British History Online (BHO) is the IHR's digital library of printed primary and secondary sources for the study of British and Irish history, with a primary focus on the period between 1300 and 1800. BHO also covers the history of the British empire and Britons in transnational perspective.
British History Online:
is a key resource for the study, research and teaching of British and Irish history, with regular additions of new content
provides over 1100 volumes of primary and secondary content, free without charge
offers access to a further 200 volumes of key research materials via institutional and individual subscriptions to BHO Premium. BHO Premium also provides access to high-quality page scans of 200 volumes of content
We're currently offering institutional trials for the 200 volumes of content in BHO Premium. Please contact us to set up a free institutional trial or enquire about subscription rates for your institution.
Close Rolls record ‘Letters close’ (i.e. sealed and private) which were issued by the Chancery in the name of the Crown.State Papers Domestic are the accumulated papers relating to national home (domestic) affairs and cover every facet of early modern government.
January 2021: all BHO premium free to individual users
From January to 30 September 2021 we've made 200 extra volumes of premium BHO content freely available. All 1300 volumes are now open for historical research.