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A Fanfare for Garden History

A Fanfare for Garden History

This blog post was written by Pippa Potts is a co-convenor of the History of Gardens and Landscapes Seminar. The idea had surfaced occasionally but, as so often, it took a nudge from elsewhere to make it a reality. The idea was that the excellent papers being given to...

Pre-Raphaelite Outsider: James Smetham (1821-1889)

Pre-Raphaelite Outsider: James Smetham (1821-1889)

Since 2019 a team of archivists, creative practitioners, curators, and researchers have been exploring the life and work of the little-known artist and devout Methodist James Smetham. In this blog post, Dr Ruth Slatter (IHR Lecturer in Historic Environment and...

IHR Summer Reading Series

IHR Summer Reading Series

Volume 6 During the month of August we will be sharing summer reading lists, experiences, and suggestions from the IHR community. If you’d like to share your own, please Tweet (X) us @ihr_history. In this blog, we hear from IHR Fellows. Philippa Joseph Although most...

IHR Summer Reading Series

IHR Summer Reading Series

Volume 5 During the month of August we will be sharing summer reading lists, experiences, and suggestions from the IHR community. If you'd like to share your own, please Tweet (X) us @ihr_history. In this blog, we hear from Neil Stewart, Head of the IHR Library. Willa...

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The Victoria County History at 125: Now and the Future 

The Victoria County History at 125: Now and the Future 

2024 marks 125 years of the Victoria County History (VCH). In two VCH at 125 blog posts, Ruth Slatter (VCH General Editor – Architecture) takes stock of where the VCH is and reflects on how it can continue to flourish and evolve in the future. In this first blog post,...

Maud Heath and Beyond: Exploring the Lives of Women Before 1600

Maud Heath and Beyond: Exploring the Lives of Women Before 1600

This blog post was written by Louise Ryland-Epton. The Victoria County History of Wiltshire are involved in an exciting new project recovering the lives of medieval women in Wiltshire. Louise Ryland-Epton tells us more about it. These monuments commemorate a medieval...

Victoria County History Smartphone App: Retirement

Victoria County History Smartphone App: Retirement

In early 2020 we launched our VCH smartphone app, ‘A History of English Places’. It had been developed through a project funded internally by the University of London in 2014, and was produced in partnership with Aimer Media. In 2023, Aimer Media was bought up by...

Research & Resources News

Bibliography of British and Irish History February 2024 update 

Bibliography of British and Irish History February 2024 update 

What’s new in BBIH?   The February 2024 update to the Bibliography of British and Irish History adds 4,115 new publications. The new update includes books, journal articles, book chapters, and edited collections covering all areas of British and Irish history,...