The Great Britain Historical Database holds most of the ingredients from which Vision of Britain was constructed, and much more besides. Material has been gathered since the late 1970s. N.B. this documentation system is limited to datasets which have been transferred to the Postgres database driving A Vision of Britain through Time, and most of the GBHDB content is still in the old Oracle system.

The largest part of GBHDB is statistical, and the data are organised more conventionally than in Vision of Britain, in thousands of columns within hundreds of tables. One consequence is that the actual contents of GBHDB are not accessible via this web site. Academic researchers can use "Great Britain Historical Database" to search for and download copies of most of the tables in GBHDB via the UK Data Archive. GBHDB is organised into these parts: