The Library has trial access to these two online resources from Adam Matthew until August 31st 2021.
This digital resource allows students and researchers to access a vast collection of primary source documents from the India Office Records held by the British Library, the single most important archive for the study of the East India Company.
From before the Company’s charter in 1600, to Indian independence in 1947, the East India Company resource tells the story of trade with the East, politics, and the rise and fall of the British Empire. It records the challenges of a globalising world and sheds light on contrasting lives – from those of powerful political figures to ordinary people in Britain and Asia and the individual traders who lived and worked at the edge of Empire. essential resource for scholarship of British imperial history, maritime trade, global commerce, and the history of the first great multinational corporation.
This story is told through the manuscript records of the period, with over three million pages of content digitised. It includes enhanced viewing and browsing tools allowing for easy navigation.
This new resource is an extensive collection of manuscript materials for the study of medieval travel writing in fact and fantasy.
The core collection is of medieval manuscripts from libraries around the world, dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries, with a focus on accounts of journeys to the Holy Land, India and China.
These sources tell us much about the attitudes and preconceptions of people across Europe in the medieval period, shedding light on issues of race, economics, trade, militarism, politics, literature and science. Topics covered include: pilgrimage, the origins of global trade, travels to the Holy Land, the Silk Road, and the representation of the ‘East’ and the ‘Other’ in the Middle Ages.
The resource also includes supporting materials, such as maps and essays.
Accessing the resources
To access the trials, if you are on campus, the links above should take you straight into the resources. If you are off-campus, you will be taken to the following screen when you try to access any content from the links above:
Choose the option The UK Access Management Federation, then find Newcastle University in the list, and click Continue. You will then be taken to the usual Newcastle University login screen, where you should just input your Newcastle University credentials.
The trials end on August 31st 2021. To help us evaluate them, please email us your feedback, or leave a reply on this blog.