Wikipedia – The Free Encyclopaedia This site is an excellent resource for searching for information on your local history. Draw upon our advice in ‘Google It’, search initially by town and then search local landmarks from your area. This site should help you find information which will further your research.
English Heritage If you live in London, this site can be used to discover the location of any blue plaques in your vicinity. You can also use it to find out more about any estates or old properties in your surrounding area. Comprehensive information on artistic interiors and exteriors, the reason why the building was built and historic gardens are included.
The National Library of Wales This library holds every printed work published in Britain and Ireland since 1911. It houses thousands of manuscripts, pictures, photographs, maps, sound recordings and moving images. Check this website before planning to visit the library to ensure they hold the information you are looking for.
British History Online This is a free digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources from medieval to modern British Isles History. Draw upon our advice in the “Google It” section and utilise this sites search facility.
Charles Booth Online Archive This site is London specific. It contains fascinating insight into the research compiled by Charles Booth regarding life and labour in the capital between 1886 and 1903. You can view poverty maps which colour code the intensity of the poverty in specific areas during this period.
Visit Ancestry.co.uk for the UK and Ireland's most extensive collection of family history records on-line, including complete censuses, birth, marriage and death records for England & Wales, plus Parish & Probate, Obituary, Periodicals, Military, passenger and immigration records and more.
The centre can provide a range of historical information and will be useful in searching the history of past residents of your house. The centre holds family records for England and Wales, and the site will help you plan your visit.
The National Archives of England, Wales and the United Kingdom has one of the largest archival collections in the world, spanning 1000 years of British history, from Doomsday Book of 1086 to government papers recently released to the public.
Georgian Seafront Architecture This page uses Weymouth as a case study of Georgian architecture. Detailing how the Georgian period inspired an interest in gardening; different features of a Georgian house, and where and why they were constructed. Accounts of building materials and typical house layouts are also included.
Britain Express – English Architecture English architecture did not, of course, follow a rigid timeline, with clear divisions between periods and styles of building. This site is an attempt to organize themes and philosophies of building styles in a rough chronological order, realising that many periods overlapped each other and many styles may well have been in use in the same region or even in the same building at the same time.
Britain Express – English Gardens This is a comprehensive history of the garden, both private and public, and descriptions of stylistic features of each era. The Tudor, Stuart, Georgian and Victorian sections include information on architectural patterns and typical gardens from each of these eras.
Old Maps This site includes a near complete set of first series Ordnance Survey maps of England, Wales and Scotland. Use with a hard copy of a modern map to trace where you live and study how your local area has changed.
Victorian London Under its architecture and housing sections, this site provides fascinating insight into houses in the Victorian period, not just in London. If your house was built in this period, it can help you to discover who the intended inhabitants of properties of a variety of sizes were. It contains extracts written by Charles Dickens on the state of housing and details of Victorian housing law. It contains a list of links to other sites with Victorian related content which could be of interest.
Scottish Handwriting This is a great site, and gives you tutorials and guides in understanding and reading Scottish handwriting and texts. This is ideal for anyone looking at Scottish records from 1500 to 1800.
The National Archives of Scotland The NAS holds records spanning from the 12th to the 21st centuries, covering an array of subjects relating to Scottish life. This is a valuable resource for anyone looking for Scottish historical documents and to check that they hold the document that you are looking for before you visit.
Middlesex University’s MoDA has rapidly become known as ‘the museum of the history of the home’. Visit the website to explore our varied collections, access the online catalogue and find out about exhibitions and events.
The website of the Royal Institute of British Architects includes information on all aspects of architecture, including news, education, events and access to the British Architectural Library catalogue and image database.
The Friends of Friendless Churches own 38 historic churches and chapels which they have saved from demolition and decay in England and Wales. Find out more about the buildings they have saved and how you can get involved and support their work by visiting their website.
Visit Primelocation.com - one of the UK's leading websites for quality estate agents and property. Primelocation aims to provide an effective medium to help those buying, selling, renting and letting property in the UK and overseas. Over 3,000 leading UK estate agents now list all their properties on Primelocation and it attracts more than 1.5 million visitors every month.
Following on from the success of Archive Awareness Campaign in 2004 and 2005, archives across the UK and Ireland will once again be showing you the treasures that lie within!
The theme of this year's campaign is 'Woods and Neighbourhoods' so look out for archive events this autumn about trees, the wood trade, maps and even ‘copse and robbers'!
For more information on how to get involved please visit www.archiveawareness.com or contact Elise Oliver on 020 8392 5237