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Working in Europe | Research Landscape | United Kingdom

Access various online archives which offer a rich learning experience through a wide array of materials including rare and fragile documents, films, images and sound recordings.

The digitised resources, plus online research tools, are either open access or accessible for free to those who are visiting, working or studying at UK institutions. They represent a part of the extensive collections and archives available in the UK for research.

Archives Hub and themed collections

Library Archives and open research

You can find resources online on these topics: 


The collections focusing on science, health and the environment will offer inspiration, source material and history to help you structure your scientific research.

The collection include diaries, memorabilia of scientific explorations and interactive online tools to enhance your learning experience.




The UK Digital Collections and Archives offers access to diverse research collections covering fine arts, literature, music, song, theatre to film, television and radio. The resources range from plays by Chaucer to modern sound clips and periodicals.

War and Politics (42.77 KB)

War and Politics (42.77 KB)

These collections explore the effects politics, war and economics have on society and culture in the UK and other parts of the world. Archive resources include film, photographs, newspapers, cartoons and caricatures, documents, letters, posters, maps and sound recordings.

Society and Lifestyle (41.86 KB)

Society and Lifestyle (41.86 KB)

The Society and Lifestyle section of the UK Digital Collections and Archives illustrates the enormous social change experienced across the UK as well as in China and South Asia during the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries.

You will find a plethora of digital resources including maps, statistics, oral histories as well as video and sound recordings. There are also online tools which enable you to connect with others, share findings and contribute relevant information.