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Welcome to the England Topics Page


Are you fascinated by a particular aspect of history and drawn to make or improve profiles for a particular type of person? Suffragettes? Early residents of the street you live in? Quakers? The people involved in the peasants' revolt of 1381? One of the topics might be the place for you - or perhaps you would like to start your own topic?

Lots of support available, please get in touch if you would like to get involved or start something new.

The Project Co-ordinators for Topics are Ros Haywood and Marjorie Gibbon. Ros has been involved in getting several of the EP topics off the ground and making them what they are, and Marjorie was inspired to make the topic A House Through Time, 5 Ravensworth Terrace after seeing the TV series set in her home town, Newcastle upon Tyne.


Topics are ways to bring together and curate English profiles under a common theme.

For the National Topics we want to create flagship profiles that will be a lasting legacy for future generations. We do this in conjunction with the Managed Profiles team which works on the profiles managed and protected by England as well as the Profile Improvements team.

The Topics

Most of the topics cover themes that are widespread throughout England, or across multiple counties or cities and towns. A few of the topics are very localised covering the residents of one building or a particular group of people in a certain location and time - see below.

Local Topics

  • A House Through Time: 5 Ravensworth Terrace. The house at 5, Ravensworth Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, featured in the second series of 'A House Through Time' on BBC2 in April 2019. This page traces the lives of some of the occupants.
  • Beckingham Quakers. A page detailing the early Quakers in the Beckingham area of Lincolnshire and Barnby in the Willows in Nottinghamshire either side of the River Witham during the first decade of the group: 1654-1664.
  • Islington Institute 1939 Part of the workhouse for the parish of St Mary's Islington. The location on St Johns Road was erected in 1869-1870. This is a list of all its residents.
  • Westbridge Cottages. Built in 1850 to house mining families in Tavistock, Devon. This page looks at the first residents of these distinctive buildings.

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I was in touch a few months ago - I've been working on a page for the 'A House Through Time' series set in Newcastle (, and am wondering what to do next. It's not quite finished, needs a few edits and a few more profiles to make, but getting there. I see that the other two local topics in the England Project work in different ways - the Westbridge Cottages work as a category and the Beckingham Quakers have a link to the page in the text of their profile, not a category. Grateful for advice on how to proceed from here - I know that I will have to go back and edit each of the profiles to link them to the page, but would it be better as a category or as a link in the text? Thanks, Marjorie