Great Britain Historical Database Online Documentation
The Great Britain Historical database (GBH) provides a large
integrated database of geographically-located
historical statistics for Great Britain, mainly drawn from
the period 1851-1939. It is integrated in the sense that a
large amount of work has gone into integrating the referencing
of spatial units within the system and, where practical, into
assembling data from different dates into single tables.
Up-to-date, complete documentation is included for those
parts of the GBH Database which have already been incorporated
in the on-line collection. When additional data becomes available
on-line, the documentation wil be updated and users will be
alerted through our webpages and mailing lists. Please note
that work on the GBH Database at formerly Queen Mary &
Westfield College, University of London and now at the University
of Portsmouth is ongoing. Therefore a short delay has to be
anticipated for the inclusion in the HDS collection of suitable
new additions to the GBH Database.
The documentation provided here does not
reflect the present state of the still expanding GBH Database
at the University of Portsmouth. Please consult their GBH
Database Home Page for further information.
This documentation is based on a guide which was originally
prepared for internal use at QMW. It aims to provide a fairly
formal description of the tables making up the database. The
description of each table includes the name, type and an indication
of the contents of each field in the tables, and explains
how the table was constructed from the original source and
how creators and depositors have dealt with special cases.
Some information has been included on the checking procedures
followed to locate any mistakes made during data entry. References
are provided to published studies based on the database.
The current online documentation includes:
(c) Humphrey Southall, David Gilbert and Ian
GBHD Online Home Page