Posts Tagged ‘biography’

Queen Victoria’s Journals

May 30, 2012

The Royal Archives, Bodleian Libraries and Proquest have teamed up to make Queen Victoria’s Journals free accessibly online for the first time. It seems appropriate in the Diamond Jubilee year of our own Queen that these wonderful documents are being made available especially as Queen Victoria was the first monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee. 13 volumes of her journals survive and cover the period from Queen Victoria’s childhood days to her Accession to the Throne, marriage to Prince Albert, and later, her Golden and Diamond Jubilees. These amazing journals can be read in Queen Victoria’s own hand or through transcripts bring to life this historic archive giving us new insights and understanding of the past.

You can explore them for yourself here


Dickens’ Birthday

February 7, 2012

It’s the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birthday today – even Google is celebrating with one of their occasional doodles (see below).

We won’t try to link to all the free versions of Dickens’ books which you can download for your Kindle or other, they’re easy enough to find via your favourite ebook site.

Portsmouth, Dickens’ birthplace of course, has a number of events happening and TOTD is looking forward to seeing Simon Callow reading excerpts from his new biography at the New Theatre Royal: As someone who has played Dickens on stage and even in Doctor Who (, to great acclaim, he’s the ideal choice.  You can see him talking about the great man here:


The Galileo Project

October 29, 2009

A source of information on Galileo for “all ages and levels of expertise”.  If you weren’t well up on the man, this site will change that: