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  • Trial access: British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries

    Trial access to the British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries has been made available until 14th May 2021.

    This collection includes the immediate experiences of approximately 500 women, as revealed in over 100,000 pages of diaries and letters. Particular care has been taken to index this material so that it can be searched more thoroughly than ever before. The collection now includes primary materials spanning more than 300 years. Each source has been carefully chosen using leading bibliographies. The collection also includes biographies and an extensive annotated bibliography of the sources in the database.

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    Featured content includes:

    Letters of Mary, Queen of Scots

    Browse a collection of letters from Mary, Queen of Scots during her imprisonment in England until her execution.  Correspondence include letters to King Philip II, Constable de Montmorency, Archbishop of Glasgow, Queen Elizabeth, Catherine de Medicis, Queen of France, and her last letter and will written the evening before her execution.

    Occupation: Nurses

    Read letters and diaries from women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries documenting their experiences nursing in a variety of medical settings.

    War Diaries

    Many women throughout history have survived numerous wars and conflicts. Read through various dairies written by women who lived through the French Revolution, Crimean War, and the Great Wars of the 20th century, including the diary of Anne Jane Walker Shepperd, a 26-year-old mother of three, describing daily life in London during the Blitz.


    Browse letters and diaries from women as they document their travels throughout the world from fashion to food to new landmarks discovered. Countries visited and explored include: Italy, Norway, Russia, Egypt, Syria, South Africa, India, and New Zealand.

    Timestamp: 14 April 2021 - 3:36pm
  • Covid-19 in literature

    Telling stories has long been a way for humans to make sense of life’s many events. Little more than a year has passed since the beginning of the first UK lockdown, and we already know that huge amounts have been … Continue reading →
    Timestamp: 9 April 2021 - 12:16pm
  • Preserving electronic music

    Can you name ten famous Belgians? When first moving to the UK this joke quite often  came up. Finding an answer to the question was easy enough and no, Hercule Poirot is fictional and not on the list. Although several … Continue reading →
    Timestamp: 9 April 2021 - 8:45am