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...
Diversity and Inequality in the Library

Diversity and Inequality in the Library

By Matt Shaw and Michael Townsend There aren’t many awards for libraries, but if there were, a case for a speech similar to that made by Joachim Phoenix at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards could be made. For his best actor speech,...
The medieval scriptorium visualised

The medieval scriptorium visualised

By Sara Charles The medieval scriptorium conjures up images of light and shadow, with rows of hunched figures stooped over ruled parchment, quill in hand, under the watchful eye of the master. This is largely the scene that’s portrayed in the recent TV...
‘Book-ended’: the wonderful history of the Athlone Press

‘Book-ended’: the wonderful history of the Athlone Press

By Lauren De’Ath December 2019 sees the public launch of the new University of London Press. Based at the School of Advanced Study, the Press is a collaborative, open access publisher of humanities research — including edited collections and monographs...
From Archive to Stage: Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London

From Archive to Stage: Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London

Alison Skilbeck in Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London (Image: M. Shaw) By Matt ShawA woman waits on stage as the audience enter. She is asleep, wrapped in a fur-trimmed coat. As we settle, the performer awakes to the crackle of radio news. She is disturbed by a dream, by...
Unboxing England’s Histories …

Unboxing England’s Histories …

This November, the IHR’s Centre for the History of People, Place and Community is celebrating 120 years of the Victoria County History with a crowdsourced project to tell the story of England – in 17 boxes! A lighthouse from Northamptonshire? Flint tools from...