A hand-picked selection of some of the most interesting and useful freely available resources for researchers working on the Victorian period.
- George Eliot Archive: provides free access to everything George Eliot published and, increasingly, all her unpublished writing as well.
- George Eliot Scholars: a free digital commons where those who research and communicate about Eliot’s life and/or literature can share their work
- Comic Women’s Poetry of the Nineteenth Century: a searchable online collection of over 1200 comic poems written by over 250 women throughout the long nineteenth century (1789-1914).
- The Our Mutual Friend Reading Project: a blog dedicated to reading the original monthly parts of Our Mutual Friend from May 2014 to November 2015, run by Birkbeck, University of London. There is also an accompanying month by month Twitter re-telling, which you can follow here.
- Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st Centuries: project on Victorian ‘citizen science’.
- Diseases of Modern Life: Nineteenth-Century Perspectives: project exploring the medical, literary and cultural responses in the Victorian age to the perceived problems of stress and overwork.
- The Drood Inquiry: an interactive investigation into the curious case of Charles Dickens’s last, unfinished, work, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
- Florence Nightingale Comes Home: an online exhibition and list of resources on the famous Victorian nurse and health campaigner.
- The History of the Society of Authors, 1884-1914: a searchable database of archival materials relating to the early years of the society.
- One More Voice: a work of digital humanities scholarship, focuses on recovering non-European contributions from nineteenth-century British imperial and colonial archives.
- Scrambled Messages: The Telegraphic Imaginary, 1857-1900: project on cultural responses to telegraphy.
- Undisciplining Victorian Studies: a digital humanities project that reimagines how to teach Victorian Studies through a positive, race-conscious lens.
General Humanities Resources
- Conferencealerts.com: links to academic conference announcements worldwide.
- The Literary Encyclopedia: a reference work for literatures in English, with over 3,900 biographical and bibliographical entries. Membership is needed to read the full text of most articles.
- The Voice of the Shuttle: one of the most comprehensive websites for humanities research.
- The British Empire Gateway: an internet gateway to online resources on the British Empire created by Jane Samson (University of Alberta)
- Sounding Tennyson, a freely-available website, includes the first
recordings and publications of Emily Tennyson’s piano/vocal settings of “Break,
Break, Break,” which preserve aspects of Alfred Tennyson’s recitation. The
recordings were made in the drawing room at the Tennysons’ restored home,
Farringford, using Queen Victoria’s piano. Sounding
Tennyson uses sound as an experiential way of
conceptually thinking through an archive and is part of the Tennysons Archive, the first digital
archival grouping of Tennyson items.
- The Victorian Cyclist: a blog about the joys and perils of cycling in Victorian Britain
- The Victorian Turkish Bath: a history of the rise and fall of the Victorian Turkish bath, with details of those still open for use by Malcolm Shifrin.
19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century
Journal of Victorian Culture
Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies
Blackwell’s Literature Compass
English Literature in Transition, 1880–1920
Victorian Literature and Culture
Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies
Australasian Victorian Studies Journal
The Gissing Journal at Gissing in Cyberspace
George Eliot Review
Arts & Humanities Research Council
The British Academy
The Leverhulme Trust
Are there other nineteenth-century resources that you find helpful? Please contact Claire with further suggestions.