About the History Data Service Collection
The History Data Service data collection brings together over 650 separate
studies transcribed, scanned or compiled from historical sources. The studies
cover a wide range of historical topics, from the seventh century to the twentieth
century. Although the primary focus of the collection is on the United Kingdom,
it also includes a significant body of cross-national and international data
collections. Examples of topics covered include: nineteenth and twentieth century
statistics, manuscript census records, state finance data, demographic data,
mortality data, community histories, electoral history and economic indicators.
Staff at the History Data Service will be
happy to answer any queries you may have about the collection.
The Contemporary and Historical Census Collection (CHCC) improves access to
individual-level demographic data from the manuscript census enumerator's books
and two major collections of aggregate-level demographic data - the Great Britain
Historical Database and the Database of Welsh Historical Statistics. CHCC allows
users to order online subsets from the transcribed census enumerators' books
of the 1881 census for England and Wales. CHCC also allows users to order specific
tables from the Great Britain Historical Database and the Database of Welsh
Historical Statistics. Currently access to CHCC is only available to
members of the UK higher and further education community conducting not-for-profit
research and/or teaching and learning.
In addition to CHCC the History Data Service holds an ever growing collection
of transcriptions from nineteenth century census enumerators' books. These mainly
cover particular geographic areas and for some areas cover two or more censuses.
These 115 digitised maps (available in either Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Acrobat
PDF formats) cover the whole of England and Wales and are organised by Ordnance
Survey Sheet number. The maps contain a scanned bitmap image of the Ordnance
Survey one inch to one mile (1:63,360) New Popular Edition maps (1945-8) with
National Grid and the boundaries of some 18,200 places. Also available is single
digital map of the boundaries providing a single continuous coverage of polygons:
of the Ancient Parishes of England and Wales, 1500-1850. Currently
Historic Parishes of England and Wales is only available to members of
the UK higher and further education community conducting not-for-profit research
and/or teaching and learning.
This digital resource comprises some 600 directories, covering every English
county together with Wales, and ranging widely over the period 1750-1919. There
is a particular focus on the 1850s, 1890s and 1910s, with at least one directory
provided for each county in each of these decades.
The History Data Service enriches and enhances selected data collections by
developing thematic special collections where there is a critical mass of related
data collections. Current topics are: