The History Data Service collection

The History Data Service data collection brings together over 650 separate studies transcribed, scanned or compiled from historical sources. These resources can be searched for through the UK Data Service data catalogue.

The studies cover a wide range of historical topics, from the seventh century to the twentieth century. Although the primary focus of the collection is on the United Kingdom, it also includes a significant body of cross-national and international data collections. The topics covered include: nineteenth and twentieth century statistics, manuscript census records, state finance data, demographic data, mortality data, community histories, electoral history and economic indicators.

You can browse our data catalogue for historical data by using the data type facet and selecting ‘Historical data.’ You can search by theme or search by Subject Keyword.

Other useful historical data collections

Integrated Census Microdata (I-CeM)

I-CEM provides standardised and integrated historical census microdata for Great Britain for the period 1851 to 1911. It is available through the UK Data Archive.

Historical Population Reports (Histpop)

Hosted by the UK Data Archive, the Historical Population Reports (OHPR) collection provides online access to the complete British population reports for Britain and Ireland from 1801 to 1937.

The National Archives

The National Archives is home to millions of historical records, created by UK central government departments and major courts of law.