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The Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (ncse): Web-site launch

ncse will create a full-text, digital edition of six nineteenth-century journals, with concept maps and advanced metadata. These journals include:

English Woman's Journal (1858-1864) an early woman's magazine
Leader (1850-1859) a reformist weekly with an interest in science as well as politics
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) a non-conformist religious journal
Northern Star (1838-1852) a Chartist newspaper
Publishers' Circular (1880-1890) a publishing trade paper
Tomahawk (1867-1870) an illustrated satiric weekly, a radical parallel to Punch

The site is intended to act as an information portal on all aspects of our activities as the project progresses. Here you will find full details of the project's scope and objectives, as well as profiles of those involved with it. It contains full details of conference papers and publications, many of which are available to download, and a wide range of reference resources including our working bibliography and a host of links that will be of interest to scholars and the general public alike. The site also contains our 'works in progress' and documents the approaches and processes we are using to create the ncse resource.


Charlotte Yonge's life
For more on Charlotte's life, see Sandra Laythorpe's website.
Sandra's website also contains some wonderful photos of Otterbourne.

Charlotte's works online
More and more of Charlotte Yonge's  works are available to read or download across the internet.
See our Her Works page for a fairly full list Charlotte's works – works which we know are available online to read and/or download at marked with a means a book is available online

Project Gutenberg Web Site 

Go To Project Gutenberg
The Official and Original Project Gutenberg
Web Site and HomePage

The British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS)

Newsletters with a wide range of information on Victorian topics downloadable from the website.


History in Focus

An occasional series taking a thematic approach to history, here marking the centenary of the death of Queen Victoria. Roy Porter's statement 'Modern times dawned with the nineteenth century' points to the relevance of an age in which can be seen the origins of our current economic, political and social structure.

Each History in Focus issue is designed to provide an introduction to the chosen topic and to help stimulate interest and debate. The series concentrates on highlighting books, reviews, web sites and conferences that relate to the theme, in order to provide a quality assured information resource for learning and teaching. History in Focus will provide a snapshot of resources and events at the time of issue.


The Victorian Dictionary

Aims to be "a guide to the social history of Victorian London".
Still under development, but contains many useful onward links.


Greenwood's Map of London 1827

A map is scaled at eight inches to the mile, covers London and surroundings and stretches out to Earls Court in the West, to the River Lea and Greenwich in the East, Highgate to the North and to the South, Camberwell


VISAWUS -- Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States

Aims is to bring together all those with an interest in the Victorian era as defined by Britain and its empire from 1837 to 1901. There is an annual conference which moves on a two-year cycle between the northern and southern areas of the western U.S.


The Victorians Institute (USA)

An organization of scholars and students centered in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the USA. We sponsor an annual meeting, which features papers by speakers from around the country (and sometimes world), as well as the Victorians Institute Journal, an award-winning annual that publishes articles, reviews, and newly edited texts of interest to Victorianists.


The Victorian Society in America

The only national (USA) organization dedicated to the protection, understanding, education, and enjoyment of our nineteenth century heritage. No matter what your interest in Victoriana may be, The Victorian Society in America can provide you with information, publications, and excursions to make your nineteenth century investigations more enjoyable and rewarding.


An electronic archive for texts by nineteenth-century authors such as Arnold, Carlyle, Newman, Pater, and Wilde as well as important works by lesser-known writers. The Complete Works of Walter Pater, (Macmillan Library Edition) is the archive's first major project, now nearly finished. Another almost-done project is J.J. Thomas' Froudacity (1889), a book written against Froude's The English in the West Indies. Major works by Carlyle, Arnold, and Wilde will follow soon afterwards.

You are welcome to view and download materials from the archive – volumes are available both in HTML format (as individual chapters linked by a common index page and navigation bars) and "text file" format (the entire work as a ZIP file.) These electronic versions are based on authoritative public domain editions, and retain notes, page numbers, and other essential elements of a scholarly text.


The Alliance of Literary Societies was formed in 1973 as a result of a correspondence in The Times related to a threatened building with Dickens associations. Mrs. Kathleen Adams, Secretary of the George Eliot Fellowship, suggested that through a close cooperative literary society, societies could provide a more powerful voice in defence of our literary heritage.

The Alliance now has a membership of more than 90 societies and is thus able to provide support and advice on a variety of subjects as well as promoting co-operation between member societies in the preparation of their programmes.


A Celebration of Women Writers

The Celebration of Women Writers recognizes the contributions of women writers throughout history. Women have written almost every imaginable type of work: novels, poems, letters, biographies, travel books, religious commentaries, histories, economic and scientific works. Our goal is to promote awareness of the breadth and variety of women's writing. All too often, works by women, and resources about women writers, are hard to find. We attempt to provide easy access to available on-line information. The Celebration provides a comprehensive listing of links to biographical and bibliographical information about women writers, and complete published books written by women. We are also actively involved in extending those resources. A major focus of the Celebration is the development of on-line editions of older, often rare, out-of-copyright works. We choose works from a range of areas to indicate the variety of interests of women writers.


Violet Needham Society

A new website about Violet Needham..


The Internet Library of Early Journals (ILEJ)
A digital library of 18th and 19th Century journals

ILEJ aims to digitise substantial runs of 18th and 19th century journals, and make these images available on the Internet, together with their associated bibliographic data. The core collection for the project are runs of at least 20 consecutive years of three 18th-century journals

  • Gentleman's Magazine
  • The Annual Register
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society

and three 19th-century journals

  • Notes and Queries
  • The Builder
  • Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine

The Ladies: A Journal of the Court, Fashion and Society

The Ladies: A Journal of the Court, Fashion and Society, came chatting into existence in March 1872, offering scientifically precise fashion advice and demanding political rights for women.

The weekly London newspaper sought out the burgeoning female readership, explicitly catering to upper-class society women who could pay the sixpenny rate but implicitly offering middle-class women a guide to social-climbing success. Although The Ladies – with its fashion plates, housekeeping tips, suffrage demands, and employment advice – collapsed after nine months, its reign reflects a cultural moment and its deposing, a cultural instability. The journal proposes an impossible dream of womanhood allowing for femininity, domesticity, brilliance, assertiveness, and political activism. This project opens the window onto a forgotten Victorian periodical and its attempt to create a place in the Victorian culture and the Victorian press for the well-dressed women of England.


The Nineteenth Century

A site which gives you free access to an online catalogue of over 25,000 nineteenth-century works available on microfiche. It allows you to search the largest and most important collection of nineteenth-century works for research and teaching.


Mitsuharu Matsuoka's British and Irish Authors on the Web
Mitsuharu Matsuoka's tremendously useful website includes a both comprehensive British and Irish Authors on the Web page and a specific 19th Century British and Irish Authors page.


Helen Nield's Popular Victorian Novelists site aims to give short biographies of some of the more forgotten writers of the nineteenth century - so far including Rosa N Carey, Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler, Isabella Fyvie Mayo, WE Norris, Dutton Cook, Edna Lyall, Mrs George Linnaeus Banks ... along with a short story by each author and the possibility of requesting others. She also has a section which includes anonymous short stories from the period.


How much is that worth today ?

Specific sums of money are important in The Pillars of the House and other Victorian works, but how can the modern reader have any idea how much these sums might realistically represent today?

The How much is that worth today site, from Economic History Services, allows you to compare the purchasing power of money in Great Britain in any year from 1600 up to the present. For example: you are wondering how much money would you need nowadays, at the end of the year 2001, to have the same "purchasing power" of £ 100 in the year 1823. Visit the site, type the amount and the year in the boxes, and click the button – the answer pops up as £ 5588.49.


What's a Guinea? Money and Coinage in Victorian Britain
An entertaining and informative page by Paul Lewis – part of his extensive Wilkie Collins (and more) website – which walks you briskly through the currency which lasted until 1971 (and some of us can still remember using). Yonge readers who are under 30 or who didn't live in the United Kingdom or one of the Commonwealth countries which shared its strange currency may need this page.


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