Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Local History Research Web Sites

A2A is part of the UK archives network. The A2A database contains catalogues describing archives held locally in England and Wales and dating from the eighth century to the present day.

A simple search unlocks the collections of Cultural Services at Norfolk County Council

View information and images from the Library Service, The Norfolk Record Office and Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service

Whether your interest is in local or family history, art or architecture, the natural world or historical maps and aerial photographs, there is something in NOAH for you.

This website offers a unique opportunity to access the Norfolk Historic Environment Record database online.
Users can access thousands of records that describe the archaeology of Norfolk from the Palaeolithic period (500,000 BC) to the modern day.

These records deal with a range of sites, finds and buildings in the county, making this an ideal resource for anyone wanting to learn more about the heritage of Norfolk.

Whether it is the waters of the Broads, the cliffs of the North Norfolk coast, the ancient landscapes of the Brecklands, the uninterrupted views of the Fens or our ancient cities and market towns, the landscape of Norfolk is a living testament to the combined forces of nature and humanity.

The Norfolk E-Map Explorer lets you explore this changing landscape by comparing aerial photographs and historical maps of Norfolk on the web.

The map was the first large-scale map (at one inch to the mile) of the whole county and shows the landscape just prior to Parliamentary Enclosure of the early 19th century. Surveyed between 1790 and 1794 the map was published in 1797 in London by William Faden, Geographer to His Majesty. Within 15 years of the map’s publication the extensive commons, heaths and warrens had largely disappeared.

Historical Directories is a digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919. It contains high quality reproductions of comparatively rare books, essential tools for research into local and genealogical history. Capturing Our Wayland Heritage Project Website

An on-line edition of the volume of ‘An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: volume 2 by Blomefield 1805 that covers Wayland area.

Julian Horn’s website, that covers the heritage of the Watton area with sound and video recordings.

A wonderful collection of Wayland images sent in by the local community and visitors to the area. They shows the great potential the area has for exploration with a camera. From historic churches to ancient woodland and the amasing forms of the pingos. Why not join?