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...
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...
Recycling and upcycling waste in the late medieval urban economy

Recycling and upcycling waste in the late medieval urban economy

By James Davis, Catherine Casson and John Lee Environment & History, essay no. 2 In the second part of our ‘Environment & History’ series, historians James Davis, Catherine Casson and John Lee share their research on the re-circulation of waste and...
New from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire: Ibstock

New from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire: Ibstock

Ibstock, by Pamela J. Fisher     The latest Short from the Leicestershire series of the Victoria County History (VCH) has just been published by the University of London Press. Ibstock, written by Pamela Fisher, is the third VCH Short from the Leicestershire...