Tag: history

Beautiful Bookplates on Display

We have a collection of books on display in the Atrium of the Library which show some of our Rare Books and in particular the beautiful bookplates inside. We have found that we have bookplates in our collection designed by

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Portsmouth Municipal College during the First World War

The story of life during the Great War at one of the University of Portsmouth’s predecessor institutions, as glimpsed through the student press. Although only having opened in 1908, by 1913 the staff and students of Portsmouth Municipal College were

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Christmas comes early

Christmas just came early, with these two new presents for History, Culture, Media and Creative Technology students: Bloomsbury Cultural History and Faculti.  Sadly, the Christmas tree has not come early, although we are having the twinkling lights used to decorate it

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If all the life’s a stage, have you read the playbill?

Do you have an interest in theatre history, playbills or ephemera? On Thursday 4th October 2018 there will be an opportunity to learn about the history of playbills and to explore some of the British Library playbill collection which has

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Have another look at History: two new resources for historians

The Library is pleased to present new and expanded historical resources covering gender and social change and documentation on the papers of state, including a brand new resource, Gender: Identity and Social Change and a huge expansion to the authoritative State

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Disability in the Modern World

A database reminder One person in seven experiences disability (World Bank, World Report on Disability, 2015, Washington, DC). Yet the story of this community and its contributions is largely absent from the scholarly record. Disability in the Modern World: History

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The A-maze-ing history of a Southsea mansion

Occasionally several things come together from disparate places to form the “perfect” enquiry. Last week, a staff training session, a TV series, databases and a few books came together in exactly this way.

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The origin of London’s place names

“Turn left at Elephant and Castle and go straight on to Gilder’s Green…” London is replete with curious place names but have you ever wondered how they came about and what they originally meant?  Many have mundane meanings, while others

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AM Explorer: search history, culture and community archives

You can search everything from supplier Adam Matthew, including online archives ranging from Migration to New Worlds (including port conditions), African-American Communities, First World War, London Low Life, Empire Online, Popular Culture in Britain and America 1950-1975 and Mass Observation without seeing content from

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Just added: Archives of Sexuality and Gender

Following the successful trial during LGBTQ Awareness month (in February), we are pleased to announce that we have bought permanent access to the online resource “Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History & Culture Since 1940”.  This exciting new addition

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