These are two related initiative that can be a great help when trying to do a little research form the comfort of ones own computer. contains the Wayback Machine which archives snap shot of websites. You can thus see pages on websites as they used to be. However, also contains free and complete copies of many books that are out of copyright and in the public domain. aims to get "One web page for every book ever published". You can search for the details of […]


The idea is simple enough: to investigate the area of London known as Alsatia, and other similar ‘outlaw’ areas, their history, context and meanings. There are many tantalising references, but nothing substantial on the subject, so it offers challenges and rewards. Of course, I could just do some searching, some reading, and perhaps write an article or suchlike. But keeping track of all the fragments, questions and resonances requires some organization, and that in turn requires some tools. ... […]

The Struggle Site

A website that has a lot of infomation about anarchism and some history pamphlets. For the first decade or so of the web the struggle site provided a home for pages concerned with the struggle for freedom. This included social struggles in Ireland; the Zapatistas, Irish history, anarchist theory and history, globalisation and many others. In 2004 there were over 5,000 documents and images on this site.

Google Books

Here is a list of some things of interset that can be found on Google Books: The Bristol riots, their causes, progress, and consequences. By a citizen [J. Eagles.]. A first hand account of the 1831 uprising from a concerned and upset citizen (yes, you guessed it not one of the mob). Trial of Charles Pinney. The Lord Mayor of Bristol during the 1831 uprising gets put on trial for failing to deal with the great unwashed. An Essay on the Impolicy of the African Slave Trade: In Two Parts. A seminal […]

History Our Weapon

Over 650 scanned pages of hard to find speeches, articles, pamphlets, etc about a range of resistance in US history. Here's a small sample: A People's History Of The United States by Howard Zinn (the whole goddamn thing) The War Prayer by Mark Twain Strike Against War by Helen Keller George Jackson: Black Revolutionary By Walter Rodney Brief Account of the Devastation of the Indies by Bartoleme de Las Casas Eugene Debs' Statement to the Court Upon Being Convicted of Violating the Sedition Act […]

Barton Hill History Group

The Barton Hill History Group was founded in 1983 After an inspirational local community exhibition at the Barton Hill Settlement, the Barton Hill History Group was formed in September 1983. The aim of learning about Barton Hill's past proved popular and, directed by an enthusiastic committee the Group steadily grew. Since then, through many displays, meetings, presentations, publications and exhibitions, the BHHG has matured into Bristol's most active, consistent and imaginative local history […]

Sparrows Nest Library & Archive

The Sparrows' Nest was established in 2008 by members of the Anarchist Federation’s Nottingham group with the involvement of other class struggle anarchists. It is a ‘Centre for Anarchist Culture and Education’, in a house, in St. Ann’s. The Library and Archive is our major project. We set it up to inform people about the ideology and history of Anarchism in its many forms, and about working class struggles in our region.Sparrows Nest Library & Archive.