Pride of place should go to
the tremendous number of 19th-century research tips and finding aids –
particular resources for all kinds of special research topics – which have been
assembled by Patrick Leary in his amazing collection of links, The Victoria Research
. This site lists so many other sites that is has its own search engine (scroll
down to the bottom of the main page. The
collection even stretches as far as a Victorianized version of
And if Patrick Leary’s is the greatest assemblage of links and advice on on-line sources and libraries for the study of Victorian England, the greatest assemblage of on-line essays on Victorian writers and intellectual movements is George Landow’s collaboratively written Victorian Web: http://www.victorianweb.org/, where each subject is in turn linked to the rest of the Internet.
For a huge collection of
articles, links, and potted histories -- this time for the
Another great linker – again, concentrating on imperial rather than more generally Victorian resources – is Jane Samson, at http://www.ualberta.ca/~janes/EMPIRE.html
Printed primary sources are available in the Modern History Sourcebook: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/.
For images, see museum sites, and the British Library’s http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/index.html.
A variety of other things, some of them primary sources, are available at http://www.british-history.ac.uk/ (a quick registration is required). Most notable for Victorianists are the nineteenth-century Ordnance Survey maps at http://www.british-history.ac.uk/mapsheet.asp, which also requires the Adobe SVG plug-in.
And Lee Jackson has a wonderful encyclopaedia of Victorian London at http://www.victorianlondon.org/. It is made out of substantial excerpts from published primary sources.
If you are at SDSU, see my own guide to finding 19th-century British primary sources in the Love Library: http://www.empiretheory.fortunecity.net/PrimarySourcesSDSU.doc
The National Portrait Gallery has much of its collection on-line, so you can see people famous and not so famous, and how they were portrayed: http://www.npg.org.uk/live/index.asp
British paintings of all kinds, not just portraits, are displayed in the Tate Britain: http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/
Another fine collection of
Victorian Art is the
And there is the National Gallery of Ireland: http://www.nationalgallery.ie/
For the experiences of
And for an especially
important area of material culture, see the Victoria and Albert’s branch in the
East End, the
For Victorian and other kinds
of science and technology, see the
Many of the archeological
and ethnological collections gathered during the Victorian period are on
display in the
And there are the seemingly infinite arrangements of words that people have made: www.bl.uk
And the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, which predates the nineteenth century, is perhaps at its most Victorian in the great Palm and Temperate Houses (Victorian buildings of white steel spandrels and glass) and in the Marianne North Gallery: www.kew.org
The Zoo remains a living imperial archive: http://www.zsl.org/london-zoo/