British History Online – new database for history and politics

screenshot of British History Online homepageThe University of Sunderland recently began a subscription to British History Online which is

a collection of nearly 1300 volumes of primary and secondary content relating to British and Irish history, and histories of empire and the British world. BHO also provides access to 40,000 images and 10,000 tiles of historic maps of the British Isles.
-British History Online, available from

You will mostly find texts in the collection, but there are exceptions such as this 19th century Ordnance Survey map of Sunderland (‘Sheet 008’, in Map of Durham (Southampton, 1857-1867), British History Online  [accessed 23 March 2021].) and the materials are primarily dated between 1300-1800, but a few items are more recent than that.

If you would like to start exploring this new resource, you can either search for an item of interest (students in HIS217 could use the keyword ‘witchcraft’) or you can browse the collection by period, place, type of material or subject. There are also subject guides written by expert historians which link through to key digital primary and secondary sources. This guide to Religious History might be of interested to students taking HIS393.

To learn more about how to use British History Online, students can book a 121 tutorial with their librarian, Leah Emary. Or academic staff may book an embedded workshop for their modules. Other library resources like this one are available from your Key Resources for History & Politics subject guide.

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