Finding contemporary history sources

You will find very useful links and information at:

Hugh Pemberton, Research resources for the study of contemporary British history

Finding secondary sources:

Have a look at the links at

An essential tool to find work on British History is the Bibliography of British & Irish History (You’ll need yourAthens password)

Finding primary sources

The Western Mail and South Wales Evening Post from this period can both be accessed in the city library in County Hall.

There are lots of British history primary sources at:

British Cartoon Archive (University of Kent) World’s largest archive of (newspaper) cartoons.

Collect Britain (British Library) 90,000+ images, documents, and sound recordings showcasing the archives of the British Library, including complete run of Penny Illustrated Paper (1861-1913)

Gathering the Jewels 20,000+ images and documents from Welsh libraries and record offices

Times Digital Archive, 1785-1985 Access through LIS homepage or

British Pathe Film Archive Newsreel footage Guide toBritain’s film and tv history, contains clips, complete downloads and synopses

National Archives Documents Online Examples of material from the National Archives, with emphasis on famous events and family history

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers Official reports etc

Hansard 1803-2005 What was said in Parliament

 Nineteenth Century British Newspapers Online 48 British newspapers from the 19th century selected by the British Library’s editorial board, such as the Western Mail. Fully digitized.

19th Century UK Periodicals (magazines and perioldicals) Via library catalogue or

London Broadcasting Company / Independent Radio News audio archive

Times Digital Archive (up to 1985) via Library website

British Library Online Newspaper Archive

This online archive is under development and currently contains searchable facsimile issues of limited runs of London Daily News, The News of the World and The Weekly Dispatch, and The Manchester Guardian.

Newsfilm Online Selected news from the ITN/Reuters archives

The Guardian and Observer Archive (1821-)

UKPress Online

Daily Mirror Archive

1903 – current

Daily Express Archive

1900 – current

Sunday Express Archive

2000 – current

Daily Star Archive

2000 – current

Daily Star Sunday Archive

2002 – current

The Watchman Archive

1835 – 1885

The Primary Sources page in iFind Research links to extremely useful websites and electronic resources for History students looking to access source material.  These include collections of letters, photographs, posters, pamphlets, video and audio clips.  If you are looking for primary sources about the South Wales Coalfield you will find the CWM Project, created here atSwanseaUniversity, very helpful as it provides access to materials which capture aspects of the social, political and cultural life of the South Wales Coalfield during the 19th and 20th centuries. The site includes audio and video clips from interviews with miners, politicians and trade unionists and also photographs which illustrate all aspects of life in the coalfield.

Vision of Britain Statistical info on population and the like on places in theUK

For further help on sources see Miriam Dobson and Benjamin Ziemann (eds), Reading Primary Sources: The Interpretation of Texts from Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century History (London: Routledge, 2009).

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