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The Museum of English Rural Life is responsible for the Bibliography of British and Irish Rural History, a searchable online database of bibliographical references.

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The Data

The Bibliography contains over 50,000 records, including 31,000 articles from over 1,500 journals and over 10,000 books.

Many references date from the late 18th and 19th centuries: for example, some 1,400 articles have been extracted from the Journal of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, which began publication in 1840. However, the majority of articles in the Bibliography were published in the leading and lesser known journals from the 1940s up to the present year.

The Bibliography also contains over 4,000 theses awarded for degrees world-wide since the 1870s, including contemporary surveys which are now of historical interest.

There are also over 10,000 books in the Bibliography, most of which are held by the Museum of English Rural Life's Library, plus articles from edited works.

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Subject Area

The field covered by the Bibliography relates to man's interaction with the environment both during and since prehistoric times, and to rural, social and economic history.

Information on the processing of the produce of the land, even in an urban environment, is also collected.

Topics include:

A select list of current articles collected by the Museum is published each year in Part 1 of the Agricultural History Review, and the same journal periodically also publishes a bibliography of theses on British agrarian history.

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Searching the Bibliography

The Bibliography of British and Irish Rural History is part of the database that also contains the catalogue of the collections of the Museum of English Rural Life.

To search only the bibliographical references, first select your search type and then use the option "Restrict to items held at" to select "Bibliography".

Find out more about the database and begin searching...

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Suggestions and feedback

We would be delighted to hear your comments and suggestions regarding the Bibliography. We'd especially be interested to hear how you discovered the Bibliography and how you use it.

To get in contact with us, simply e-mail us at merl@reading.ac.uk, or write to us at
The Museum of English Rural Life, The University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX.

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