I have just stumbled across the BEST site for primary sources on the web! I am so excited! Whether you are looking for an image of an historical figure, such as dancer Madame Celeste (pictured here as the Maid of Cashmere, V&A) or an example of a 19th century wedding dress (pictured, V&A)you will find them by searching on Creative Spaces.
Creative Spaces pools images of more tan 300,000 objects from the wonderful collections of the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Tate, the Imperial War Museum, the Sir John Soames Museum, the Wallace Collection, the Natural History Museum and the Royal Armouries Museum. For those of us who live outside of London and have little access to these phenomenal national collections, this is a godsend.
Once you have found your desired object, you can add it to an online notebook with comments. This enables you to build up your own personal online collection - invaluable for the historical author. You could, for example, have a collection of objects from 1825, or of historic figures of the regency era, of waistcoats, or 19th century wedding dresses. The possibilities are endless. You can even use the site as a social networking resource, to find others who share your interests.
Having found this resource I cannot wait to start exploring!