People’s History

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Adam Williams Heritage Society

Website on Adam Williams, b. 1877-1911 ‘author, linguist, soldier, hammerman, builder, artist, naturalist, scholar, folk song collector, poet, historian, philosopher and more’, including his autobiographical Life in a Railway Factory, poems, and folk songs he collected.

British Library Sounds
Oral history, accent and dialect, songs and popular music, and more!

Chartist Ancestors
Great resource for researching the people who joined the Chartist movement – the first national working-class movement for political reform – and other early Victorian social campaigns.

Connected Histories: British History Sources, 1500-1900
Search across a number of large-scale databases, currently mainly London-based.

The Foundling Museum
Museum of children’s home founded in 1741 by Thomas Coram for the ‘education and maintenance of exposed and deserted young children.’

The Foundling Hospital and Foundling Voices Oral History Project
Memories of growing up in the Foundling Hospital between 1912-54.

The Full English

Great resource for working-class voices – free, searchable digital archive of English traditional folk music and dance tunes

Imperial War Museums
Social history and oral history projects relating to peace and war, frontline and homefront, and military lives

London Metropolitan Archives

Mix-d Museum
Timeline on the history of mixed-race families in Britain.

National Football Museum

National Media Museum
Photography, film, TV, web etc.

People’s History Museum

Rochdale Pioneers Museum
Origins and history of the co-operative movement

Trade Union Ancestors
Search for a trade union activist

Women’s History Library
In process of transferring to LSE

Working Class Movement Library
Print and online archive; see links page for links to archives of cooperative movement, trades unions etc.

BBC Archive on the Working Classes

A Vision of Britain through Time
A fabulous resource for finding out about places and the people who lived there – historical maps, census findings, social composition etc.

The Workhouse
A great source for studying lives of the very poor in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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