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The Curators' 100

  • Scotland.org - Everything from science to sport, Burns to bagpipes plus living and working in Scotland today - a window into life in Scotland
  • Blipfoto - A UK community site with each member publishing one photo per day, demonstrating the extraordinary diversity of everyday life in the UK
  • Beano - One of Britain’s best loved comics and how it is adapting in the digital age
  • Neverseconds - Primary school pupil Martha Payne’s blog on school meals. This gives a fascinating insight into children’s views on food and the debates concerning school meals
  • Unst Bus Shelter – Tells the history of a humble bus shelter on a remote Scottish island and how it became a tourist attraction due to the power and reach of the internet
  • Scottish Farmers Markets – Gives an insight into the alternative high street with growth of local markets selling produce direct from producers across Scotland
  • eFestivals UK - eFestivals provides a listing of all UK festivals ranging from the small to the large-scale since 2000, showing how our taste for live music events has changed over time
  • eBay – One of the UK’s largest shopping destinations, with sellers ranging from micro-businesses to large-scale companies, providing an insight into entrepreneurship and shopping habits
  • Beer in the Evening – Probably the best pub and grub guide around. Notoriously grumpy and amusingly stingy with handing out full marks, BITE enjoys a strong and flexible community that keep us all better informed on one of the nation's favourite vices
  • Amazon – Online retail site signifying the astronomical growth in online shopping
  • Ramblers - This charity works to preserve “rambling”, a beloved UK pastime since the 19th century. Regulations restricting walking options mean this site will be a useful resource for tracking how rambling habits evolve over time
  • Street Art London - Street art by its very nature is ephemeral - this site profiles London's street artists and gives information into how to commission a work
  • Folksy - An online marketplace solely dedicated to the work of UK based designers. Showcases trends in modern British crafting, as well as demonstrating aesthetic trends from the imagery and colours used on the site.
  • Style Scout – A fashion blog documenting London Street Fashion, giving a snapshot of what we were wearing in 2013
  • Public Domain Review – A not-for-profit project dedicated to showcasing the most interesting and unusual out-of-copyright works available online, providing a telling portrait of the materials we care about, and our struggle to make things open and available
  • Shit London – A crowdsourced project which encourages Londoner’s to send in snaps of the humorous and sometimes drab details of the city, capturing images which would otherwise be overlooked
  • Transport for London – Stores a massive amount of data about how and where we travel. Future researchers will be able to find historical details of costs, and disruptions due to maintenance or strikes
  • DataGovUK - Makes UK government dataset available for public use. The site promotes various crowdsourcing initiatives using open and linked data, and gives researchers access to datasets for re-use
  • Camberwell Online Blog – A community blog with lively comments section giving insight into life in South London today. In the future a blog like this could easily be lost, taking the personal insights of a community in 2013 with it
  • TheSite.org - Run by the UK charity YouthNet, TheSite.org is an online guide to life for 16 to 25 year-olds which aims to provide non-judgemental support and information on everything from sex and exam stress to debt and drugs. This is a clear example of how new media is replacing traditional venues for providing advice to young people
  • Stonewall - A rich source of information about gay, lesbian and bisexual life in the UK
  • Rights of Women  - How will women's rights change over the next 100 years? This website will pass on the work done to attain justice and equality by educating women on their legal rights
  • BBC – Encompasses the work of the BBC in TV, radio, film and online in regional, national and international settings to provide a rich research resource
  • Facebook - The most complex and used social network platform that best represents the ethos of online networks: almost everyone has a profile or is aware about Facebook. The big question is: how to capture the rich content of peoples profiles, networks and postings
  • NHS - Primary source for conditions and illnesses, health services and health advice for the UK
  • Moving Here - This site explores, records and illustrates why people came to England over the last 200 years, providing a rich resource of the migration histories of Irish, Jewish, Caribbean and South Asian Migrants
  • Trip Advisor – uses crowdsourcing to provide research on travel, accommodation, and culture
  • Mumsnet – A highly influential network for parents to swap ideas and share parenting tips
  • Rightmove – Will give a fascinatin overview of house prices across the UK, as well as a rich social history looking at the distribution of UK residents
  • VisitBritain – a shop window for Britain as tourist destination in 2013
  • MetOffice - Essential for future researchers to be able analyse the climate and conditions we live in, and also to predict and understand changing climates in the future 
  • Touch Local – A local businesses directory, showing the range of local entrepreneurs across the UK
  • Gumtree - The UK's #1 Classifieds site - a goldmine for researchers in the future
  • Glamping - Highlights the growth in luxury camping as a current market trend
  • Air BnB  - Couch surfing-did your grandparents offer their spare room to travellers? 
  • The British Cartoon Archive - Makes freely available historic cartoons from the Cartoon Archive and the cartoons published in our newspapers and magazines - a voluminous and essential resource into social and political history
  • British Postal Museum & Archive - An amazing site dedicated to British Postal Heritage. Includes a full catalogue, digitised images and learning materials
  • 200th Year Anniversary of Luddites - Dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the Luddite uprisings this website also reflects on our current relationship with technology and the issues it raises in society
  • UK public opinion monitor - The UK Public Opinion Monitor is a unique initiative aimed at understanding how people view life in the UK and what drives changes in their attitudes over time
  • Redpepper - a bi-monthly magazine and website of left politics and culture, giving an overview of a contemporary political culture in 2013
  • Join In UK 2013 – Following on from the 2012 Olympics, this is a place for local clubs to list their sporting opportunities and will be interesting when examining the Olympic legacy
  • Culture24 - Latest news, exhibition reviews, links, event listings and education resources from thousands of UK museums, art galleries, heritage sites, archives and libraries, all in one place.  A dynamic snapshot of UK culture
  • 38 degrees - A site that brings together people who wish to bring about change on issues ranging from NHS privatization to saving bees from extinction
  • Stephen Hawking - The official web site of the UK’s most influential living scientist
  • Young Farmer's Wales - The must-go website for young farmers in rural Wales and a good illustration of agricultural life in the 21st century
  • Peoples Collection Wales - A ground-breaking Welsh and English Language website featuring information on all aspects of Welsh life, past and present, populated by Welsh institutions and individuals
  • Wales Online - News, views, current affairs and opinion from a Welsh perspective - a true alternative to the BBC
  • Institute of Welsh Affairs - Wales' independent leading think tank providing lots of information, publications, opinion and events
  • The Linen Hall - A resource from Northern Ireland with a renowned collection of material relating to the ‘Troubles’, helping to define for future historians what happened during those times and also useful as a resource to encourage other countries with political divisions to make peace
  • Wildlife Trusts - Bringing together the 47 Wildlife Trusts of the UK, making local activities part of the bigger wildlife conservation picture, and encouraging everyone to get involved at some level: from adopting a species to making a safe place for wildlife in your garden
  • Old Maps Online - Overlays digitised images of historical maps onto modern maps - this type of visual search is revolutionising the way in which we conduct historical research and will be invaluable for future researchers wishing to dive through layers of history geographically
  • Openstreetmap - A free editable map of the world from crowdsourced GPS data.  It illustrates current trends toward collecting, mashing up and layering open and freely available data from a range of sources, from government agencies to individuals, in order to create a resource we can all enjoy
  • Twitter - An amazing source of historical data with every tweeter helping to build up a picture of the world at large - the challenge here is how to capture it
  • UK Reading Experience Database - Details the reading habits of famous people and ordinary folk from 1450 to 1945. Find out which books were read by literary greats like Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, Charles Dickens, T S Eliot and the Brontës
  • The Space - Free, on-demand video and information on some of the UK’s greatest artists and arts organisations, covering theatre, music, film, dance, visual arts, literature and spoken word. A ground-breaking project giving researchers access to a diverse array of cultural activity in the UK
  • Old Bailey Online - Proceedings of London's Central Criminal Court, 1674-1913. A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court
  • Anarchist Federation - Founded as the Anarchist Communist Federation, this is a great example of social activism
  • False Economy - Produced by local campaigners concerned about the impact of the coalition government’s 2010 spending cuts on their community, their family or their job
  • The Union Makes Us Strong: TUC History Online - Trade unions have played, and will continue to play, a decisive role in shaping economic and social developments in Britain - yet much of their history is at present unknown and inaccessible to the public
  • The National Archives - Home to Domesday Book and the results of the national census, among many other vital records of UK history
  • The National Trust  - One of the largest voluntary organisations in the United Kingdom, and guardians of hundreds of historic properties and thousands of acres of countryside
  • Salisbury Cathedral – supplies details on worship, music, and the community for one of England’s oldest cathedrals, which is also home to one of the four surviving copies of Magna Carta
  • Notts County FC - Football is reputedly the national game, and Notts County is the world’s oldest professional club, founded in 1862
  • ARRSE - the online bulletin board of members of the British Armed forces, providing an insight in to views and attitudes of servicemen in a post 9/11 world
  • Parliament.UK - Home of Hansard, the edited verbatim report of proceedings of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords
  • Galaxy Zoo – a hugely influential citizen science project, which has created a movement of similar projects all utilising the good will of ‘citizens’ to do real science
  • Chavtowns - User generated content exploring themes and social conditions in urban post industrial Britain
  • Information is Beautiful - Data journalism is still an emerging field and this website shows our burgeoning visualisation techniques
  • My Experiment - a ‘Virtual Research Network’ which allows scientists to share their entire research process (lab notes, data, code etc) online. A new, more transparent, way of doing science?
  • Historypin - this collaborative website based brings together a global collection of people’s memories
  • Moonpig - An interesting example of the new face of online commerce, whereby thousands of people create and distribute their own personalised greeting cards to their loved ones
  • British Antarctic Survey - What will become of Antarctica in 100 years? BAS is one of the world's leading environmental research centres and reflects the UK's leading role in scientific activities in Antarctica
  • ACGMOD - An Comunn Gàidhealach shows that Gaelic culture is live and kicking in 2013
  • Just Eat - Changing the way businesses offer us our greatest guilty pleasure: the takeaway
  • Money Saving Expert - Founded by Martin Lewis in 2003, MoneySavingExpert.com reaches millions everyday. Combining offers, tips, advice and community discussion, MSE is a website that says a great deal about both Britishness and the times we live in
  • Oxford DNB podcast - How do the old guardians of biographical knowledge compete with the juggernaut that is Wikipedia? By using a drip-feed of podcasts to reach beyond their subscriber community, Oxford DNB are trying to refashion their role. An experiment worth following beyond 2013
  • LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog - Perhaps the most influential blog in UK Higher Education, the LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog brings together the best of the academic blogsphere to discuss pressing issues of policy, pedagogy and research
  • The Women’s Room - The Women’s Room tackles the under-representation of women on expert panels and in the media. Will be a great source for biographies of fascinating women, and also show how issues of gender equality are played out in 2013
  • The Dracula Society - A society dedicated to the love of the supernatural founded in 1973 – this is only one of thousands of membership clubs and societies across the UK which will be captured
  • McGonagall Online - A peculiarly British website dedicated to William Topaz McGonagall, who has been widely hailed as the writer of the worst poetry in the English language
  • Police.uk – gateway to information about crime, policing and criminal justice for every locality in the UK
  • The Occupied Times of London - The digital newspaper of the Occupy Movement, founded in October 2011 during the first week of the occupation of St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Order-Order - Prominent and widely-read political blog of 'plots, rumour and conspiracy'
  • Getting Married - A recent digital innovation that allows couples to create their own wedding website for friends and family
  • Nintendo Life - Computer gaming has flourished and is now a national pastime. This site carries news and reviews from the community of Nintendo users
  • The Dreamcast Junkyard - Blog dedicated to the community of gamers who continue to play Dreamcast games online, despite the fact they were officially discontinued in 2002
  • National Secular Society - The oldest secularist campaigning organisation in the UK, now continuing its campaign online after more than a century
  • The Muslim Council of Britain - A vibrant picture of the UK’s Muslim community, connected to over 500 national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools
  • Birmingham Black Oral History Project – This oral history site preserves the memories of the older generation of black and Asian migrants to Birmingham, providing a rich, first-person insight rather than an official history
  • Missing People - This site will give researchers a haunting picture of the 250,000 people who lived in the UK in the 21st century who have been reported missing by their loved ones, and the personal stories of those that were found again
  • H2g2 - Launched in 1999 by Douglas Adams, and formerly hosted by the BBC, hg2g did Wikipedia before Wikipedia. A wonderful eclectic community which does the original source proud
  • Next - One of the stalwarts of the British high street, the Next web site will give future generations a perspective on fashion, accessories and homeware in the UK
  • Artsthread - The arts world is often criticised for neglecting to genuinely discover new talent, but Arts Thread tracks and nurtures students and graduates in art and design, giving a platform to promote new work
  • Argos – this website unites Argos’ high street catalogue with online shopping. It gives an insight into the buying habits of people in the UK ranging from DIY tools to jewellery
  • Daily Mash -  supreme British satire site providing scathing and hilarious commentary on current affairs since 2007

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