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Links to the websites, main contact details and annual lecture programmes of the Cambridgeshire Societies and
Organisations for Autumn 2013 and Spring 2014 [under construction and planning] can be found at our new online Preview page by clicking here or by clicking on one of the links in the table below
Some of the main Cambridgeshire
websites are also listed below, click on the title to access
directly the website. If you know of any sites that aren't listed please let us know by sennding you message to info.calh@ gmail.com
Interactive Websites for Cambridgeshire History
Other Links are classified in the following sections (click
to jump directly to start of section):
We hope you find this Links Page is
useful, we would always welcome any suggestions for additional
links. Please send them to info.calh@ gmail.com
Connecting the People of
Cambridgeshire with their Past
BBC History Links:
BBC Hands on History Website: www.bbc.co.uk/history/handsonhistory/
BBC History Website:
Royston & District Family History Society:
The seeds were sown for our Society early in 1987 when a group of people from the Royston area in Hertfordshire attended a course on “Tracing Your Ancestors” at a local college. When the course was completed, they decided to meet, informally, in each other’s homes to talk about their efforts in tracing their own ancestors and to help other to find theirs.
Today we have over 100 members. Many are from the local area and are researching their family’s history in Royston, including the surrounding villages.
The Society aims to - Promote research into family history; form a focal point for meetings and other contact; provide research resources for its members, including books and magazines as well as on-line searchable indexes and to publish books and pamphlets about the local area.
Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network
The Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network (CCAN) is an exciting project which has created a cross-searchable network of 50 digital community archives across the county. As the initial 3 year funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund draws to a close, the CALH & CCAN are working together to safeguard and secure the future of this vitally important Cambridgeshire project.
Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust
This website provides local and family historians with information about the Cambridgeshire Churches, including their Stained Glass, Monumental Brasses, Heraldry and Wallpaintings, plus information on the sources of Parish records available in the county of Cambridgeshire. The Trust itself provides Grants and Interest Free Loans to places of worship in Cambridge that need help if repair and restoration. In the summer it arranges a series of local Church Tours.
Mike Petty - Cambridgeshire Researcher, Lecturer and Historian
Mike Petty lectures to groups from primary classes to old folks' homes, International Summer schools and conferences. He was Librarian of the Cambridgeshire Collection for over 30 years and has a daily and weekly columns in the Cambridge Evening News. Mike Petty is our President; he has assisted thousands of people with their research over the years: Can he help you? Mike petty says "Get a copy of my revised guide to 'Cambridgeshire History on your computer" by clicking here (AWB says I highly recommend this guide)
Based at Cambridge Central Library,
the Cambridgeshire Collection contains
a comprehensive range of Local Studies material relating to the former
historic County of Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely. It
is a major multimedia research library and an international
Cambridgeshire Collection and Libraries online catalogue (SIRSI) click here for Local & Family History Information
There are also two other Local Studies Collections:
To view the Cambridgeshire Collection Online Photograhic Collections click on the following links:
J Palmer Clarke / Ramsey & Muspratt Portrait Collection
America in Cambridge 1941-1946
Cambridgeshire Villages (History on the Net)
Click below to see the latest additions to the collection.
Cambridgeshire Collection Aquisitions 2006
Cambridgeshire Collection Aquisitions 2005
Bringing information, ideas, learning,
imagination and reading to people and communities.
A-Z of Cambridgeshire Libraries Services
Cambridgeshire Libraries Internet Gateway
Cambridgeshire Community Network and InfoCam
The above two websites link you to our Communities and local services. You can find out contact details and information about Local & Social History Clubs and Societies, which Halls you can book, what time your local library is open and much, much more.
Cambridgeshire Archives : Cambridge
'Huntingdonshire Archives' : Huntingdon
Cambridgeshire Archives and Local Studies
Service is dedicated to preserving and actively promoting
the use of original historical records of Cambridgeshire,
including the former counties of Huntingdonshire and the
Isle of Ely. Original archive documents can be consulted
at the County Record Offices in Cambridge and Huntingdon,
while printed material and audio-visual resources are available
in Cambridgeshire's Local Studies Libraries.
Cambridgeshire Archive Services Online Catalogue (CALM)
Our aim is to have, by the end of 2006, an online searchable catalogue containing:
- all CA Cambridgeshire Parish Records
- all HA Huntingdonshire Parish Records
- all Records currently on A2A
- many other lists of documents
The online database is automatically updated each night with information form the staff database. This means that when a new catalogue is completed, the public can access it with the minimum of delay.
Cambridgeshire Archaeology provides
- advice and information on the archaeology and historic environment of Cambridgeshire,
- outreach and learning opportunities for schools and communities in Cambridgeshire, and
- contract services for the East of England through CAM ARC: the archaeological field unit.
Cambridgeshire County Council's Archaeological Field Unit: In December 2006, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Archaeological Field Unit relaunched under the new trading name of CAM ARC. They state: "Our new name emphasises that we are a distinctive part of Cambridgeshire Archaeology, forming the field team which operates as a separate business. We maintain strong links with our parent Service, Cambridgeshire Archaeology. Together we are committed to the continued delivery of quality Outreach and Education services to customers and communities in Cambridgeshire."
Cambridgeshire Archaeology maintains the Historic Environment Record for the county (formerly the Sites and Monuments Record or SMR). Archives from fieldwork in Cambridgeshire are held at the County Archaeological Store, where they can be accessed by researchers whilst being maintained for future generations.
We also host the Portable Antiquities Scheme for Cambridgeshire, which provides a finds identification service for the public, and advice about the Treasure Act.
The Oasis Project
The overall aim of the OASIS project is to provide an online index to the mass of archaeological grey literature that has been produced as a result of the advent of large-scale developer funded fieldwork.
Cambridge Past, Present & Future
The Cambridge Preservation Society has changed its name
As a local charity with an illustrious 80-year record for preserving some of the city’s best-loved historic sites and green spaces, we are now turning our attention firmly towards the future to mobilise a new generation of local supporters and give them a greater voice in shaping the future of the city.
Cambridge Preservation Society has relaunched as
Cambridge Past, Present & Future (CambridgePPF), a name that more accurately reflects our ambitious plans to step up our role and profile as a vocal and vigorous champion for sustainable development of the city and its environment in response to the demand for growth.
Key Aims in the next few years
• to extend our successful environmental education and events programmes at our public sites
• to increase our membership
• to more proactively influence local planning authorities and developers to protect and enhance the unique historic character, public amenities and green settings that make Cambridge and its surrounding areas (local villages and countryside) so special.
This website is being developed to provide a virtual national monuments record with access to local and national historic environment data.
National Monument Record(NMR)
As well as our search room in Swindon where you can browse a huge collection of photographs and historic resources, the National Monuments Record (NMR) also provides many specialist services such as Developing Standards and Partnership Projects to help you find the resources you need.
University Library is a legal deposit library, meaning that
it is entitled to claim a copy of every publication in printed
form published in the UK and Ireland. Almost all of this
material is claimed and can be consulted in the Library.
It also holds extensive collections of books, journals,
maps, microfilms, photographs and sound recordings published
overseas and has extensive special collections of rare books,
manuscripts, and other materials. Some of Cambridgeshire's
rare books and manuscripts are also kept here, as well as
the Ely Diocesan Records. These include the Cambridgeshire
parishes Bishop's Transcripts.
Cambridgeshire's historic environment
holds all the evidence left by people over the past 500,000
years - ancient sites and monuments, historic towns, villages
and buildings, historic landscapes, features and finds.
Archaeology is the discovery, study and understanding of
this evidence. Cambridgeshire Archaeology protects
and enhances Cambridgeshire's historic environment, and
works with others to promote: a) sustainable growth; b)
access; c) active citizenship; d) lifelong learning; and
e) a sense of place for all Cambridgeshire communities.
Department of Archaeology
Department is part of the Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology
at the University of Cambridge and is one of the leading
institutions in the subject. Furthermore, within the University
there are distinguished departments covering Biological
Anthropology, Social Anthropology, and Social & Political
Sciences, making Cambridge an excellent intellectual and
scientific environment, with unsurpassed resources for learning
There are over 30 museums in Cambridgeshire
offering an enormous range of collections in a wide variety
of different settings. They vary from small museums of local
history to the large-scale national collections of the Imperial
War Museum at Duxford. Cambridgeshire’s museums work
together in the Cambridgeshire Museums Advisory Partnership
to improve museum services and provision across the County.
There is no statutory level of museum provision or entitlement
in the UK which has led to wide variations of service. Museums
in Cambridgeshire are provided in a range of different ways,
by independent charitable trusts, the University of Cambridge
and by local government.
Early Cambridgeshire Photographic Studios:
Directories of early studios can be of great help when trying to date old photographs, but coverage of Great Britain is patchy. What’s more, the directories that exist can be costly or hard to find. So it’s something of an event when (like long-awaited buses) three free directories come along together.
A-Z directories of early photographers in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, compiled by Robert Pols, can now be found on his Early Photographic Studios website. For more information click here
Cambridgeshire Civic Heraldry
These pages contains information about the coats of arms of local authorities in Cambridgeshire both contemporary and obsolete. This gives details of the history and meaning of the symbolism behind the Associations new logo; permission to use it was very kindly given by Cambridgeshire County Council.
University Botanic Garden was established as a University
teaching and research resource by Professor John Stevens
Henslow on land acquired in 1831, and finally opened to
the public in 1846. Henslow, who is perhaps now best remembered
for inspiring his pupil Charles Darwin with a love of natural
science, recognised the need to study plants in their own
right. He was convinced that trees were the most important
plants in the world and these form the framework of the
The aim of GENUKI is to serve as a "virtual reference library" of genealogical information that is of particular relevance to the UK & Ireland. It is a non-commercial service, provided by an ever growing group of volunteers in cooperation with the Federation of Family History Societies and a number of its member societies.
Welcome to the Cambridgeshire EnglandGenWeb Project. this website is part of the BritishIslesGenWeb Project and is provided as a resource for individuals researching their English ancestors who originated in this county. Questions about either of the above Genealogy websites should be directed to Martin Edwards
Cambridgeshire Bishops Transcripts & Parish Registers
In 1538 Thomas Cromwell the Vicar General to King Henry VIII declared that all marriages, christenings and burials should be recorded; normally these are kept at the Parish Church. In 1598 an Act was passed that meant these Parish Records should be copied and sent to the bishop. These copies are known as the Bishop's Transcripts (BTs for short) There are often many discrepancies between a parish church's own registers and the copies sent to the Bishop. Most Cambridgeshire parishes fell within the Diocese of Ely and the Bishops’ Transcripts, generally dating from 1599, are held with the Ely Diocesan Records at Cambridge University Library. BT’s for Isleham in the Peculiar of Isleham and Freckenham are also available there. Other sources of information on Cambridgeshire Parish Registers and Bishops Transcripts can be found by clicking on the following links:BT1 BT2
Victoria County History (VCH)
British History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, we aim to support academic and personal users around the world in their learning, teaching and research. On the left hand side of the home page press the EAST link and you will find a lot of the Victoria County History (VCH) information for and much more besides for Cambridgeshire.
The Old Bailey Online
The transcript from Oscar Wilde's trial for gross indecency at London's Old Bailey Court went online for the first time on Monday 28th April 2008, alongside a raft of murder, robbery and abduction cases.
Up for free examination are 110,000 pages of transcripts -- including Wilde's trial and the notorious story of Dr Crippen and the murder of his wife.
Lurid tales of murder and rape, stories of pickpocketing and robbery -- every type of crime was paraded before the London court, which is topped by a statue of Justice with a sword in one hand and scales in the other.
The www.oldbaileyonline.org site was billed as the largest single source of searchable historical information about British lives that has ever been published.
The transcripts cover every one of the 210,000 trials held at the Old Bailey from 1674 to 1913, from just after The Great Fire that ravaged London to just before the outbreak of World War One. The court is still in operation.
History off the page
Off the Page is a company of teachers, each of whom travels from school to school. Our team is based in Cambridgeshire and is committed to the development of the arts, humanities and science in education through practical learning, storytelling and drama. As well as working in hundreds of schools and centres in England and Europe, the company has run projects at the British Library, Stevenage Museum, Thetford Ancient House Museum, Peterborough Cathedral, and Buckden Towers.
The Cambridge Antiquarian Society was
founded in 1840 to provide access for local people to the
local history, architecture and archaeology of Cambridgeshire
(which now includes the old County of Huntingdon and the
new Unitary Authority of Peterborough). Among other benefits,
members are eligible to attend the annual programme of monthly
lectures, are entitled to a reduced fee for the Society's
two annual conferences,and receive a copy of the Society's
Cambridgeshire Industrial Archaeological Society
The Society's aim is to study and record the industrial history and artefacts of Cambridgeshire. It is affiliated to the Association of Industrial Archaeology (AIA), and is one of the founder members of the East of England industrial Archaeology
Conference (EERIAC). The Society also commissions and publishes occasional Monographs on Cambridge industrial subjects written by its members. Meetings, visits and conferences are open to everyone with an interest in industrial history.
Cambridgeshire Records Society exists to publish documentary
sources relating to the History of Cambridgeshire and neighbouring
areas. The society was originally known as the Cambridge
Antiquarian Record Society when it first became separated
from its parent organisation, the Cambridge Antiquarian
Society exists to encourage the study of family history
within the old counties of Cambridgeshire and the Isle of
Ely. It not only provides a friendly point of contact
for people for people world-wide who are interested in the
same surnames and families, but also offers a wide range
of facilities to support their researches into genealogy
and the local area.
Huntingdonshire Local History Society
What do Oliver Cromwell, the assassin John Bellingham and the humble sandwich have in common? Time's up! They all came from the former county of Huntingdonshire, England. This tiny area - only 365 square miles - has had a tremendous impact on British and world history. Wherever you travel in the world today, if you munch happily on a burger or a BLT, you have Huntingdonshire to thank.
Huntingdonshire Family History Society
HFHS was founded in 1985 to help people to find out about their family history. The county reorganisation in 1974 saw Huntingdonshire become part of a greater Cambridgeshire. The society aims to provide links between people interested in families of the old County of Huntingdonshire and to provide a forum for persons interested in genealogy generally.
Cambridge Time Traveller Group
Cambridge Time Traveller Group were founded in 2008 to help share information, memories, and contacts with people about the history of Cambridge.
The project has since grown and we can now offer anyone with an interest in Cambridge history a chance to discover facts and share them with other like-minded people through meetings, articles, pictures, talks and audio productions.
We also offer training and support to help you produce articles and audio productions for the group's website and publications.
Our group is different to other history groups because we are here to get you involved in your local history and help you become a Time Traveller yourself!
COPE, a self-help group, is an organisation set up to promote and activate the interests and well being of people aged 50 or over. COPE is a registered Charity run entirely by volunteers living in Cambridgeshire.
Ancestry.co.uk is the UK’s largest
and most popular family history site with more than 3 million
site visitors accessing over 500 million historical UK records
each month. Launched in 2001, the site enables members
to explore their family’s history by viewing census,
birth, marriage and death records as well as user-contributed
family trees, and by connecting to millions of other members
making their own discoveries.
A Vision of Britain Through Time
A vision of Britain between 1801 and 2001. Including maps, statistical trends and historical descriptions. The Vision of Britain system contains historical statistics from two centuries, plus the boundaries of the main statistical reporting unit. This national overview gives you direct access to a vast statistical atlas of Britain, organised by theme
Immigration & Emigration Records
Ancestry.co.uk now lets the family historian search the Immigration and Emigration records from around 1609 to the 1850s all around the world. This information covers British, Irish and Scottish families.
This is the new name for the old 1837online.com website, which is based in London and is part of an independently-owned business that
is dedicated to providing high quality genealogical services
to professional and non-professional researchers. FindMyPast
is a sister company to Title Research, an independent business
which has existed for nearly 40 years and provides probate
and succession genealogy services to lawyers and corporate
and public trustees around the world. As part of its day-to-day
work, Title Research used to consult the microfiche version
of the birth, marriage and death indexes extensively. Some
time ago the business took the decision to computerise these
records for internal use. However, we soon realised that
it would be possible to make the computerised records available
to other interested parties over the internet - and
FindMyPast was set up to do this.
This is a new family history search facility for FindMyPast and the National Archive Service. The BT27 outward-bound passenger lists are a fascinating and important set of records currently being digitised by findmypast.com for online publication for the very first time. The passenger lists cover long-distance voyages made from all British ports between 1890 and 1960 and include voyages such as that of the ill-fated Titanic which sank in 1912. Records will be rolled out on the website over the next few months.
Commonwealth War Graves
Established by Royal Charter in 1917,
the Commonwealth War Graves Commission pays tribute to the
1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died
in the two world wars. It is a non-profit-making organisation
that was founded by Sir Fabian Ware. Since its inception,
the Commission has constructed 2,500 war cemeteries and
plots, erecting headstones over graves and, in instances
where the remains are missing, inscribing the names of the
dead on permanent memorials. Over one million casualties
are now commemorated at military and civil sites in some
is probably one of the most comprehensive and useful website
for the family historian or military enthusiast. Created
locally by Martin Edwards this site is dedicated to those
men and women who fell fighting for this country.
Recorded on this website are various war memorials within
a variety of counties, it is fully intended in the future
to complete as many UK war memorials as possible.
Photographs are included of the majority of the memorials,
details of the men and their photographs where possible.
All counties are based on their pre-1974 political boundaries.
Family Genealogy and History Internet Education Directory
BIGenealogy - British Isles Genealogy
A professional worldwide humanities and social sciences mega portal, connected directly to thousands of related sub-sets, with billions of primary or secondary database records.
Association for Local History
the national charity which promotes local history and serves
local historians. It publishes both The Local Historian,
quarterly journal, and Local History News,
a topical magazine and provides a Web Site for local history.
British Local History.com
A portal to all your National Local History needs, you can subscribe to their online newsletter that reminds you of days in history. there is also a Cambridge Links page
Stands for Archives in London and the M25 area. The project
is to provide electronic access to the archives of over
fifty institutions in the London area.
Is the gateway for access to archive and manuscript collections
held in the UK's Higher Education sector
Archives Network Wales is creating a web-searchable index
to archive sources in Wales. The searchable interface goes
live in September 2003 and will be under development until
The local and family history pages on the BBC website include
a History Trail, and advice on 'Getting Started' in local
history written by Alan Crosby.
A new site exploring changing themes in local history throughout
Archaeological Jobs and Resources
British Archaeological Jobs and Resources has, in its 'Who's
Who' section, an extensive list of local studies centres,
libraries, universities and other valuable links
for British Archaeology
The CBA is an educational charity working throughout the
UK to involve people in archaeology and to promote the appreciation
and care of the historic environment for the benefit of
present and future generations.
of England Sense of Place
A consortium covering Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk,
and Peterborough. Developing internet bank of learning resources
offering access to the culture, heritage and diversity of
the region. Enter by portal from a county base.
English Heritage is a public body with responsibility for
all aspects of protecting and promoting the historic environment.
Officially known as the Historic Buildings and Monuments
Commission for England, English Heritage is an Executive
Non-departmental Public Body sponsored by the Department
for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
and Community Historical Research Society
FACHRS cover such research topics as Victorian social history,
migration, Victorian social classes & history, local
history projects, research projects for pre - Victorian
England, plus many more aspects of UK 18th, 19th & 20th
century family & community history research.
Images of England, funded by English Heritage and the Heritage
Lottery Fund, is a groundbreaking initiative which aims
to create a 'point in time' photographic record of England's
of Historical Research
Large collection of primary resource materials. Seminar
groups, open to the interested public, on a wide variety
of historical topics throughout the academic year.
Archives of Scotland
Based in Edinburgh, NAS has one of the most varied collection
of archives in the British isles. It is the main archive
for sources of the history of Scotland as a separate kingdom,
her role in the British isles and the links between Scotland
and many other countries over the centuries.
The Historical Association is the voice for history... it
aims to further the study, teaching and enjoyment of history
at all levels: teacher and student, amateur and professional.
The Association was founded in 1906.
National Archives: Historical Manuscripts Commission
The National Archives of England, Wales and the United Kingdom
has one of the largest archival collections in the world,
spanning 1000 years of British history, from Domesday Book
of 1086 to government papers recently released to the public.
to Archives (A2A)
The A2A database contains catalogues
describing archives held locally in England and Wales and
dating from the eighth century to the present day.
Specialist Schools Trust sites
The first Humanities Colleges are designated to start in
September 2004. Each will lead in one of History, Geography
or English and will have an innovative approach to Humanities
The greatest publishing project in English local history.
Since 1899 the VCH has presented the authentic history of
English places and their people, written county by county
from original documents.
Action History Society
Promotes the history of voluntary action, and charitable
and voluntary organisations.
Global gateway for second hand and out of print books
Is a comprehensive resource for owners of 19th and 20th
century houses, with an architectural guide, advice on caring
for these buildings, useful contacts, books, a glossary
of terms, and interesting events.
Is concerned to preserve and develop Crystal Palace, from
the Great Exhibition onwards.
Fox UK Gazetteer
50,000 villages, towns and counties, can be searched by
place name and by family names. Still developing
of British Place Names
Comprehensive gazetteer, listing over 50,000 place names.
'Additional notes for historians and genealogists' contains
extra information and advice for users.
Produce videos and DVDs (amongst other things) and provide
a service specially tailored to local history groups
It is an online community of people who share old pictures of places they come from or live in. Our members upload such pictures, tag them by date, describe them and place them on a map to create a global repository of local history, easily searchable at:afica search
They have thousands of pictures by now, mostly from the US, UK, Germany, Ireland and Poland. HistoGrafica is used for purposes such as:
* finding out unknown facts about places around the world through old pictures
* promoting local areas by adding photographs of their near and distant past
* searching for places our users are planning to visit to see what they looked like before
The University of Leicester's Historical Directories Project
brings together a greater number and range of directories
than any one library can provide.
"The ultimate UK history directory"
Historyworld is a new site with many useful articles on
a wide range of history topics, plus browsing search facility,
and focus on national curriculum. Still developing.
The 'UK civic pride website'
Publishers of history journals that are of interest to local
historians, including 'Family and Community History' and
'Labour History Review'
Books and maps that explore the character and history of
An introduction to palaeography, including alphabets, exercises,
bibliography, and seminars on background material such as
early modern legal structures.
and Present Press
Is a small independent publisher of local history books,
based in Bristol
Is a website set up by the Buildings Books Trust which provides
a history of the series, a full list of titles, and an introduction
to looking at buildings, and glossary of terms.
If you can't find a local photo retouching service, here
is one example - 'restoring the past'.
Local History Press
Publishers of Local History Magazine, with links to many
other related sites.
UKPast is an online bookshop, selling both new and second-hand
local history books. They also publish facsimile reprints
on CD-Rom. Free booksearch service.
Publishers of landscape and local history books and the
Now grown into huge site 'past times project'