The Marc Fitch House
The Centre is noted for its friendly, relaxed manner and most students appreciate the degree of attention which a small, post-graduate Centre can provide. The Centre is accommodated in its own premises, Marc Fitch House on Salisbury Road, just off the main University campus.
Marc Fitch Fund Library
The most important asset of the Centre is the Marc Fitch Fund Library, built up over many years by F. W. Steer and Dr Fitch. It forms an important collection covering all aspects of local history. In addition, the Map Rooms contain a complete coverage of England and Wales, both Ordnance Survey and many facsimiles of historical maps, and rare sets of original maps.
The Centre also has an archive, containing, inter alia, the working papers of the two distinguished local historians W. G. Hoskins and F. W. Steer, rare topographical prints and bequests of slide collections. Many of these collections are currently being input to a database in Ingres to allow Janet and Internet access in the future.
The Centre has a common room, seminar rooms, and computer, microfiche and tracing facilities. PhD students have study rooms with extensive desk space and computer facilities in No.1 Salisbury Road. The Centre is connected to the main campus computer networks.