British History Online

British History Online is a digital library created by the Institute of Historical Research. It brings together primary and secondary sources for British history from the collections of libraries, archives, museums and academics. Content covers the countries that are currently part of the United Kingdom, as well as Ireland from the Norman invasion in 1169 up to the creation of the Free State in 1922, and also includes materials from Britain's colonial history and materials relating to British diplomacy abroad. The primary focus is the period between 1300 and 1800.


Access is available directly from this page by connecting to the British History Online website - you'll be prompted to log in to MUSE as necessary.

Although the majority of British History Online is freely available, some premium content is only available to subscribers. Please note that the University of Sheffield does not subscribe to British History Online.


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