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Connected Histories currently includes 25 major digital resources for the period 1500-1900. You can find information about all of them here, including their coverage, the technical methods used in their creation, their particular strengths and weaknesses, and any access arrangements which may apply.

ResourceDescriptionSource types
More info for Board of Longtitude

Board of Longtitude

The Board of Longitude project makes available 68 volumes of papers recording the activity of this important public institution for the period 1714-1828. The collection also includes the papers of Neville Maskelyne (Astronomer Royal, 1765-1811) and John Pond (Astronomer Royal, 1811-35), as well as material from the National Maritime Museum.

  • Books, pamphlets and printed ephemera
  • National government records
  • Free
More info for British History Online

British History Online

The digital library of primary and secondary sources for the history of Britain, from the Middle Ages to c.1900.

  • Parliamentary records
  • National government records
  • Local records
  • Maps/Images
  • Mixed (80% free and 20% subscription)
More info for British Museum Images

British Museum Images

The collection provides searchable access to almost 100,000 images, relating to early modern and 19th-century Britain.

  • Maps/Images
  • Free
More info for British Newspapers, 1600-1900

British Newspapers, 1600-1900

The most comprehensive digital historic British newspaper archive in existence, with 3 million pages of historic newspapers, newsbooks and ephemera from national and regional papers.

  • Newspapers
  • Subscription
  • Free to UK HE
More info for Cause Papers in the Diocesan Courts of the Archbishopric of York, 1300-1858

Cause Papers in the Diocesan Courts of the Archbishopric of York, 1300-1858

Cause papers relating to disputes over matrimony, defamation, tithes, probate, breach of faith by the clergy, and church rights heard between 1300 and 1858 in the Church Courts of the diocese of York.

  • Local records
  • Free
More info for Charles Booth Archive

Charles Booth Archive

The online archive provides access to guides, digitised images and maps from the Booth archive collections at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of London Library.

  • Maps/Images
  • Free
More info for Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540-1835

Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540-1835

A database containing details of the careers of more than 130,000 clergymen of the Church of England between 1540 and 1835, from over 50 archives in England and Wales.

  • Local records
  • Free
More info for Convict Transportation Registers Database

Convict Transportation Registers Database

Information on more than 123,000 of the 160,000 convicts transported to Australia between 1787 and 1867 included in the Convict Transportation Registers Series (HO 11) held in The National Archives of the UK.

  • National government records
  • Free
More info for Database of Mid-Victorian Wood-Engraved Illustration

Database of Mid-Victorian Wood-Engraved Illustration

A resource providing details and high-quality images of several hundred literary illustrations published in or around 1862

  • Other
  • Free
More info for History of Parliament

History of Parliament

Comprehensive accounts of parliamentary politics in England, then Britain, from the thirteenth century

  • Secondary
  • Free
More info for House of Commons Parliamentary Papers

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers

The Parliamentary Papers gives access to page images and searchable full text for over 200,000 House of Commons sessional papers and supplementary information from 1688 onwards.

  • Parliamentary records
  • Newspaper
  • Subscription
  • Free to UK HE
More info for John Foxe's The Acts and Monuments Online

John Foxe's The Acts and Monuments Online

John Foxe's The Acts and Monuments Online contains all four editions of Foxe's martyrology and ecclesiastical history which were published between 1563 and 1583.

  • Books, pamphlets and printed ephemera
  • Free
More info for John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera

John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera

The collection provides access to more than 67,000 scanned items from the Bodleian Library's holdings documenting various aspects of everyday life in Britain from the 18th to the early 20th century.

  • Books, pamphlets and printed ephemera
  • Subscription
  • Free to UK HE
More info for John Strype's Survey of London Online

John Strype's Survey of London Online

This is a full-text electronic version of John Strype's enormous two-volume survey of 1720, complete with its celebrated maps and plates, which depict the prominent buildings, street plans and ward boundaries of the late Stuart capital.

  • Local records
  • Books, pamphlets and printed ephemera
  • Maps/Images
  • Free
More info for Lane's Masonic Records

Lane's Masonic Records

An electronic version of Lane's listing of the lodges established by the English Grand Lodges from 1717 to 1894

  • Other
  • Free
More info for London Lives 1690-1800

London Lives 1690-1800

London Lives provides a fully searchable edition of 240,000 manuscript pages from eight London archives and 15 datasets, giving access to 3.5 million names.

  • Local records
  • Free
More info for Newton Project

Newton Project

The Newton Project aims to publish a full online edition of all of Sir Isaac Newton’s (1642-1727) writings, both printed and manuscript. In addition to his scientific and mathematical works, the edition includes Newton's many alchemical and religious texts. Approximately 6.5 million words have already been transcribed, and the project is on-going.

  • Books, pamphlets and printed ephemera
  • Free
More info for Nineteenth-Century British Pamphlets

Nineteenth-Century British Pamphlets

The most significant British pamphlets from the 19th-century held in UK research libraries.

  • Books, pamphlets and printed ephemera
  • Subscription
  • Free to UK HE
More info for Queen Victoria's Journals

Queen Victoria's Journals

Queen Victoria's Journals makes available 141 volumes of Queen Victoria's journal (or detailed diary), the first of which dates from 1832 when she was still Princess Victoria. It also includes a number of contextual essays, for example by Marina Warner on 'Queen Victoria's sketchbook', and a comprehensive timeline of the monarch's life and reign.

  • Books, pamphlets and printed ephemera
  • Mixed (free within the UK)
More info for Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical

Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical

A searchable electronic index to the science content of sixteen nineteenth-century periodicals

  • Other
  • Free
More info for The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Online, 1674-1913

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Online, 1674-1913

The Old Bailey Online contains accounts of the trials conducted at London's central criminal court between 1674 and 1913; and also the Ordinary's Accounts - detailed narratives of the lives and deaths of convicts executed at Tyburn, published between 1676 and 1772.

  • Local records
  • Books, pamphlets and printed ephemera
  • Free
More info for Transcribed Papers of Jeremy Bentham

Transcribed Papers of Jeremy Bentham

Newly transcribed manuscripts from the vast collection written and composed by the philosopher and legal reformer Jeremy Bentham.

  • Other
  • Free
More info for Victoria County History

Victoria County History

The greatest publishing project in English local history.

  • Secondary
  • Free
More info for Who were the Nuns?

Who were the Nuns?

Who were the nuns? is a database of those women who entered the English convents in exile from the foundation of the first new house in Brussels in 1598 until 1800, containing information about 3,900 nuns who entered 23 convents and the Mary Ward Institute during this period.

  • Books, pamphlets and printed ephemera
  • Free
More info for Witches in Early Modern England

Witches in Early Modern England

Witchcraft narratives from early modern England.

  • Books, pamphlets and printed ephemera
  • Free

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