A Cornucopia of some of the best history websites and Sources of information

Allegorical depiction of the Roman goddess Abundantia with a cornucopia, by Rubens (ca. 1630)

This started off as a simple list of history related websites.
It has now developed into a veritable cornucopia of links to freely available information on the World Wide Web. (Please note, links on this page are provided purely for your interest and do not imply that we endorse or support these organisations, the information on their pages, or their products and services in any way)

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Alpha History
Alpha History is a free, ad-supported online textbook for history teachers and students. It spans twelve different historical periods or themes, with more under construction in 2019-20. It contains thousands of invaluable resources including topic summaries, documents, images, maps, timelines, biographical profiles and historiographical information, as well as a range of online activities.

Ancient History Encyclopedia
Our mission is to engage people with cultural heritage and to improve history education worldwide.

Ancient Origins
Our goal is to highlight the very latest archaeological findings, peer-reviewed academic research and evidence, as well as offering alternative viewpoints and explanations of science, archaeology, mythology, religion and history around the globe.

A Vision of Britain through Time
A vision of Britain from 1801 to now.
Including maps, statistical trends and historical descriptions.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Hartlebury, in Wychavon and Worcestershire | Map and description

BBC History Extra
The official website for BBC History Magazine, BBC History Revealed and BBC World Histories Magazine.

Biography Online
Biographies of the famous, influential, and inspirational.

British History Online
British History Online is a digital library of key printed primary and secondary sources for the history of Britain and Ireland, with a primary focus on the period between 1300 and 1800.

Black History Month
'Black History Month always provides a fantastic opportunity for us to recognize the outstanding contributions people of African and Caribbean descent have made to our country over many generations. From business, law and education to technology, sport and the creative arts, Black British people continue to leave an indelible mark upon every sphere of life in Britain.'

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson

British Library Virtual Books
Use our award-winning 'Turning the Pages™' software to leaf through our great books and magnify the details.

Cooking in the Archives

Cooking in the Archives sets out to find, cook, and discuss recipes from cookbooks produced between 1600 and 1800.

Discovering Ancient Egypt
Hieroglyphs read:

Online Sources for European History.These open access sources are readily available to all - without fees or subscriptions.
Links connect to European primary historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated.
In addition you will find video or sound files, maps, photographs or other imagery, databases, and other documentation.
The sources cover a broad range of historical happenings (political, economic, social and cultural).

Forces War Records

  • 23 Million Commonwealth military records
  • 2 million exclusive records, found only on our site
  • Records transcribed in the UK for maximum accuracy
  • 1 on 1 Personal assistance from military photo and document experts
  • Access to Orbats (Orders of Battle) mapping tool, allowing you to trace your WW1 ancestors steps
FreeBMD is an ongoing project, the aim of which is to transcribe the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales, and to provide free Internet access to the transcribed records.
Thousands Of FREE Books
Fiction eBooks: Non-Fiction eBooks: Audio Books
The aim of FreeReg is to provide free Internet searches of baptism, marriage, and burial records, which have been extracted from parish registers, non-conformist records and other relevant sources in the UK.
Free UK Genealogy provides free, online access to family history records. We work with a team of dedicated volunteers to create high-quality transcriptions of public records from governmental sources, parish churches, and other trusted institutions. We believe that Open Data and Open Source are key to making and keeping public records accessible to all.
GENUKI provides a virtual reference library of genealogical information of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland. It is a non-commercial service, maintained by a charitable trust and a group of volunteers.
Free ebooks site where you can download totally free legal ebooks, available in various popular formats. Lots of categories to choose from, no registration required and updated often for your reading pleasure.
Grace's Guide
Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in the UK.
Historic England
400,000 of the most historically and architecturally significant places in England
Historic UK
With more than one million page views each month, we believe that we are now the largest on-line history magazine in the UK. We fully recognise however, that size is not everything and we pride ourselves on the historical accuracy of our articles.
History for Kids
The website is packed with articles, worksheets and even a quiz on each section.
You will find cool games, videos, worksheets on many historical events that will help you understand those that have gone before us.
History of the Ancient World aims to give our readers news, articles and videos about antiquity, from prehistoric times to the Roman Empire.
History Rhymes
Great website design
History Rhymes is a website dedicated to nineteenth-century American and European history with a focus on the old American West, nineteenth-century Germany and Victorian Britain.
History World
HistoryWorld’s aim is to make world history more easily accessible through interactive narratives and timelines. Written by Bamber Gascoigne, it consists of about 300 narratives ( the alphabetical list runs from Aegean Civilization to Zoroastrianism) and some 10,000 events on searchable timelines.
How To Talk About Art History
While most people can “read” movies (that is, can recognize tropes, character clichés and genres), the ability to “read” artworks is not common knowledge like it once was. And it’s a shame, because museums and galleries are much less fun when you don’t really know what you’re looking at.
International Encyclopedia of WW1
A Global War – A Global Project "1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War” is an English-language virtual reference work on the First World War.
Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public. Our mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge.
You have to sign up, but it's free.
Internet Sacred Text Archive
Welcome to the largest freely available archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet. The site is dedicated to religious tolerance and scholarship, and has the largest readership of any similar site on the web.
Live Science features groundbreaking developments in science, space, technology, health, the environment, our culture and history.
Medieval Histories
Want to keep up-to-date about MEDIEVAL HISTORY? New books? Exciting exhibitions? Fascinating archaeological finds - all this and much more is reported daily.

Links N–Z brings you the latest news, images and videos from America's space agency, pioneering the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.

National Library of Scotland: Map Images
In our 'Map images' resource you can access and view all the maps we have scanned as high-resolution, colour, zoomable images. The maps date between 1560 and 1964 and relate primarily to Scotland. We also have maps of areas beyond Scotland, including maps of England and Great Britain, Ireland, Belgium, and Jamaica.

National Library of the Netherlands: manuscripts
(Koninklijke Bibliotheek)
Medieval illuminated manuscripts
Even the tiniest medieval manuscripts have great stories to tell. About the Virgin Mary, about knights and kings. The originals are priceless and are kept under lock and key, but online we can open our doors widely. These manuscripts have been fully digitized and high-quality scans are available for meticulous research.


Obelisk, A New History of Art
—discovering, writing about, and sharing the most interesting art history possible. Each week I’ll be researching, writing and posting new essays, biographies and artwork. We’ll continue to explore the lives and work of artists who have been ignored by the traditional canon, but everything is fair game, from reviews of 16th century grimoires to the first art-meme.

Open Domesday

  • This is the first free online copy of Domesday Book
  • Find places mentioned in Domesday on the interactive map
  • Explore the original folios of Domesday Book

OpenLearn – the home of free learning from The Open University. Are you looking for a new topic to explore, or want to dig deeper into something you've already discovered? Whether it’s a 60-second animated video or a 24-hour course you are after, you will find it on OpenLearn for free. 

Stunning free images & royalty free stock
Over 1 million+ high quality stock images and videos

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here.
No fee or registration! Everything from Project Gutenberg is gratis, libre, and completely without cost to readers.

The goal of this website is to provide free, reliable information — "just the facts" — on the various answers that have been given to these questions, as well as the rituals and customs that go along with them. This very broad goal means that we cover a wide variety of religions, belief systems, and world views—the grounds for a group's inclusion are only that it offers an explanation of ultimate reality or the purpose of life and has (or had) a significant number of followers.
ReligionFacts is an objective guide and does not promote any one religion or belief system, nor even a particular view of religion.

Science History Institute
The Institute houses an archive and a library for historians and researchers; award-winning digital content that includes videos, articles, and a podcast.
Search 7,344 of our digitized items: artifacts, photographs, advertisements, letters, rare books, oral histories, and more.

Shakepeare's Plays
Free, high-quality digital texts of Shakespeare's plays starting with the basics: superb source texts, meticulously edited on the basis of current scholarship.
To these texts, we've added sophisticated coding that works behind the scenes to make the plays easy to read, search, and index.

The 100 Best History Books of All Time
A list of the most rewarding history books ever written. It includes texts on the most important topics in human history and has works of women's history, political history, diplomatic history, social history, cultural history, economic history, intellectual history, micro history, sexual history, military history, religious history, environmental history, world history, and historiography.

The British Empire
At its peak, the British Empire was the largest formal empire that the world had ever known. As such, its power and influence stretched all over the globe; shaping it in all manner of ways. This site is dedicated to analysing the history of the British Empire: the triumphs, the humiliations, the good that it brought and the bad that it inflicted.

The British History Podcast
History is human. History is drama. History is our story, and it belongs to all of us. The BHP is a chronological retelling of the history of Britain with a particular focus upon the lives of the people.

The Feynman Lectures on Physics
Now, anyone with internet access and a web browser can enjoy reading a high quality up-to-date copy of Feynman's legendary lectures.

Watch the Feynman Lectures Online
Learn directly from one of the world’s greatest physicists.

The History Press
We are dedicated to keeping history alive through publishing content which tells us about interesting places, important events and intriguing people – revealing little-known stories to new audiences. Not only does this touch people’s interests and passions but it informs us about people’s families, neighbourhoods, communities and sense of belonging.

The National Archives
Explore 1,000 years of history.We are a non-ministerial department, and the official archive and publisher for the UK Government, and for England and Wales. We are the guardians of over 1,000 years of iconic national documents.

The Victorian Dictionary
Literally thousands of pages to browse and explore.

ThoughtCo is a premier reference site with a 20+ year focus on expert-created education content. We are proud to be one of the top-10 information sites, as measured by comScore, a leading Internet measurement company.
Science, Tech, Math

UK Census Data
Quickly and easily find the raw facts and figures for any census area in England and Wales

UK Genealogy Archives
We aim to make this site one of the best United Kingdom genealogy sources on the net.
Every record on this site is free to view, and we aim to keep it that way.
You will find all sorts of information, from the normal external links, to parish register transcripts, wills, Heralds' Visitations, biographies, census transcripts, etc.

War History Online
War History Online is a popular site devoted to military history; from the stone age to the first Gulf war.

Wikipedia is a multilingual online encyclopedia created and maintained as an open collaboration project  by a community of volunteer editors using a wiki-based editing system. It is the largest and most popular general reference work on the World Wide Web, and is one of the most popular websites ranked by Alexa as of October 2019. It features exclusively free content and no commercial ads, and is owned and supported by the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization funded primarily through donations.
Other interesting Wikis are:
Wikimedia Commons, free media repository
Wiki Species, free species directory
Wiki News, free news source
Wiki Quote, free compendium of quotations
Wiki Source, free library
Wiki Voyage, free worldwide travel guide
Wiktionary, free dictionary (and thesaurus)
Wikiversity, set learning free
Wiki Books, free textbooks on numerous subjects
Wiki Junior, free non-fiction books for children
Women's History Network
For anyone with a passion for women’s history

Worldometer manually analyzes, validates, and aggregates data from thousands of sources in real time and provides global COVID-19 live statistics for a wide audience of caring people around the world.

World War 2 Today
World War II Today, updated every day with stories from the war that happened exactly seventy five years ago.
Explore World War II Today for more.


A Family History Blog
"While I was looking back through some of my own family history notes, and through some very old family documents, in January 2014, I thought that it might be good to create a website to share the details of these old documents with whoever else might be interested in them. So here is that website.
I aim to share these documents here, to help others in their family research, and to demonstrate some of the sources of my research, which (in some cases) lead to conclusions that differ from those that others (apparently relying only on records like parish registers) have posted on-line!"

Family Search
Find Your Family. Discover Yourself.
Learn where you came from, and get to know who you are. Our free family tree gets you started.
Hartlebury, Worcestershire Genealogy

The British Newspaper Archive
Discover History As It Happened
Access hundreds of historic newspapers from all over Britain and Ireland
35,533,903 Pages
Dating from the 1700s
Costs 'Only £79'

The Western Regional Magazine
Defending the skies of WORCESTERSHIRE

Imperial War Museum
Search: Hartlebury
First World War Recruitment Posters

Worcestershire Community Rail Partnership
Worcestershire Community Rail Partnership has been established to enable local communities to work with the three Train Operating Companies to improve the 18 stations within the County