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The Eng­land and Wales- cen­tric His­tor­i­cal Di­rec­to­ries web­site made our Top 5 this month, but there are dig­i­tal direc­tory sources for Scot­land and Ire­land, too.

The Na­tional Li­brary of Scot­land’s digi­tised col­lec­tion of more than 700 post of­fice di­rec­to­ries, for ex­am­ple, can be ex­plored at dig­i­tal.nls.uk/di­rec­to­ries. This cov­ers most of Scot­land from be­tween 1773 and 1911, plus you can ex­plore more digi­tised ma­te­rial from the li­brary at https://auth. nls.uk/ldc/. There’s also Ad­dress­ing His­tory ( ad­dress­inghis­tory. ed­ina.ac.uk) which has di­rec­to­ries from Ed­in­burgh, Glas­gow and Aberdeen. The Pub­lic Record Of­fice for North­ern Ire­land ( PRONI) has a ded­i­cated site for di­rec­to­ries pub­lished be­tween 1819 and 1900 ( street­di­rec­to­ries.proni.gov.uk), and Li­brary Ire­land ( li­braryire­land.com) has dig­i­tal copies of his­toric vol­umes.

You can ex­plore high­lights from the Na­tional Li­brary of Wales via bit.ly/1MxJzDu. This in­cludes the di­ary of John Cow­per Powys, PoW mag­a­zines cre­ated by Welsh pris­on­ers in Sta­lag IVB and minute books from the Aberys­t­wyth Aux­il­iary Tem­per­ance So­ci­ety.

Sev­eral web­sites of­fer ac­cess to digi­tised manuscripts, vol­umes and books through the Con­nected His­to­ries hub ( con­nect­ed­his­to­ries. org). Ar­guably the most fas­ci­nat­ing is the Pro­ceed­ings of the Old Bai­ley On­line ( old­bai­ley­on­line.org) – ac­counts of tri­als that were con­ducted at Lon­don’s cen­tral crim­i­nal court be­tween 1674 and 1913, plus the Or­di­nary’s Ac­counts – de­tailed nar­ra­tives of the lives and deaths of con­victs ex­e­cuted at Ty­burn, pub­lished be­tween 1676 and 1772.

Lon­don Lives ( lon­don­lives.org) pro­vides a fully search­able edi­tion of 240,000 man­u­script pages from eight Lon­don ar­chives and 15 datasets, giv­ing ac­cess to 3.5 mil­lion names.

There’s also the New­ton Pro­ject ( www.new­ton­pro­ject. sus­sex.ac.uk), which aims to pub­lish a full on­line edi­tion of all of Sir Isaac New­ton’s writ­ings, plus the Vic­to­ria’s Jour­nals site ( queen­vic­to­ri­asjour­nals. org), which has 141 vol­umes of Queen Vic­to­ria’s di­aries back to 1832.

Fi­nally, there’s the Charles Booth On­line Ar­chive ( booth.lse.ac.uk), which gives ac­cess to 450 sur­vey note­books com­piled dur­ing Booth’s en­quiry into ‘Life and Labour’ in Vic­to­rian Lon­don.

Ad­dress­ing His­tory has di­rec­to­ries from Ed­in­burgh, Glas­gow and Aberdeen

The Li­brary Ire­land web­site has dig­i­tal copies of a va­ri­ety of his­toric vol­umes

Vic­to­ria’s Jour­nals fea­tures 141 di­aries of Queen Vic­to­ria dat­ing back to 1832

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