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10 Best English History websites

Posted: 2009-06-14

10 Best English History websites

As anyone who has even casually browsed the BritainExpress.com website will testify, I have a passion for English history. In the course of years researching and writing travel and history articles I have run across some pretty terrific history and heritage resources on the web. Here are ten of my favourites.

Some of these websites attempt to cover all of English History, while others are more specialized.

Fordham Internet History Sourcebook - Paul Halsall's amazing labour of love, the Sourcebook is primarily a collection of original historical documents. The medieval sourcebook is especially strong.

Britannia.com British History - Britannia bills itself as a Gateway to Britain for a largely North American audience, but there's a wealth of information for Brits and visitors alike. Well-written, and very comprehensive.

Genuki - more of a geneaology resource than a history website, Genuki still manages to pack in an extraordinary wealth of detail, especially local history

Victorian Web - if you want to know something, practically anything at all, about the Victorian era, you will probably find the answer at the Victorian Web. A wonderful collection of articles covering every aspect of Victorian life.

Camelot Project - a University of Rochester project has created an online database of texts, images, bibliographies, and basic information related to King Arthur and Arthurian studies in general.

Schoolnet.co.uk - a rich resource for aimed at school children and their teachers.  Lest you think that the school focus means that Schoolnet is somehow 'beneath' adults, let me reassure you that it is an extremely useful resource for anyone interested in British History.

History.uk.com - An online directory listing over 25,000 people, places, and organisations associated with British History.

History of England - the tagline for this site calls itself 'a unique and stimulating site'. It is indeed; a rich resource covering English history by time period.

English Heritage - not a history website per se, but English Heritage is a wonderful resource for things historic in England, from historic buildings to visit, to how EH is trying to preserve the heritage of England through its many projects. There's a lot here, including suggestions on how to make history more interesting to children.

And, last, but certainly not least (in my own completely unbiased opinion), there is our own English History guide - its really quite good, honest!


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