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British and Irish Studies: Statistics and Data

Detailed Census Data

The 2001 Census Grid Square Dataset for Northern Ireland is available from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) by contacting NISRA Census Customer Services at


The SASPAC consortium at provides packaged census data and access software


A wide range of census counts for 1971, 1981 and 1991, for aggregations of areas modelled from 1981 wards, are included on a CD published with the book:Rees P, Martin D. and Williamson P. [eds] (2002) The Census Data System, London: Wiley. Perkins BostockTK5105.35 .C44 2002





Mitchell, B. R. British historical statistics  Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1988 Perkins/Bostock Library Reference  HA1134 .M58 1988 
A standard reference book that gives the major economic and social statistical series for the British Isles from the earliest available, in the twelfth century, to 1980-81.

Office of National Statistics (National Statistics Online)
Free access to data produced by the Office for National Statistics, government departments and devolved administrations.
Easy access to Census data by place or postcode.

Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency

Official Labour Market Statistics
Scotland's Census Results Online

The portal to Ireland's official statistics.

Census Records in the National Archives
Records for  1841-1901 are online.

A Vision of Britain through Time
This site contains information about a local area from the 2001 census -- and from every earlier British census back to 1801. It can present this information both as maps of the whole country and as graphs showing change over time in a local area.

UK Data Archive
The UK Data Archive (UKDA) is an internationally-renowned centre of expertise in data acquisition, preservation, dissemination and promotion; is curator of the largest collection of digital data in the social sciences in the UK and houses a major collection of computerised historical material, including the Economic and Social Data Series.
AHDS History
one of the five centres of the Arts and Humanities Data Service and collects, preserves, and promotes the use of digital resources, which result from or support historical research, learning and teaching.
 Histpop: Online Historical Population Reports
Also from the UKDA this collection provides online access to the complete British population reports for Britain and Ireland from 1801 to 1937.
NDAD: National Digital Archive of Datasets
 preserves and provides online access to archived digital datasets and documents from UK central government departments. spans 40 years of recent history, with the earliest available dataset dating back to about 1963.
Arts and Humanities Data Service
Digital resources for the Arts and Humanities.
What was the Exchange Rate Then? 
Find the exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and the British pound for any year between 1791 and 1999. (From Economic History Services).
Current Value of Old Money
Sources which attempt to answer the question "how much would a specified amount of money at a certain period of time be worth today?"
What was the UK GDP then?
Another useful service from Economic History Services.
Slave Movement during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Online data archive on the Atlantic Slave Trade.

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