Online Resources: Global History

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An International Database of Shakespeare on Film, Television and Radio

This resource provides researchers with free access to an online database of catalogued material of Shakespeare-related content in international film, television, radio and video recordings. The website is regularly updated and holds over 9,000 records dating from the 1890s to the present day, and researchers can additionally access online resource links related to Shakespeare.


Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire

This online resource contains detailed information on over 6,000 films which depict visual images of life in the British colonies. Over 150 films are available for researchers to view online. The Colonial Film project’s objectives is to allow both colonizers and the colonized to understand the overall picture of the British Empire, through its catalogue of films.


Ivashkin-Schnitte Archive

This resource contains facsimile copies of almost every score that Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998) completed, including original and unfinished scores, sketches, documentary material relating to premieres/commissions. Researchers can download a PDF catalogue of Ivaskin-Schnittke’s music scores, a catalogue of records of his work, as well as view a catalogue of DVDs, VHS and literature of his work.


Medieval Islamic Views of the Cosmos. The Book of Curiosities

This resource allows researchers to view the digitised Arabic illuminated cosmographical treatise the Kitāb Gharāʾib al-funūn wa-mulaḥ al-ʿuyūn, known as the Book of Curiosities. The illuminated manuscript is a twelfth-to early thirteenth-century copy of an anonymous Egyptian treatise, that was originally written in early 11th century Egypt. The manuscript will be useful to researchers interested in the history of science, especially astronomy and cartography, as the manuscript contains a series of diagrams of the heavens and maps of the earth. The book has been digitised and can be downloaded, while teaching resources can be downloaded for free at the bottom of the project’s original landing page:


MEMOs: Medieval and Early Modern Orients  

This resource is an ongoing research project which enables researchers to access information about the early interactions between England and the Islamic worlds. The website provides overviews about the Ottoman, Mughal and Safavid empires, including timelines and bibliographies, and the website provides up-to-date information about events relating to this history.


Nineteenth-Century Criminal Tattoos

This resource is an ongoing sub-project of Digital Panopticon, which is extracting over 60,000 descriptions of tattooed convicts from the nineteenth century. The website will contain information and resources regarding the physical descriptions of the convicts, such as eye colour, scars, and physical infirmities, as well as datasets upon completion of the project.



Old Weather

This resource is a volunteered-run website which explores, marks and transcribes historic ships’ logs from the nineteenth- to early twentieth-century.. Researchers and members of the public can help with the transcriptions of these ship logs to help advance research in several fields, including scientists and historians. The log-books reveal data about past weather, such as sea-ice conditions, which can potentially help climate scientists and enable historians to chart the course of voyages and the events that transpired in this period.



Papers of the Board of Longitude

This resource provides researchers with free access to digitised books of the Board of Longitude, which have been transcribed and translated. Researchers can view detailed context about the 1714 Longitude Act, the Commissioners nominated to sit on the Board of Longitude and the Board of Longitude’s activities between 1714 and 1828.



Primary Sources on Copyright History

This resource is a digital archive of primary sources on copyright from the invention of the printing press (c.1450) to 1900. The primary sources include key materials from Renaissance Italy, France, Netherlands, Spain, German-speaking countries, as well as Britain and the United States. Researchers can browse through transcribed documents by date, location, publish, institutions, legislation and case law, and Jewish law sources are also accessible on the website.



Recovering the material and visual cultures of the southern Sudan: A museological resource

The resource provides researchers with access to searchable database and catalogue of the Pitt Rivers Museum’s collections from southern Sudan. The collections from southern Sudan comprise of more than 1300 artefacts and 5000 photographs from southern Sudan, and the database is a useful resource for those interested in studying the cultural and visual history of the region. On the website, researchers can browse through digitised photographs and search for information on objects, including toys, spears, instruments, bead work, and baskets. Additionally, there is a digitised map, in which researchers can choose which region of southern Sudan they wish to study.



Russian Visual Arts: Art Criticism in Context, 1814-1909

The resource is an online research archive which documents “the growth of diverse forms of commentary on the visual arts” in Russia during the nineteenth-and early twentieth-century. The online archive contains over 100 hundred primary source texts in Russian and in New English translations, over 300 digital images of journal and newspaper reproductions of works of art. Additionally, its online database lists art critics and provides brief biographies and translations of the texts.



The Rylands Cairo Genizah Collection

This resource, hosted by the University of Manchester, provides researchers with access to a digitised catalogue of over 11,000 manuscript fragments written in Hebrew, Aramaic, Judaeo-Arabic and other Jewish languages from the Genizah (storehouse) of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo (Fustat). The fragments were discovered in the 1890s and were disbursed to library collections around the world. The collection includes Bible, Midrash, Mishnah and Talmud fragments; liturgical poetry; sermons; material relating to Kabbalah and magic; calendars; and children’s writing exercises. The fragments “constitute a major primary source for the Middle Ages”, as they throw on Jewish history and Judaism, as well as information on the social, commercial, political, religious, and intellectual life of the Levant.



Shahnama Project: A comprehensive collection of manuscripts of The Shahnama, the Persian epic ‘Book of Kings’

This resource provides researchers with digital access to the Shahnama or ‘Book of Kings’, which is the longest poem written by a single author Abu’l-Qasim Hasan Firdausi (935-c. 1020), from Tus in north-eastern Iran. The Shahnama poem narrates the history of Iran (Persia) since the first king, Kayumars to the conquest of Persia by the Muslim Arab invasions of the early seventh-century AD. The poem contains approximately 50,000 verses and is generally divided into mythical, legendary, and historical sections. The website showcases the poem as a core text in the history of Persian book production and court patronage, as well as being an important part of the development of Persian miniature painting.



Soundscapes in the Early Modern World

The resource is an ongoing project in which examines “how sonic interaction shaped identities” between c.1500-1800 in the early modern world. The website aims to help researchers to discover and develop new approaches as to how sound was heard in the early modern world, and “to reflect how we engage with historical soundscapes, and consider the multifaceted relationship between meaning and hearing.” The project has put on several sound history workshops and has provided an online bibliography for further reading and links to external online resources.



South Asian Oral History

This resource, hosted by the University of Cambridge, covers 200 years’ period of the modern history of South Asia. The South Asian Archive includes 600 written collections, 900 maps, 100,000 photographs, and 80 collections of cinéfilms, which “paint a rich and unique picture of the Raj and the early decades of post-colonial South Asia”. Researchers can also browse the university’s online collection of oral history and other sound recordings, which are currently being digitised.


Tibetan-Mongolian Rare Books and Manuscripts Project  (TMRBM)

The resource provides researchers interested in Asian history access to a free online catalogue of rare Tibetan and Mongolian books, which are housed at the University Library, Cambridge, the Bodleian Library, Oxford, and the British Library, London. The website predominantly focuses on the book collection acquired during the Younghusband Mission to Tibet in 1903-1904, during which Sir Francis Younghusband collected over 2000 volumes of religious books in the forbidden city of Lhasa. The website provides researchers access to a catalogue of the Younghusband collection, along with additional Cambridge and major UK Mongolian holdings.


Trove Newspapers

This resource provides researchers with access to a database in which they can search for sources relating to Australia, including sources held in archives, libraries, museums, research and collecting organisations, and other repositories. The website acts as a portal for online repositories, including the National Library of Australia, the Register of Australian Archives and Manuscripts, Picture Australia, Libraries Australia, Music Australia, Australia Dancing, among others. The website is continuously updated with full text digital resources, and researchers can access maps, music, video, photographs, books, articles, digitised newspapers, diaries, letters and other items.


Wa Dictionary Project

This resource is an electronic dictionary which focuses on the Wa language with Burmese (Myanmar), Chinese and English glosses. The dictionary comprised of compiled, printed, and recorded materials to make the dictionary useful for linguistic and textual analysis. Two dictionaries were produced, one for scholarly use and the other for Wa speakers. Researchers can access a database of the Wa >Burmese/Chinese/English dictionary and an online guide and bibliography is provided.


Watercolour World

The resource is an ongoing project which is creating a free online database of “documentary” watercolours painted before 1900, based on public and private art collections around the world. Watercolour World is important for artists and researchers interested in seeing how people and artists “used watercolours to document the world”, with both professional and amateur painters creating thousands of images across the centuries which recorded life journalistically. Researchers can search through watercolours by keyword and there is an interactive map in which users can search watercolours by place location.


Whites Writing Whiteness: Letters, Domestic Figurations & Representations of Whiteness in South Africa 1770s-1970s

The resource is an ongoing research project which is focused on the development of social change in South Africa from the 1770s until the 1970s. The project is analysing race matters in South Africa – predominantly through letter-writing, correspondences, diaries, memoirs – and investigates and theorises changing representations of whiteness in the context of social, economic, and political change. The website shows researchers how to “map” archive collections and analyse sources, and a database of material will be available at the end of the project. Additionally, there are overviews about the works of sociologists Norbert Elias and Dorothy Smith.



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