Primary Sources

Medical Heritage Library  Describes itself as 'a digital curation collaborative among some of the world’s leading medical libraries, promotes free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine.'

Wellcome Collection - images Provides free access to 40,000 medical and scientific images from the Wellcome Trust's collection.

The Art World in Britain 1660 to 1735 A free archive which publishes primary sources and research tools for the study of the arts in late 17th and early 18th century Britain. It contains various sources including newspapers, handbills and trade cards.

Old Maps Online A free site which indexes over 400.000 maps

LEME Lexcons of Early Modern English, a good reference site- enter your early modern word into 'Quick Lexicon Search' and it will search for a definition from contemporary dictionaries and encyclopedias (ranging from 1480-1702). Non subscribers get a limited number of searches per day (about 5 I think).

Internet Archive This site does not look very 'academic' but actually contains many useful text which are free to download heres how they describe themselves: 'The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.'

Early English Books Online (EEBO) You need a password to access content here, if your university is subscribed you will be able to sign in through athens or shiboleth.

British History Online Digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles (11th-19th Century).

English Emblem Book Project  Facsimiles of nine sixteenth and seventeenth century English emblem books held in the Special Collections Library at Pennsylvania State University, together with a bibliography on emblem books in general.


 'In the centuries before there were newspapers and 24-hour news channels, the general public had to rely on street literature to find out what was going on. The most popular form of this for nearly 300 years was 'broadsides' - the tabloids of their day. Sometimes pinned up on walls in houses and ale-houses, these single sheets carried public notices, news, speeches and songs that could be read (or sung) aloud.'
~ The Word on the Street

The Word on the Street  How Ordinary Scots in Bygone Days Found out what was Happening

English Broadside Ballad Archive Contains 17th C broadside ballads, has high-quality facsimiles of the ballads as well as facsimile transcriptions.

Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads The Bodleian Library holds over 30,000 ballads, contained in several collections. These have been gathered into a single catalogue which is now presented, along with a scanned image of each ballad sheet, in the Broadside Ballads Project.


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