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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...

IHR Summer Reading Series

IHR Summer Reading Series

Volume 4 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. Daniel Snowman has been a Senior Research Fellow at the IHR since...

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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...

VCH Outstanding Contribution Awards 2023

VCH Outstanding Contribution Awards 2023

Earlier this year we were delighted to make our second annual round of VCH Outstanding Contribution Awards, nominated by the VCH community. We would like to thank everyone who submitted a nomination. These aren’t long service awards—though some of the recipients have...

Bringing the VCH Past to Wikipedia Present

Bringing the VCH Past to Wikipedia Present

  In this blog, VCH General Editor, Adam Chapman and IHR Collections Librarian, Michael Townsend, introduce the VCH Archive and how it is being used to broaden other projects (including Wikipedia). As you might imagine, like any 123-year-old organisation, The...

Research & Resources News

Building a Non-State Archive

Building a Non-State Archive

Activist, social, political, and insurgent movements are non-state actors who lack a state archive. Their networked activities craft a non-state archive, made up of their personal papers, films, and oral histories as well as those of the entities who interacted with...

Hear From Our 2022/23 Interns

Hear From Our 2022/23 Interns

A number of interns were able to join the Institute this year, thanks to generous support from the IHR Trust. Interns worked alongside IHR Fellows on varying research projects, from transcribing oral history interviews on Windrush, to working on the history of...

Learning from the Windrush Scandal Oral History Archives

Learning from the Windrush Scandal Oral History Archives

This summer Destinie Reynolds completed a three-month internship with the IHR's History & Policy research team. In this blog, Destinie shares her experience of working on the AHRC-funded oral history project “The Windrush Scandal in a Transnational and...