I posted a few days on the main site blog about the free Lives of the Week at the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and I should have posted it over here too. Don't know why I didn't think of it at the time! I got a nice comment from the person who runs the online ODNB who mentioned that a lot of the UK public libraries subscribe to the Dictionary and you might be able to access it online as well with your library card. Here's the link for the UK public library access. They also have a free reading room you all might find interesting.
I hope someone finds this helpful!