New resource for local historians

A new website makes available all the PhD theses completed by students at the Centre for English Local History. The collection comprises 100 theses covering subjects from medieval moats to hunting in Northamptonshire. 

Founded in 1948, the Centre pioneered local history as an academic discipline in Britain. Research students have been central to its activities, and the theses are important research publications in their own right. The Centre and the University Library have worked together to improve access to this collection for anyone interested in local history.

The diversity of themes and places found in the collection reflects the Centre’s mission to undertake research across the regions of England, and to encourage interdisciplinary approaches. Landscape history, a Leicester speciality, is well represented. Many studies are comparative, or use long time frames that break the conventions of periodisation.

It is hoped that more material can be added in the future. Found out more here:

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