An online research centre on the history and theory of anarchism.
BBC World Service ‘story of our times’ told by the people who were there. These programmes take listeners back in time to key events in history – featuring a witness to the event, archive material and the perspective of historians.
World-renowned collections on London history, labour and socialist history, freethought and humanism, co-operation, and protest and campaigning.
Bristol Radical History Group
BRHG aims to open up some of the ‘hidden’ history of Bristol and the West Country, by examining the actions and perspectives of those involved rather than the views of the contemporary establishment histories and recognising that the history of Bristol is inexorably linked to that of the Atlantic and former British colonies through its seafaring and trading activities. The Group aims to engage academics, local historians and the general public (including children) in the process through lectures, public debates, films and other events.
The national library of the United Kingdom, and the world’s largest library.
Centre for Metropolitan History
The Centre for Metropolitan History (CMH), established by the Institute of Historical Research in 1988, is one of the world’s leading centres for the study of the history of London and other metropolises.
Centre for Political Song
A collection established at Glasgow Caledonian University that “exists to promote… an appreciation of the role of political song in the social, political and cultural life of communities; and to facilitate research in all relevant areas of study”.
Centre for Urban History, Leicester
The Centre for Urban History was established in 1985 and is a major, international centre for interdisciplinary research and graduate teaching.
Charles Booth Online
Searchable archive including Booth’s survey into life and labour in London, dating from 1886-1903, and Booth family papers from 1799 to 1967.
Chartist Ancestors lists the names of many of those who risked their freedom, and sometimes their lives, because of their participation in the Chartist cause
Deviance, Disorder and the Self
A teaching resource for undergraduates in the Humanities, providing a collection of primary source material, as well as biographical information, general commentary and guides to further reading and research materials. It has been designed primarily to accompany courses taught at Queen Mary and Birkbeck Colleges, University of London, and Keele University.
An internet resource for those interested in historical and literary diaries and diarists.
A vast, international collection of diary extracts from around 500 diarists.
Disability History Group
The Disability History Group (DHG) is an international association that promotes research into the history of disability. Its goal is to broaden the scope of disability history and deliver fresh and dynamic perspectives on the way disability has been used to legitimate and understand norms, social relations, inequality, and oppression.
East Midlands Oral History Archive
A joint project to conserve and develop oral history resources in the East Midlands. Supported by the University of Leicester, Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council.
Eastside Community Heritage
Independent charity working on documenting the history of ordinary people from East London.
Emma Goldman Papers
Emma Goldman (1869–1940) stands as a major figure in the history of American radicalism and feminism. This site aims to preserve the written legacy of Emma Goldman, of her immediate circle, along with the issues and events with which she so fervently engaged.
Exploring U.S Constitutional Law
This site explores some of the great issues and controversies that surround the U.S.A’s founding document.
Univeristy of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law website with high-profile historical trials
Genesis (Resources for Women’s History; see also Women’s Library below)
A mapping initiative, to identify and develop access to women’s history sources in the British Isles.
Glasgow Women’s Library
An information hub housing a lending library, archive collections and contemporary and historical artefacts relating to women’s lives, histories and achievements.
A major public reference library which specialises in the history of London, especially the City, as well as having other significant collections. The collections held at Guildhall Library are designated as national and international importance.
Historical U.S Census Data
Examine state and county topics for individual census years from 1790 – 1960.
Historical Manuscripts Commission
The Historical Manuscripts Commission has been part of The National Archives since 2003, and has a long tradition of publishing information on the location and nature of records highlighting their value for historical research and advising on their care.
History of Economic Thought Archive
This site contains a large number of significant texts in the history of economic thought, including representative texts of all of the major thinkers and schools of thought; and most of the sub-fields of economics.
HistoryMakers Digital Archive
Free access to over 14 000 oral history interviews with 310 historically important African Americans. Supported by the Carnegie Mellon University. It includes African Americans from all walks of life. Political figures include civil rights leaders and President Barack Obama.
History Online (IHR)
History Online provides information about and for historians. It publishes details of university lecturers in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, current and past historical research, digital history projects, new books and journals and sources of funding available for researchers. The database currently holds more than 43000 records, and new material is added regularly.
Institute of Historical Research (IHR)
The IHR provides resources for historians, including a major open access library, digital projects, seminars and lectures, conferences, books, journals, podcasts and access to MA/PhD courses and research training.
Il Caso S.
Italian student project about historical communication (in Italian only)
Institute of Historical Research History Seminars
The IHR Seminars are free and open to all – advance booking is not required. Please check the website each week for room or programme changes.
Institute of Romance Studies, University of London
The Institute aims to promote and facilitate the study of the cultures of German-speaking and Romance language countries across a range of disciplines in the humanities.
International Institute of Social History
The International Institute of Social History (IISH) is the world’s largest documentation and research centre in the field of social history. Since its foundation in 1935, the institute has dedicated itself to the collection, preservation and availability of the heritage of social movements worldwide.
Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism
An experiment in global conversation based in the South, seeking to be a critical node in the re-territorializing of global intellectual production, a centre for theoretical work that takes seriously a position in the South while addressing international conversations and problématiques. The JWTC take the labour of theory and criticism to be significant political work that is crucial to the experimentation in social forms.
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month
LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements
Local Trade Directories Online
Digital collection of eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth-century local and trade directories from England and Wales.
London Lives 1690 – 1800: Crime, Poverty & Social Policy in the Metropolis
Documenting the crime, poverty and social policy in the metropolis through a fully searchable edition of 240000 manuscripts from eight archives and fifteen datasets, giving access to 3.35 million names.
London’s Past Online – a bibliography of London History
London’s Past Online aims to provide a free, searchable online database of books, articles and other published material relating to the Greater London area from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day.
Marxists Internet Archive
MIA contains the writings of 592 authors representing a complete spectrum of political, philosophical, and scientific thought, generally spanning the past 200 years.
Mass Observation Archive
The Archive, in the care of the University of Sussex Special Collections Library, specialises in material about everyday life in Britain. It contains papers generated by the original Mass Observation social research organisation (1937 to early 1950s), and newer material collected continuously since 1981.
Memoryscape Audio Walks
Free oral history trails in the UK.
Modern Records Centre
Based at the University of Warwick, the Centre holds nationally important archives for the study of social, economic and political history, mainly from the mid 19th century onwards.
Museum of London (including the Museum in Docklands)
The story of the city of London from prehistoric times to the present day.
Museum of the Great War
Museum of the Great War, 1914 – 1918
The official archive of the UK government.
National Maritime Museum
The leading maritime museum of the United Kingdom.
National Register of Archives
The NRA contains information on the nature and location of manuscripts and historical records that relate to British history.
National Sound Archive
The British Library Sound Archive holds many sound and video recordings, with over a million discs and thousands of tapes. Its collections come from all over the world and cover the entire range of recorded sound from music, drama and literature, to oral history and wildlife sounds. Formats range from cylinders made in the late 19th century to the latest digital media.
North East Labour History Society
Britain’s oldest regional labour history society, dedicated to the study of working people’s history in the region, particularly during the modern period.
Northern Ireland Conflict Archive on the Internet
The CAIN (Conflict Archive on the INternet) site contains information and source material on ‘the Troubles’ and politics in Northern Ireland from 1968 to the present. There is also some material on society in the region. CAIN is located in the University of Ulster and is part of INCORE and ARK.
Old Bailey Online – The Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674 – 1913
A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197745 criminal trials held at London’s central criminal court.
Oral History Society
The Oral History Society promotes the collection, preservation and use of recorded memories of the past.
People’s History Museum, Manchester
National centre for the collection, conservation, interpretation and study of material relating to the history of working people in Britain.
People’s Stories: Liverpool Lives
Created by Hurricane films, this site aims to encourage citizen-based social history, encouraging the sharing of oral histories, photographs and films of the post war history of Liverpool, including many examples relating to the Beatles and pop culture.
Discover the maritime histories of UK port cities: Bristol, Hartlepool, Liverpool, London & Southampton.
Ports of Call
The Ports of Call project created a series of walking trails, artwork and historical interpretation with members of the communities surrounding the Royal Docks in London.
This site documents union songs and poems. It includes songs and poems that are being written today, as the process of union building continues all around the world.
Raphael Samuel History Centre
The Raphael Samuel History Centre is a research and educational centre devoted to encouraging the widest possible participation in historical research and debate. The RSHC has a large programme of research, teaching, and public events. We work with universities, museums, libraries, and schools, to create new forums for historical education and discussion.
Raphael Samuel History Centre Seminars
The Raphael Samuel History Centre supports a range of seminar discussion groups and professional networks that organise events, lectures and debates throughout the year.
Radical History Network
The Radical History Network (RaHN)is a blog that operates as a forum for radical history groups to publish reviews, reports and articles on various aspects of radical history, and advertise meetings and act as a discussion forum for those interested in radical history. It is broadly libertarian socialist in outlook.
A programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, one of India’s leading research institutes with a commitment to critical and dissenting thought and a focus on critically expanding the horizons of the discourse on development, particularly with reference to South Asia
Society for the Study of Labour History
The UK’s principal organisation dedicated to the study of labour history. The Society organises meetings and conferences, represents the interests of labour history and labour historians in a number of fora and publishes the highly-regarded journal Labour History Review.
Social History Society
The SHS aims to encourage the study of the history of society and cultures by teaching, research, publication and other appropriate means.
Socialist History News
The socialist history blog is put together by members of the Socialist History Society and the London Socialist Historians’ Group as a message board for listings and information about forthcoming events, and as a forum where questions related to socialist history can be discussed.
Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum
Housed in Tolpuddle, Devon itself, the museum commemorates this important episode in British labour history.
The Union Makes Us Strong: TUC History Online is a partnership initiative between London Metropolitan University and the Trades Union Congress with digitised photo and document resources from Trade Union history.
Wellcome Library and Collection
Holds collections of books, manuscripts, archives, films and pictures on the history of medicine from the earliest times to the present day.
The Women’s Library is a cultural centre housing the most extensive collection of women’s history in the UK.
Women & Social Movements in the United States 1600 – 2000
A resource for students and scholars of U.S. history and U.S. women’s history.
Working Class Movement Library
The Working Class Movement Library records over 200 years of organising and campaigning by ordinary men and women, with a collection of books, pamphlets, leaflets, photos, banners and tape recordings.
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