British History Resources

There are all kinds of resources available to help you learn more about British History. Here are some to start you off:-

BBC History Magazine

The BBC History magazine is a top quality publication from the renowned British Broadcasting Corporation. It is published once a month and is available to subscribers worldwide. On their website, the magazine is described as:

bbc history mag“Covering all periods from prehistory to the 20th century, each issue is packed with the latest news, in-depth features and much more. BBC History Magazine is Britain’s best-selling history magazine, helping you bring Britain’s and the world’s rich past to life. Each issue provides you with accessible and informative features from leading academic historians. Covering an extensive range of periods, we uncover history, British and worldwide, from Prehistory to the 20th century. With a a 25-strong advisory board of leading historians including Professor Simon Schama, Laurence Rees and Professor Ian Kershaw.”

Current subscription costs are £31.20 for 12 issues for suscribers in the UK, £42.65 for 12 issues for subscribers in Europe, £45.50 for US and Australian subscribers. Find out more at

HerStoria Magazine

I’ve just subscribed to this new history magazine which its editor describes as:

herstoria cover“a new magazine of women’s history designed to turn a kaleidoscope on the past to uncover a different history — women’s history — and celebrate the women who made it.

HerStoria was born out of frustration with the male bias of top-selling popular history magazines and their emphasis on ‘great men’ and war. We aim to explore history from a female perspective, to surprise, entertain, inform and create a community. Each issue will include articles, features, news, interviews, reviews, listings and much more. HerStoria is not a woman’s magazine — it’s for anyone who knows that history isn’t only a one-sided story ….”

HerStoria is edited by Claire Jones who holds a doctorate in women’s history. She has published widely on women’s history and is also an associate lecturer at the University of Liverpool. The magazine is published 4 times a year and you can find out more at

Historic Royal Palaces Videos

Historic Royal Palaces, the charity which owns Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London and other historic buildings, has got its own YouTube channel with lots of educational videos on available. They are mainly on Henry VIII, and his wives, but there are also some on general Tudor life. Here is just one of the videos on their channel:-

See more videos at


With 2009 being the 500th anniversary of Henry’s accession to the throne, the British Library are celebrating with some fantastic podcasts. Find out more about the father of Elizabeth I at the British Library website – see or download on iTunes.


We have some great Elizabeth resources listed on our Elizabeth Files Amazon US and UK Stores – see

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