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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...

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Victoria County History

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...

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.

Popham: recreating a Victorian village via the census

Popham: recreating a Victorian village via the census

In this post Nancy Rickman, an A-Level History student, describes her placement with the Hampshire Team of the Victoria County History earlier in 2020. Nancy sets out her time with VCH Hampshire: discovering the value of census returns for regional history, and how this important source can be used to recreate life in a single village.

Bibliography of British and Irish History

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.

The Bibliography of British and Irish History goes to war

The Bibliography of British and Irish History goes to war

In this post, Isaac Woolley — one of the IHR’s 2020 summer interns — discusses his research using the Bibliography of British and Irish History on which he worked. What can BBIH tell us about publishing trends in the subject of modern warfare?

Reviews in History

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...

‘Reviews in History’, 2020: the year in review

‘Reviews in History’, 2020: the year in review

During 2020 the IHR’s Reviews in History site has published reviews and responses on 75 notable monographs and edited collections. This post highlights a few of the themes to emerge from a year in Reviews and thanks all those who contribute to this important branch of scholarship, especially in 2020.

Reviews in History: call to join our editorial advisory board

Reviews in History: call to join our editorial advisory board

‘Reviews in History’, the IHR’s academic reviews service, is looking to extend its editorial advisory network: if you’d like to share your expertise and recommendations for new History books and publishing, then please do get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.

Latest books from Reviews in History

Latest books from Reviews in History

The latest summary of books included in the IHR’s ‘Reviews in History’ service, including studies on Peterloo, Renaissance art crime, and a curious and illuminating story of eighteenth-century rabbit breeding.

Open Access Publishing

Open Access Week 2017: share and aware

Open Access Week 2017: share and aware

Researcher awareness and engagement with open access data and sharing is increasing, that is according to a 2017 State of Open Data Report published by Figshare this week. This does not come as a surprise to me and, as a publisher of open access research in a variety...

A new open access series with the Royal Historical Society

A new open access series with the Royal Historical Society

The IHR has the great pleasure of announcing our partnership with the Royal Historical Society (RHS) to publish a new, open access series of monographs and shorter form works, further solidifying our commitment to open access. New Historical Perspectives will seek to...

Digital development: a commitment to OA

Digital development: a commitment to OA

When I joined the IHR in early August, I did so with the challenging assignment of helping to further the Institute’s mission to embrace the opportunities of digital content delivery and enable greater access to knowledge, in line with the School’s Statement on Open...