British History Online

British History Online (BHO) is a digital library of key printed primary and secondary sources for the history of Britain and Ireland, with a primary focus on the period between 1300 and 1800. We aim to support the learning, teaching and research of our users from around the world. To date, the project has digitised more than 1,200 volumes, including such central resources as the Victoria County History of England, the Journals of the Houses of Commons and Lords and The National Archives' Calendars (including the State Papers Domestic, Foreign and Colonial, the Treasury Books and Papers and the Letters and Papers of Henry VIII). Particular areas of strength are in local history, religious history, administrative and legal history, parliamentary history, economic history and urban history.

The resources published through BHO have been selected both for their centrality to historical research and for their interconnection. All have been transcribed to the highest standards of accuracy, allowing users to be fully confident of their search results.

Although most BHO content is freely available, 20% of the content is only available via individual or institutional subscription. Learn about how BHO subscriptions contribute to the sustainability of the project.