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Environmental History in the IHR Library’s Collections

Environmental History in the IHR Library’s Collections

This post was written by Michael Townsend, Collections and Metadata Librarian at the Institute of Historical Research Library. The library has recently published a new collection guide about environmental history. Here researchers can get an overview of the resources...

World Newspaper Trials in the IHR Library

World Newspaper Trials in the IHR Library

We are currently trialling two Readex World Newspaper Archive resources: Ethnic American Newspapers from the Balch Collection, 1799-1971 and South Asian Newspapers, 1864-1922. These are available until 19 November within the IHR library.

A Preview of History Day 2021: Environmental History and more

A Preview of History Day 2021: Environmental History and more

Kate Wilcox from the IHR’s Wohl Library and Argula Rublack from Senate House Library describe plans for November’s History Day and show how to sign up for the event. History Day is a free, one-day event which brings people interested in history together with history collections from archives, libraries and other organisations.

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Elizabethan Witchcraft, Sorcery, and a Very Troubled Marriage

Elizabethan Witchcraft, Sorcery, and a Very Troubled Marriage

Ahead of their new book 'Star Chamber Matters', Professor K. J. Kesselring (Dalhousie) dives into some of Star Chamber’s most riveting cases including this article on, marriage, ‘male witches’ and a grieving house-wife. An extraordinary court that ruled from the...

The IHR’s Reviews in History

The IHR’s Reviews in History

The IHR’s Reviews in History publishes weekly commentaries on new books. Our reviews are longer than those in many academic journals and focus on titles published in the last year. ‘Reviews’ will be taking a break during July and the first half of August, but look...

Publications News

Town before Gown – Oxford before the University

Town before Gown – Oxford before the University

This is the last in Joe Chick's series of historic town walks using the Victoria County History’s app for mobile devices. ‘A History of English Places’ brings the VCH’s histories together with first edition Ordnance Survey mapping across England. Learn more here. With...

Freedom Seekers in Restoration London

Freedom Seekers in Restoration London

Ahead of the publication of his new book Simon Newman explores the African and South Asian people who sought to escape enslavement in seventeenth-century London.   His name was Quamy. His Akan day-name suggests that he came from the region of West Africa that we...

Elizabethan Witchcraft, Sorcery, and a Very Troubled Marriage

Elizabethan Witchcraft, Sorcery, and a Very Troubled Marriage

Ahead of their new book 'Star Chamber Matters', Professor K. J. Kesselring (Dalhousie) dives into some of Star Chamber’s most riveting cases including this article on, marriage, ‘male witches’ and a grieving house-wife. An extraordinary court that ruled from the...

London coffee houses of the late eighteenth century

London coffee houses of the late eighteenth century

Anna Brinkman-Schwartz’s latest article 'The heart of the maritime world: London’s ‘mercantile’ coffee houses in the Seven Years’ War and the American War of Independence, 1756–83' (open access) is published in the latest issue of Historical Research. Here she...

Research & Resources News

Town before Gown – Oxford before the University

Town before Gown – Oxford before the University

This is the last in Joe Chick's series of historic town walks using the Victoria County History’s app for mobile devices. ‘A History of English Places’ brings the VCH’s histories together with first edition Ordnance Survey mapping across England. Learn more here. With...

Boats and Buses – The Stories behind Bristol’s Streetscapes

Boats and Buses – The Stories behind Bristol’s Streetscapes

Dr Joe Chick explores Bristol, a city on the boundaries of the English Midlands and the south west, a port that dominated trade with France, Ireland and Wales throughout the Middle Ages and Early Modern periods, but whose more recent histories are defined in relation to the legacies of the Atlantic slave trade.

Brews, Spring, Steam – The Georgian Spa Town of Buxton, Derbyshire

Brews, Spring, Steam – The Georgian Spa Town of Buxton, Derbyshire

By Joe Chick Having explored the histories of Kenilworth, Colchester and Coventry, Dr Joe Chick arms himself with ‘A History of English Places’, the App for mobile devices developed by the Victoria County History (VCH) with Aimer Media. In this blog, he heads to...