Database Trial – Accessible Archives


The Library is trialling a well-established resource this month that may be of great interest to social sciences students and historians in particular.

Accessible Archives was founded in 1990 with the goal of utilizing computer technology to make available vast quantities of archived historical information, previously furnished only in micro-format, hard copy form or as images only. In pursuit of this vision, primary source material has been selected to reflect a broad view of the times, and has been assembled into databases with a strict attention to detail allowing access to specific information with pinpoint accuracy.  Their online full-text search capability and digital imaging permits the user to search and manipulate this information in ways never before possible.

To begin searching please go to: . Access is via IP address and the trial runs to 13th May 2015.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial. Please contact Steve Corn with your comments.

Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy at the British Library

British_20Library_20LogoThe largest ever exhibition ever staged about Magna Carta opens today at the British Library.

Since 1215, Magna Carta has evolved from a political peace treaty to an international symbol of individual freedoms. From its genesis through to today’s popular culture, you can uncover the story of how its power has been used – and abused.

Together, for this once-in-a-lifetime moment, are the iconic documents and artefacts that tell the story of Magna Carta: two of the four original 1215 Magna Carta documents, Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence and one of the original copies of the US Bill of Rights, both on display in the UK for the first time, together with stunning manuscripts, paintings, statues and royal relics.

Full details of the exhibition and the programme of special events that accompany it can be found on the British Library website here.

History or Not with LU Arts

1340As part of the International Women’s Day on Sunday the Sexual Politics Research Group of Loughborough University is organising a free event in the LU Arts Project Space this Monday (9th March).

In celebration of the the late Monica Ross (1950-2013) there will be a re-reading of one of her presentations, History or Not,  given on Art, Activism and Feminism in the 1970’s. This re-reading is performed by Mo White and is followed by a presentation by Althea Greenan from The Women’s Art Library/Make.

The reading takes place in the LU Arts Project Space in the Edward Barnsley Building at 1.30pm and will go on until 4.30pm. It is free to attend.

Eden Flix Presents… Gasland 2


The Cope Auditorium is the venue for the latest in the Eden Flix series of environmentally-themed films this Wednesday.

In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar®-nominated film GASLAND, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide).

GASLAND PART II, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today. The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In addition the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in Fox’s words “contaminating our democracy”.

The showing starts at 3pm in the Cope Auditorium. Admittance is free, but you will need to book first. To do this follow this link:

Eden Flix Presents… Four Horsemen


Next Wednesday, 18th February at 3pm the Design Studio in the Keith Green Building will be hosting another hard-hitting social documentary as part of the Eden Flix series.

Four Horsemen is the debut feature from director Ross Ashcroft which reveals the fundamental flaws in the economic system which has brought our civilization to the brink of disaster.

The film pulls no punches in describing the consequences of continued inaction – but its message is one of hope. If more people can equip themselves with a better understanding of how the world really works, then the systems and structures that condemn billions to poverty or chronic insecurity can at last be overturned. Solutions to the multiple crises facing humanity have never been more urgent, but equally, the conditions for change have never been more favourable

Eden Flix are a series of highly acclaimed, thought-provoking and inspirational documentaries on issues related to engineering, design and social consciousness sponsored by the Centre for Engineering and Design Education (CEDE) as part of the Engineering and Design Educators Network (EDEN) series of events.

Screenings are free for all Loughborough students and staff, but booking is necessary. To do that, visit this link:

Art Not Oil at the Nottingham Contemporary


This week a conversation about how artists and cultural institutions engage in issues related to oil, is presented in collaboration with the Politicised Practice Research Group and Anarchist Research Group, Loughborough University in the Space at the Nottingham Contemporary Art Centre.

This conversation, with invited guests Liberate Tate, forms part of Critical Citizenship, Activism and Art, a series of seminars and events to showcase and critically discuss art activists’ efforts to give a voice to the excluded, promote inclusive alternatives, and enrich global culture and citizenship.

Liberate Tate is an art collective exploring the role of creative intervention in social change and has become internationally renowned for artworks about the relationship of public, cultural institutions with oil companies. The group will present documentation from their five years of performance-interventions, alongside a discussion of their methodology and how cultural institutions play an important role in the normalisation of the environmental and human rights abuses of oil companies.

The event starts at 6.30pm on Wednesday 11th February. Admittance is free.

For more info email or visit

Database Trial – Slavery, Abolition & Social Justice


Bringing together primary source documents from archives and libraries across the Atlantic world, Slavery, Abolition & Social Justice allows students and researchers to explore and compare unique material relating to the complex subjects of slavery, abolition and social justice.

In addition to the primary source documents there is a wealth of useful secondary sources for research and teaching; including an interactive map, scholarly essays, tutorials, a visual sources gallery, chronology and bibliography.

To begin searching please go to:

Access is via IP address and the trial runs until 2nd March. Please note that PDF download options have been disabled for this trial.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn with your comments.

Database Trial – The First World War

ww1The First World War portal showcases a wealth of primary source material for the study of the Great War, complemented by a range of contextual secondary features. The three available modules are ‘Personal experiences’, ‘Propaganda and recruitment’ and ‘Visual perspectives and narratives’.

To begin searching please got to:

Access is via IP address and the trial runs until 2nd March. Please note that PDF download options have been disabled for this trial.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn with your comments.

Database Trial – American Consumer Culture

accAmerican Consumer Culture: Market Research and American Business, 1935-1965 provides a unique insight into the American consumer boom of the mid-20th century through access to the complete market research reports of Ernest Dichter, the era’s foremost consumer analyst, market research pioneer and widely-recognised ‘father’ of Motivational Research.

To begin searching please go to: – access is via IP address and the trial runs to 2nd March 2015.

Please note that PDF download options have been disabled for this trial.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn with your comments.

PHIR Political Film Series


Every Tuesday evening (except Monday 2nd March) in Semester Two starting this week the Department of Politics, History and International Relations (PHIR) are showing a series of movies in the broad category of ‘political films’. All will be introduced by a lecturer or PhD researcher from the department and will be followed afterwards by a discussion of the movie shown and the themes it explores.

The series kicks off tomorrow night with a showing of L’Auberge D’Espagnole, a lively multi-linguistic French-Spanish offering that follows Parisian student Xavier on his Erasmus year in Barcelona.

All films will be shown in the Student Lounge at the Herbert Manzoni Building at 7pm and are free to attend. For a complete list of the films to be shown in the series, visit this page: