This a selection of our features that fall under the subject heading 'Social Sciences'.
This is to give you a flavour of the rich and diverse collections that you can find on the Archives Hub.
- Around the Campfire:
the Boy Scouts and other youth movements; with photos of Boy Scouts, the Boys'
Brigade and the Woodcraft Folk.
- A Cabinet of Curiosities:
folk beliefs and parapsychology.
- Betty Boothroyd: Baroness
Boothroyd of Sandwell is well known for having been the first woman Speaker
of the House of Commons.
- Bicycle Clips: bicycles,
cycling clubs, and road safety.
- Brass Bands: composers, bands
- Black History
Month: southern African political activists, including senior figures
in the African National Congress.
Women's Emigration: encouraging educated middle-class British women to
emigrate.to the colonies in the 19th century and early 20th century; with
images from The Illustrated News Ltd at Mary Evans Picture Library.
- Calendar: includes images from
Cyclists' Touring Club calendars.
- Cecil John
Rhodes (1853-1902): a selection from the Bodleian Library of Commonwealth
and African Studies at Rhodes House concerning the imperialist and mining
the 19th century movement for political and social reform, with its Six Point
Charter for the reform of Parliament.
- Christmas: folklorists,
writers, and Christmas traditions.
- Christmas at the Co-op: images of how Co-operative Societies prepared for the festive season. As well as photographs, there are examples of publications the co-operative movement produced in the run up to Christmas.
- Curiouser and Curiouser:
folk beliefs, curious collections, and strange histories.
- Designs on Delivery: GPO Posters from 1930 to 1960: University of the Arts London Archives and Special Collections Centre, in collaboration with the British Postal Museum and Archive, presents the online version of the exhibition at the Well Gallery, with eight additional posters exclusively available online.
for Victory!: includes a description papers relating to the Women's Land
Army, illustrated with a 1940s recruitment poster.
- Dirty Linen: domestic science
and women's education.
- Edge of Darkness: the
papers of scientists, politicians and campaigners, as well as the records
of organisations, who have sought to limit or end the use of nuclear weapons,
have been opposed to nuclear power, or have investigated alternative sources
- Fairs and Circus: some
of the collections held at the National Fairground Archive, with photographs
from fairs and circus posters.
- Festivals: the Edinburgh Festival
and other summer events.
- Firefighters: highlighting descriptions for the records of fire and rescue and civil defence services, with an empasis on descriptions for the papers of men and women working for these services during the Second World War; illustrated with photographs of the Air Raid Precautions services (A.R.P.) and the National Fire Service in London during the Blitz, from the Bishopsgate Institute.
- Forensics: a partial print of the history of forensic science, shining a light on the descriptions for the papers of physicians, pharmacists, chemists and toxicologists involved in criminal investigations, and records relating to forgery and violent crimes.
Pulp to Print: Records of the Papermaking Industry: descriptions for the
records of mill owners and mill workers, paper merchants, printers and publishers;
with images from the Tweedie Photograph Collection.
- Genesis: relaunch of the Genesis portal for Women’s Studies.
med dagen!: collections with a Norwegian flavour.
Great War: collections reflecting personal experiences of the First World
War: on the 'Home Front', at war in Europe, Russia and the Middle East, and
the papers of poets and artists in the military.
milliners - hat manufacturers and retailers, from haberdashers to department
- History of textiles: Scottish textile heritage:
descriptions of the archives of many companies, organisations, and individuals
connected to the Scottish textile industry and textile arts and crafts held
by Scottish Further and Higher Education archives.
- Iraq: Britain's historical connections
with Iraq: travellers and archaeologists, diplomats and military personnel,
oil companies and weapons technology.
- John Ruskin: John Ruskin
(1819-1900), was an author, artist, critic - and social reformer.
- Liberty, Parity and Jusstice at the Hull History Centre: pressure groups collections of Hull University Archives at Hull History Centre, including records of Liberty (formerly the National Council for Civil Liberties), Parity (formerly the Campaign for Equal State Pension Ages), and Justice (British Section of the International Commission of Jurists).
- Love letters: handwriting,
calligraphy, and palaeography.
- Manchester Histories Festival: the very first Manchester Histories Festival, an exploration of Manchester's unique and fascinating past.
- Mass Observation: the
Mass Observation Archive specialises in material about everyday life in Britain,
with papers generated by the original Mass Observation social research organisation
(1937 to early 1950s); the new phase of Mass Observation, the Mass Observation
Project, has been running since 1981.
- Mills Archive Trust: collections held at the Mills Archive
Strike, 1984-1985: the year-long miners' strike of 1984-1985; papers and
photos of mining communities, the union, supporters, and politicians.
- My Funny Valentine:
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender history.
- The Nobel Prizes: awarded
each year for achievements in sciences - and the Nobel Peace Prize for promoting
peace and social welfare.
- pay&power: includes
Sedgley Park School, Wolverhampton, and Cotton College, Oakamoor, Staffordshire,
with records dating back to the 18th century.
- Perchance to Dream:
beliefs and traditions surrounding sleep, and some of the practicalities involved.
- Pubs and Inns: breweries, licensed premises, and trade associations.
- Railway history: 200 years of the steam engine: papers
of inventors and engineers, records of locomotive manufacturers, railway companies
- The Rathbones: a family
of merchants and shipowners, with a tradition of philanthropy and public service;
this illustrious Liverpool merchanting firm traded during the nineteenth century
in a variety of commodities including American cotton, China tea and silks
and Brazilian coffee.
- Recipes through the ages:
collections of culinary, household and medicinal recipes through the centuries.
- Robert Burns:
Scotland's national poet Robert Burns (1759-1796) is celebrated on Burn's
Night, January 25th.
- Robert Owen: 150th anniversary
of the death of Robert Owen (1771-1858), cotton mill owner and philanthropist.
- Romanies and Gypsiologists:
at the beginning of the last century, a shared interest in Romani people and
culture brought together linguists, historians, anthropologists, genealogists,
- Science Year: Science Year
is a UK-wide educational initiative
to promote science, technology, and engineering.
- Scottish Brewing
Archive: Celebrating 20 years of preserving Scottish brewing heritage: founded in 1982, the Archive has extensive holdings of archives,
photographs, and objects representing 120 companies and trade associations
for the brewing, malting, and coopering industries - some dating back to the
- Somerville and Ross:
writers Edith Somerville (1858-1949) & Violet Martin (1862-1915), and
composer Ethel Smyth (1858-1944).
- The Spanish Civil War: papers of political campaigners, historians, and International Brigades volunteers, the records of aid organisations, and descriptions for collections of posters, photographs, and interviews with veterans of the Spanish Civil War.
- Sport: highlighting some of the
sporting figures, events, and organisations whose records are described on
- Steve Cohen: highlighting Steve Cohen's collection which he deposited at the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre in 2001. Steve Cohen was a lawyer and anti-deportation campaigner and he dedicated his life to anti-racism and anti-Semitism.
- Stuff the diet!: baking
cakes and biscuits at home, teaching domestic science, and manufacturers of
the ingredients and the finished product.
- Think Positive: individuals
and organisations who have played a part in improving quality of life, from
suffragists to peace campaigners.
and Townscape: The Work and Life of Thomas Sharp: town-planner Thomas
trees and how they weave their way through our lives, our history, our art
and architecture and our folklore.
- Typewriters and Office Machines: typewriters and their impact on office workers in collections at The Women's Library and other collections around the UK.
& Chief Secretaries: Bodleian Library collections relating to the
British government of Ireland, 1560-1921.
- Waterways: Britain's inland
waterways; with images of the Manchester Ship Canal and the Bridgewater Canal.
- The Welsh in Patagonia: the founding of a Welsh-speaking settlement in Patagonia in the mid-19th century.
- What's in a place-name?:
linguists, geographers, and historians who have researched place-names in
the British Isles.
- World Book Day: Unesco's
World Book Day is on March 14th, and we highlight a selection of novelists,
focusing on writers of science fiction, supernatural tales, and children's
- World War One: collections from the First World War.
- X: general elections in the UK:
papers of politicians, records of political parties, and general election