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HistoryWorld is an interactive online history encyclopaedia that seeks to make world history more easily accessible through interactive narratives and timelines.[1] It was established by Bamber Gascoigne[2][3][4] who has been developing it since 1994.[5][6] It went online in June 2001[7][8][9][10] and in 2002 it won the New Statesman New Media award for the best educational website.[5][6] In 2007 Gascoigne launched a related site, at TimeSearch, using timelines as a way of searching the internet.[10]

HistoryWorld currently consists of about 300 narratives and some 10,000 events on searchable timelines.[1] All the content (apart from "The Wellcome History of Medicine", by Dr Carole Reeves)[11] has been written by Gascoigne.[12]

The HistoryWorld website, which is free to use, also contains more than 5000 entries from Gascoigne's Encyclopedia of Britain, originally published by Macmillan in 1993,[13] and a pilot project, Places in History for Richmond-upon-Thames, which uses placemarks in Google Maps to identify the exact position of a building, street or other feature, with a satellite view of the location. The maps then link to pages in HistoryWorld for historical details, images and timelines.[14]

Harvey McGavin, writing in the TES, said that the history website "is remarkably easy to navigate" and "should help teachers and pupils find all the answers".[9]


  1. ^ a b "About Us". HistoryWorld. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  2. ^ "History and Timelines". HistoryWorld. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
  3. ^ Midgley, Neil (8 April 2012). "Bamber Gascoigne's Diamond Jubilee challenge". The Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Bamber Gascoigne: My six best books". Daily Express. 6 August 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  5. ^ a b "University Challenge... University Re-Challenge". Keele on "University Challenge". Keele University. 2008. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  6. ^ a b Adlam, James (19 December 2003). "New arts post for Bamber". News Shopper. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Gascoigne makes interactive history". The Guardian. 19 June 2001. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  8. ^ Gascoigne, Bamber (7 August 2010). "Why Google won't kill off the quiz". Daily Mail. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  9. ^ a b McGavin, Harvey (11 May 2008). "Ask the quiz master". TES. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  10. ^ a b "University Challenged". Inside Out Festival. 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  11. ^ "Wellcome Trust contribution to HistoryWorld goes live" (PDF). Wellcome History (19). February 2002.
  12. ^ "HistoryWorld – how to cite". HistoryWorld. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  13. ^ Gascoigne, Bamber. "Encyclopedia of Britain". HistoryWorld. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  14. ^ Gascoigne, Bamber. "HistoryWorld's Places in History Richmond-upon-Thames". HistoryWorld. Retrieved 3 September 2014.

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