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BBC News : UK Confidential
Recently declassified government documents from 1970.

The Bloody Sunday Inquiry
Official House of Commons inquiry home page.
"That it is expedient that a Tribunal be established for inquiring into a definite matter of urgent public importance, namely the events on Sunday, 30 January 1972 which led to loss of life in connection with the procession in Londonderry on that day, taking account of any new information relevant to events on that day."
Mr. Tony Blair's statement to the House of Commons to set up the official inquiry 29 January 1998.
Sections include: What's New ; Hearing Transcripts ; Rulings & Judgements ; Press Notices ; Reports & Statements ; Questions & Answers.

Britain's Small Wars
The History of British Military Conflicts from 1945-1992
"Palestine, Malaya, Korea, Suez Canal Zone, Kenya, Cyprus, Suez Borneo, Vietnam, Aden, Radfan, Oman, Dhofar, Northern Ireland, The Falklands War and The Gulf War."

British Library Online Newspaper Archive
The Online Facsimile Library
Archives Newspapers, Magazines, Books, and Documents and can be searched for Ads, Articles, and Pictures.
"...the world's first online archive of microfilmed historic newspapers.
Newspaper issues from seven British dailies such as the Daily News, the
Weekly Dispatch, and the Manchester Guardian have been selected due to
their historic significance. They report an events like the Crimean War
ending with the Treaty of Paris, the Boer War, and the armistice ending
World War I...A digital archive of newspaper issues containing some 500,000 articles..." [description from press release]

Cecil Slack and the Great War
"On it you will find a large collection of letters written and received by Cecil Moorhouse Slack, during the Great War of 1914 to 1918. Cecil's daughter-in-law, Lady Joan Slack, has put this collection into the public domain. These letters are a valuable source of information about the life of an infantry officer in the East Yorkshire Regiment in the 1914-1918 war, and about his fiancÈe, and their other friends and relations in Great Britain and Australia. On this site, you will also find activities for teachers and students, following National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Key Stages 2 and 3."
Maintained by Andrew Moore

Chronicle of the Falkland / Malvinas History and War

[Churchill, Winston] The Churchill Archives Centre
- Churchill College

[Churchill, Winston] Library of Congress - Exhibitions

  • Churchill and the Great Republic
    "This exhibition preview examines the life and career of Winston Spencer Churchill and emphasizes his lifelong links with the United States--the nation he called 'the great Republic.' The exhibition comes nearly forty years after the death of Winston Churchill and sixty years after the D-Day allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France during World War II. It commemorates both of these events."

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
"The Form and Order of Service that is to be performed and the Ceremonies that are to be observed in The Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the Abbey Church of St. Peter, Westminster, on Tuesday, the second day of June, 1953."
Online edition by Simon Kershaw

Coal Mining History Resource Centre
This UK focused site includes: Mining Prints ; Texts ; Books on Mining History ; Catalogue of Abandoned Mines 1928 ; Glossary of Mining Terms ; Database of Mining Deaths in Great Britain ; Poetry Corner ; Children in the Mines ; Lists of UK Mines, 1880, 1945.
By Ian Winstanley

Dunkirk Remembered
" In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Dunkirk last week, the BBC posted a Website devoted to the lore and fact of this famous British retreat -- one that Winston Churchill and the rest of the English people managed to "rewrite" as a triumph of the British spirit over the German war machine. The site offers eleven feature stories that include interviews with veterans who were at Dunkirk, reports on recent observances, an analysis of the propaganda war that the British press mounted in the wake of the retreat, and descriptions of the conditions on the beachhead as soldiers waited for transport, sitting ducks for German artillery. A "slideshow" also presents a handful of photos from the operation. [DC]"
From The Scout Report.

Enemy Property
"This site contains summary details of some 30,000 records held at the Public Record Office relating to property in the United Kingdom seized between 1939 and 1945 from commercial organisations and individuals resident in countries with which the United Kingdom was at war."

Hidden Truths: Bloody Sunday 1972
"...probes one of the great tragedies of recent Irish-Anglo history, the shooting of Irish civil rights protestors by British soldiers in Derry, Northern Ireland on Sunday, January 30, 1972...this powerful exhibition address both the incident itself as well as the role of photography as witness within our culture."

Institute of Contemporary British History

London Guildhall University - The Women's Library

  • Suffrage Banners Collection
    "The Library houses an important collection of early twentieth century suffrage banners many designed and created by the artist based suffrage organisations the Artist's Suffrage League and the Suffrage Atelier."
Museum of London
"500,000 of London's History"

  • The Festival of Britain - (dead link)
    "Fifty years ago everyone was celebrating the Festival of Britain. Now you can experience - or re-experience - the excitement of the time through this fabulous collection of photographs, memorabilia and personal reminiscences."

National Archives Learning Curve
"...is an on-line teaching resource, structured to tie in with the History National Curriculum from Key Stages 2 to 5. The Learning Curve contains a varied range of original sources including documents, photographs, film and sound recordings. There are three different types of resource: Exhibitions, Focus Ons and Snapshots. Each has a distinct approach to suit different styles of learning."

  • Home Front 1939-1945
    "Galleries" include: Preparations for War ; Evacuation ; Bombing of Britain ; Empire Home Front ; Everyday Life ; Women at War ; Spies.

National Public Radio [U.S.]

  • Timeline: London's Explosive History
    "London has lived through many devastating bombings in the 20th century, among them, the German Blitz of World War II, which remains an important symbolic part of the city's history and character. A brief look at London's history of bombings over the past century..."
    By Maria Godoy, July, 2005.

The Northern Ireland Elections
"Here you will find information about elections in Northern Ireland since 1885.
By Nicholas Whyte

Parliament UK

Tate Modern
Britain's new [opened to the public 05/12/00] national museum of modern art

Tower Hamlets History On Line
"...you will find articles on the history of Bethnal Green, Bow, Bromley-by-Bow, the Isle of Dogs, Limehouse, Mile End Old Town, Poplar, Ratcliff, St. George's in the East, Shadwell, Spitalfields, Stepney, Wapping, Whitechapel - or any of the other hamlets that make up the London Borough of Tower Hamlets."

Winston Churchill Home Page, The
Includes photos, speeches, and FAQ's and other Links.
Churchill Center, Washington, D.C.

[World War II] The Battle of Britain
"These pages will catalogue the official reports of the most important event in Royal Air Force history, the Battle fought over Britain between the 10th July and 31st October 1940. For the first time, the complete Fighter Command Operational Diaries for the period will be published in full, day by day over the actual period the Battle took place 60 years ago. Supporting this official text are a series of pages detailing such facets of the Battle as the Commanders, the Aircraft and the changes in Tactics on both sides as the situation developed."
The Royal Air Force

[World War II] BBC History - World War Two
Sections include: Articles ; WWII Timeline ; WW2 People's War ; Multimedia Zone ; For Kids.

[World War II] Plymouth's World War Two Underground Air Raids Shelters

[World War II] Women as Portrayed in British World War II Advertising
"A brief look at how women were represented in popular advertising in the wartime Britain of the 1940's."
By Steve Johnson

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