Online resources for History teaching and study

The resources in this section of the Teaching Portal include:

  • Online Databases (currently listing over 400 resources, primarily for English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish history) and related disciplines, as well as European and global history resources. These are intended to demonstrate the extraordinary range of online databases with supporting commentary and links and brief guides to the content of each, including school teaching resources, where applicable.
  • Listings of Archives, Libraries and Subject Associations for the UK and the Republic of Ireland, including national repositories, and Anglican and Catholic cathedral archives which are accessible to experienced researchers, as well as to historians starting research projects, and to family historians.
  • Listings of Higher Education units where History may be currently studied in the UK including departments, and groups within schools of humanities, theology and social sciences, which reflect the interdisciplinary nature of History as a degree. The list also includes Sixth Form Colleges which – in conjunction with nearby local universities – provide a base for students wishing to study a university-accredited History degree. More information is available in online subject guides to degree courses such as those provided by UCAS.

We welcome additions to these lists, and we encourage visitors to the portal to report any problems such as broken website links using the contact form.

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The Future of (Teaching) the Past

The Future of (Teaching) the Past

What happens when a university lab-based Digital History module goes online due to lockdown? You might think the imposed digital switch would be straightforward for 'born digital' digital history students. But as Dr Jessica van Horssen of Leeds Beckett University...

Creating an Online Community: A Pre-Pandemic Initiative

Creating an Online Community: A Pre-Pandemic Initiative

Professor Marjory Harper won the 2020 RHS Jinty Nelson Award for Inspirational Teaching and Supervision in History. Here, she reflects on the process of planning an online Master’s Programme in Scottish Heritage in 2017. The RHS annual teaching prizes recognise...

Working in Archives

Working in Archives

In this post, Dr Mary Morrissey, Associate Professor in Early Modern English Literature at the University of Reading, offers advice to those who are beginning to work with historical archives. Mary explains how to locate archival information, understanding how...

Finding historical sources for the first time

Finding historical sources for the first time

In this guest post, Dr Mary Morrissey, Associate Professor in Early Modern English Literature at the University of Reading, offers some starting points and advice to those who are using historical sources for the first time. She points the reader to some online...

Online Resources: Ancient Greek and Roman History

Online Resources: Ancient Greek and Roman History

Ancient Greek-English Lexicon  https://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/research/projects/glp/introduction This resource provides researchers with access to a two-volume lexicon, which covers the most widely read ancient literary texts, from Homer to the Hellenistic poets,...

Online Resources: European History

Online Resources: European History

The Baudelaire Song Project  https://www.baudelairesong.org/ The resource hosts a database of all the song settings produced over Charles Baudelaire’s poetry through classical music and popular music settings, in French and in other translations, in musical scores and...

Online Resources: Ancient History

Online Resources: Ancient History

Imaging Papyri at Oxford  http://www.papyrology.ox.ac.uk/ This resource gives researchers access to digitised images of Greek and Latin papyri in Oxford and Naples. The website was created as part of the Oxford University online database of digitised images of papyri....

Online Resources: History of London

Online Resources: History of London

Charles Booth's London: Poverty Maps and Policy Notebooks https://booth.lse.ac.uk/ This resource enables researchers to search through the notebooks from Inquiry into Life and Labour in London (1886-1903) by providing visitors to the site to search through 41...

Online Resources: Global History

Online Resources: Global History

  An International Database of Shakespeare on Film, Television and Radio  http://www.bufvc.ac.uk/shakespeare/ This resource provides researchers with free access to an online database of catalogued material of Shakespeare-related content in international film,...

Online Resources: Medieval Britain

Online Resources: Medieval Britain

Bartrum Project  https://cadair.aber.ac.uk/dspace/handle/2160/4026 This resource provides researchers with a fully searchable electronic version of Peter Clement Bartrum’s out-of-print Welsh Genealogies AD 300-1400 (8 vols) and Welsh Genealogies AD 1400-1500 (18...

Online Resources: Victorian Britain

Online Resources: Victorian Britain

Brunel Collection: Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) Papers  https://www.bristol.ac.uk/library/special-collections/strengths/brunel/ The resource contains a diverse collection of material relating to Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Researchers can search through the online...

Online Resources: Modern Britain (1900-present)

Online Resources: Modern Britain (1900-present)

Archigram Archival Project  http://archigram.westminster.ac.uk/ This resource enables researchers to search through an online database of the architectural group Archigram (1961-1974), who were “amongst the most seminal, iconoclastic and influential architectural...

Online Resources: Medieval Europe

Online Resources: Medieval Europe

A Database of Crusaders to the Holy Land 1095-1189  https://www.dhi.ac.uk/crusaders/ This resource enables researchers to access a free database on the biographies of crusaders, including their country of origin, role, contingent leader, as well as the crusades they...

Online Resources: British History

Online Resources: British History

Anti-Popery in British History  https://antipopery.com/ This resource showcases interdisciplinary ways for researchers to study anti-Catholicism as a major aspect of modern British history. The website provides several essays which show the different methodologies in...

Online Resources: Early Medieval England

Online Resources: Early Medieval England

Anglo-Saxon Cluster  http://www.ascluster.org/ The resource is an online portal for four existing online publications on Anglo-Saxon sources from projects conducted at King’s College London and University of Cambridge. The resources listed on the Cluster are: ASChart;...

Online Resources: Early Modern Europe

Online Resources: Early Modern Europe

1641 [Irish] Depositions  https://1641.tcd.ie/ This online resource contains the digitised images and transcriptions of the Irish depositions that were written down in seventeenth-century Ireland. The depositions were witness testimonies, from predominantly Irish...

Online Resources: Early Modern Britain

Online Resources: Early Modern Britain

Bentham Papers Database  http://www.benthampapers.ucl.ac.uk/ This resource provides researchers with access to a database focused on the papers of early modern English utilitarian philosopher, jurist, economist, and social reformer Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832). The...