There is no single site, or definitive collection of sites, covering the local history of the area. These are only suggestions to get you started, and there are always plenty more out there...
Bath in Time
Created to improve awareness, understanding and appreciation of Bath and its environs, using historic images from public and private collections. The whole collection will take a while to complete, but the catalogue is available online now. You can search for images of specific places, or by theme. Reproductions can be ordered online as photographic copies or art paper copies.
Bath Chronicle Georgian Newspaper Project
A searchable indexing of the Bath Chronicle from 1770 to 1799 now nearing completion. Created by volunteers, this is a valuable resource for researching Georgian commercial and social Bath. Advertisements and notices are also indexed.
Times Digital Archive
Access to the archive of one of the longest-running national newspapers in Britain from 1785 to 1985. Searchable database to access articles, reviews, reports, obituaries and much more. The Times newspaper from 1900 to 1999 is also available on microfilm in the Library. Available within the library and remotely using your library membership number.
A Searchable database of the major UK national and local newspapers, and more papers from round the world. The Times is indexed from 1985, and most other national from 1998 onwards. It is updated daily, so you can often see the full newspaper reports from today’s papers by the same afternoon. Available within the library and remotely using your library membership number.
We only have a small collection of manuscripts, so we do not maintain a full catalogue suitable for inclusion in projects like 'Access to Archives'. There is a subject-level listing of our manuscripts available on the National Register of Archives website maintained by The National Archives in London. This is searchable by name, company or place and may help guide your enquiries when you contact or visit Bath. If you do use this as a source of information, please mention this in your enquiry as it will help us follow up on the details.
Several local societies maintain a web presence, some of whom also provide listings of events and indexes to their journals. These include:
- Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (listings of lectures and events)
- Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society (index to journal)
- Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society (index to journal)
- Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society (index to journal)
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