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  • Life in 1900s UK - includes photos and descriptions of places/items, etc. in 1900s UK
Topic Time frame Resource Location
Poor 1851 Mayhew, Henry. London Labour and the London Poor; A Cyclopaedia of the Condition and Earnings of Those That Will Work, Those That Cannot Work, and Those That Will Not Work. Vol. 1 The London Street Folk. London: George Woodfall and Son. 1851. London
Paupers 1880s Indoor paupers: life inside a London workhouse. [no publication place]: the Workhouse Press. 2013. London
Army 1807-1814 Wheatley, Edmund. The Wheatley diary. London: Longmans, Green & Co. 1964. Europe
Army 1808-1814 Schaumann, August Ludolf Friedrich, and Bernard Cornwell. On the road with Wellington: diary of a war commissary in the Peninsular Campaign. 2015. Europe
Occupations 1950s Cotterill, Edith. Nurse on call. London: Ebury Press. 2010. England
Rural Life 1759-1802 Woodforde, James. A country parson: James Woodforde's diary, 1759-1802. Oxford [Oxfordshire]: Oxford University Press. 1985. Norfolk
Rural Life 1660-1700 Gough, Richard. History of Myddle. New York: Dorset Press. 1986. Shropshire
Rural Life 1895-1955 Evans, George Ewart. Ask The Fellows Who Cut The Hay. London: Faber and Faber. 1977. Suffolk
Rural Life 1807-1823 Jones, Joyce. Seedtime & Harvest: The diary of an Essex farmer William Barnard of Harlowbury 1807-23. Chelmsford, England: Essex Record Office. 1992. Essex
Rural Life 1770-1980 Armstrong, Alan. Farmworkers in England and Wales: a social and economic history, 1770-1980. Ames: Iowa State University Press. 1988. England & Wales
Women's History before 1939 Davies, Margaret Llewelyn. No One But A Woman Knows: Stories of Motherhood Before the War. London: Virago Press. 2012.
Women's History 1850-1930 Davies, Margaret Llewelyn, and Virginia Woolf. Life as we have known it: the voices of working-class women. 2012. [1915 edition] England & Wales
Women's History 1850-1950 Ward, Margaret. A Dictionary of Female Occupations: Women's Employment 1850-1950. Luton: Andrews UK Ltd. 2011. England
Working Class Life 1909-1913 Reeves, Maud Pember. Round about a pound a week. London: Persephone Books. 2008. Lambeth
Life at sea 1793-1815 King, Dean and John B. Hattendorf, editors. Every Man Will Do His Duty: An Anthology of Firsthand Accounts From The Age Of Nelson 1793-1815. New York: Henry Holt and Company, Inc. 1997.
Life at sea Robertson, Una A. Mariners' Meal Times & Other Daily Details of life on board a sailing warship. Dundee, Scotland: The Unicorn Preservation Society. 1981. [55 pages]
Life at sea 1810-1840 Leech, Samuel, and Richard Henry Dana. Six years in a man-of-war: or, A voice from the main deck : being a record of the thirty years' adventures of Samuel Leech. Boston: J.M. Whittemore & Co. 1843. England
Mining Jenkin, A. K. Hamilton. The Cornish miner: an account of his life above and underground from early times. Newton Abbot: David & Charles Reprints. 1972. [351 pages] Cornwall
Mining 1840's Great Britain (British Parliamentary Papers). Children's Employment Commission: first report of the Commissioners, mines. Irish University Press. 1968. England, Scotland, Wales
Grave robbers 1811-1812 Bailey, James Blake. The Diary of a Resurrectionist, 1811-1812. https://www.gutenberg.org/files/32614/32614-h/32614-h.htm London
Military Voices of Liberation: Capturing the Memories of the "Greatest Generation". Commonwealth War Graves Commission https://www.cwgc.org/
Occupations Wilkes, Sue. Ancestors At Work: Teachers. BBC who do you think you are? magazine. London: BBC Worldwide Ltd. Issue 145 November 2018. pp 59-61. England
Occupations 1700-1900 Foy, Karen. "Brewer's gold." Family History Monthly, September 2007, 30-32. London; Kent
Occupations 1900s Matheson, Dr Rosa. "My ancestor was a Female railway clerk." Who Do You Think You Are?, September 2018, 71-73. England
Occupations 1940s Major, Susan. Female railway workers in World War II.England: Pen & Sword Transport. 2018.
Occupations 1700s-1900s Storey, Neil. "Ancestors at work: The drover." Family Tree Magazine, February 2009, 15-18. England; Wales
Every day life 1937-1950s Mass Observation Archive England
Occupations 1827-1842 Wright, Pip and Joy and Leonie Robinson. The Diary of a poor Suffolk woodman. Cromer, England: Poppyland Publishing. 2004. Suffolk
Diary 1833-1861 Darby, Adelaide, Rachel Labouchere, and Emyr Thomas. Adelaide Darby of Coalbrookdale: her private journal from 1833-1861. York: Sessions Book Trust in association with Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. 2004. Shropshire
Photos National Science and Media Museum: Frank Meadow Sutcliffe's Whitby workers.
Photos National Science and Media Museum: Peter Henry Emerson's Norfolk country folk. Norfolk
Photos 1919-2006 Britian from Above. Aerial photography.
parish life 1803-1834 Skinner, John, and Howard Coombs. Journal of a Somerset rector: 1803-1834. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Pr. 1985.
war prisoners 1797-1814 Williams, Teresa. "Prisoners of war: POWs at Norman Cross." Practical Family History, September 2004, 48-51. England
war prisoners 1811-1814 Doisy de Villargennes, Adelbert J. Reminiscences of army life under Napoleon Bonaparte. Cincinnati: R. Clarke. 1884. England, Scotland
convicts 1823-1863 Mortimer, Brenda. "Prisoners in paradise." Ancestors, February 2009, 40-44. England, Bermuda
convicts 1860s Account of Life on the Convict Hulks. William Sydes, alias Jones, One of the Prisoners. Bermuda Historical Quarterly, 8 (1951): 28-39. England, Bermuda
salt workers Wilkes, Sue. "The Salt Workers of Cheshire." Who Do You Think You Are?, January 2012, 73-75. Cheshire
Army pensioners 1790 Hore, Liz. "Family or Country: Chelsea out-pensioners in the late-eighteenth century." Ancestors, May 2003, 44-49. England
teachers Wilkes, Sue. "Ancestors At Work: Teachers." Who Do You Think You Are?, November 2018, 59-61. England
house servants 19th century Hatfield, Emma. "Upstairs Downstairs." Practical Family History, December 2009, 12-16. England
cotton mill workers 1780-1921 Burlison, Robert. "When Cotton Was King." Practical Family History, October 2009, 12-16. England
hat makers Powling, Margaret. "If You Want to Get Ahead... " Ancestors, January 2009, 27-24. England
Rural life 1837-1901 Rural Life in Victorian England England