British History Online

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British History Online (BHO) was founded by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust in 2003.  It 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. 

Key Features

British History Online includes the Calendars of State Papers – including Domestic, Scotland, Ireland, Foreign and Colonial series (premium content).  The calendars are detailed guides or indexes to state papers – the originals can be consulted via State Papers Online or at The National Archives.   BHO also includes the Victoria County History - a record of England's places and people from earliest times to the present day, arranged in volumes by county (also known as the Red Book series).  BHO also has a range of Subject Guides – including guides to Biography, Religious History, Local History, Parliamentary History and Urban History. 

Subject Coverage

History, English Local History, Politics

Geographic Coverage

UK and Ireland


1200 to date


New content is added occasionally


British History Online


English, Latin


Using BHO includes a guide to searching, browsing, citing and using images from British History Online

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