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Library links - History


Medway Libraries' subject guide to the internet for history

There is a separate section for family history and genealogy.Photo of Upnor Castle

Please note that clicking on the links below will take you away from the Medway Libraries' webpages.

1901 Census for Royal Navy Ships

An index to Royal Naval vessels at sea or in ports abroad at the time of the 1901 census (31March 1901)

A Vision of Britain through time (www.visionofbritain.org.uk)

Britain 1801 - 2001 including maps, statistics including population, housing, industry, social class.

Ancient Egypt (www.ancient-egypt.org)

The site for anyone interested in Egyptology. Author is a Belgian with a lifelong interest in the subject. Includes comprehensive bibliography.

BBC - History (www.bbc.co.uk/history)

BBC's excellent site gives information on all things historical.

BBC - The People's War (www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar)

Archive database of wartime memories including Medway people.

The British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)

Whether you are a researcher, historian or you simply want to know more about Britain's history, take this fantastic opportunity to search this vast treasure trove of historical newspapers. Includes the Kentish Gazette from mid-1700s.

British Pathe (www.britishpathe.com)

Browse through film about historic events and details of everyday life from the last century - view online for free. An astonishing 3,500 hours of video on the internet to create a unique online learning resource.

Clergy of the Church of England database (www.theclergydatabase.org.uk/jsp/search/index.jsp)

Useful site for historians and family historians charting the careers of clergy between 1540 - 1835.

College of Arms (http://www.college-of-arms.gov.uk/)

Heraldry of the United Kingdom.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (http://www.cwgc.org)

Contains information on the 1.7 million members of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First or Second World Wars.

Current Archaeology (www.archaeology.co.uk)

Magazine website. Includes fabulous directory of archaeological digs and organisations.

English Heritage (www.english-heritage.org.uk/)

This website gives an insight into English Heritage’s role in caring for historic buildings, and for advising in archaeological projects. You can find out what is going on in your area, events and places to visit.

Fallen Heroes of Normandy (www.fallenheroesofnormandy.org)

Free to access archive for everyone with information about the fallen and photographing the Commonwealth, American, Polish, French and German war cemeteries, communal cemeteries, churchyards and isolated graves in Normandy, France.

Gazettes online (www.thegazette.co.uk)

Database for 20th century entries in London, Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham (http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/)

Home page for one of Medway's biggest tourist attractions.  Particularly useful for people researching dock workers or ships built at Chatham Dockyard. Try the Message Board.

House detectives (www.house-detectives.co.uk)

How to go about tracing the history of your house or any other building in your town or village

Institute of Historical Research (http://ihr.sas.ac.uk/)

Compiled by the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London, this site catalogues on-line resources in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world and provides information about the history profession including books and theses.

Imperial War Museum (www.iwm.org.uk)

Site for the national museum for wars of the 20th century. Contains a set of pages devoted to family history research at the Imperial War Museum.

Kent Victoria Cross Register from Kent Fallen (http://www.kentfallen.com/Vc%20register.html)

A register of those awarded the Victoria Crosswith a link or connection to Kent

Mariners - Merchant Navy (www.mariners-l.co.uk)

For those researching mariners and ships of the merchant navy.

Medal.net (www.medal.net/)

An internet portal for researchers and collectors of Orders, Decorations and Medals awarded by British Commonwealth countries.

Medway Index to Local Newspapers (MILN)

MILN is an index to selected articles of local interest in Medway newspapers from 1830.

The National Archives (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/)

National portal for archive collections

The National Archives - Trafalgar Ancestors (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/trafalgarancestors)

Were your ancestors at the Battle of Trafalgar?

The National Maritime Museum (www.rmg.co.uk/national-maritime-museum)

Access to maritime resources and information.

Old Bailey online (www.oldbaileyonline.org)

Accounts of over 100,000 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court 1674-1834.

Old Maps (www.old-maps.co.uk)

Landmark historic maps from 1846-1899 of English, Welsh and Scottish counties. Includes gazetteer of places.

The Royal Family (www.royal.gov.uk)

The official web site of the British Monarchy. Includes information on how to receive an anniversary telegram from the Queen.

Royal Naval Museum (http://www.nmrn-portsmouth.org.uk/)

Website covering the Royal Naval Museum and library.

The Royal Navy (www.royalnavy.mod.uk)

Royal Navy today and yesterday with useful links.

Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (www.spab.org.uk)

Established by William Morris, this society is dedicated to preserving and restoring old buildings.

Stone Pages (www.stonepages.com)

Pages about prehistoric sites across the UK, France and Ireland.

Thames tugs (www.thamestugs.co.uk)

The site contains details of many of the River Thames ship handling tugs operating between 1833 and 2008.

What would it be worth now? (www.measuringworth.com/ukearncpi/)

A site that calculates a historical value in today's terms using the Retail Price Index.