Victorian history

I’ll be adding links to some useful sources on Victorian history here.

Just for a start:


Georeferenced maps of London from the National Library of Scotland. Amazing resources. You can overlay a range of old maps over London. Fantastic detail.

Booth’s Poverty Maps on the LSE website. Victorian anti-poverty campaigners mapped out the socio-economic features of London districts and streets.

1884 London Underground railway map

London Picture map. This allows you to search for old pictures of locations around London.

Victorian institutions

Work-houses and Poor Law Unions. This is a terrific site with background on the work-house system, poor relief, as well as information about individual work-houses.


Thames River Police Museum – a small museum in Wapping Police Station. You have to book with the curator to get in here but it’s full of fascinating things.

Oldest footage ever taken of London (from the Evening Standard).

Historical Thesaurus from the OED. Invaluable for writers of historical fiction.

Article on prostitution by Judith Flanders.

Walking Trails with Old Maps – I went on the trail around The Borough in South London. It was brilliant. Ken, the ‘old map man’, knows all about the hidden history in London’s streets.

London Metropolitan Archives – amazing collection of historical records. Free to use.

British Library Newspaper Collection – free to register as a reader

London Docklands Museum – a wonderful exhibition if you’re interested in the history of the working Thames

Derelict London tours – these sell out really fast – they are great!