Archives in the UK

The National Archives
This is the national archive of England, Wales and the United Kingdom. It brings together and preserves the records of the central government and the courts of law. The records span an unbroken period from the 11th century to the present day. Their website runs a database search engine to help you find the records you need. They also have several searchable databases to help you find out about records held by other archives.

The Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies Archives
Archival material has been deposited with the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies since its foundation in 1950. There are a number of discrete collections which in sum give a unique overview of the history and development of Germanic studies in the United Kingdom since the nineteenth century. The collections emanate from individuals and organizations engaged in Germanic studies. Researchers should apply to consult material at least forty-eight hours in advance by letter, facsimile, e-mail or telephone. The library staff need a name and contact number, a concise and clear idea of the nature of the enquiry and a date and time for consultation.

Arts and Humanities Data Service
As a postgraduate student in humanities you will find this service useful and relevant. It includes 5 different domains:

  • Archaeology Data Service
  • Visual Arts Data Service
  • Oxford Text Archive
  • Performing Arts Data Service
  • History Data Service.