Highlights of the latest updates

 Horatio Nelson, Viscount Nelson  Nyree Dawn Porter  Constantine I  Anne Boleyn  Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill   Eileen Forrester Agar

Since 2005, regular updates to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford DNB) online have extended the Dictionary’s coverage to now include biographies of tens of thousands of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century.

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Latest update: March 2018

Recent updates

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Image credits:

Horatio Nelson, Viscount Nelson (1758–1805): by Sir William Beechey, 1800. © National Portrait Gallery, London

Nyree Dawn Porter (1936–2001): by Vivienne, 1960s. © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

Constantine I (272/33–337): head. photograph: AKG London

Anne (c. 1500–1536): by unknown artist, late 16th cent. [original, c.1533–6]. © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874–1965): by Walter Sickert, 1927. © courtesy Estate of Walter Sickert; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

Eileen Forrester Agar (1899–1991): self-portrait, 1927. © Estate of Eileen Agar; collection National Portrait Gallery, London