Resources

In researching the careers of MPs who sat in the Commons between 1832 and 1868, and the electoral histories of the constituencies they represented, we make extensive use of online resources. On this page we have compiled a list of the some of the best websites we use that are free to access. This list is by no means exhaustive and will be frequently updated, so if you know of a resource we should feature, please leave us a comment below or contact us via our Twitter feed (@TheVictCommons).

BIOGRAPHICAL SOURCES

History of Parliament Online http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/ The main History of Parliament site, providing access to all the material published to date, including the House of Commons, 1820-32 volumes. For access to the 1832-68 volumes (in preparation) click here.

Australian Dictionary of Biography adb.anu.edu.au/

Canadian Dictionary of Biography http://www.biographi.ca/index-e.html

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography https://www.oxforddnb.com/ [often free to access through local libraries]

New Zealand Dictionary of Biography http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies

Welsh Biography online http://yba.llgc.org.uk/en/index.html

Dod’s parliamentary companion (for 1847, 1852, 1854-9) http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000548527

19TH-CENTURY PRIMARY SOURCES: PARLIAMENTARY

Acts of Parliament

Commons Journals online http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmjournal.htm

Hansard There are several ways to access Hansard online. For the 1832-68 period there are four volumes of Hansard which are missing from these online versions (vols. 43 (May-July 1838), 74 (Apr.-May 1844), 106 (June-July 1849) and 112 (June-July 1850).

The Parliamentary Archives has also produced a useful guide to online resources (some free and some via subscription) on parliamentary history: https://archives.parliament.uk/online-resources/

The UK Parliamentary Papers (Proquest) are available via this subscription site: https://parlipapers.proquest.com/parlipapers

19TH-CENTURY PRIMARY SOURCES: OTHER

19th-century British pamphlets http://www.britishpamphlets.org.uk/

Army Lists https://digital.nls.uk/british-military-lists/archive/88735803

British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/

Gentleman’s Magazine http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000542092

Haydn’s Book of Dignities https://archive.org/details/bookofdignitiesc00haydrich/page/n0

London Gazette http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/

Proceedings of the Old Bailey http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/

Queen Victoria’s Journals  http://www.queenvictoriasjournals.org

Welsh Newspapers Online http://welshnewspapers.llgc.org.uk/en/home

HISTORICAL DATABASES

Historical Directories http://specialcollections.le.ac.uk/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16445coll4

Legacies of British Slave-Ownership http://www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs/

Leigh Rayment’s Peerage http://www.leighrayment.com/

Church of England Clergy http://ccedb.cch.kcl.ac.uk/index.html

Sandhurst Collection http://archive.sandhurstcollection.co.uk/

Royal Navy Officers http://www.pdavis.nl/SeaOfficers.php

Cambridge University Alumni Database http://venn.lib.cam.ac.uk/Documents/acad/2018/search-2018.html

Oxford University Alumni (digitised version of printed volumes) http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/book/lookupid?key=olbp58284

Records of Inns of Court

Lost Country Houses http://www.lostheritage.org.uk/

Landed families http://landedfamilies.blogspot.co.uk/

MAPS AND TOPOGRAPHY

Vision of Britain http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/

National Library of Scotland http://maps.nls.uk/

BUSINESS, INDUSTRY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Grace’s Guide [history of British industry and manufacturing] https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Main_Page

Victorian Engineering Connections http://www.victorianengineeringconnections.net/

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