I’ll be adding links to some useful sources on Victorian history here.
Just for a start:
Georeferenced maps of London from the National Library of Scotland. Amazing resources. You can overlay a range of old maps over London. Fantastic detail.
Booth’s Poverty Maps on the LSE website. Victorian anti-poverty campaigners mapped out the socio-economic features of London districts and streets.
London Picture map. This allows you to search for old pictures of locations around London.
Work-houses and Poor Law Unions. This is a terrific site with background on the work-house system, poor relief, as well as information about individual work-houses.
John Thomson’s Victorian London Street Life in Historic Photographs. A brilliant source.
Lee Jackson’s Dictionary of Victorian London – a terrific website of original sources
The Gentle Author’s Spitalfieldslife is a terrific, ever-changing site. Brilliant collections of old and new pictures and features about the social history of London.
Thames River Police Museum – a small museum in Wapping Police Station. You have to book with the curator to get in here but it’s full of fascinating things.
Oldest footage ever taken of London (from the Evening Standard).
Historical Thesaurus from the OED. Invaluable for writers of historical fiction.
Article on prostitution by Judith Flanders.
Walking Trails with Old Maps – I went on the trail around The Borough in South London. It was brilliant. Ken, the ‘old map man’, knows all about the hidden history in London’s streets.
London Metropolitan Archives – amazing collection of historical records. Free to use.
British Library Newspaper Collection – free to register as a reader – newspapers from the Victoran age.
London Docklands Museum – a wonderful exhibition if you’re interested in the history of the working Thames
Derelict London tours – these sell out really fast – they are great!
Victorian London in photographs – from the London picture archive
Museum of Cambridge – set out as a series of rooms including a pub – lots of Victorian objects.
Museum of London – this has a mock Victorian street with a range of shops, as well as great, small sections on social history and the suffragettes. The bookshops has a good collection relating to Victorian London.