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Reference Archives

Adam Matthew Digital

Makes niche research and teaching collections sourced from libraries and archives around the world available for online access. With a catalogue and details of their services and trial access. AdamMatthewGrp

Archival Research Techniques and Skills

Provides an an online tutorial and profiles of major archives to access information on current and future development.

Archives & Records Association (ARA)

Professional body for archivists, archive conservators and records managers in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Overview, downloads, events, careers, publications and professional issues.

Archives Hub

Provides a searchable database of the UK's university and college archives, with retrieval information.

Arts and Humanities Data Service

Provides a searchable collection of resources and services on archaeology, history, language and linguistics, and performing and visual arts.

BBC Memory Share

Living archive of memories from 1900 to the present day, which users can contribute to or browse.

BBC: Archive

A collection of UK archive interviews, images, news items and documents searchable by people, subject, programmes and events.

Black Cultural Archives

The only national heritage centre dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain.

British Cartoon Archive

Archive located within the University of Kent’s Templeman Library. Policies, collections, and visiting information plus a database which retrieves cataloguing information and an image.

British Library: Manuscripts and Archives

Provides a list of the collections covering all periods, countries and disciplines, each of which has a description written by an expert.

British Online Archives

An online gateway to a very wide range of digitised British archives; includes user guides and samples from most collections, and details of licences to access the full archive.

The British Records Association

Formed to encourage and assist with the preservation, use and publication of historical records; with details of membership and services, conferences, publications, and contacts.

Business Archives Council

Promotes the preservation of business records of historical importance; provides information about their advice and information services, resources, publications, links and contacts.

Churchill Archive

A digital archive holding some of the most important political, personal and literary papers of the twentieth century. churchillonline

Digital Preservation Coalition

Organisation concerned with the preservation of digital material and the attendant strategic, cultural and technological issues. Includes membership, events, handbook, reports and projects.

The Duke of Wellington Archive

The papers of Arthur Wellesley, first Duke of Wellington, held at the University of Southampton.

English Heritage - Archives and Collections

A guide to English Heritage's range of historic collections of paintings and archaeological artefacts relating to its sites, and the National Monuments Record (NMR), a public archive covering the historic environment of England.


The official report of all parliamentary debates dating back over 200 years.

Hidden Lives Revealed

Archive of the Children's Society in late Victorian and early 20th Century Britain. With case files, Waifs and Strays' Society homes, images and publications.

History Data Service

Collects, preserves, and promotes the use of digital resources resulting from or supporting historical research and teaching.

International Bee Research Association

Database and information services, including journals, teaching aids and other publications, embrace all bee species whether managed by man for pollination or their products, or wild.

ITN Source

An archive of over one million hours of footage and moving imagery from commercial television, including the footage libraries of Reuters, ITN, ITV Productions, and other collections. With a catalogue, clips, and details of licensing.

LAGNA - The Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive

A national archive of press cuttings, campaigning material and other resources relating to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities; provides a guide to their collections and exhibitions, and contacts.

Mass Observation

The story of Mass Observation, from its founding in 1937 onwards, the archives today, advice on using the archive and how to access at Sussex University, and purchasing online access.

Modern Records Centre

University of Warwick centre which holds nationally important archives for the study of social, economic and political history, mainly from the mid 19th century onwards. Includes subject guide and a number of showcased online exhibitions.

Mountain Heritage Trust

An archive project bringing together artefacts, history, traditions and records of the people connected with Britain's mountainous areas. Lists and describes the papers held, and displays photographs and details of artefacts.

Moving Here

Partnership, led by the National Archives, explores, records and illustrates why people came to England over the last 200 years and what their experiences were and continue to be. Stories, gallery, migration histories and schools section.

The National Archives

The official archive for the central UK government, containing 900 years of history from Domesday Book to the present. Presents extensive information on how the archives work and features a wealth of resources for researchers plus many educational sections.

National Archives: Hospital Records

Providing information on the existence and location of the records of UK hospitals. Includes administrative details, location and any lists, catalogues or other finding aids.

National Co-operative Archive

Holds records relating to the history of the worldwide co-operative movement, including rare books, periodicals, manuscripts, films, photographs and oral histories; provides a guide for visitors and researchers.

The National Council on Archives

Umbrella body for archives; ceased to function in October 2010 but remains as an information reference.

NERC Open Research Archive

Central repository for published material such as academic papers or reports that have resulted from research funded by the Natural Environment Research Council.

Northern Ireland Community Archive

An online collection of tourist trails, museum collections, photographs, exhibitions, oral histories and other information from local museums and community groups from around Northern Ireland.

Oxford Text Archive

Collects, catalogues, preserves and distributes digital resources for research and teaching; with an online catalogue and details of their services.

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Official archive for Northern Ireland. Details of how to research the archives and the fees involved for certificates and wills.

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Official archive for Northern Ireland. Details of how to research the archives and the fees involved for certificates and wills.

Scientific Archivists Group

Lists the events, goals and news of this group for scientific archivists, and presents information on their bi-annual journal.

Small and Special

Collection of resources relating to the early years of The Hospital for Sick Children at Great Ormond Street, London. Includes patient admission records 1852-1914, articles and a gallery of images.

UK Archiving

Offers microfilming, digitisation, and disaster recovery services for libraries, newspapers and other clients; includes a catalogue and contacts.

UK Data Archive

Acquires, preserves and disseminates current and historical social and economic data. Includes data catalogue and user guides.

UK Web Archive

A collaborative project by the British Library and other "legal deposit libraries" to preserve websites in the UK domain. Describes the project and its capabilities, with browse and search facilities, themed collections, and a FAQ.

Wellcome Library

Contains collections of books, manuscripts, films, and paintings, chronicling the history of medicine. Provides a user guide, with information about events and exhibitions.

WISE Archive

A web based archive which records and preserves the working life stories of people in the UK.

Yorkshire Coast Sealife, Fisheries & Maritime Archive

A group working to preserve and establish reference and educational collections of artefacts, photographs, ephemera and biological material, devoted to the maritime history and marine biodiversity of the area.

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