English Local History

English Local History

Welcome to the My Subject page for English Local History.

This page highlights the most important information resources available to you.

There are separate pages covering:


Key databases

  • Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH)
    Index to books and journal articles on British, Irish and Commonwealth history from 55BC to date.
  • British History Online (BHO)
    Guide to local history sources available on British History Online including the Victoria County History (VCH).
  • British Library Newspapers
    Digital collection of 19th century British newspapers.
  • Burney Collection Newspapers
    Digital collection of 1,000+ early British newspaper titles from the 17th and 18th century.
  • English Historical Documents
    Digital collection of 5,500+ primary documents on British history from 500 to 1914 AD.
  • JustisOne
    Legal search engine with access to historic UK and Irish case law and legislation, including full-text law reports and Acts.
  • Mass Observation Online
    Archive of British social history from 1937- 1972, with a focus on the World War Two period, including day surveys and diaries recording public experience and opinion.
  • State Papers Online (SPO)
    Digitised and searchable Calendars and Papers from the Tudor (1509-1603) and Stuart (1603-1714) periods.
  • UK Parliamentary Paper (UKPP)
    House of Commons Parliamentary Papers from 1715-2010, Hansard Debates (1803-2005), and Cockton's Subject Catalogue of Parliamentary Papers (1801-1900).

David Wilson Library

  • General History is 940-999 on floor 3, blue zone.
  • English Local History at H941-H942 on floor 3, yellow zone.
  • Census at STAT/UK/HL on floor 2, orange zone.
    Print volumes covering 1831, 1851-1881, 1911-2001.
  • Special Collections are located in the basement.
    Including the Fairclough and Hatton collections on English Local History.
  • ELH Digital Thesis Collection
    100+ digitised PhD theses from the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester.
  • Historical Directories
    Digital collection of local and trade directories for England and Wales from 1750 to 1919.
  • My Leicestershire History
    Digital collection of photographs, trade directories, film, oral history and books on Leicester and Leicestershire.

Family history

  • Ancestry.co.uk
    Digital collection of UK family history records including the census, and birth, marriage and death records.
    On-campus access only.
  • BBC Family History
    A guide to getting started with family history research.
  • Census (Nomis)
    Census data from 1981 to date from the Office for National Statistics.
  • Free UK Genealogy
    Three projects bringing online open access family history records: FreeBMD (birth, marriage and death), FreeCEN (19th century census), and FreeREG (parish and nonconformist registers).
  • Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree
    Free Future Learn MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on family history research.
  • General Register Office
    Guide to researching family history, and obtaining copies of birth, adoption, marriage, civil partnership and death certificates.
  • Leicester Records Office
    Collections on the history and culture of Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.


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