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24 Hour Museum

Uk gateway to museums, galleries and heritage attractions. Only includes those registered with the Museums & Galleries Commission and other non-profit making museums. Includes a museum finder.

Ashmolean Museum

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in Oxford. Information on opening times, vacancies, the collections, what's on and recent news. Includes gallery plans.


Cornucopia is a pilot website providing information on 50 museums in England through a comprehensive database. The site includes museums, maps, objects and collections, people, places and a picture gallery.

Dorset County Museum

Homepage for this museum in Dorchester, founded in 1846. Includes information on collections, lectures, admission charges and latest news.

London Aquarium

Website for one of Europe's largest exhibits of aquatic life. Based in the former County Hall in London. Information on opening times, admission prices, news and other links.

Museum of Antiquities

Museum of Antiquities in Newcastle-on-Tyne in Northeast England. Information on opening times, school visits and contact details. Also details of the exhibitions and anobject of the month.


Information resource for people with an interest in museums. Includes an A-Z of museums, regional museums and what's new.

Museums & Galleries Commission

Website of the MGC, the national advisory body for museums and galleries in the UK. Includes news, advice and information on all aspects of museums and galleries. Also an object of the week.


1689 : the English Bill of Rights

Full text of the Bill of Rights adopted in 1689 on the accession of William and Mary.


Official Althorp House website. Includes information on the history of the family home and resting place of Princess Diana, and information for visitors. Also a virtual visit and an introduction by Earl Spencer, brother of Princess Diana.

British Monarchs

Biographies of all British monarchs since 802. Also a narrative history of England and an explanation of titles of nobility. Site has a very American perspective.

British Parliamentary Papers

Collection of parliamentary papers held at the University of Michigan. Includes a comprehensive range of papers from both the House of Commons and the Lords going back to the 18th Century.

British Royal & Noble Families

Lists frequently asked questions and their answers from the alt.talk.royalty newsgroup. Also links to other related sites.

British Royal Family

The unofficial website for news on the Royal Family. Lists successions, birthdays and anniversaries, the Queen's Christmas speech, genealogy and links to other rotalty related pages.


Celtica is a new visitor centre near Machynlleth in mid Wales, presenting the history and culture of the Celts. Tells the story of Celtic mtyhs and legends. Details of the centre including the education service. In English and Welsh.


A guide to genealogical resources in public libraries in the UK and Ireland. Includes a libraries index, guides to sources and other links.


Information on heraldry and coats of arms. Includes an illustrated glossary, frequentlyasked questions and an index of articles.

Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum covers conflicts from the First World War to the present day, particularly those involving Britain and the Commonwealth. It includes information on the main London site, the Duxford American Air Museum in Britain (Cambridgeshire), theCabinet War Rooms, and HMS Belfast.

International Medieval Congress

International annual congress organised by the International Medieval Institute at the University of Leeds. Site includes details of the programme and archives of the proceedings.

Jewish Museum: London's Museum of Jewish Life

The Jewish Museum seeks to open a window onto the history and religious life of the Jewish community in Britain and beyond, preserving the diverse roots and heritage of Jewish people in Britain and increasing understanding about Jewish life and history. The site includes information on the sites in Camden and Finchley, details of exhibitions and events, and useful web links.

Museum of Costume

The Museum of Costume has a collection of both men and women's dress and outfits. The site includes a virtual tour, research centre, information for teachers, and a "dress of the year" section.

Museum of London

The Museum of London displays artefacts and images to display London's rich and diverse history. The site includes information on all the different galleries: London Children, Macabre London, Changing London, London Entertains, London Transport, andLondoners.

Museums Around the UK on the Web

This site, from Reading University, aims to provide access to all UK Museums currently with a presence on the web. It includes a "recent additions" section, and sites in alphabetical and geographical order.

National Museum of Photography, FIlm and Television

The National Museum of Photography, FIlm and Television is based in Bradford.

National Museums and Galleries of Wales

The National Museums and Galleries of Wales cover a broad spectrum of subjects, including archaeology and numismatics, art, biodiversity and systematic biology, geology, a library, museum of Welsh life, industrial and maritime collections, the Welsh slate museum, Roman Legionary museum, Museum of Welsh Woollen Industry, and documentation unit.

National Museums of Scotland

The National Museums of Scotland show the country through extensive collections built up over more than two centuries. The collection includes decorative arts, science and industry, archaeology and the natural world, a geological history, museum of flight, museum of agriculture, and museum of costume.

Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts

The Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts includes the National Register of Archives.The site holds information on accessions to UK archives, research and development, archivists and researcher's information pages.

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland

The RCAHMS is an independent non-departmental government body financed by Parliament through the Scottish Office. Details of the history, aims and services of the commission.


BBC Bookclub

The BBC Bookclub provides online access to information about the monthly radio show, plus further information in the field of writing and literature. The site includes book news, information on writing courses, events and activities, and the monthly book choice.

BC Literature Department

Homepage of the British Council's Literature Department. Includes information on British writers touring abroad, publications of the department and a listing of UK literature festivals. Also a list of staff with contact details and latest news on the UK literature scene. Plus a link to the department's journal Literature Matters online.

Blue Nose Poets

Blue Nose is a national poetry organisation, based in London, which provides workshops, residential courses, platforms for new writing, correspondence workshops, poetry competitions and services to schools. Also includes latest press releases.

Book Trust

Book Trust is an independent, registered charity founded to promote books and reading to people of all ages and cultures. Its aim is to promote books in a variety of ways and to help readers of all ages to discover books, through the administration of literary prizes, the work of Young Book Trust and the Book Information Service. The site contains information on Bookstart, the Young Book Trust, publications, book information, prizes and awards, and books in the news.

Booksellers Association of Great Britain and Ireland

The Booksellers Association of Great Britain and Ireland represents over 95% of booksellers in the UK and Ireland. The site includes a document libary, publishers directory, members directory, and press release library.

Britannia Welsh Literature

The Britannia Welsh Literature pages provide access to information about Welsh literature, with a history of the genre.

British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA)

The British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA), aims to promote the scholarly study of literature without confinement to national or linguistic boundaries, and in relation to other disciplines. The BCLA's primary interests are in literature, the contexts of literature and the interaction between literatures. The site includes information on the organisation's conferences and publications.

British and Irish Authors on the Web

List of links to over 700 authors. Categorised by date of birth. New additions listed also.


Website for Welsh literature in translation. Based in the University of Wales Swansea. Texts of translations available and background information on the Welsh language and its literature.

Department of English Studies, Stirling University

Homepage of the English department at Stirling in Scotland. Includes details of staff, research and courses. Also information on the Centre for Publishing Studies, the Centre of Commonwealth Studies, the Centre for Research in Communication and Language,and the Stirling Centre of Poetry.

Department of English, Lancaster University

Homepage of the English department at Lancaster. Includes details of staff, courses, how to apply and other information on the department. Also links to other literary sites.

English Studies, University of Strathclyde

Website for the Department of English Studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Includes details of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, members of staff and graduate students. Also links to internet research tools.

Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers

The FWWCP is an umbrella organisation for writer's groups and publishers who wish to share their skills and work with their communities. The site includes information on membership, publications, and member's links.

Gaelic Books Council (Comhairle Nan Leabhraichean)

The Gaelic Books Council aims to support Gaelic publishing, providing support services for writers, publishers, and readers of Gaelic books.

Lancaster Litfest

Information on the Lancaster Literature Festival. Includes a timetable of events, booking and venue details.

Literature Matters

Literature Matters is the newsletter of the British Council's Literature Department, and is published twice a year in June and December. The site includes details on the availability of the newsletter. Contact Hilary Jenkins ([email protected]) for more details.

Literature Studies, University College of Ripon and York

Department of this university college, giving details of courses, fees, research, assessment and staff. Also a guide to writing and research and links to other useful sites.

Live Literature

The Live Literature Network website p rovides writers, promoters, publishers, booksellers, and audiences with a medium to communicate more effectively. The site includes news,a directory, live events, links and an interactivity section.

London International Book Fair (LIBF)

The London International Book Fair attracts publishers, booksellers, librarians, rights representatives and the media. The site holds information for visitors and exhibitors, and includes business facts and exhibitor lists. Free registration is required.

London Review of Books Online

An online version of the London Review of Books which mirrors some parts of the print version. Included are some articles from the current issue, what's new, letters, an archive, subscription details and information about the LRB.

Manchester Poetry Festival

Details of this festival, including events, due to be held in November 1999.

National Association of Writers in Education

NAWE aims to support writers who wish to learn more about their craft. The site includes a searchable Directory of writers who work in schools, colleges and the community, plus supporting information.

Orlando Project

A collaborative undertaking, involving participants from universities in Canada, USA, UK and Australia. It is writing an integrated history of women's writing in the British Isles. The site contains information on the project, publications and conferences.

Poetry Book Society

Webiste of an organisaton founded by T.S. Eliot in 1953. It aims to promote a love and understanding of contemporary poetry. Now a membership organisation and specialist bookclub. Searchable catalogue available, including backlist, and information on joiningthe society.

Poetry Library on the South Bank

The Poetry Library contains over 65,000 volumes of poetry published in the UK since 1912 and a wide selection of twentieth century international work. The site includes information on collections and enquiries, a poetry database, children's section, readings,and quotations.

Poetry Life

Internet poetry magazine containing interviews with poets and articles on all aspects of the poetry scene in the UK and world wide. Includes reviews, festivals, performance poetry and competitions.

Poetry London

Leading poetry magazine containing poems, reviews, features and listings. Also subscription information and competitions.

Poetrysoc.com: Website of The Poetry Society

The Poetry Society aims to help poets and poetry thrive in Britain. The site includes poetry reviews, competitions, information on National Poetry Day, poetry workshops, news, and archives.

Royal Festival Hall Hayward Gallery on the South Bank

The South Bank Centre, Royal Festival Hall and Hayward Gallery provide a wide variety of concerts, performances, exhibitions, education programmes and audience development initiatives. The site includes information on the various arts encompassed, plus details of events, membership, venue hire and information about the SBC.

School of English and Humanities, Birkbeck College

Details of courses, staff and research in this department of Birkbeck College, part of the University of London. Also an online prospectus, a map of the college and information onseminars.

Scottish Book Trust

The Scottish Book Trust promotes books, reading and writers in Scotland. The site includes information on writers in Scotland, a writers register, and themed sections.

Scottish Poetry Library

The Scottish Poetry Library has collections of written works, tapes and videos of poetry, with an emphasis on 20th century poetry written in Scotland, in Scots, Gaelic and English. The site includes information on the library, publications, help for poets, andspecial events.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

The Shakespeare Brithplace Trust's main objective is to promote the appreciation of Shakespeare's works through education. The site includes a diary of events, visitor information, houses, museums, education, study materials, a library, and archive.

Shelf Talk: Promoting Literature in Public Libraries

The Shelf Talk web site provides access to a range of organisations promoting literature in public libraries.

Society of Authors

The Society of Authors aims to "protect the rights and further the interests of authors" in all media, providing advice on business aspects of writing including the vetting of contracts. The site includes information on membership, activities, awards and grants.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

The Web's first edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare. The works are split into categories and are accompanied by a complete glossary. A list of familiarquotations is also provided.

The Old School House

Residential writer's school and retreat situated in Haltwhistle. Details of writer's workshops and retreats. Also bed and breakfast information.

The Word (London Festival of Literature)

Official site for the London Festival of Literature, first held in March 1999. Information on the events, links to writers' pages and organiser's contact details. Also a section on literary London and links to other useful sites (eg accommodation, maps, etc.).

Theatre and Drama Electronic Text Archives

This resource is a virtual library of electronic text archives for theatre and drama. This resource also offers links to academic institutions, antiquarian book dealers, journals as well as providing access to news groups.

Times Literary Supplement (TLS)

Weekly book review that covers every subject including fiction, poetry, history, politics, philosophy, travel, medicine, archaeology, sports, classics, music, women's studies, psychology. Has an archive of back issues, offers a tour and looks at the latest issue ofTLS.

Victorian Web

The Victorian Web is the WWW translation of Brown University's Context 61, which serves as a resource for courses in Victorian literature. Contains a wide range of resources on Victorian England including: Victorianism; social context; economics; religion; philosophy; visual arts; technology; science; political context; and literature. With a search function.


Published by the School of English at Queen Mary & Westfield College. Wasafiri is a literary magazine concerned with new and post-colonial literatures. Includes reviews and literary criticism. Published twice a year.

Waterstone's Online

Bookshop's website, including searchable database, reviews, news, etc. Also online ordering and information on Waterstones' branches. Plus links to HMV Music.

Ways With Words Literature Festivals

Ways With Words organises a number of literature festivals for adults and children throughout the year. Includes York, Southwold and Bury St.Edmunds. Programmes ofevents and booking forms.

Wells Festival of Literature

The Wells Festival of Literature is staged in October each year in the city of Wells in Somerset. Includes a poetry competition. Details of the programme of events for 2000 and the winning poems from the 1999 event. Also an online booking form and otherrelated links.

Welsh Academy - Yr Academi Gymreig

National society which exists to promote the writers and literatures of Wales. Runs courses, competitions, conferences, author tours, international exchanges, readings, literary performances and festivals. Information on all these activities plus publicationsand news. Also available in Welsh.

World Book Day

World Book Day helps children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. The site includes information on the annual event, plus useful addresses, and booklists.


Aberdeen Alternative Festival

Details of this arts festival including full programme and booking information.

Arundel Festival

Details of this arts festival in Sussex, including programmes in recent years and a comprehensive list of the organising committee.

Brighton Festival

Details of the largest arts festival in England held every May.

Bury St.Edmunds Festival

Details of the arts festival held in May at Bury St.Edmunds in Suffolk. Includes an event location map and booking information.

Buxton Festival Fringe

Details of the Buxton Opera Festival Fringe events, including the Film Festival. Held in July.

Celtic Connections

Festival of Celtic music organised by the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in January every year. Details of the events and workshops.

Cheltenham's Arts Festivals

Details of the programmes of arts festivals, including the Folk Festival, International Jazz Festival, International Festival of Music and Festival of Literature. Details of booking,latest news and maps.

Chichester Festivities

Information on the Chichester Festival in July each year. Details of events, exhibitions, music, talks and walks.

City of London Festival

Details of the arts festival held in the City of London. Next due on 20 June-13 July 2000.

Edinburgh Festivals

The official Edinburgh festivals website. A gateway for all the information on events throughout the year, including the August festival. Everything2000 Events

Lists various UK events taking place to celebrate the Millennium.

Festival Focus

A guide to music festivals in the UK with diary dates and contact information. Includes jazz, blues, folk, cajun, bluegrass, rock, pop and classical. Also links to other music sites.

Henley Festival

Site with information on events at the annual Henley Festival of music and the arts. Held in July at Henley-on-Thames.

Highland Festival

Details of this arts festival staged in the Highlands of Scotland in May-June. Intended as a celebration of arts and culture throughout the highlands and islands. Imcludes atimetable of events and contact details.

Islington International Festival

Information on this festival staged in June in the North London borough. Includes music, comedy & poetry, and circus. Also travel details and other general information.

Lancaster Litfest

Information on the Lancaster Literature Festival. Includes a timetable of events, booking and venue details.

Lichfield International Arts Festival

Details of this festival held in July in the Staffordshire city. Includes a timetable of events - music, films, drama, lectures and exhibitions. Also booking details and information on pubs and resturants in Lichfield.

Manchester Poetry Festival

Details of this festival, including events, due to be held in November 1999.


This web site promotes the North Wales Fringe Festival 2000. It is being run by Llandudno Fringe Festival which is an arm of the Llandudno October Festival. It gives details about the events, the history of the fringe festival and an option to join the festivalmailing list.

Ross-on-Wye International Festival

Details of festival staged in August at this small market town on the banks of the River Wye in Herefordshire. Online programme, booking information and visitor's guide.

The Word (London Festival of Literature)

Official site for the London Festival of Literature, first held in March 1999. Information on the events, links to writers' pages and organiser's contact details. Also a section on literary London and links to other useful sites (eg accommodation, maps, etc.).

Ways With Words Literature Festivals

Ways With Words organises a number of literature festivals for adults and children throughout the year. Includes York, Southwold and Bury St.Edmunds. Programmes of events and booking forms.

Wells Festival of Literature

The Wells Festival of Literature is staged in October each year in the city of Wells in Somerset. Includes a poetry competition. Details of the programme of events for 2000 and the winning poems from the 1999 event. Also an online booking form and otherrelated links


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