Most of the history you're familiar with is Great History: the ways of nations, great lives, great battles, great inventions. Yet all that greatness is rooted in the rich earth of small history: the ways of obscure individuals and communities, the events that could happen to anybody. Past Presented exists to bring you examples of small history; the history of which you are a vital part.

THE RESOURCESA dodgy Victorian view of Stonehenge


The 2012 Olympic Torch relay at Carlisle

The beach bungalows of Lowside Quarter

The Eskdale Project!

... including The Real Austhwaite

The Parton Project!!

The great storms of 1795-6

Books and research services

Workington Albums picture index

News from Cumbria, 1730s [to be expanded]

News from Cumbria, 1776-79

Allonby news index (mostly 19th century)

Index to poems by Charles Graham of Penrith, 1778

Lucinda's tour to the Lake District, c1781

The regattas near Keswick, early reports (1779-86)

Mary Barker: artist, musician, novelist, poet, friend of Wordsworth, non-entity...

The old Easedale Tarn refreshment hut

The old Baths on Silloth green

Cockermouth's Old and High Meeting Houses

Views around Millom steelworks, 1968

Views of Calder Abbey and vicinity, c1971

Old Haweswater and Mardale on Google Earth


The Rural Deanery of Gosforth (Rev. A.G. Loftie, 1889)

Months at the Lakes (Rev. H.D. Rawnsley, 1906)


The Corporal Pit disaster, 1737

The Whitehaven art exhibition, 1826

The beginnings of the Theatre Royal, 1769-82

-and the dramatic sequel for its rival on Albion Street, 1783-93

John Paul Jones in Whitehaven, 1778

bonus! John Paul Jones & Bonhomme Richard, 1779

Death at the circus, 1836

A Whitehaven panorama, c1839

Google Map of Victorian pubs & inns

Google Map of historic religious buildings

Fireworks and tall ships, 2002

Fireworks and festivals- videos 2009

Festival Friday Fireworks 2012

Assorted local snapshots


Lost Mansfield

Mansfield tithe award (text file) (and maps)

Nottingham's Millennium parties


Pictures of rock bands live, 1975-6


The Great Frost of 1683-4

Stormy Weather (in the 18th century)

Dark-age chronologies in parallel

Views around the Lune estuary, Lancashire, 1975-6

A very cynical 18th century "Devil's Dictionary"

The Vinland Map and other controversies

#nbcfail in the 2012 Olympic Opening

"Plain truth will influence half a score of men at most in a nation, or an age, while mystery will lead millions by the nose.": Henry St. John, Viscount Bolingbroke, in a letter dated 1721.
The Extras!