Social History Sites

A 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.

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

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.

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.

London Lives
- London Lives makes available, in a fully digitised and searchable form, a wide range of primary sources about eighteenth-century London, with a particular focus on the working class. This resource includes over 240,000 manuscript and printed pages from eight London archives and is supplemented by fifteen datasets created by other projects. It provides access to historical records containing over 3.35 million name instances. Facilities are provided to allow users to link together records relating to the same individual, and to compile biographies of the best documented individuals.

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.

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.

Voices of Post-war England
This website focuses on the history of the working class in England since 1945. In particular, it showcases the life history of working-class people in Liverpool and Coventry since 1945. As it grows, we’ll include links and material of interest to people wanting to research their family history, labour history or social history. Explore the site to learn more about life in England in the 1950s and 1960s and how it compares with today.

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