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CitizenshipPast aims to open up access to key historical documents about the development of citizenship in British Society across the centuries, including:

  • a Citizenship Past Web gateway tracing the development of citizenship in Britain from the 18th century through to the present day including: health; children; women; families and family life; housing; social inclusion / exclusion; development of the welfare state; education and training; employment and industrial relations; working conditions
  • over 10,000 British government and parliamentary papers from the 18th to 20th centuries, providing fundamental information about the development of Citizenship in British society over three centuries. NOF funding will revolutionise access to over 300 years of official information, making it keyword searchable at the level of individual words within over one million pages of original documents. Read on…
  • 100,000 pages of documentary evidence relating to womens history from the 11th century to the present day: documents about, and papers belonging to famous women of the past (for instance the Bronte sisters, and the early feminist diarist, Ann Lister), and those forgotten by history: bringing to life through documentary evidence the lives of ordinary women and the socially excluded (for instance those committed to asylums in the 19th century) Read on
  • the hidden lives of children from some of the poorest and most socially excluded groups: the development of child welfare (including the digitisation of 19th case histories of children taken into care); child employment and training; family life and living conditions; children with impairments. Read on
  • major new learning resources in support of all the above materials will be created helping lifelong learners to interpret and understand them.

CitizenshipPast is being developed by