Online resources

Unique collection items and expert commentary related to History, English and Citizenship.

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  • Discovering Literature: Medieval

    Explore unique collection items and expert articles relating to some of the earliest works of English literature and most influential figures in literary history.

  • Discovering Literature: Shakespeare and Renaissance writers

    Learn more about the world of Shakespeare and Renaissance writers through the images and ideas that shaped their imaginations. Explore a range of critical views on key plays and poems, in over 100 newly-commissioned articles.

  • Discovering Literature: Restoration and 18th century

    Explore the lives and works of key writers from a period that ushered in political unrest, social change and new literary forms.

  • Discovering Literature: Romantics and Victorians

    Discover some of our greatest literary treasures from the Romantic and Victorian periods, and learn about the historical, social and political contexts in which they were written and set.

  • Discovering Literature: 20th century

    Explore the ways in which key 20th-century authors and playwrights experimented with new forms and themes to capture the fast-changing world around them.

  • Sounds Familiar?

    Do you call a ‘bread roll’ a cob, batch, bread cake, barm cake or scuffler? How do you pronounce the words cup and plant? Sounds Familiar? captures and celebrates the diversity of spoken English in the second half of the 20th century.

  • Poetry and Performance

    Listen to well-known figures perform readings of poetry by some of Britain and America’s most distinguished poets. Access audio recordings, interpretations of the poems, and explore the connections between the poets’ lives and their work.

  • English Language & Literature Timeline

    From the 11th century to the present day, follow the evolution of the English language and our literature decade by decade to uncover the richness and diversity of our poetry and prose.

  • Texts in Context

    Texts in Contexts unites a rich, yet disparate collection of over 400 texts: from the first English dictionary, to cook books, shopping lists and song lyrics, explore how language is changed by context and through time.


  • Asians in Britain

    Uncover the rich and diverse history of Asians in Britain, from 1858 to 1950, through this collection of contemporary accounts, posters, pamphlets, diaries, newspapers and reports.

  • Campaign for Abolition

    Learn about the origins and history of the transatlantic slave trade and the subsequent campaign for its abolition. What can we learn from the abolitionists about equality and justice? How might their campaign inspire our own?

  • Dreamers and Dissenters

    How do people respond to the world they live in when they disagree or dream of change? Do they act within society’s rules or against them? This site introduces some of the visionaries, dissenters and rule breakers of past centuries.

  • Georgian Britain

    The Georgian period was a time a great change, as cities grew, trade expanded and popular culture blossomed. The Georgians witnessed the birth of industrialisation; radicalism and repression; and extreme luxury alongside extreme

  • Magna Carta

    Explore the origins and 800-year legacy of Magna Carta, and discover its relevance to justice, liberty and the law today. This unique collection of historical sources is contextualised through articles and videos from leading experts.

  • Playtimes

    A collection of articles, film and audio recordings documenting 100 years of children’s songs, rhymes and games.

  • The Middle Ages

    Illustrated manuscripts reveal much about the everyday lives of people from across the social spectrum. Explore images of the rich and poor, men and women, the living and the dead and what they teach us about Medieval Britain.

  • Timelines: Sources from History

    From medieval times to the present day, explore collection items chronologically in this beautiful interactive timeline. Discover a wide range of historical sources that reflect everyday life as well as major political events.

  • Victorian Britain

    The Victorian period in Britain was one of huge industrial and technological change, shocking divisions between rich and poor, sensational crimes, spectacular entertainments for the masses, and grand attempts to combat squalor and disease.

  • Voices of the Holocaust

    During the 1930s and 40s, the Nazis and their collaborators murdered six million Jews in what is now known as the Holocaust. Listen to clips taken from the oral histories of Jewish men and women who survived the horrors of Hitler’s reign.

  • Votes for Women

    In 1918 the Representation of the People Act granted some women the right to vote in parliamentary elections, and the Equal Franchise Act of 1928 gave men and women equal voting rights for the first time. Explore short articles and examine ...

  • West India Regiments

    Explore changes in racial thought and how British-armed people of African descent served within the wider British army in the 18th and 19th centuries.

  • Windrush Stories

    Explorations of race, migration & culture. In June 1948 the Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks, Essex carrying hundreds of people from the Caribbean. 70 years on, Windrush Stories invites us to consider a longer, more complicated and ...

  • World War One

    Discover how World War One affected people on different sides of the conflict through the study of this unique collection of 500 historical sources contributed by libraries from across Europe, as part of a programme led by Europeana


  • My Digital Rights

    Magna Carta: My Digital Rights provides free classroom resources to support students and teachers as they consider their rights and responsibilities online.

  • Sisterhood and After

    Listen to the women at the forefront of Britain’s Women’s Liberation Movement in the 1970s and 80s. Learn about what motivated the movement and how women and society reacted to the fight for equality.

  • Spare Rib

    Explore digitised images from this ground-breaking 20th-century magazine – from sexuality and health to childcare, the arts and legal rights, Spare Rib offers a wealth of themes to investigate.

Religious Studies

  • Sacred Texts

    What is sacred? How do we extract meaning from sacred texts? Where do religious stories come from? Explore these rich interactives to uncover the stories and meanings in some of the world's most complex texts.

Featured teaching resources

A range of teaching resources to help you plan lessons, design schemes of work and set homework tasks

Right to a fair trial

One of the clauses in Magna Carta that remains a part of English Law today, concerns the right to justice and a fair trial. In this activity, the first in a series on this theme, pupils explore two legal cases (one historical and one contemporary) that both contributed to the development of the right to justice and a fair trial.

Ages 11 to 14

Daily life in the trenches

In this activity students will use primary source material to gain an insight into daily life in the trenches and an appreciation of the kinds of difficulties that the soldiers faced.

Ages 11 to 14

Ages 14 to 16

Ages 16 to 18

Bronte’s Wuthering Heights: Who is Heathcliff?

Perspectives on the character of Heathcliff in Bronte's Wuthering Heights.

Ages 14 to 16

Ages 16 to 18