Urban History Resource Hub

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Academic Departments

Archives On-Line

Discussion Groups

Humbul Humanities Hub

Humbul and Artifact have now merged to form the Intute: Arts and Humanities service.

International Urban Studies Societies



Research Resources

  • British Institute in Eastern Africa Research into the archaeology, history, linguistics and anthropology of eastern Africa, broadly defined
  • Cultures of Cities A database of papers presented to the 4th Biennial of Towns and Town Planners in Europe
  • Current Value of Old Money A series of resources to help you compare prices across time
  • DANGO Database of Archives of Non-Governmental Organisations since 1945
  • EH.Net This site includes a number of tools to enable you to assess the relative value of money - GDP, purchasing power, exchange rates etc - across time and place. Most useful are:
    • How much is that? - a variety of comparative values over time for the UK and US
    • Relative Values Calculator (UK Sterling or US Dollars) which will compute the 'real value' of the price, cost, or value of something over time and convert it from British Pounds to US Dollars, or vice versa
  • Europeana.eu Links to two million digital items. Europeana is a Thematic Network funded by the European Commission; originally known as the European digital library network (EDLnet), it is a partnership of 100 representatives of heritage and knowledge organisations and IT experts from throughout Europe
  • Historical Directories A digital library of eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth century local and trade directories
  • History On-Line hosted by the Institute of Historical Research (IHR); information resources for the teaching and learning of history, currently over 40,000 records providing details of books and articles, UK university lecturers (teachers), UK current and past research (theses) and links to websites and online resources
  • H-Urban Web Links Guide to urban studies on the net
  • Internet for History An on-line tutorial to improve internet research skills
  • Making History Hosted by the Institute of Historical Research (IHR); contains cross-referenced entries for historians, journals, organisations and projects important in the development of the subject
  • Medieval English Towns Information about towns and cities in England during the Middle Ages
  • Metropolis Project An international forum for research and policy on migration, diversity and changing cities
  • NYPL Digital Gallery access to over 450,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of the New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera and more
  • Old-maps.co.uk Free access to first edition historical maps of Great Britain dated between 1846 and 1899
  • Royal Historical Society Bibliography an authoritative guide to what has been written about British and Irish history from the Roman period to the present day
  • SARAI Resources for South Asian research
  • Skibsfarten i Danmark 1787 multi-media companion database of the shipping routes of all towns in the year 1787; select a town under the header 'Hjemhavne' ('port') (site in Danish)
  • Three Cities Project Literary and visual representations of three American cities 1870-1930
  • Urban Portal An online gateway to research, events, and resources in urban social science (with a particular focus on research at the University of Chicago).
  • Visualising Urban Geographies - provides mapping tools for historians. It enables the use of digitized and geo-referenced maps in conjunction with historical information based on either addresses or districts.

Student Support

Teaching Resources

Town Histories

  • Historic Pittsburgh A comprehensive collection of local resources that supports personal and scholarly research of the western Pennsylvania area
  • Leicester An introduction to Roman, medieval, early-modern, and modern Leicester. This material is also available here
  • Village Search An introduction to towns and villages in Leicestershire

Urban Policy

  • Urbanicity Leading electronic publisher for all aspects of urban and sustainable development. The Urbanicity website provides a single portal for educational resources, conferences, internet resources and more, including a unique library of urban articles. Also hosts the single largest library of links to City and Local Government websites – over 23,000. Urbanicity is a partnership initiative with UN Habitat Best Practices and Local Leadership.

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