Welcome to the new Whitaker’s website!
For the first time in 148 years Whitaker’s Almanack launches its own content online.
When the first edition of Whitaker’s Almanack was published on 10 December 1868, Queen Victoria had been on the throne for 31 years and Gladstone had been Prime Minister for just seven days. The compilation of that very first edition must have been a mammoth task and it is nearly impossible to conceive in this day and age how Joseph Whitaker even began such an extensive undertaking without the internet, email and the phone.
Even today, updating Whitaker’s remains a monumental task, with thousands of organisations and government departments contacted each year to ensure that Whitaker’s is completely up-to-date. Using this website, readers will be able to subscribe to the whole content of Whitaker’s, or pay for and download individual sections or chapters of content as and when required.
Throughout the year, updated content and statistics will be made available online ahead of publication of the next print edition, and subscribers will be able to access this new material straight away.
So, exactly what is in Whitaker’s?
•A list of who’s who in government and defence, complete listings of government departments, executive agencies, the cabinet and chief whips; the head of the armed forces, the Army, the RAF and the Royal Navy plus all the other top-ranking key defence personnel
•A top-down explanation of the complete system of UK governance: how parliament and the devolved administrations work, the structure of local government and a complete listing of all local authorities with details of their chief executives and average council tax
•An account of every aspect of the transport, energy, water and communication industries, from car tax to nuclear energy, internet and technology
•Profiles of every country of the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, featuring maps, timelines, population statistics and information on the death penalty, heads of state and the embassies
•The current Royal Family, Kings and Queens through history, peerage, knights, orders of chivalry and chiefs of clans
•The key calendar information that makes Whitaker’s an ‘almanack’ – dates of religious festivals, the Queen’s official birthday, measurement of time and chapters on astronomy and tides
•15 topical reviews of the year including archaeology, theatre, music and weather, written by experts in each area, as well as guides to UK law, education, taxation and stamp duty
•Weekly rates and conditions of entitlement to all social security benefits including: Jobseeker’s Allowance, State Pension, Income Support and Statutory Maternity Pay
•Listings of trade, professional and sports bodies; historic buildings, monuments and museums and galleries; charities and societies; clubs, national parks and world heritage sites
•Sports results, events and records and much, much more….