This is where you can download parts of the data behind A Vision of Britain through Time, for use in your own projects. For legal reasons, and to avoid overloading our computer, downloading is limited to users in UK universities, colleges and schools. We do not maintain our own list of registered users, so your institution needs to belong to the UK Federation. If you are not in the Federation, we are very happy to discuss data licensing. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We currently offer three types of content for download:
The Statistics by topic tab offers access to data about our data including definitions of how our collection of statistics is stored and to the documentation system for the older, more traditional, but larger GB Historical Database.
All downloads are supplied as compressed archive files which also include guidelines on citation and acknowledgment, and detailed copyright terms. Please respect these.
Please click on the name of the boundaries you wish to download.
Zoom and centre the map on your location of interest, then click 'Search' to find available statistics.
We are sorry, but we do not have statistics for this location and chosen date range. Please choose a different location or date range, and try searching again.
The Vision of Britain system holds a large library of historical statistics. We store all the data values in one big list, and for each value we record:
We record WHAT each number measures via our implementation of the Aggregate/Tabular Data Extension developed by the Data Documentation Initiative. This places each data value within an nCube whose dimensions are defined by variables (sometimes organised into variable groups), like occupation and gender and age, each of which is a set of categories, such as "Males" and "Females":
Enter a search term below to find relevant nCubes from our statistical database:
Themes are used in the Vision of Britain system to organise all our statistical data into a small number of broad categories, often identified by icons on the web site. The following Themes are currently defined:
Most of the material in Vision of Britain has been imported from an older, larger and more traditional system called the Great Britain Historical Database. The more traditional structure means we cannot provide users with direct access to the contents of GBHDB, only this documentation system. Direct access to the contents of GBHDB is available for download via the UK Data Archive.