Online resources for local history

1. National websites

Access to Archives
Searchable database of records in local record offices and libraries, universities, museums and national and specialist institutions across England.

Online reference library
Free access to Ancestry, Find my Past and British Newspaper Archive. Visit your local library for free access to the Ancestry Library Edition and Find My Past Community Edition websites. Discover who lived in your area, plus you can also access the British Newspaper Archive website free of charge in our libraries. You can search historic local newspapers including the Hastings Observer and the Sussex Advertiser. There’s so much to discover!

BBC History
A great starting point for a wealth of historical sources.

The National Archives
A guide to local history resources held at the National Archive (formerly known as the Public Record Office).

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