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Useful sources of information
(1) General local history sites
http://www.local-history.co.uk/links/ Another set of links! This time provided by the Local History magazine. This site also includes new stories about local history, details of what can be found in the current and back issues of the magazine and advice on getting started in local history.
http://www.balh.co.uk/ The website of the British Association for Local History. The site provides general information about the work of the BALH.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/lj/locallj/preview.shtml A learning trail from the BBC History site which provides useful information on getting started, research tips, advice on using census data and tips on writing up your findings.
(2) Using the Census
http://www.learningcurve.gov.uk/focuson/census/default.htm An in depth look at the Census and its uses from the Learning Curve.
http://www.familyrecords.gov.uk/topics/census.htm Practical information and advice on using the Census from familyrecords.gov.uk.
http://www.chester.ac.uk/~mwillard/teacher_education/census.htm Ideas for using the Census from University College of Chester's School of Education.
http://www.mape.org.uk/curriculum/history/census.htm Advice on using census data from NAACE, the association for professionals wanting to advance education through the use of ICT. It also tries to raise awareness of the various pitfalls associated with using census data.
(3) Using maps
http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/aboutus/history.html An informative site about the work and history of the Ordnance Survey. Also includes a fantastic education section based on the use of maps.
http://www.old-maps.co.uk/ A website that provides access to early editions of Ordnance Survey maps.
http://www.mapzone.co.uk/ A great interactive website from Ordnance Survey which is designed to teach children aged 7-16 basic mapping skills.
http://www.besthistorysites.net/Maps.shtml A website dedicated to providing links to the best history sites. This page details the best sites for maps.
(4) Using trade directories
http://www.historicaldirectories.org/ Excellent site produced by the University of Leicester. It includes background information on the history of trade directories and holds digitial copies of trade directories from around the country.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~pobjoyoneill/tradedir/engtrade.htm A site created by Sue O'Neil that provides online access to a number of trade directories.
http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/ncl/ Information on where trade directories for the North East region can be found.
(5) Life at work
http://www.dmm.org.uk An excellent site from Durham Mining Museum. It contains lots of information about the County's mines, including opening and closure dates, production figures, accidents, etc.
http://www.therhondda.co.uk/index.html An interesting and informative site that provides a lot of contextual information about coal mining, and is illustrated by references to mining in the Rhondda Valley.
http://www.cmhrc.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/ Ian Winstanley's site provides an excellent collection of resources, information and statistics relating to coal-mining.
http://www.healeyhero.info/rescue/menu.htm A site run by Fionn Taylor and dedicated to the memory of Phillip Healey of Ilkeston mines rescue. It includes a lot of background information on coalmining, particularly the safety aspects.
(6) Home life
http://www.mersey-gateway.org/server.php?show=ConNarrative.107&chapterId=777 Part of the Port Cities Liverpool site, these pages look at housing and sanitary conditions in 19th century Liverpool.
http://www.manchester2002-uk.com/history/victorian/Victorian1.html This site provides a great deal of useful information about life, work, health and housing in 19th century Manchester.
http://www.ers.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/Victorians.htm This web guide has been developed by North Ayrshire Council and highlights resources for students and teachers interested in Victorian history.
http://www.fidnet.com/~dap1955/dickens/dickens_london.html David Perdue's Charles Dickens' site includes information on health and sanitation in 19th century London.
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/poverty.htm Information on poverty, health and housing from the renowned education site, Spartacus.
http://www.victorianweb.org/science/health/healthov.html The Victorian Web provides information on aspects of life in Victorian Britain. These pages relate to health, sanitation, medicine and disease.
http://sites.scran.ac.uk/lamb/cholera.htm Part of a Dundee Local Studies Library website, this section features documents relating to public health and various outbreaks of cholera in 19th century Dundee.
http://www.movinghere.org.uk/default.htm A website providing access to material relating to migration held in over 30 archives and libraries.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/legacies/immig_emig_uk_index.shtml Part of the BBC Legacies website, these pages focus on migration.
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