Online Resources: Victorian Britain

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Brunel Collection: Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) Papers

The resource contains a diverse collection of material relating to Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Researchers can search through the online catalogue of material held in Bristol University Special Collections, which comprises letter books, sketchbooks, calculation books, drawing instruments of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, papers of Isambard Brunel, Jr. and Sir Marc Brunel, and the letter-books of Henry Marc Brunel.


Darwin Correspondence Project

This resource is an online database which contains information about the letters that were written and received by Charles Darwin during his lifetime (1809-1882). Through the database, researchers can access transcriptions, catalogue reference numbers, and commentaries on each of the letters; read historical overviews and essays; and view photographs of Darwin and his family.


Database of Mid-Victorian Illustrations (DMVI)

This resource is an online database which contains the records and images of 868 literary illustrations that were published in or around 1862. Researchers can search for bibliographical and iconographical details of these illustrations, which was drawn at a time of large growth of major illustrated periodicals, including the Cornhill Magazine and Good Words. Researchers can search by keyword, illustrator, engraver, author, genre, iconography and work publication, and they can view digitised images of the illustrations.


Enhanced British Parliamentary Papers on Ireland 1801-1922 (EPPI)

This resource contains over 13,700 documents which have been digitised and electronically catalogued from the University of Southampton Ford Collection of Official Publications. The digital archive encompasses documents including census enumerations, reports on economic, educational, and scientific subjects, and transcripts of emigrant correspondence. Researchers can search through an online database of Parliamentary Papers relating to Ireland 1801-1922 by date range and document types, such as account, bill, report, and command paper.


Exhibitions of the Royal Photographical Society 1870-1915: Catalogue Records from the Annual Exhibitions

The resource is an online database of over 45,000 records digitised from the annual exhibition catalogues of the Photographic Society, London, published between 1870 and 1915. The database contains detailed records of all the exhibits, along with information about exhibitors, judges, hanging and selecting committee members, photographs, and companies. There are also reproductions of all the catalogue pages, the pictures of the photographs that were printed in the catalogues, as well as contemporary illustrations from the annual publication Photograms of the Year.


Lord Chamberlain’s Plays

This resource is a large manuscript and subscription-based online collection held at the British Library. The Lord Chamberlain’s Plays is an “unique source for texts of plays performed in Britain from 1824-1968”, because all plays intended for public performance had to be submitted to the Lord Chamberlain’s Office for examination and licensing before 1968. The Lord Chamberlain’s Plays comprises of: plays submitted for licensing (1842-1968), unlicensed plays (1897-1968), day books (1824-1968), correspondence files (1900-1968), theatre files (1902-1970s), and supplementary papers (1840-1961). Material from the Lord Chamberlain’s Plays appears in Nineteeth Century Collections Online: British Theatre, Music and Literature.


Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (NCSE)

The Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (NCSE) is a free online scholarly edition of six nineteenth-century British periodicals and newspapers. Researchers are provided with access to a database and digitised images of the periodicals and newspapers, in which they can by year, publication, item, and keyword.


Photographic Exhibitions in Britain 1839-1865: Records from Victorian Exhibition Catalogues

This resource is an online database which contains individual records for over 20,000 photographic exhibits drawn from forty exhibition catalogues published between 1839 and 1865. Researchers can search through lists of exhibitions, photographers, processes, prices, as well as by exhibit title. The website also contains records of work exhibited by British and foreign photographers.


Piston, Pen & Press: Literary Cultures in the Industrial Workplace, 1840-1918

This resource is an ongoing research project which focuses on how industrial works in Scotland and the North of England engaged with literary culture through reading, writing, and participation in wider cultural activities. The project examines workers’ periodicals, published poems and autobiographies, alongside the professions of miners, railway workers, and textile factory workers. At the end of the project in 2021, there will be a database based on the research findings for researchers and scholars to access.


Queen Victoria’s Journals

This online resource provides researchers with access to digitised images of all the surviving journals of Queen Victoria, from her first volume written as Princess of Kent in 1832, until her death in 1901. All pages in the journals have been transcribed and are fully searchable in its online database. Additionally, visitors to the website can also view illustrations and sketches drawn by Queen Victoria and read essays about her reign.


The Collected Letters of Robert Southey

This resource is an ongoing project which is producing a digital edition of 7,500 letters written by the poet, historian, biographer, travel-writer, translator and essayist Robert Southey (1774-1843). Southey was a public and controversial figure in late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century Britain. The Collected Letters is published online and freely accessible. Parts 1-6 of the edition are completed and make available newly edited and annotated texts of 3,773 letters, c. 80% of which are published for the first time.


The Elements of Drawing: John Ruskin’s Teaching Collection at Oxford

This online resource brings together the diverse work of artist John Ruskin, which he assembled to use for teaching purposes in the Drawing School he founded at Oxford in 1871. The resource enables researchers to access a historical overview about Ruskin and his career, drawings completed by himself and other artists, prints, and photographs, as well as resources and exercises for Art and Design students.


Welsh Newspapers Online

This resource from the National Library of Wales enables researchers to search through millions of articles from the Library’s collection of historical newspapers from the nineteenth-century to the early twentieth-century. Researchers can access a database and search by newspaper, year, county, cartoon, maps and language, and an interactive map of the different counties in Wales is available.


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