This collection is one of the Institute’s largest and includes published primary sources, bibliographies, and guides and catalogues to manuscripts and archives. Secondary works include core reference monographs and many periodicals. There is much of value for national history as well as every locality.
The collection is divided between general or regional materials and a section for each English county, as well as the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. Wales, Scotland and Ireland each has its own collection arranged in a similar way. Chronologically, the remit runs from the early Anglo-Saxons to the present day. We hold material from every sphere of England’s rural and urban past including architectural and archaeological resources.
Strengths include an extensive collection of eighteenth and nineteenth century poll books, a large collection of nineteenth and early twentieth century directories, many early county histories and a complete set of the Victoria County History.