscript number, or by name, subject, language, manuscript state or year. For each item a full description is given. The site also contains access to the Digital Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts, and the IDP Catalogue of Silk Road Manuscripts. To consult the manuscripts users need to visit the British Library, based in London. Information on how to gain a library pass and its location are provided elsewhere on the website.
CityArk is a searchable database of the Medway Council Archives. Aimed at researchers, genealogists, teachers and students, and the general public alike, the site offers piece-level descriptions in its database and additionally has online image and film databases of the archive's more popular materials. Along with an excellent document gallery, these are real highlights that set the site apart from other local archival homepages and visitors should not forego looking at these sections.
The oldest materials preserved by the institution date back to the year 604. Most holdings concentrate on the local history of the county of Kent and include parish registers online and council descisions (also virtually indexed). The site's creators stress that many local collections also have significance in much broader fields. The Best and Chatham family papers, for example, hold estate and business records related to the war of Jenkins’ Ear in the West Indies and South America, 1739-1743; the Crimean War, 1852-1854; and the Indian Mutiny, 1856-1857. The Rochester Cathedral archives refer to aid given to victims of the Barbary Pirates and to destitute soldiers returning from the Marlburian Wars (The War of the Spanish Succession), 1702-1713. Also of note are: the Naval collections, focusing on the connection of Chatham with the Royal Navy and HM Dockyard; information on the River Thames Pilots' Association; records of organisations such as the Medway Navigation Company and the Medway Docks Labour Board. The site posts visitors' information and directions.
The Vickers Photographic Archive is part of the Dock Museum in Barrow-in-Furness, and provides insight into the workings of Vickers Shipyard, a British shipbuilding and engineering facility. The archive is searchable through the browse categories of: shipbuilding, armaments, engineering, and the shipyard. Images contain such information as a shipname, class, and image date. The website will prove a good starting point for students of local economic history and the history of technology. That said, the website does not provide any explanations or contextual information beyond the most basic archival information. There are also links to FAQs and a facility for ordering copies of the images. The website has its own search engine.
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.
The European Library portal offers a search service which spans the 47 national libraries of Europe. A replacement for the Gabriel service, it is a multilingual online service, which enables users to search for books, journals etc., both digital and non-digital. Users are offered a simple search and an advanced search, which allows them to specify national collections or search for online materials. The site also features news, exhibitions and a treasures section, which shows digital images of artifacts, rare books, manuscripts and drawings.
The European Library website is a portal which aims to give access to the collections, both digital and non-digital, of the 48 national libraries of Europe. It allows users to conduct searches across the European collections of participating libraries, and delivers bibliographical details and digital materials in full where available. Searches can be broad or confined to the collections of the user's choosing (which may be selected by library or by subject), and represent a fast and effective way of locating materials from across Europe. Of particular interest is the site's collection of treasures, which features facsimiles of individual valuable manuscripts, books, journals and images from the various European libraries. The European Library is based at the Koninklijke Bibliothek, the National Library of the Netherlands, and is an ambitious project with already impressive results. Anyone interested in the history and culture of Europe is recommended to explore this portal as searches will yield a wide range of results, and give free access to valuable material. The site's interface is available in a number of European languages.
The FAA Archive is a portal of naval aviation history of the Royal Navy and the Commonwealth of the period of the Second World War, 1939-1945. A list of topics is provided, including Squadrons, Aircraft, Ships, Men, Associations, Museums. Other information includes aircraft carriers, ships, ship yards, and photographs and naval art and related subjects; details of Naval Air Squadrons; Naval Aviation Trusts and Associations; Museums; Research, with links to libraries, archives, research databases and films; Gallery of radio, TV, film, photograph and newspaper resources; Fleet Air Arm and Commonwealth Naval Aviation today; links and bibliographies to World Naval Aviation sites.
The website "Focus On Film" is published as part of The National Archives Learning Curve teaching resource. It provides free access to 20th century film images, and its aim is to help teachers and learners make use of the increased bandwidth being put into many schools. The film clips can be viewed with online in Flash or downloaded for editing. They cover topics such as Britain 1906-1918, the Abyssinian War, the British home front during the Second World War, the Cold War, early 20th century Kent and the British Empire, but also reenacted moments of mediaeval and early modern England. The clips can be searched or browsed. Other resources include classroom activities, available in format compatible with PCs and interactive whiteboards. The Editor's Room requires a free registration and offers a tutorial for editing film clips with online editing tools and or downloaded videos. This site is a wonderful resource not only for media studies but also for the historical value of the films and the portrayal of major moments in British history.
On the website of the Imperial War Museum (IWM) Duxford there is information about the history of Duxford aerodrome as an early RAF station; the Normandy Experience; and the D-day landings, and the museum’s naval collection of aircraft. There are also links to the American Air Museum. The Imperial War Museum Duxford is part of the Imperial War Museum group of museums, and focuses on military aircraft such as: biplanes; Spitfires; Concorde; and Gulf War jets; as well as tanks and military vechicles. While the majority are static exhibits, a number of Duxford based historic aircraft are flown regularly in demonstrations and displays. The museum's website offers information and advice on the history of the airfield, visit planning, descriptions of the various collections and displays, and details of air shows and other special events. The site provides access to a number of online exhibitions, including one for example on the Battle of Britain. The site also has an education section which provides information on courses, special interest days, and includes a range of aviation and military history learning objects and materials for teachers and learners such as quiz sheets, reading lists, lesson plans, and an educational resources online catalogue.
The website "In depth guide to family history" is published by The National Archives, and is designed for adult learners. This is an informative site providing details of the various materials held at The National Archives that can be used for family history research, and advice on where to locate information. A range of documents and sources have been identified, with explanations of the areas they cover, and with helpful images and examples of the materials themselves. These include civil registers, censuses, wills and death duty registers, oath rolls, employment records, army and naval records, legal and criminal records, and records of migration, emigration and immigration. In addition to these, there is a bibliography and a list of links to useful websites.
This site is part of the British Library's Collections: Asia, Pacific and Africa, and focuses on genealogical sources in the India Office. The Collections contain information on British families in South Asia and related areas from the early 17th to the mid-20th Century. The pages are designed to provide guidance on using available sources, but are is no search engine for individual personal files. The sources quoted on the website cannot be viewed on the current site. Information included on the pages, comprise a list of occupations and possible sources; a glossary; map; and links to information on sources in the India Office Records, such as biographical records; wills; pensions; biographical index; and ecclesiastical records. There are also links to sites of further interest.
The British Library offers a 'programme of workshops, activities and resources for teachers and learners of all ages.' The learning section of the website includes educational resources organised into the following subsections: language & literature; history & citizenship; art & images; culture & knowledge; and creative research. The language & literature section includes features on the changing nature of the English language; over 600 years of cookery books; the history of dictionaries; and some of the library's finest literary treasures. The history & citizenship section includes features on 100 years of newspaper front pages; the visionaries, dissenters and rule breakers of past centuries; illuminated manuscripts and other material from the Middle Ages; the East India Company; the making of the UK from 1500 to 1750; and oral testimonies from survivors of the Holocaust. The arts & images section includes features on maps; images of the body; the history of writing; and includes a resource to help you create your own artist's notebook, inspired by the Lindisfarne Gospels. The website also includes a teachers' area, with information about workshops, school trips, exhibitions and the British Library's learning approach.
This is the website for Library and Archives Canada, the institution replacing the National Library of Canada and the National Archives of Canada. This immense website is useful to students, teachers and researchers of all levels, and it aims to provide an easy route to resources relating to the development and history of Canada. Although primarily a library catalogue, the site allows users access to a number of digital resources, such as the Canadian Poetry Archive, the National Library's Electronic Collection and the Virtual Gramophone: Canadian Historical Sound Recordings. The site provides access to various permanent and temporary exhibitions, including an informative showcase of Canada's rich and varied private press movement, and an animated exhibition for children about Canadian superheroes. Also featured are a wide range of online resources for historians, such as digitised archival collections, virtual exhibitions featuring excellent primary sources, and research aids for the physical archival and library holdings. The physical holdings include: over 70,000 hours of film; over 270,000 hours of audio and video; over 2.5 million architectural drawings, plans and maps; over 343,000 works of art; and over 21 million photographic images, dating from 1850 onwards. Users can search the archival holdings with ArchiviaNet, and the library holdings with AMICUS, online search tools developed by the Library and Archives Canada.
Showcasing the Antarctica collections held by the State Library of New South Wales, Australia, Lines on the Ice is the website that accompanied a 2002 exhibition of the same name. Focusing on the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1910 to 1915, this evocative resource is beautifully illustrated with two thousand digitised photographs, maps, illustrations and artifacts such as diaries. It includes photographs taken by Frank Hurley. Not all images relate to Antartica - there are several illustrations from Captain James Cook's second voyage to Australia. The images are set in context through text and an interactive timeline, which details the history of Antarctic expeditions from 1772. An advanced search facility is available. The site is now archived on Pandora, Australia's web archive. The site also contains an Antarctica timeline with information on the history of exploration to the continent, as well as links to further information.
Through the Treasures in Full section of the British Library website, users can access a high quality digitised image of one of the four surviving copies of Magna Carta of 1215, with a full English translation of the original Latin text. This document is held by the British Library, shelfmark MS Cotton Augustus II 106. Anyone interested in history, citizenship and the development of human rights, whether student, researcher or academic, will be interested in the copy of Magna Carta made available through this website. Magna Carta is available here as a document image which is presented in a pop-up manuscript viewer, which can be used to zoom into sections of the document and to navigate around it. This permits close inspection of the text, which will be both interesting to the general viewer and useful for students of manuscript studies. However, it is not very useful for reading the document in sequence. The document is supplemented by a brief introduction that gives an account of events leading up to the signing of the Articles of the Barons at Runnymede and the subsequent production of Magna Carta. The translation also has supporting text on historical context and how the Magna Carta affected groups and individuals. In addition, users can view video clips of answers to frequently asked questions about the Magna Carta, which require Windows Media Player.
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.
Captured German Sound Recordings is a website that describes an important World War II collection at the U.S. National Archives. The site offers a full finding aid for captured Nazi sound recordings. Sixty-four recordings are available for order, including Heinrich Himmler's infamous Posen speech (4 October 1943), in which he speaks openly of "the destruction of the Jewish people" ('die Ausrottung des jüdischen Volkes'). Also available in the collection are other speeches of interest to researchers, delivered by top Nazis such as Hitler, Goering and Goebbels at official ceremonies. In addition, there are copies of monitored broadcasts. Information is provided on how to purchase copies of the audio tapes. The site also has a link to a page on captured German records, reproduced on over 70,000 rolls of microfilm in the National Archives. These can be viewed at the Archives (visiting hours are posted). For researchers who already know what they need, microfilms can be reproduced for a fee. Alongside pre-World War II and World War II German government documents, such as military and navy records which were copied en masse, this collection includes thousands of microfilms of Nazi party and SS records (including party members abroad); microfilms on firms and individuals, with records of private Austrian, Dutch and German Enterprises, 1917-1946, correspondence of Herbert von Bismarck, 1881-1883, and material relating to Joachim von Ribbentrop, 1893-1942. There are records of U.S. Army commands from 1942; general records of the Department of State; World War II war crimes records, both in Europe and the Far East; and records of the international military tribunal at Nuernberg (Nuremberg). Archival staff can direct users to further photographic and print evidence that is connected to both audio and microfilmed primary sources. Navigation of this valuable research aid is straightforward and clear. Registration is required to ask reference questions.
The exhibitions (formerly the 'Pathways to the Past') section of the National Archives website is intended as a learning resource, introducing the study of history and historical records and acting as a guide to relevant resources held by The National Archives (TNA) for various types of historical research. The site is aimed particularly at undergraduate historians, adults taking evening classes, and members of the public interested in family history.The site is divided into sections: treasures (looking at the classic and important documents held by TNA); Nelson, Trafalgar and those who served; Public Information films; the Art of War; First World War; and British battles. Each area covered demonstrates applicable research techniques. The sections are very clearly presented and offer comprehensive and well-structured guides to research. The 'treasures' section is beautifully presented, but does not go into great depth, offering a broad narrative background rather than detailed investigations. It will prove most useful for those requiring a summary or starting point for further study. Each section includes digitised images of sample documents, and there are some multimedia presentations available to those with the relevant plug-ins, which may be downloaded from the site.
The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) is part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) of America. The NPRC is a central repository of records on personnel from the military and civil services. The Web site refers to collections of personnel records of millions of military personnel, health, and medical records of discharged, retired and deceased veterans of all services during the 20th century. A sub-page additionally describes a 1973 fire which destroyed 16 to 18 million files. Extensive resources and many articles are available here for genealogists. Researchers will particularly note records such as those of the Philippine Army, including casualty records; prisoner of war records; death certificates from POW camps; guerrilla troop rosters; and guerrilla archives. Site essays describe different collections at length. There is also an excellent searchable catalogue of microfilmed military service records.
Information on public access to the Center's holdings is posted, as is a list of FAQ and related links. Instructions for ordering documents online, copies of which can be purchased or rented by individuals, are provided; the site is unusually well organised in terms of offering online support and online search engines.
The website "National Archives E 179 database" is an online database (also known as "Records of central government taxation in England and Wales 12th-17th centuries"), published by The National Archives providing access to some 25,000 records concerned with lay and clerical taxation from the twelfth to the seventeenth century. The records are known as the ' King's Remembrancer, particulars of account and other records relating to lay and clerical taxation', and are also known by their lettercode E 179. Although The National Archives hosts the database, the information it contains has been added as a result of successive research projects (funded by AHRC, ESRC, Leverhulme and others) on the records relating to taxation of the laity of England (from Cambridge University), the laity of Wales (from Bangor University) and the clergy (from York University). The database is searchable by place, date, grant of taxation, and document type, and these categories can be searched in any combination. The results provide notes on what information the document contains, the date it was created, which taxes it refers to, the places referred to in it, and its format. This is a great resource for historians and genealogists, although the site would be enhanced with more information about how to use the database, and how best to find information.
The website 'National Archives of Scotland' (NAS) introduces these archives as the repository for all the public and legal records of Scotland which are to be preserved. Local and private records are also held. The NAS site provides information on its work details of the archives held. The site also provides details of exhibitions; information on the conservation of archives; and details of educational resources. The guide to research in the archives provides information on: adoption; buildings; crafts and trade; crime and criminals; deeds; education; estate records; lighthouses; the poor; and wills and testaments. Catalogues of the collections held at NAS can be searched online, while individual guides are available exclusively in the reading rooms. The site also provides extensive information about record keeping: conservation; guidance for depositors; guidance for private record owners; legislation and policies; and records management. The NAS also runs a tutorial website for those interested in Scottish palaeography;
The Podcasts webpage from The National Archives provides free access to a range of podcasts based on talks and lectures given there on historical and archival issues. Some of the podcasts are given by prominent historians, including Professors David Carpenter, Barry Coward and Richard Holmes, whilst others are given by staff of The National Archives. Celebrities such as Colin Jackson also comment on their involvement in TV genealogy programmes. Topics covered include Immigration, the creation of Iraq, Magna Carta, Richard III, Henry VIII, as well as sources for various problems facing family historians such as wills and workhouses. These podcasts are an excellent resource and will be useful to students, researchers and family historians, especially those who are new to the selected topic. As the podcasts are taken from talks, the speaker sometimes refers to illustrations which the online user cannot see. The podcasts can be sorted by title; the sort by date facility does not work.
The collections of the National Library of Australia underpin Australian cultural life and intellectual pursuits. The Library also contains collections of general overseas and rare book materials, as well as Asian and Pacific collections. The site includes recent News, Pathways to information: Research and information Services, links to national and international libraries, publications, indexes and databases (some by subject listing); Our Catalogue; and information on the Library, the Collections, Services, and Initiatives (including the Digital Libraries Initiatives).
This is the Web portal for the online digital collections offered by The National Library of Australia. Collections include... "pictures, rare historical maps, early Australian printed music, manuscripts belonging to famous Australians, selected printed works from our Australian and overseas collections, and selected audio recordings". The website offers simple navigation of the collections by media type, or by a keyword search engine. At May 2009 the website offers open access to: 1,700 books, journals and ephemera items; 100,500 pictures online; 7,225 online maps; 8,800 items from the manuscript collection; 10,800 printed music items; and 40,000 hours of recorded oral history, stories and folk songs. The website also has detailed accounts of the process and progress of the various digitisation projects at the National Library of Australia. This will be a useful website for historians of Australia, the British Empire, and the Commonwealth.
The website of the National Library of Australia's manuscript collection, one of the largest collections in Australia (consisting of about 1700 major collections and more than 26 million individual items), provides details on the collection and links to the Library's digitised manuscripts. The site allows users to search the collection, which holds mainly records relating to the history of Australia and its territories but also includes: a small number of European medieval manuscripts; some British papers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; and a number of important collections relating to New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and South-east Asia. There are also several manuscripts relating to the European discovery and settlement of Australia. Close to 9000 items have been digitised and can be viewed freely online, including: Captain Cook's journal of the HMS Endeavour; 16th-century books of hours; collections of Australian plays and poems; photographs; and musical manuscripts. Information for visitors to the library is provided and there are links to collections in other institutions. This resource would interest those studying English and Australian history, as well as those working on english and Australian literature.
The National Library of Canada website includes information on the library, its services, such as Geneaology and family history for researchers; research tools, such as alphabetical and searchable indexes of links to sites of further interest; and publications of the library such as exhibition catalogues and information brochures (also available in PDF format). The Digital Library of Canada includes a section on Canadian History which comprises such material as bibliographies of anti-slavery materials and the exploration of the northern reaches of Canada and the Arctic. It is also possible to use the search engine, Canadian Information by subject. It is an information service developed by the National Library of Canada to provide links to information about Canada from Internet resources around the world.
This is the website of the National Portrait Gallery in London. The Gallery's aim is to collect images of famous British people, and a database of enlargeable images from the Gallery's collection is available on the website. At time of review, the database had details of over 102,000 portraits from the Gallery's collections, almost 54,000 of which were accompanied by images of the works. The database can be searched or browsed by sitter or artist. The website also has general information about the gallery and its history. Details of touring and forthcoming exhibitions are listed, along with essays on present temporary exhibitions and information about all exhibitions from 2000 to the present day. The site provides details of lectures, events, publications, educational programmes, and the Heinz archive and library.
Part of the National Library of Australia Manuscripts website, this webpage lists the papers of Alan Villiers, who was a sailor and author. He was a reporter for the Mercury from 1924 to 1929 but resigned to pursue a career as an author and adventurer. He wrote more than 30 books about his experiences as a seaman on a variety of craft. His books include 'The way of a ship', 'Give me a ship to sail' and 'Set of the sails'. The papers are listed by document series, for example: diaries; journals; logs and notebooks; general drafts; and war service; and also by box number (box 1 - 138) with the contents of each box described.
Part of the Plymouth Council website, these pages provide information about the types of archives located at the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office. These run back to the late 1100s and include: deeds; charters; minute books; private papers; manorial documents; reports; diaries; financial records; maps; plans; photographs; card indexes; as well as sources on microfilm and microfiche. Separate subsites describe in greater detail local cemetery records; various family history indexes; parish records; school documents; prison registers; and local and naval studies. Business records include details of the Plymouth Dock Water Company, the Plymouth Great Western Dock Company, the Sutton Harbour Improvement Company, and Torpoint Steam Ferry Company. The archive holds personal records, such as the journals, diaries and letters of naval officers. The site additionally offers a photo gallery, with samples from the record office's collections.
Users can search for detailed information in the site's online archive catalogue. A special page provides archival contacts who can help genealogists with their research. There is also a link to a cyberlibrary and to the index of records held in Plymouth on the Historic Manuscript Commission's National Register of Archives database. Contact details and visitor information are provided, as are relevant links.
Located in the same building as the Portsmouth City Museum, the Records Office holds the archives of Portsmouth City Council among other records. This site contains information about carrying out research as well as a guide to the local history sources in Word format. Archives include naval records such as service certificates; letters of navy personnel; records of the Royal Sailors Rest and the Royal Marine and Naval Orphanage; the Naval & Lily Lambert McCarthy Collection on the history of navies worldwide; and published transcripts of operational records in volumes issued by the Navy Records Society. Visitor information and contact details are provided.
The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) is the official place of deposit for public records in Northern Ireland. The earliest records date from 1219 with the majority of records dating from 1600 onwards. PRONI aims to collect, catalogue and preserve documents that provide a legal or historical record of the past. They, also, aim to make as many records as possible available to the public for consultation and research. PRONI holds government and local authority records as well as records from private depositors. Details about these records are available from the website. This information includes an alphabetical listing of collections from private depositors and a subject index which lists major collections. The website provides general information on how to use their collections and online guides are available on how to use different types of records and collections. PRONI are planning to put their records database online which will much enhance an already valuable resource. As well as providing information on the collections, the website gives details of opening hours and the location of the office. There is a list of FAQs and a list of useful links. Details of exhibitions and publications are also provided. The site is relatively straightforward to navigate; there is a search facility and online help on how to use the site is available.
The SCONE project was undertaken in order to aid researchers by extending collaborative collection management (CCM) work relating to the Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL). The project has investigated ways of expanding and improving access to catalogues of collections held in Scottish libraries. A final report on the project's findings and recommendations is included with the site. The website provides access to a browsable and searchable database of collection level descriptions. It also includes SCAMP (Scottish Collections Archives Management Portal) a web portal designed to support CCM amongst Scotland's information professionals. The technical nature of the language used in the report, and in the website more generally, might present difficulties to those not actively engaged in electronic librarianship. The SCONE project received funding from the Research Support Libraries Programme (RSLP).
Travellers Art focuses on the works of various travelling artists held in the collections of the National Library of Australia. The website features an online exhibition of rare travellers' illustrations made in the late 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries; they include: drawings; watercolours; sketchbooks; diaries; hand drawn maps; manuscripts; and photographs. The five virtual exhibitions also include archival information. The first exhibit shows paintings by John Webber and William Ellis, who served as artists on Captain James Cook’s third voyage around the Pacific (1776-1780). The second exhibit displays pictures painted and drawn by William Westall during the circumnavigation of Australia. A thematically related third exhibit shows paintings by Samuel Thomas Gill from an 1846 expedition in West Australia. The fourth exhibit: 'Augustus Earle: A Freelance Artist,' shows Earle's paintings from travels in the southern seas. Finally, a fifth exhibit posts 19th and turn-of-the-century travel photography. Researchers and teachers will find this website to be a good introductory tool to the history of exploration in the southern hemisphere. Further contents include maps, biographical details, short explanatory essays and a links page.
This site is an online exhibition of some of the most prized items in the collections of the UK's National Archives. The site is well illustrated with scanned images of artefacts and documents, which are accompanied by short but well-written and insightful explanatory essays. Pages are organized in terms of historical periods, from the middle ages to the 20th century. They are also arranged thematically to highlight topics such as: Britain and America (Pocahontas, American independence); crime and punishment (Catherine Howard, Guy Fawkes, Dick Turpin, Jack the Ripper, and Oscar Wilde); designs and inventions (the steam locomotive and the Channel tunnel); England, France, Spain (Treaty of London (1605) and Treaty of Calais, the Spanish Armada, and Nelson's funeral); journeys by sea (Cabot's voyage, Cook's first voyage, mutiny on the Bounty, the Titanic, and the Windrush settlers); kings and queens (Elizabeth I; Charles I; Victoria; Edward VIII); life and death (famous wills, the Black Death); medieval power (the Domesday book and Magna Carta); and the World Wars (Hitler's fake passport).
Internal National Archives links on these pages will help genealogists in their research. The site also makes a good starting point for teachers and students, particularly in its introduction of primary sources. Special teaching sub-pages cover many topics, among them: Guy Fawkes's written confession to his plan to blow up parliament in 1605; how Henry VIII got up in the morning; the defeat of the Spanish Armada; British imperialism in North America; Elizabeth's royal seal; letters from Jack the Ripper; Victorian children in trouble with the law; and a Victorian prison. The site has clear navigation.
The "UK Government Web Archive" is a project undertaken by The National Archives that aims to preserve government websites, with the intention of illustrating the changing nature of interaction between the citizens of the UK and its government. This website collects and makes available an archive of snapshots of selected government websites. Full background information on the project is also available. The project commenced in 2003. The chosen websites fall into the broad categories of: Business, industry, economics and finance; Culture and leisure; Environment; ; Government, politics and public administration; Health, well-being and care; International affairs and defence; People, community and housing; Public order, justice and rights; Transport, communication and technology; and Work, education and skills. The individual websites include: those of major government departments such as DEFRA and the Prime Minister's Office; those of regulatory bodies such as the Strategic Rail Authority; and that of the Hutton Inquiry. The archive of these websites is likely to be of interest to many people, whether they are looking for information about a specific subject or for a general overview of how the UK government has presented information to the public. The snapshots are taken at intervals of either one week or six months, and are made available through the Internet Archive. The search function allows users to search for websites by web address. The collection may also be browsed by category. It is easy to navigate, although once the user is viewing a snapshot it is necessary to use the browser button to return to the snapshot index. The snapshot itself consists of the whole website as it was on the date when the record was taken, with all internal links intact. However, some external links and images may be broken.
The Naval War College Library is part of the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA. The library focuses on the naval profession, including history and strategy, international relations, international law, oceanography, and contemporary world problems. The website includes the library catalogue, journals and newspapers, databases (requiring a user-name and password; instructions are included on the site), publications; and collections (including World War II Battle Evaluation Group records), and the oral histories programme. Contact and visitor information provided.
The Aberdeen Harbour Photographic Collection is part of the University of Aberdeen Photographic Archives and consists of about 6,000 glass plate negatives dating from the 1880s to the 1930s. They are mainly images of the harbour and surrounding area, but include some of Aberdeen city and further afield. The photographs were taken by the Board's engineering staff as a record of port developments and activities. It is possible to search for images or browse thumbnails via 30 topics which include boatbuilding, fishing, lifeboat, dredgers, pilots, quays, salvage and wreck. Ordering details are provided.
'Van Nederland naar Australië : Emigranten 1946-1991' is a database of Dutch emigrants to Australia after the Second World War. Dutch consulates in Australia kept detailed records of Dutch emigrants from 1946. The migration cards show how the consulates helped migrants to establish themselves in Australia. In 2006 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs handed over the Australian Emigration Cards Archive to the National Archive.
The database provides online information about names, emigration dates and means of transport, and is fully searchable. A copy of the full record may be ordered online for historical research. An introduction, background information, list of references and links to related resources complete this resource for historians interested in emigration history or in relations between the Netherlands and Australia.
"Victorian illustrated newspapers and journals : select list" is part of the British Library's Help for Researchers Web pages. The page gives details of a selection of Victorian newspapers and periodicals which can be viewed in the British Library, and is illustrated with a number of contemporary images. The site gives publications details for each of the titles, together with access details of the collection. Further details about visiting the newspaper collections can be obtained from the main British Library Collection website, which also has an online catalogue of newspapers held in the British Library.
This site contains an exhibition of fifty paintings created by the travel artist, Augustus Earle: The body of work he produced now comprises what is arguably a unique record documenting the effects of European contact and colonisation during the early nineteenth century. The exhibition contains work from his journeys in Brazil, Tristan da Cunha, New South Wales and New Zealand, and depicts cultural, ethnographic, and historical subjects, as well as seafaring life. The site includes the following information; a biographical Essay, a Bibiography, and the Exhibition, 'Augustus Earle's Travels around the World 1820 - 29.' This comprises of a Brief Chronology of Earle's life, and thumbnail images of his work, categorised as Shipboard Life; Tristan da Cunha; New Zealand; and Homeward Bound. The site is based on a touring exhibition held in 1994 in the National Libraries of Australia and New Zealand.
This new and unique wiki, hosted by The National Archives but 'clearly distinct' from its main website, allows users to share information about archival sources held at The National Archives and other UK archives. Once first time users have registered, they can comment on various parts of The National Archives website, including the catalogue, the National Register of Archives and the research guides, or they can transcribe a document from Documents Online. As content is provided by both The National Archives staff and by the public, The National Archives does not vouch for the accuracy of the information on Your Archives. Users must therefore be aware that the quality of content may vary. This is a free and straightforward to use site, with helpful guidance and encouragement about how to contribute or edit information. Content is divided into broad themes and within these articles are listed alphabetically; there is a search facility. Launched in April 2007, this wiki offers relatively few resources at present, but will evolve as more articles are added.