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Library links - History
Medway Libraries' subject guide to the internet for
There is a separate section for family history and
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
BBC - The People's War (www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar)
Archive database of wartime memories including
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
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
Contains information on the 1.7 million members of the
Commonwealth forces who died in the First or Second World Wars.
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
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
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
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.
An internet portal for researchers and
collectors of Orders, Decorations and Medals awarded by British
Medway Index to Local Newspapers (MILN)
MILN is an index to selected articles of local interest in
Medway newspapers from 1830.
Moving Here (www.movinghere.org.uk)
Explores the history of Caribbean, Irish,
Jewish and South Asian communities in Britain.
The National Archives
National portal for archive collections
The National Archives - Trafalgar Ancestors
Were your ancestors at the Battle of
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
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
Royal Naval Museum (http://www.nmrn-portsmouth.org.uk/)
Website covering the Royal Naval Museum and
The Royal Navy (www.royalnavy.mod.uk)
Royal Navy today and yesterday with useful
Society for the Protection of Ancient
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 sailing barges
Everything you might want to know about these
workhorses of the East Coast.
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.