Archive rich websites: documents and manuscripts you can access online from UK archive collections

By Rachel Hayward | 10 February 2009
A screnshot of the unlocking archives website.

As well as original sources, the website provides ready-to-teach activities and the unique ‘Mindshow’ tool that lets you create interactive mind-map presentations.

Have you used documents or manuscripts in your teaching yet? It’s not just paintings and other artefacts that are digitised and available online with zoomable features but a wealth of historical records too that can really unlock the past for learners.

Here’s a round-up of websites that will help you and your class access these amazing teaching and learning resources.

Unlocking Archives is a collaboration between the National Archives, the BFI (British Film Institute), English Heritage’s National Monuments Record and South East Grid for Learning. As well as original sources, there are ready-to-teach activities and the unique ‘Mindshow’ tool that lets you create interactive, mind-map presentations.

An image of a scroll.

© The Parliamentary Archives

If you’re doing the Victorians at school, Hidden Lives Revealed focuses on the children who were in the care of The Children's Society in late Victorian and early 20th Century Britain. Archive material includes: photographs, case files and lots more learning resources.

My Learning is the website dedicated to learning with museums, libraries and archives in Yorkshire but its collection based resource materials, including interactives, video and audio are useful for wherever you are teaching, including Food and Diet in World War II.

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