"The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: the people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond.
56,862 biographies ... 65 million words ... 10,400 illustrations." A wonderful, trustworthy, free resource.
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"On this site you'll find in-depth articles, multimedia (like games, virtual tours and animations) as well as bite-size material like time-lines and short biographies of historic figures. All is designed for you to get more out of your interest in History." All to the high standard that we expect from the Beeb.
British History Online
"British History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, we aim to support academic and personal users around the world in their learning, teaching and research."
"London Historians was founded in August 2010 primarily to act as a facilitator which:
- enables all those interested in London’s history to find what they’re looking for quickly and in one place
- provides a hub for the many dozens of disparate institutions and societies and thousands of individuals, all of whom have a common interest
- supports conservation and historical research
- encourages both amateur and professional historians to meet and make new friends with like-minded enthusiasts."
Huge amounts of detailed information, but there's a good contents list and a search facility. Selecting the Random Page we got "False Teeth" - so all topics are covered.
Victorians - Lots of searchable information and illustrations about artists, scientists, authors, etc. and articles giving the Victorian view on topics such as economics, gender issues, etc.
Great Fire of London
A well-structured site presenting this important event very clearly. e.g. the Key Facts page says "Although Londoners were well-used to fires, a long, hot summer, a sudden period of strong winds, and a fire breaking out late at night were all that was needed to start the worst fire Britain had ever seen. Here we present all of the key details of the Great Fire, the people involved, and the aftermath."