Thursday, 27 November 2014

Flickr Commons Collections

The U.S National Library of Medicine's History of Medicine Division collects, preserves, and makes available one of the world’s richest collections of historical material related to human health and disease. The holdings include pre-1914 books, pre-1871 journals, archives and modern manuscripts, historical prints, photographs and films. The first seven health related albums which include book illustrations, posters, prints, trade cards and photographs have currently been uploaded to the Commons :

The Internet Archive has uploaded more than 14 million public domain images to Flickr  spanning a huge wealth of topics. Each image includes detailed descriptions, including the subject tags of the book it came from and the text immediately surrounding it on the page:
One of the purposes of the Internet Archive is to offer permanent access to historical collections that exist in digital format, including texts, audio, moving images, and archived web pages.

The key goal of Flickr Commons is to share material from the world's public photography archives.

Illustrated London News 1914-1918 archive

Illustrated London News 1914-1918 archive - the Illustrated London News Ltd has launched a website featuring 1914-1918 archive material from the Illustrated London News, the world’s first illustrated magazine, and seven other titles in its collection. The first-phase website includes the digitised pages from the Illustrated London News 1914-1918; editorial features providing context for the source material; a range of topical insights from “Animals and War” and “Trench Life” to “Sport and the War”; and a blog written by young historians appointed for the project.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Early European Books - new onlne resource

Early European Books is a comprehensive digitised collection of works printed in Europe between 1450-1700. It is based on the holdings of a variety of major European libraries and provides full-colour, facsimile images scanned directly from the original printed sources. This wonderful resource provides researchers with new ways of accessing and exploring the printed record of early modern Europe, drawing together a diverse array of sources including rare and previously hard to access material.
Early European Books is available on and off campus from the library home page Select the link to databases and you can access this resource from the A-Z list.

New electronic resource - Vogue Archive

The Library now provides access to The Vogue archive which is available on and off campus from the library homepage Select the link to  databases and access the archive from the A-Z list.
The Vogue archive provides full text access to the complete run of US Vogue from 1892 to the most recent edition. It contains over 400,000 pages produced as high resolution full colour images. It is an excellent resource for those researching magazine publishing, fashion, photography, literature, advertising, cultural history, gender issues and celebrity.

Friday, 10 January 2014

British Library images

The British Library has released over one million images onto Flickr Commons. The images have been taken from 17th, 18th and 19th century books and cover a huge mix of subjects. They include comic satire, illustrations, maps, geological diagrams, landscapes, wall paintings and much more. The images are available for anyone to use, remix and repurpose.

The British Library is currently investigating new ways to navigate, discover and display these images which are available at

'Comic History of Greece from the earliest times to the death of Alexander the Great'...Illustrated by Synder, Charles, M.

Each image is individually addressible, online, and Flickr provies an API to access it and the image's associated description.  - See more at:

Friday, 29 November 2013

London's health records now publicly available online

London's Pulse, launched earlier this week, is a digitisation project from the Wellcome Library. This online resource contains more than 5000 fully searchable Medical Officer of Health reports from 1848 to 1973, detailing the health of Londoners in detail - borough by borough and often street by street. It is available at:

Here is part of the press release: 
'The site showcases the often-overlooked work of Medical Officers of Health (MOHs), qualified medical practitioners who became influential agents of social and medical reform in the city. Their yearly reports amount to a health check of the capital over more than a century, recording vital statistics on births, deaths and illness, infant mortality, and infectious disease.

The reports also offer an unparalleled insight into Londoners’ lives, covering a dizzying array of topics. They contain details of London’s lost trades (such as hair-merchants and pigeon-fatteners), provide reports on the conditions of child workers in factories and families in slum housing, and trace changing tastes in fast food from oysters to Chinese takeaways'.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Copac Catalogue - helping researchers locate unique resources

Copac is a free service, available from anywhere at which brings together the catalogues of over 70 UK and Irish libraries. Using Copac you can discover the holdings of the UK's national libraries, many university and specialist research libraries. The range of libraries include the British Library, Oxford and Cambridge universities, the National Trust, major Russian and East European collections, Middle Temple and Mechanical Engineers library. The Catalogue of the National Archive is also a very recent addition.

Copac covers a vast number of subjects and specialisms and can help researchers quickly and easily discover and locate a huge amount of material. You can search across all libraries or limit to an individual library - select 'Main search' and scroll down to see various options to limit your search