• LIBRAL adds 15 volumes, spanning c.1800-1944
    Elections have badly impeded LIBRAL over the past couple of months, but good to say the scanner’s assistant was happily re-elected. Here, before the second election of the year, is the LIBRAL circulation you should have had before the last election containing the usual mixture of the known and unknown. We now have over 1,250 …

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  • Spike Gibbs and Steve Hindle win Thirsk Prize 2024
    Like last year, two books stood out. The first, Spike Gibbs’ ‘Lordship, State Formation and Local Authority in late Medieval and Early Modern England’ (Cambridge University Press), is a book that the panel agreed will shape the historiography for many years to come. The second, Steve Hindle’s ‘The Social Topography of a Rural Community: Scenes from a Labouring Life’ (Oxford University Press), is a wonderful, illuminating microhistory of one early modern Warwickshire community.
  • Joan Thirsk Memorial Prize 2023
    This year, for the first time, the Joan Thirsk Memorial Prize was split between two authors: Professor Christopher Dyer and Dr Jane Rowling.


Agricultural History Review

Volume 72.1 contains articles by Nicola Verdon, David Arnold, Janne Mäkiranta, Zenyep Akçakaya, Peter J. Atkins, Pablo Delgado and Adrián Espinosa-Gracia, Per Lundin, Martin Karl Skoglund, Tiia Sahrakorpi, Alan Swinbank, and Elly Robson, Eugene Costello, and John Morgan.

  • Rural History Today, Issue 46 (January 2024)
    Issue 46 carries articles on the diaries of Violet Dickinson; oral history and environmental land management; rural resistance to land dispossession in the Western Isles; and county magazines.
  • Rural History Today, Issue 45 (July 2023)
    This issue features an article by Christopher Dyer on medieval peasants’ contributions to the countryside; Elizabeth Pimblett on women’s roles in the story of cider; Tony Pratt on the British cattle census of 1866; and Paul Warde on land valuation and surveying in mid-nineteenth-century Ireland.
  • How peasants made the rural landscape
    Peasants were not rich or powerful, but they had a capacity, often when operating together in a community, to make decisions and change the world around them. The peasant contribution to the medieval countryside has emerged gradually in the thinking of historians and archaeologists.

Library of Rural and Agricultural Literature (LIBRAL)

New on LIBRAL in February 2024

Aiton, William, General View of … Ayr [A] (1811)
Aiton, William, General View of … Ayr [B] (1811)
Anon., Rinderpest in Aberdeenshire: the outbreak of 1865 and how it was stamped out (1882)
Hazard, Willis P., How to Select Cows; or the Guenon System, Simplified, Explained and Practically Applied (1889)
Hurst and Son, Trade Catalogue of Agricultural Seeds, offered by Hurst and Son (1901)
Long, James, The Small Farm and its Management (1901)
Lundy, John J., Rinderpest: its Prevention and Cure; and Gypsum (or sulphate of lime, its advantages as a manure, deodoriser and sanitary agent (1865)
MAF, The Farm Tractor (1940)
Marsh, John B., with illustrations by E.T.D. Stevens and J. Rochefort, Hops and Hopping (1892)
One who has Whistled at the Plough, A Letter to the Farmers of England (1843)
Pitt, William, General View of … Stafford (1808)
Rea, E., Tractor Ploughing in War Time (1941)
Robinson, John, On the Present Position of the Agricultural Labourer (1864)
Roland, Arthur, ed. William H. Ablett, The Management of Grassland: Laying Down Grass; Artificial Grasses, etc (1887)
Stanhope, Philip Henry, 4th Earl, A Letter to the Owners and Occupiers of Sheep Farms from Earl Stanhope (1828)
Stratton, Rev. J. Y., Hops and Hop-pickers (1883)
Strickland, H. E., General View of … the East Riding of Yorkshire (1812)
Tallerman, D., Markets and Marketing: a Sequel to Farm Produce Realization (1899)
Western, Charles, 1st Baron Western, Lord Western’s Letter to the President and Members of the Chelmsford Agricultural Society, on the State of the Country (1835)
Whitmore, W. W,, A Letter on the Present State and Future Prospects of Agriculture, addressed to the Agriculturists of the County of Salop (1823)