More great websites
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