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April 2007

Victoria County History for Cheshire volume V part 2

Elizabeth Williamson, 30 April 2007

The second part of the VCH volume for the city of Chester is now live. It deals thematically with the economic, religious and cultural institutions of the city, and complements part 1, which is already live on BHO. Read them both at:

Victoria County History for Warwickshire

Elizabeth Williamson, 24 April 2007

Volume 6 of the VCH, for Knightlow hundred, is now live. The volume covers the parishes in the area surrounding Coventry and Warwick, and includes accounts of the boroughs of Leamington Spa and Rugby. Volumes 3 and 5 will be launched in the next few weeks, completing the VCH's topographical coverage of the county. Read them all at:

A collection of State Papers by John Thurloe

Dr Paul Seaward, 17 April 2007

Volume 1 of this series of seven volumes is now live. The series contains extensive diplomatic correspondence and other papers for the period 1638-60, collected by John Thurloe, and edited for publication by Thomas Birch in 1742. Thurloe was Secretary first to the Council of State and then to the two Protectors, Oliver and Richard Cromwell. The remaining six volumes will appear in the next two to three months. Read volume 1 at:

Quarterly review for January-March 2007

Dr Peter Webster, 02 April 2007

The first quarter of 2007 has been a bumper period. Usage of BHO reached record levels this quarter, with just short of 1.2 million page views in January. The monthly average was over 1.1 million. The quarter saw the launch of more key resources for British history, building on key strengths of the site. Highlights included:

  • the launch of volume 5 of the Statutes of the Realm (1625-80), and the Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum. The site now has unparallelled strength in the parliamentary and legal history of a pivotal period. These core resources sit alongside the Journals of the Houses of Commons and Lords for the same period, as well as significant private parliamentary diaries, including that of Thomas Burton.

  • the laying of foundations for a projected programme of crucial sources for local history from county record societies, including feet of fine for Lancashire, Lincolnshire and Staffordshire, and cartularies from religious houses in Cheshire and Staffordshire.

  • with the launch of volumes 5-8, the completion of the Victoria County History of Lancashire's coverage of parishes. Several other county sets will be brought to completion during this second phase of the project.

  • in January, the launch of expanded functionality on our search engine, allowing more precise searching and more useful results. Now powered by Google Mini, the search enables filtering of results by region, subject, period and source (both inclusively and exclusively), and result snippets are in the familiar Google format.

The next six months will see the launch of 122 volumes of the Calendars of State Papers (Domestic, Ireland and Scotland) as a premium subscription service. These fundamental sources will further complement our existing holdings, and support the continued development of our free content. We will also be adding 18 further volumes of the Survey of London, to be launched by the autumn of 2007. Read more at: