Researching Cold War espionage in the IHR Library

My name is Tundun Folami, and I am the Institute of Historical Research Library’s current graduate trainee. In an exercise designed to improve understanding of what it’s like to use the collections, each of the IHR library staff have been undertaking different...
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...
Colonialism’s climatic legacies

Colonialism’s climatic legacies

By Harriet Mercer   Environment & History, essay no. 10   In the tenth article in our ‘Environment & History’ series, Dr Harriet Mercer discusses how the history of knowledge production can help us understand whose voices are more privileged in the...
Deltas after rice: agrarian pasts, environmental futures

Deltas after rice: agrarian pasts, environmental futures

By Aditya Ramesh     Environment & History, essay no. 9   Our ninth contribution to our ‘Environment & History’ series by Dr Aditya Ramesh takes us back to waterways, this time in southern India. Reflecting on the historiographical positioning...
A Farm in February – reading the agricultural past in a picture

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

By Adam Chapman   What histories can we read in a landscape? How have people and communities been shaped by the places they occupy? Dr Adam Chapman, of the Centre for the History of People, Place and Community, and Editor of the Victoria County History (VCH)...
Writing working-class history: explorations in ‘Coal Country’

Writing working-class history: explorations in ‘Coal Country’

By Ewan Gibbs   In this post Dr Ewan Gibbs introduces his new book, Coal Country: The Meaning and Memory of Deindustrialization in Postwar Scotland,  published by University of London Press on 15 February. Ewan’s book presents the first book-length account of...