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Digitisation Project in the National Library of Scotland

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

The National Library of Scotland development strategy outlines plans to make millions of items in its collection available online.  One third of the collection is to be digitised over the next ten years.  “The Library already has a strong online presence and has digitised a number of its iconic items including the last letter of Mary Queen of Scots, the Order for the massacre of Glencoe, the first books printed in Scotland in the 16th century, the first atlas of Scotland and First World War official photographs.”

While the Library will remain an important physical destination this project will open up it’s collections, online,to researchers worldwide.

From Antrim to Zanzibar: Heritage Research at Ulster University

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Colin breen

On Wednesday 25th February 2015 at 7pm Dr Colin Breen will be giving the 2015 Convocation Lecture ‘From Antrim to Zanzibar: Heritage Research at Ulster University’.

The University has a strong profile in heritage and archaeological research. This lecture will highlight the relevance of this work using a number of case studies including past climate change, early nation-building in Ireland and Scotland and the process of colonialism across Africa. The key issues of identity and sustainability underpin much of this research.

Dr Breen led a major archaeological excavation at Dunluce Castle, encouraging members of the local community to participate. In 2012 he published ‘Dunluce Castle: Archaeology and History’.

Join us for the lecture at 7pm on 25th February in E206 at the Coleraine campus and for light refreshments afterwards.

Although the lecture is open for anyone to attend, please let us know if you intend to come by contacting:

Convocation Executive Committee, Office of the University Secretary, Ulster University, Cromore Road, Coleraine BT52 1SA

Tel: +44 (28) 7012 4114



Illustrated London News Online – Trial Service

Thursday, October 10th, 2013


The Library has set up a trial for the Illustrated London News, the world’s first pictorial weekly newspaper. Access the full facsimile run of the newspaper from 1842 – 2003, in full text and full colour.

  • Approximately 260,000 full-text pages
  • More than 7,000 issues
  • More than 1.5 million images
  • Covers 162 years (1842–2003)
  • 60,000 Print Edition Circulation in 1842, 300,000 at its peak in 1860s

Covering over 260,000 pages, you can access the Illustrated London News on-campus only until November 1st 2013. The user-friendly home page features an intuitive interface, interactive timeline and multiple search options. Your feedback on this trial is appreciated.

Dead Sea Scrolls online

Monday, January 7th, 2013

The discovery of the first Dead Sea Scrolls in a remote Judean Desert cave in 1947 is widely considered the greatest archaeological event of the twentieth century. Bedouin treasure hunters and archaeologists ultimately found the remains of hundreds of ancient scrolls. These fragile pieces of parchment and papyrus, including the oldest existing copies of the Hebrew Bible, were preserved for two thousand years by the hot, dry desert climate and the darkness of the caves where they were placed. The scrolls provide an unprecedented picture of the diverse religious beliefs of ancient Judaism, and of daily life during the turbulent Second Temple period when Jesus lived and preached.  View the Dead Sea Scrolls online.

La Guerra Española 1936-1939

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

De 1936 a 1939 España fue un país dividido tanto política como militarmente. Las fuerzas rebeldes nacionalistas, encabezadas por el General Francisco Franco, libraron una sangrienta guerra contra el gobierno republicano de izquierdas que concluyó finalmente con el triunfo de las fuerzas franquistas y el derrocamiento de la democracia en España. Las potencias extranjeras intervinieron en ambos bandos. Mientras que las tropas fascistas de Italia y Alemania apoyaron a los nacionalistas, los soldados procedentes de la Unión Soviética se adhirieron a los voluntarios internacionales para respaldar a los republicanos. En los años previos al inicio de la II Guerra Mundial, la Guerra Civil española se convirtió en un símbolo de la creciente lucha internacional entre el fascismo y la democracia. 

To access the database select a Cengage database such as Nineteenth Century British Library newspapers, proceed to the list of Cengage databases (see picture below) and select Archives Unbound.

State Papers Online

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

The Library has a current trial of the Cengage database, State Papers Online, 1509-1714.

Information on the database and details of its contents.

For information on how to access the trial, contact Frank Reynolds ( )

The Dublin Castle Records, 1798-1926

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

The Dublin Castle administration in Ireland was the government of Ireland under English and later British rule, from the twelfth century until 1922, based at Dublin Castle. Dublin Castle Records, 1798-1926 contains records of the British administration in Ireland prior to 1922, a crucial period which saw the rise of Parnell and the Land War in 1880 through to the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1921. This collection comprises materials from Series CO 904, The National Archives, Kew, UK.

 To access the database select a Cengage database such as Nineteenth Century British Library newspapers, proceed to the list of Cengage databases (see picture below) and select Archives Unbound.

British Theatre, Music and Literature: high and popular culture

Friday, October 12th, 2012

We now have access to this database which is a Cengage database, and part of Nineteenth Century Collection Online. The content is primary source material relating to the Arts in the Victorian era.   To access the database select a Cengage database such as Nineteenth Century British Library newspapers, proceed to the list of Cengage databases (see picture below)  and select Nineteenth Century Collection Online.

Irish –Australia transportation records

Monday, June 25th, 2012

These records held in the National Archives of Ireland list the names crimes and sentences of people sent to the penal colonies. In many cases burglary and robbery brought sentences of seven years, though cow or sheep stealing could bring sentences of ten years.  Sometimes transportation sentences were commuted to shorter periods of imprisonment. Nineteen year old Thomas Adams from Antrim had his proposed transportation commuted to eighteen months imprisonment. Murder brought the death penalty but could be “respited” if the convict was transported for life.  Such was the fate of Thomas Kenna of Waterford. Patrick Hagan, aged 60, was detained in Dundalk Guardhouse for being a United Irishman. The records are searchable and give interesting insights into the crimes and punishments of late eighteenth/early nineteenth century Ireland.  There is also an article by Rena Lohan on the Archives’ resources on the transportation of Irish convicts to Australia.

KGB in the Baltic States

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

This site presents the digitised documents of different KGB departments, illustrating the differences in their work in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania. All the documents, scanned from the originals, have descriptions. Descriptions are in English and Russian. They can be searched by name, place and date, KGB department and title of document.  There are NKGB files 1940-41; MGB files 1943-53 and KGB files 1954-91.