Modern History

Selected information resources for modern history (1800+)

Modern history
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Welcome to the My Subject page for Modern History.

This page highlights some of the key resources available to you.


Key Databases

Special Collections

The library has several collections of interest to the modern historian, including:

  • Diplomatic Archive:
    Diplomatic, consular, foreign service and foreign ministry lists dating from 1950s-1990s transferred from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Library.
  • Gorrie Collection:
    Political memorabilia of Archibald Gorrie (1885-1941) relating to the Labour movement in Leicestershire (1889-1909).
  • Leicester Mercury Archive:
    Photographic prints, negatives, cuttings files and other material from the newspaper library of the Leicester Mercury.
  • René MacColl Papers:
    Author and journalist (foreign correspondent) writing for Daily Telegraph and Daily Express in 1930s and 1940s.
  • Skinner Archive:
    Papers, photographs and slides, press cutting and articles, and correspondence on Leicester’s 19th century industrial heritage.

Primary Sources

Newspapers & Periodicals

World War I

World War II

  • Bomb Sight:
    A map of the London WW2 bomb census during the London Blitz (7th October 1940 to 6th June 1941) from the National Archives.

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