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These pages contain a subject and place index (still under construction!) to the books scanned to create the British Library's Mechanical Curator collection of images.

Each entry in the index points to the images on Flickr which match the tag for the book. Additionally, when there are images from a book that have been copied over to Commons, this is shown with a green clickable  (Book cat link, which links to the relevant Commons category for the book.

A full list of the titles of the books that were scanned for the collection is also available, at

Commons:British Library/Mechanical Curator collection/Full list of books

and succeeding pages, which may help browsing what is available.

The index is not (yet) complete. As of January 22, 2014 the titles in the detailed part of the index below accounted for about 40% of the images in the whole collection. A further 35% of images can be found through a more loosely organised set of "to do" pages constructed based on the books' class-marks, while a further 20% of images occur in books which are classed below as fiction, plays, verse or works. The focus of the indexing so far has been mostly geographical, with little development as yet of thematic classification.

The Commons main project page for the collection gives some further hints on searching; on how to upload the images to Commons, and on how to tag images on Flickr. If you do upload images to Commons, please create a Commons category for the book they were taken from, like those in Category:Books with images from the British Library Mechanical Curator collection, and include the images in it. The template {{HasBookCat}} can then be used to create a link to the category (on a green background) from the book's entry in this list.

Georeferencing campaign: For any titles below that have a  to georef template, please click on that templated link to find the thumbnails and then the pages on Flickr for the relevant map and plan images, and follow the links in their image description sections to the BL/Klokan Georeferencer to place the images on a present-day map of the world. This in turn should allow the map images' ready upload to Wikimedia Commons with reasonably accurate automatic categorisation. See also: BL information page and overall progress page.

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Fiction | Plays | Verse | Works            More Books

British IslesEdit

– map booksEdit


(also "England and Wales")
See also: ./to do/England and ./to do/EngScotWal

– map books Edit

– routes and journeys Edit

– history Edit

–– by periodEdit
Saxon and pre-conquestEdit
–– military historyEdit


This section is transcluded from Synoptic index/London.

— MiddlesexEdit
— City corporation and livery companiesEdit
— social LondonEdit
— landmarksEdit
— churchesEdit

— districtsEdit



East of EnglandEdit

This section is transcluded from Synoptic index/England - East.

– Bedfordshire Edit

– Cambridgeshire Edit

– Essex Edit

– Hertfordshire Edit

–– St Albans Edit
–– Other places in Hertfordshire Edit

– Huntingdonshire Edit

– Norfolk Edit

–– Norfolk Broads Edit
–– Norwich Edit
–– King's Lynn Edit
–– Lowestoft Edit
–– Yarmouth Edit
–– Other places in Norfolk Edit

– Suffolk Edit

–– Ipswich Edit
–– Other places in Suffolk Edit


This section is transcluded from Synoptic index/England - South East.

– Berkshire Edit

–– Reading Edit
–– Windsor (and Eton) Edit
–– Other places in Berkshire Edit

– Buckinghamshire Edit

– Hampshire Edit

–– Southampton Edit
–– Portsmouth (and Southsea) Edit
–– Winchester Edit
–– Other places in Hampshire Edit

– Isle of Wight Edit

– Kent Edit

–– Canterbury Edit
–– Dover Edit
–– Rochester Edit
–– Other places in Kent Edit

– Oxfordshire Edit

–– Oxford Edit
–– Other places in Oxfordshire Edit

– Surrey Edit

–– Guildford Edit
–– Other places in Surrey Edit

– Sussex Edit

–– Brighton Edit
–– Chichester Edit
–– Hastings Edit
–– Other places in Sussex Edit


This section is transcluded from Synoptic index/England - South West.

– Cornwall Edit

–– Places in Cornwall Edit

– Devon Edit

–– Exeter Edit
–– Plymouth Edit
–– Dartmoor Edit
–– Other places in Devon Edit

– Dorset Edit

– Bournemouth Edit
– Weymouth and Portland Edit
– Other places in Dorset Edit

– Gloucestershire Edit

–– Bristol Edit
–– Clifton Edit
–– Cheltenham Edit
–– Gloucester Edit
–– Other places in Gloucestershire Edit

– Somerset Edit

–– Bath Edit
–– Other places in Somerset Edit

– Wiltshire Edit

West MidlandsEdit

This section is transcluded from Synoptic index/England - West Midlands.

– Birmingham Edit

– Herefordshire Edit

–– Hereford Edit
–– Other places in Herefordshire Edit

– Shropshire Edit

–– Shrewsbury Edit
–– Other places in Shropshire Edit

– Staffordshire Edit

–– Places in Staffordshire Edit

– Warwickshire Edit

–– Coventry Edit
–– Rugby Edit
–– Warwick Edit
–– Other places in Warwickshire Edit

– Worcestershire Edit

–– Worcester Edit
–– Other places in Worcestershire Edit

East MidlandsEdit

This section is transcluded from Synoptic index/England - East Midlands.

– Derbyshire Edit

–– Peak District Edit

–– Derby Edit
–– Other places in Derbyshire Edit

– Leicestershire Edit

–– Leicester Edit
–– Other places in Leicestershire Edit

– Lincolnshire Edit

–– Lincoln Edit
–– Other places in Lincolnshire Edit

– Northamptonshire Edit

–– Northampton Edit
–– Other places in Northamptonshire Edit

– Nottinghamshire Edit

–– Nottingham Edit
–– Other places in Nottinghamshire Edit

– Rutland Edit


This section is transcluded from Synoptic index/England - Yorkshire.

– York Edit

– North YorkshireEdit

–– ClevelandEdit
–– CravenEdit
–– HambletonEdit
–– HarrogateEdit
–– MiddlesboroughEdit
–– RichmondshireEdit
–– RydedaleEdit
–– ScarboroughEdit
–– SelbyEdit

– West YorkshireEdit

–– BradfordEdit
–– CalderdaleEdit
–– KirkleesEdit
–– LeedsEdit
–– WakefieldEdit

– East YorkshireEdit

–– HullEdit
–– Other places in East YorkshireEdit

– South YorkshireEdit

–– BarnsleyEdit
–– DoncasterEdit
–– RotherhamEdit
–– SheffieldEdit


This section is transcluded from Synoptic index/England - North West.

– Cheshire Edit

–– Chester Edit
–– Other places in Cheshire Edit

– Lancashire Edit

–– Lancaster Edit
–– Liverpool Edit
–– Manchester Edit
–– Other places in Lancashire Edit

– Cumbria Edit

–– Carlisle Edit
–– Lake District Edit
–– Other places now in Cumbria Edit

– Isle of Man Edit


This section is transcluded from Synoptic index/England - North East.

– County Durham Edit

– Tyne and Wear Edit

–– Gateshead Edit
–– Newcastle Edit
–– Sunderland Edit

– Northumberland Edit


This section is transcluded from Synoptic index/Scotland.

See also: ./to do/Scotland and ./to do/EngScotWal

– map books Edit

– history Edit

Edinburgh and the LothiansEdit