Primary sources are documents (manuscript or printed) from particular historical periods, as opposed to "secondary sources" (e.g. books and articles) written at a later date about particular historical periods.
Primary Sources Online
Use a database to search for references to conference papers.
The papers of Mass Observation, a pioneering social research organisation. Provide insights into the cultural and social history of Britain from 1937 to 1965.
Mass Observation was a pioneering social research organisation whose papers provide insights into the cultural and social history of Britain from 1937 to 1965. The material in Mass Observation Online, offers detailed accounts of everyday life in the 1930s and 1940s. The topics covered include abortion, old age, crime, eating habits, shopping, fashion, dance, popular music, sex, sport, reading, ethnic minorities, and the decline of Empire. For off-campus access, click the "UK Access Management Federation" option, and select "University of Southampton".
Empire Online brings together manuscript, printed and visual primary source materials for the study of 'Empire' and its theories, practices and consequences. The materials span across the last five centuries. For off-campus access, click the "UK Access Management Federation" option, and select "University of Southampton".
This page has both contemporary (November 1988 onwards) Commons debates and a link to Historic Hansard (1803 - 2005). Members of the University can also access Hansard via the subscription service 'House of Commons Parliamentary Papers' which allows for cross-searching Hansard with Parliamentary reports, papers and bills.