Sandeep Dhaliwal, our Tri-borough Reference Librarian, writes:
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (DNB) is the national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century. It is free for library members and now includes biographies of 59,003 men and women who died in or before the year 2010 — plus 504 ‘Theme’ articles for reference and research.
If you’re into lists, try Chiefs of the Secret Intelligence Service or Captains of the England Cricket Team– how about a list of Musical chart-toppers, Angry young men, or Viking and Scandinavian kings and leaders?
Want to know more about the DNB?
- No living person is included in the DNB; it currently covers those who died in or before the year 2010.
- To have an entry in the Dictionary is not an ‘honour;’ rather it’s an acknowledgement that an individual has shaped an aspect of national life (for good or ill), and is duly recorded for today’s, and future readers and researchers with an interest in the British past.
- Includes over 11,500 portraits covering 2000 years of British history, the portraits include a wide range of forms—busts, medals, statues, effigies, death masks, and silhouettes, as well as more ‘conventional’ paintings and photographs.
- Accessibility: Free to use and available 24/7!
Below is an example of a typical entry which includes wealth at death, sources and referencing at the very bottom;
In case you’re interested, Sir Bobby Robson’s wealth at death was £3,552,430!
A full list of online resources which the library service currently offers is available here: http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/leisureandlibraries/libraries/onlinedatabases.aspx
For a demonstration of a particular resource at Kensington Reference Library please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. A member of staff will be delighted to help and set you off on your own journey of discovery.
June’s blog entry will feature Learning Nexus.