Workshop: Using University Archives in your Research

Editors Note: This is an archived blog post from 4/10/2014.

Dissertation Workshop

Using University Archives in your Research


Tuesday 14th October, 15.00 to 16.00 University Place 3.214

A workshop for 3rd-year undergraduates and MA students – in History and related subjects – who are starting to identify dissertation topics.


The University’s own archives – that is, archives recording to University’s own activities and those of its students – are held in the the University Library (Blue 4). Together with a number of related collections in the John Rylands Library, they offer historical researchers a wealth of largely unexploited resources capable of illuminating a wide range of aspects of 19th– and 20th-century British history. These are by no means confined to university history – important a subject though that is. These collections offer the raw materials for dissertations on student rebellion, generational conflict, gender relations, experiences of war, sport and leisure, architectural and planning history, etc, as well as on the history of academic disciplines and practices. This is your opportunity to find out what is available and how to go about using it in your work.


With the help of the University Archivist, Dr James Peters, we shall provide a rapid overview of the collections and search facilities, with some case-studies of work that is currently being undertaken. Followed by Q&A session for you to ask about your own project.

Professor Stuart Jones

Dr Christopher Godden

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