Social History Sites

BBC Archive
- Themed collections of radio and TV programmes, documents and photographs. Explore who we are and see how attitudes have changed over the years through selections from an archive which began over 70 years ago.
You can also go behind the scenes to find out how the BBC archives are maintained, uncover forgotten stories from the Written Archives and see how broadcasting has changed through the decades. Collections include; the Berlin Wall, World War II, Coal Mining in Britain, The Birth of the NHS and Working Class Life.

BBC Archive - Suffragettes
- This site provides free access to a collection of online archive films and recordings relating to the history of women's struggle to achieve the vote in the UK. They include radio broadcasts and interviews with suffragettes containing personal accounts and oral histories of events leading to the 1918 Representation of the People Act and the election of the first woman MP. Copyright and technical information is displayed on the website.

BFI Screenonline
- A free online encyclopaedia of British film and television featuring hundreds of hours of film and television clips from the vast collections of the BFI National Archive, and several hours of recorded interviews with film and TV personalities. These clips are supplemented by rich and authoritative contextual material by expert writers, specially commissioned for BFI Screenonline alongside thousands of stills, posters and press books. Categories of films inlcude, culture and society, Britain and the world, war and conflict.

BFI Inview
- A unique resource which offers a window on Britain's changing political, economic and social landscape in the age of film and television.

Fabian Society Online Archive
- The Fabian Society online archive is maintained by LSE Archives, which is based at the London School of Economics and political Science. It provides free access to an online library of over 580 full text pamphlets, minute books and tracts from the Fabian Society. The items have been published from 1884-1997 and cover a wide range of topics relating to British social, economic and political history. They include: electoral reform; foreign policy (such as colonialism, the Cold War and relations with Europe); industrial relations; the Labour Party; local government; social reform (such as education, health and pensions, the welfare state and eradication of poverty); socialism and women's rights. They include examples of pamphlets by leading socialists such as Richard Titmuss, Peter Townsend, Beatrice Webb, Harold Wilson, Clement Attlee, Tony Benn, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

Hidden Lives Revealed: a virtual archive of children in care 1881-1918
- This site, which is maintained by the Children's Society, Provides free access to a wealth of primary source information about poor and disadvantaged children cared for by The Waifs and Strays' Society during the period 1881-1918. It includes 150 sample case files, many historic photographs and full text journals and reports published by the society about its children's homes, support for the poor and charitable work. The site includes background articles on social welfare and the care of children in Victorian and Edwardian England.

Institute of Historical Research
- The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) provides resources for historians including online articles and an open-access library.

Mass Observation Online
- An Archive of British Social History. The Archive holds all the material generated by Mass Observation between 1937 and 1949, with a few later additions from the 1950s and 1960s. Many of these are personal papers: diaries, letters, scrapbooks and albums of various kinds. University of Kent username and password required

National Archives Public Information Films
- This site is maintained by the UK National Archives. It provides free access to a collection of 20th Century UK government public information films. They currently cover the period 1945-2006. Topics covered include: public health promotion films, material relating to the NHS and creation of the National Health Service and welfare state by the Labour government and international affairs. They are also of value to researchers of British social history during this period as there is coverage of the Festival of Britain and the 1948 London Olympics. Each entry has a synopsis and publication details. Technical and copyright information is displayed on the website. Other features include a timeline of key events during the period and links to other paper archives relating to it.

Newsfilm Online
- Newsfilm Online is jointly managed by the BUFVC and takes footage from various collections managed by ITN/Reuters. Collections include ITV News bulletins from 1955 to the present day; Channel 4 News from its launch in 1982 to the present; Channel 5 News from 1997 until Christmas 2004, and weekly news documentary films from 1957-67. Newsfilm Online has digitised the entire remaining Gaumont Graphic silent newsreel archive from 1910 and the company's sound newsreel, Gaumont British News since 1934. Select Login via UK federation, then select University of Kent from the drop down list

Social History Society
- The Social History Society was founded in 1976 to encourage the study of the history of society and cultures by teaching, research and publication. It represents the interests of social and cultural history and of social and cultural historians both within higher education and in the wider community. The society is based in the UK but is concerned with social history internationally and it all its broadest forms.

Vision of Britain Through Time
- This service was created by the Great Britain Historical GIS project at the University of Portsmouth. It provides 'a vision of Britain between 1801 and 2001' including historical mapping, census reports, and historical descriptions via 'travellers tales'. Also available are results from every British parliamentary election since 1833, as well as mappings of boundaries and constituencies.

Voices of Post-war England
- A blog supported by the ESRC and compiled by social researchers Selina Todd and Hilary Young. It discusses ongoing research into post 1945 working class life (mainly in Coventry and Liverpool) Users may hear some oral history interviews. Topics covered include class, employment, housing and youth culture. There is a useful blog roll linking to other sites and resources discussing working class history and culture.

Westminster Archives - The Life and Loves of a Victorian Clerk
- The Diary of Nathaniel Bryceson, 1846 - read of the experiences and innermost thoughts of a remarkable young diarist and gain a rare insight into London life in the early Victorian era. Having existed only in manuscript up until now, the diary of Nathaniel Bryceson is being serialised on-line throughout 2010 by City of Westminster Archives.

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