Britain Unlimited covers the lives and history of 250 of Great Britain’s most famous people.
We have chosen two hundred and fifty iconic Britons to tell the story of Britain itself. Each page gives you an easy to read guide to who the person was and what they were famous for. It tells you what they did and where they went in a chronological biography and also lists relevant locations so that you too can follow in their footsteps for research or purely for pleasure. You can select the information you need from one of the menus for either their surname or a subject, or you can just visit the Full List of 250. We cover people from the Roman Empire to those who died in the Twentieth Century and with our historical timelines you can see how they fitted into the world around them.
On Britain Unlimited you’ll also find museums dedicated to their memory, places they lived in or visited and examples of the works they achieved. You’ll find lists of the books they wrote and the pictures they painted. In fact everything you need to know to get a flavour of the people that made Britain great. This site is dedicated to individual people so you will not find Kings and Queens the timelines relate a person to a particular reign. If you want to see who was the Prime Minister at the time choose the year from this list.
Follow the links in the top or side menus for further information about the United Kingdom itself and the organisations and companies that can help you find out more on your chosen subject.
We like to see who the most popular characters are on Britain Unlimited and each year we check to see who has been most read. In 2017 the top ten Britons were:
- Grace Darling. Lifeboat heroine who rescued survivors in a rowing boat.
- William Wordsworth. One of the Romantic Lake Poets.
- Richard Arkwright. An Eighteenth Century pioneer of industrial equipment.
- Edward Burra. A Twentieth century painter of landscapes and surrealist works.
- E.M. Forster. An early Twentieth Century novelist famous for “A Room with a View”.
- Florence Nightingale. Famous for setting up a nursing corps during the Crimean War.
- Abraham Darby. Dynasty famous for setting up the Coalbrookdale Iron works and producing the first Iron Bridge.
- Sir Francis Bacon. An Elizabethan scholar and Statesman.
- Christopher Wren. Seventeenth Century architect most notably of St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
- George Cadbury. Industrialist and philanthropist famous for founding the chocolate empire.
In 2016 the top ten Britons amongst our readers were:
…and if all that wasn’t enough there’s information on hotels and accommodation, travel tips, tours and how to find historic houses.
Enjoy reading Britain Unlimited and maybe you’ll discover something new today about the Britain you love.