The Sparrows’ Nest

The Sparrows’ Nest, a centre for anarchist culture and education contains one of the most significant historical archives of anarchist materials in Britain as well as a large and rapidly growing local studies section. Please also visit their fabulous Digital Library to browse thousands of pages of anarchist publications, letters etc. spanning from the 1890s to the 2000s.

Local history groups

Nottingham Women’s History Group have been very active in e.g. organising fascinating talks and a number of guided walks.

The Notts Local History Society has an extensive list of general local history groups, but some groups (not all in that list) seem particularly relevant:

Other resources

Find fascinating documents in the Nottinghamshire Archives.
In the Local Studies Library you can find plentiful and easy to use sources, e.g. an extensive newspaper archive dating back to the 18th century.
Picture the Past is a vast database of images of places, people, events etc.


Bristol Radical History Group
Radical History Network of North London
Leicester Oral History Archive
Past Tense – a publishing project based in South London, exploring London radical history.
The Women’s Library is a cultural centre in London housing the most extensive collection of women’s history in the UK.
Working Class Movement Library – based in Salford.
Chelmsford Trades Union Council have a fascinating history section on their site.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. stu06bloc9
    Aug 13, 2015 @ 19:50:57

    Fascinating stuff, had a good look round – you missed the Broxtowe Estate ‘riot’ of early 1990s in your list – mind it was quite overblown by the local media!


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