Category Archives: RESOURCES

Resources for Famil, local social and special interest history and digital humanities projects.

Collecting and curating data will become an increasing problem to family historians as more and more records become available online. The problem for those of us undertaking a one name study, especially a more common name is even greater. So how do we resolve this problem? more

Secret History of our Streets over 125 years BBC iPlayer

Booth’s 17 year study and survey of Poverty in London produced a ground-breaking set of revelations some 120 years later using 6 archetypal streets what has changed, what has not and why is the subject of this new excellent BBC Series. Ideal for anyone with family social and local history interests whether your subject is London and these streets or not. A collaboration between the BBC and OpenLearn from the OU coinciding with the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics some interesting observations, do we ever learn? more

Fabulous example of how to do it all better. An ancient text rediscovered, new human knowledge revealed and all the data and joy from the discovery share and open with a Creative Commons Licence across the internet. Short 14 mins 50 secs video the future of digital research humanities and a sprinkling of the application of some pretty amazing science as well. more

Ancient Roman Peutinger’s Map of the World in BBC Story of Britain

Roman Masterpiece Map the only one from this ancient period to survive,(transcribed as a medieval copy, referenced and featured as a copy in BBC History of Britain here you can access the full maps on line and get access to exploring the map in detail. It’s a great resource got ot be worth spening a little valuable leisure time on… more

An intriguing afternoon with Lady Carnarvon about The Real Downton Abbey Highclere Castle

Highclere history highlights some intriguing connections after an enjoyable afternoon with Lady Carnarvon. Did the price of grain lead to a significant increase in Anglo-American Marriages amongst the British Aristocracy? Were the aristocratic marriages significant in the development of our society and what impact did they have subsequently through two world wars on the Special Relationship between two Nation-States. Amazing what you can learn from an intriguing lunch-time talk… more

Great Presentation visual tools to communicate complex ideas and narrative in history

See this good example of just using google and images with simple captions to narrate a history project and projection of the future. Here is the challenge can looking at your history through the images of say a dozen objects attract new interest, communicate effectively, make new connections integrate with maps and timelines and with these new and intriguing connections can you gain some new insights? well worth a look tools tipsan technques to adapt for you and your history project. more

How do family historians sort out the gold nuggets from the fools gold? Primary, secondary source material and family history more

Morgans Map of London Post the Great Fire 1682

William Morgan’s Map of London 1682 and 1676 were key social history documents, they reveal much more than where and how London was organised in the post Great Fire era and at the dawn of the Enlightenment why is this document important for anyone wanting to understand the later history of London and it’s population. A series of intriguing connections with marvellous maps that illustrate why the mapped and geospatial perspective is compelling and vital in researching your history project. more

So yep you heard you can multi-video call within Google+ for free , which costs on Skype but did you know you can host and stream your hangout live to Youtube too. It’s fresh out of beta and invite only, so now why not try it, see demo video herein and links for industry review and Google How to and give it a go more

The Scream Auction at Sothebys becomes an Artefact on YouTube Forever?

Munch sale captured on YouTube, art history and business in the making, digital transience what will happen to our archives, the equal and opposing forces of clamour for open data and archives and the need to profit to fund invention creativity and innovation. How can you secure your future archives and can we achieve a better balance, inspired by a 12 minute YouTube Moment… more

The protection of ideas yields new important collections: Steve Jobs Patent artefacts @ Smithosonian

Steve Jobs honoured with Smithsonian Patent exhibition, what is the significance and resonance with you and your history project….what were the historic origins of intellectual property, copyright and licensing designs, so much of industry still relies on this protection what will happen going forward in an open world where everyone has access to the same knowledge, the start of a series of articles…. more

News: Ancestry launches new DNA Service see details with over 700,000 marker locations…ideal for family historians…tell us what you think when you have seen the update you can read here… more

Medieval Names 1450-1600

Medieval Names 1450-1600

A look at a website drawing together a list of Medieval names, fascinating for the family historian

Human Genetics and Genomics: The Science for the 21st Century

Human Genetics and Genomics: The Science for the 21st Century

A science spin for family historians looking at the next steps for the human genome project.

Interactive Map of Isabella Bird Explorer

Interactive Map of Isabella Bird Explorer

Interactive mapping for local, social or family history projects can be easily learnt using our tool kits. Explore history through interactive maps