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Mapping the Modern City in the IHR Library Collections

Mapping the Modern City in the IHR Library Collections

This post was written by Alex Kither, Graduate Library Assistant Trainee at the Institute of Historical Research Library. The new Modern History Collections guide covers a broad range of historical sources from the late eighteenth century through to the present day....

New Books from the Victoria County History

New Books from the Victoria County History

By Adam Chapman May is Local History Month and as such we are delighted to introduce two new volumes in the Victoria County History (VCH) series of big Red Books from Staffordshire and from the East Riding of Yorkshire. To celebrate, in collaboration with our...

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Thinking beyond the “vanishing coasts”

Thinking beyond the “vanishing coasts”

By:Coastal Connections- IHR Partnership Seminar: Young Rae Choi[1], Michael O´Rourke[2], Katie Ritson[3], Hsinya Huang[4] and Joana Gaspar de Freitas[5] Coasts are highly dynamic environments. Their constant mutability is what defines them best. However, they seem to...

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New Books from the Victoria County History

New Books from the Victoria County History

By Adam Chapman May is Local History Month and as such we are delighted to introduce two new volumes in the Victoria County History (VCH) series of big Red Books from Staffordshire and from the East Riding of Yorkshire. To celebrate, in collaboration with our...

The battle for land ‘in the national interest’ during Britain’s Second World War

The battle for land ‘in the national interest’ during Britain’s Second World War

In this – the penultimate contribution to our ‘Environment and History’ series – Gary Willis considers the much-contested ‘national interest’ and its role in wartime land-management. Taking us to the British countryside before, during, and after, World War Two, the post considers how interest groups lobbied, and policy decisions were made, about the rural environment, and alerts us to the political potency of the ‘national interest’ as a concept in times of national emergency — such as the current pandemic.

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A Farm in February – reading the agricultural past in a picture

A Farm in February – reading the agricultural past in a picture

This blog draws on that research and examines the English farming landscape in the years after the Second World War as drawn by Ronald Lampitt, an artist best known for his work in the Ladybird series of children’s books. This precise landscape may never have existed – it could be Kent, but the distant mountains might stand for the Malvern hills – but the story told is a national one.

Bibliography of British and Irish History: February 2021 update adds records of 4670 new publications

Bibliography of British and Irish History: February 2021 update adds records of 4670 new publications

The ‘Bibliography of British and Irish History’ (BBIH) is a record of over 627,000 books, articles and essays relating to the British and Irish past, worldwide. The Bibliography is updated three times each year with curated records of the recent publications. The February 2021 update is now out, adding detailed records for 4670 new titles, the great majority of which are for recent works published between 2019 and 2021.