The list below is a selection of digital archives which may be useful for research in History.
British History Online | The core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles
- British History Online is a not-for-profit digital library based at the Institute of Historical Research. It brings together material for British history from the collections of libraries, archives, museums and academics. The primary focus is on the period between 1300 and 1800.
- Europeana is a search portal that allows you to search across digital resources of Europe's galleries, museums, libraries, archives and audiovisual collections.
German History in Documents and Images
- A comprehensive collection of primary source materials documenting Germany's political, social, and cultural history from 1500 to the present.
The John Johnson Collection
- This collection provides access to thousands of items selected from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera, offering unique insights into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Categories include Nineteenth-Century Entertainment, the Booktrade, Popular Prints, Crimes, Murders and Executions, and Advertising.
London's Pulse: Medical Officer of Health reports 1848-1972
- This website allows you to search more than 5500 digitised Medical Officer of Health (MOH) reports from the Greater London area. The reports provided statistical data about births, deaths and diseases, but they also allowed the authors to express the diversity of their local communities and their own personal interests.
Migration to New Worlds - Adam Matthew Digital Archives
- Selection of digitised primary source material from multiple archives and collections. Includes Colonial Office files, diaries, ship logs and more.
Old Bailey Online - The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913 - Central Criminal Court
- The Old Bailey Proceedings Online makes available a fully searchable, digitised collection of all surviving editions of the Old Bailey Proceedings from 1674 to 1913, and of the Ordinary of Newgate's Accounts between 1676 and 1772. It allows access to over 197,000 trials and biographical details of approximately 2,500 men and women executed at Tyburn, free of charge for non-commercial use.
Queen Victoria's Journals - Home Page
- This digital archive provides online images of every page in the entire sequence of Queen Victoria's diaries, and provides full transcriptions and keyword searching of all journal entries.
UK Parliamentary Papers
- Full text of parliamentary papers from 1688-2003/4.
Victoria and Albert Museum
- This website allows you to search for objects and images from the V&A's collections. This may be useful for anyone wanting to use artefacts as part of their historical research.
- The Wellcome Collection/ Wellcome Library have a database of images that are available to use under a Creative Commons Licence. Images are both historical and contemporary and cover medical and social history.
COLLAGE - The London Picture Archive
- Picture archive that contains over 250,000 images of London from the collections at London Metropolitan Archives and Guildhall Art Gallery