- The Frederick Lanchester archive at Coventry University: The work of car manufacturer, engineer, scientist and inventor Frederick Lanchester (1868-1946) is being celebrated by the Lanchester Interactive Archive project at Coventry University. He was one of the UK’s leading automobile engineers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and creator in 1895 of the first all-British four-wheel petrol driven motor car.
- The Imogen Holst archive: papers of a passionate and open-minded woman musician: Imogen Holst (1907-1984) was the daughter of composer Gustav Holst, best-known for The Planets. Holst, herself a composer, is perhaps best-known today as Benjamin Britten’s musical assistant, but she also had an exceptional, wide-ranging but lesser known career as, amongst other things, educator, conductor and music traveller.
- The Calvin Wells Palaeopathology Archive: Calvin Wells (1908-1978) was a pioneer in the study of disease in archaeological skeletal remains, otherwise known as palaeopathology. A qualified medical doctor who spoke several languages Wells’ publications continue to be cited by researchers and academics working across a range of disciplines, including bioarchaeology, anthropology and the history of medicine.
- Uncovering censorship in the V and A Theatre and Performance Archives: The V&A Theatre and Performance Department display titled 'Censored! Stage, Screen, Society at 50' commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Theatres Act, which abolished state censorship of the British stage. As well as tracing the broader 300-year history of stage censorship, the display also looks at the censorship of music, film and print in the UK.
- Quaker Bankers and their Archives at Barclays Group: Barclays Group Archives has just posted a collection-level description for the records of Jonathan Backhouse & Co. of Darlington, one of the three principal partnerships that combined in 1896 to form the modern Barclays, which by the mid-20th century became the largest domestic clearing bank in Britain.
- Silt, sluices and smelt fishing – The Eau Brink Cut and the Bedford Level Corporation Archive: Cambridgeshire Archives is privileged to hold the records of the Bedford Level Corporation. This significant archive, which includes records of Commissions of Sewers dating as far back as 1362, documents, arguably, the greatest land reclamation seen in the country’s history; the drainage of the Fens. 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the commencement of work on one of the more controversial and problematic drainage projects undertaken; the Eau Brink Cut.
- The Wallace Collection Archives: material on our founder Sir Richard Wallace: The Wallace Collection is a national museum which displays works of art and arms and armour collected by the first four marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the presumed son of the 4th Marquess. 2018 is a special year for the museum as it marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wallace.
- Cathlin du Sautoy and Hermione Blackwood: personal papers at the Royal College of Nursing Archives: Cathlin du Sautoy was deeply involved with nursing during and after the First World War, organising Red Cross units in the UK and in France. In France she met Lady Hermione Blackwood. They would become lifelong companions, settling in Hampstead with their two adopted French children after the war.
- Personal diaries in the archive of The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre: Lieutenant Richard Greville Thonger was one of the first group of Salvationists to arrive in Switzerland in 1882 and his diary records the opposition faced by The Salvation Army, including his own imprisonment.
- The Legacy of Ahmed Archive and the Courage and Inspiration of his Mother: In 1986 Ahmed Iqbal Ullah was murdered by a fellow pupil in the grounds of his high school in Manchester. Very quickly, Ahmed the boy disappeared behind the story of his tragic death. The story of his family and of his mother’s bravery and fortitude similarly became obscured.
- Heavenly Harmony: Music in the Collections of Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library: To mark the commencement of the Organ Project, funded through the Canterbury Cathedral Trust, here is an enticing overture of musical collections held by Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library.
- The 50th anniversary of the publication of A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines: The novel A Kestrel for a Knave (Kes) by Barry Hines, Yorkshire-born author and screenwriter, was first published in 1968. Sheffield University Library hold the Hines papers.
- Pantomime: performance, interpretation and the importance of the popular at Special Collections and Archives, University of Kent: An expoloration of pantomine, through the University of Kent's extensive archives of Victorian and Edwardian theatre, including a recent addition, the David Drummond Pantomime Collection.
- Anniversaries in Contemporary Music at University of Huddersfield Archive Service: Two significant contemporary classical music collections, the British Music Collection (BMC) and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival archive (HCMF), are both celebrating exciting anniversary years in 2017.
- Raymond Williams papers at the Richard Burton Archives, Swansea University: Raymond Williams (1921-1988) was a renowned cultural critic and writer, recognized worldwide as one of the founding figures of Cultural Studies.
- A potted history of Conway Hall Ethical Society: The story of Conway Hall Ethical Society dates back to 1787 and a nonconformist congregation, led by Elhanan Winchester, rebelling against the doctrine of eternal damnation.
- William Speirs Bruce Archive in the National Museums Scotland Library: August marks the 150th birthday of naturalist and Antarctic explorer, William Speirs Bruce. Part of the Bruce archive is held in the library collections of National Museums Scotland.
- University of Portsmouth Archive: In July 2017 the University of Portsmouth celebrates 25 years since gaining university status. However, the University of Portsmouth archive reveals that the roots of the institution go back much further than this, to the late 19th century.
- Archives of the Erskine Hospital Ltd, veterans charity, Renfrewshire, Scotland: June 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the official opening of Erskine Hospital, Scotland. Founded as a military convalescence facility for servicemen who had lost limbs in the First World War, it has continued to care for ex-Service men and women. The University of Glasgow received an award from the Wellcome Trust to catalogue and preserve the records of Erskine.
- The Basque child refugee archive: In May 1937 approximately 4,000 children, came to Southampton on board the Habana from Santurzi/Santurce, fleeing the Spanish Civil War and its consequences. Special Collections at the Hartley Library, University of Southampton, hold a range of Basque child refugee collections.
- The Editorial Correspondence of C.P. Scott in the Guardian archive: The University of Manchester's John Rylands Library recently completed cataloguing the editorial correspondence of Charles Prestwich Scott, Editor of the Guardian newspaper for 57 years, comprising nearly 13,000 items from over 1,300 correspondents.
- The Nuclear Disarmament Symbol sketches: The nuclear disarmament symbol, often known as the ‘peace sign’, is a modern icon, used by protestors and activists across the world and provoking powerful emotions. Special Collections at the University of Bradford is home to the original sketches of this extraordinary design.
- Archive of Recorded Church Music: In 1902 the first ever gramophone record by an English robed choir of gentlemen and boys, singing in the English Cathedral tradition, was issued. The Archive of Recorded Church Music was formed 15 years ago to collect and research the many thousands of recordings produced since then.
- The archives of Horrockses, cotton manufacturers of Preston: This large collection of business records relating to the Horrockses cotton firm was first deposited at Lancashire Archives in 1969, and has proved popular with researchers throughout the last half century.
- 12 days of Christmas – Archives Style! (2016 remix): This feature is based on the 1909 publication by English composer Frederic Austin.
- Papers of the Association of Chief Police Officers – the National Reporting Centre: The Association of Chief Police Officers formed part of the tripartite system of governance over the police service.
- The D’Oyly Carte Archive: The D’Oyly Carte Archive is one of the most significant archives in the world relating to the operas of librettist W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan.
- Scotland’s Forgotten Composer: The Archive of Erik Chisholm: Erik Chisholm was a precocious talent who undertook early study of pianoforte, rudiments of music and harmony and counterpoint.
- The Archive of Thomas Manning, the First Englishman to Lhasa, Tibet: Englishman Thomas Manning entered Tibet in 1811 and was allowed into the presence of the 9th Dalai Lama.
- London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Archives: The Shakespeare Hut: The YMCA's Shakespeare Hut opened 100 years ago, on the site now housing LSHTM'S Keppel Street building.
- Barclaycard: 50 years of plastic money – the story from the Archives: The 1966 launch of Barclaycard and milestones achieved since.
- Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers Collection at the TUC Library (London Metropolitan University): TUC Librarian, Jeff Howarth, writes about their wide-ranging collection of FWWCP publications.
- The Henry Moore Institute Archive of Sculptors’ Papers: a specialist repository for papers relating to sculpture in Britain, with material dating from the eighteenth century to the present day.
- The Association of Performing Arts Collections: The role of The Association of Performing Arts Collections and a selection of the collections held by APAC members included on the Archives Hub.
- Brunel University London's special collections: From Brunel to the Channel Tunnel and from the South Asian Diaspora Arts to the Operational Research Society.
- Black Georgians: Phillis Wheatley: Sold as a child servant to an all-white family in 1761, she later became the first African-American woman to publish poetry. The Black Cultural Archives exhibition reveals 'The Shock of the Familiar'.
- The London to Istanbul European Highway: Part of The National Motor Museum Trust Motoring Archive's Bradley Collection, including striking illustrations by Margaret Bradley.
- The Anna Eliza Bray archive at West Sussex Record Office: Exploring the newly catalogued papers of 19th Century author Anna Eliza Bray.
- Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition Centenary: 27th October 1915: Antarctic expedition ship Endurance was abandoned on the orders of Sir Ernest Shackleton and their expedition became fight for survival.
- The Wallace Collection Archives: In 1897 Lady Wallace died and bequeathed the contents of her art-filled London residence to the nation.
- Early English Ballet and the Royal Academy of Dance: the Royal Academy of Dance share their Early English Ballet collections.
- Thomas Baron Pitfield (1903-1999): a visual autobiography: The Royal Northern College of Music Archive introduce us to their Thomas Baron Pitfield Collection. He was a composer, teacher, poet, artist, engineer, furniture maker, calligrapher and engraver.
- Researching 150 years of Salvation Army history: Their International Heritage Centre archive celebrates 150 years of The Salvation Army.
- Archives of Nostell Priory and the Winn Family: The records of Nostell Priory and the Winn Family at West Yorkshire Archive Service.
- Capturing the Energy – Oil and Gas Archive at Aberdeen University: Focusing on a key collection, the Frigg UK archive.
- Continuity of Care – The Royal Scottish National Hospital: Its foundation, applications for admission and life at the institution .
- Exhibitions at the Shakespeare Institute: seeing beyond the book shelves: How monthly exhibitions highlight their archive holdings.
- 2014 Features Showcase: Themes include banking, dance, war, peace and educational reform.
- The Twelve Days of Christmas – archives style!: (Loosely!) based on the traditional folk melody 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'.
- James Phillips Kay-Shuttleworth – pioneering educational reformer: The celebrated Victorian educationist - his career, family ties and literary circles.
- Engineering and innovation during the First World War: The Institution of Mechanical Engineers archives on how the war sparked a technological battle for the best weapons, infrastructure and defences, and what this meant for engineering.
- Kettle’s Yard Archive: Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge, much more than a house, a museum or a gallery.
- Swords into Ploughshares: The cataloguing of two peace organisations’ archives at LSE, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the Fellowship of Reconciliation: London Union.
- The Anti-Apartheid Movement: Anti-Apartheid Movement Archives held at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.
- Exploring British Design: An Introduction: The Archives Hub has joined forces with The University of Brighton Design Archives for an exciting new project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
- A Spring in Your Step: Collections relating to dancers, choreographers and teachers, schools and companies, ballet, contemporary and other styles of dance.
- 250 and counting!: More than 250 UK institutions and organisations now contribute to the Archives Hub! A look at some of our most recent contributors.
- A European Journey: The Archives Portal Europe: The Archives Hub is the UK ‘Country Manager’ for the Archives Portal Europe, a European aggregator for archives.
- Be my Valentine: Love letters, cards and poetry, together with less directly connected 'Valentines' descriptions!
- Barclays Group Archives: Founded in 1690 by two goldsmith bankers, Barclays PLC now has customers in over 50 countries.
- We’re supporting EXPLORE YOUR ARCHIVE: The launch of the Explore Your Archive campaign and how the Hub fits in.
- Focus on Lionel Robbins at LSE: The economist and the wider world: the papers of Lionel Robbins (1898 – 1984) project.
- Long live the Art School!: the development in Art Schools and Technical Institutes, War time art education, and Art Schools and activism, from the University for the Creative Arts.
- Sentimental journey: a focus on travel in the archives.
- The Hornung Papers the administrative records of Hornung & Co Ltd, empire builders and sugar estate owners.
- London South Bank University: collections held at the London South Bank University Archives Centre.
- Lloyds Banking Group: key corporate and historical records of the Group and the brands it brought together.
- Tessa Boffin: a photographer who specialised in LGBT issues, including work in response to HIV/AIDS and to cross-dressing.
- Women and Education: resources on Women and Education, from the Institute of Education Archives.
- HA Rothholz: papers of the graphic and information designer H A (Arnold) Rothholz (1919-2000).
- Black History Month: Theatre, culture and the Beatles: various archival descriptions showcasing black theatre and culture in the UK
- Variety and Music Hall: collections from the National Fairground Archive
- University of Worcester Research Collections: historic children's literature collections
- Mills Archive Trust: collections held at the Mills Archive
- Recipes through the ages: collections of culinary, household and medicinal recipes through the centuries
- World War One: collections from the First World War
- SCARLET: Augmented Reality in Special Collections: enhanced learning and teaching combining digital and physical resources
- Bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens: collections of Dickens' life and works
- Heritage of our medical profession: archives from the Royal Medical Colleges
- Thorold Dickinson Collection: the filmaker and film studies lecturer.
- The Bridgewater Canal: the papers of the Duke of Bridgewater and the Bridgewater estate.
- The Mary Hamilton Papers: courtier, diarist and bluestocking
- Magic and Illusion: magic collections from the National Fairground Archive
- Curtain Up! The Theatre and Performance Collections at the V&A
- 100 Objects from Special Collections Bradford: online exhibition
- University of Salford Archives & Special Collections: how they added images to their archive descriptions.
- Ten years of the Archives Hub: the Hub celebrates it's 10th anniversary.
- Genesis: relaunch of the Genesis portal for Women’s Studies.
- Imperial War Museum: archives and library collections of the IWM.
- Scrum, ruck and tackle: the Rugby Football League Archive at the University of Huddersfield.
- Archives Hub and Copac: what are they and why use them?
- Arthur Hopcraft: scriptwriter and author
- PaxCat Project: peace archives from the University of Bradford.
- Dorothy Hodgkin, Nobel Prize-winning chemist
- Lindsay Anderson: the British film, theatre and documentary director, film critic and member of the Free Cinema Movement.
- Ditchling: A Craft Community: the unique community founded by Eric Gill in 1921
- Kaye Webb: The Puffin path to modern children's literature: the editor of Puffin Books
- The new Archives Hub website: Please take a look and give us your feedback
- George Bernard Shaw: Man and Cameraman: revealing the legacy of the writer George Bernard Shaw's photographic collection
- Charles Wesley (1707-88): the Anglican minister, Methodist preacher and religious poet.
- Liberty, Parity and Justice at the Hull History Centre: pressure groups; our 100th feature
- Christmas at the Co-op: images of how Co-operative Societies prepared for the festive season.
- Firefighters: the records of fire and rescue and civil defence services, with an empasis on descriptions for the papers of men and women working for these services during the Second World War.
- Designs on Delivery: GPO Posters from 1930 to 1960: University of the Arts London Archives and Special Collections Centre, in collaboration with the British Postal Museum and Archive, presents the online version of the exhibition at the Well Gallery.
- The Spanish Civil War: papers of political campaigners, historians, and International Brigades volunteers, the records of aid organisations, and descriptions for collections of posters, photographs, and interviews with veterans of the Spanish Civil War.
- Pubs and Inns: breweries, licensed premises, and trade associations, plus pub users and temperance campaigners.
- Charles Darwin and the Beagle Collections in the University of Cambridge: a Voyage Round the World
- Forensics: a partial print of the history of forensic science
- Steve Cohen: lawyer and anti deportation campaigner who dedicated his life to anti-racism and anti-Semitism
- Tuberculosis: the epidemic disease tuberculosis, once known as 'consumption'
- Special feature: Manchester Histories Festival: this month sees the very first Manchester Histories Festival, an exploration of Manchester’s unique and fascinating past
- Charles Darwin and Evolution: the 200th anniversary of the birth of naturalist Charles Darwin, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species
- The Welsh in Patagonia: a Welsh-speaking settlement was founded in Argentina in the mid-19th century
- Typewriters and Office Machines: typewriters and their impact on office workers in collections at The Women's Library and other collections around the UK.
- Tom Eckersley: Eckersley 1914-1995) was one of the foremost graphic designers of the twentieth century working in the UK
- Fairs and Circus History: some of the collections held at the National Fairground Archive.
- Robert Owen: 150th anniversary of the death of social reformer and philanthropist Robert Owen.
- Stanley Kubrick: outstanding film director Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999)
- British Women's Emigration: middle-class British women emigrating.to the colonies.
- 60 years of faith and conflict: the 60th anniversary of the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel.
- Chartism: a political and social movement in the UK that lasted from 1838-1848.
- Volcanoes and earthquakes: papers of geologists and geophysicists, travellers and photographers who have witnessed the effects
- From Pulp to Print: Records of the Papermaking Industry: with images from the Tweedie Photograph Collection.
- Brass Bands: composers, bands and events.
- The Rathbones: a family of merchants and shipowners, with a tradition of philanthropy and public service
- Seeing the light: amateur meteorologist G.S. Callendar (1898-1964) and climate change.
- Town and Townscape: The Work and Life of Thomas Sharp: town-planner Thomas Sharp (1901-1978)
- Around the Campfire: the Boy Scouts and other youth movements
- Irish Melodies: music and literature of 18th century Ireland
- Pick 'n' Mix: The Hub's Digital Artist in Residence
- Maps: maps and map-makers
- Hats: hat-makers and milliners
- Waterways: Britain's inland waterways
- Love letters: handwriting, calligraphy, and palaeography
- Stuff the diet!: baking cakes and biscuits
- Somerville and Ross: writers Edith Somerville (1858-1949) & Violet Martin (1862-1915), and composer Ethel Smyth (1858-1944)
- Hwæt!: the Anglo-Saxons
- pay&power: the West Midlands
- Edge of Darkness: Critical and Fission: nuclear power and nuclear weapons
- Hurry Up Please It's Time: the art and science of measuring time
- Can you dig it?: July 15th-24th is National Archaeology Week
- Romanies and Gypsiologists: June 8th-14th is Appleby Horse Fair
- John Ruskin: John Ruskin (1819-1900), author, artist, critic, and social reformer
- Perchance to Dream: sleeping and dreaming
- Insects and Entomologists
- My Funny Valentine: LGBT History Month
- Coughs and Sneezes: influenza epidemics and public health
- Books To Grace Your Shelves: book design and illustration
- Shaggy Dog Stories: writers and artists inspired by dogs
- Gratulerer med dagen!: collections with a Norwegian flavour, to mark the centenary of Norway's independence
- What's in a place-name?: linguists, geographers, and historians who have researched place-names in the British Isles
- Calendar: twelve previous Collections of the Month features, plus Cyclists' Touring Club calendars
- Prize Draw Questionnaire: Archives Hub user survey
- X: general elections in the UK.
- Sea-Fever: Britain's maritime heritage
- Botany: botany and botanists.
- Cor, Blust, Squit!: dialects and vernacular culture.
- Visions of the Future: Science Fiction authors.
- The Nobel Prizes: awarded each December for achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, peace, and economics.
- Dig for Victory!: National Archive Awareness Campaign.
- Think Positive: October 10th, 2004, is World Mental Health Day.
- The Great War: September 1914 marked the beginning of trench warfare in Europe.
- Festivals: The Edinburgh Festival and other summer events.
- Cold Comfort: Lady Jane Franklin's search for her husband's lost Arctic expedition
- Railway history: 200 years of the steam engine: marks the 200th anniversary of the first steam locomotive to run on rails
- History of textiles: Scottish textile heritage: Scotland's textile industry
- Bicycle Clips: bicycles, cycling clubs, and road safety
- Miners' Strike, 1984-1985
- Mass Observation
- Second star to the right and keep on flying: A celebration of Peter Pan and the du Maurier family
- Trees - November 26th to December 7th is National Tree Week
- Poetry - October 9th is National Poetry Day
- Archive Awareness Month - September 2003 is national Archive Awareness Month
- Curiouser and Curiouser - more from our curious collections
- James McNeill Whistler - July 13th 2003 is the centenary of Whistler's death
- Jack Pritchard (1899-1992) - co-founder of the design company Isokon Ltd
- Ornithology - May 4th 2003 is International Dawn Chorus Day
- Interpreting Shakespeare - the birthday of playwright and poet William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) is celebrated in April
- Iraq - Britain's connections with Iraq.
- Cecil John Rhodes (1853-1902) - a selection from the Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House.
- Scottish National Antarctic Expedition (1902-1904) established in 1903 the oldest continuously operating metereological observatory in Antarctica.
- Viceroys & Chief Secretaries - the Bodleian Library highlights a group of collections relating to the British government of Ireland
- Questionnaire - we invited visitors to complete our prize draw questionnaire.
- The Big Draw - highlighting descriptions with artistic content, as part of "The Big Draw", October 16th - 23rd, 2002.
- Dirty Linen - domestic science and women's education; the exhibition at the Women's Library ran from 26th September to the 21st December 2002.
- A Cabinet of Curiosities - some of our more curious collections
- Collections relating to Sport; the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony was July 25th 2002
- Science Year; Science Year ran from September 2001 to August 2002
- Museums and Galleries Month
- Scottish Brewing Archive, celebrating its 20th anniversary
- World Book Day; Unesco's World Book Day is on March 14th
- Collections relating to the scientist Solly Zuckerman (1904-1993)
- Collections relating to Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796); Burn's Night is January 25th
- Christmas selection
- Collections relating to novelist and poet D H Lawrence (1885-1930); exhibition at the University of Nottingham's new D H Lawrence Pavilion
- Black History Month
- Papers of Manchester-born, Oscar-winning actor Robert Donat (1905-1958); exhibition at the John Rylands University Library of Manchester
Emperor penguin with the steam yacht Discovery. British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-1904.
Image copyright Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
Image copyright Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge