Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Alumna sighting: Bronwen Thompson (BA '99) recently completed a Master of Public Administration degree at the University of Regina and has moved to Edmonton to work as a Budget and Business Planning Analyst with Alberta Finance.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

The Digital Library of Historical Directories produced by the University of Leicester in England is a digital library of eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth century local and trade directories (phone books before there were phones) from England and Wales. Directories of counties and towns are important sources for local and genealogical studies. They include lists of names, addresses and occupations, and successive editions reflect changes over time. Check it out at http://www.historicaldirectories.org/.

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Hidden Lives Revealed focuses on the period 1881-1918, and includes unique archive material about poor and disadvantaged children from across England and Wales cared for by The Waifs and Strays' Society. See it at http://www.hiddenlives.org.uk/.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Anthropologists are dear people, generally, who often write things that historians might find useful. Internet Anthropologist is a free "teach-yourself" Web tutorial, designed to develop skills in using the Internet for anthropological research. The idea is to help anthropology lecturers to pass these skills on to their students, but historians and their students may also find it helpful. The tutorial is free to all, at http://www.vts.rdn.ac.uk/tutorial/anthropologist.

Thursday, July 01, 2004

July 1 marks, among other things, the start of Brett Fairbairn's five-year term as Head of the History Department. Brett is a graduate of our department (BA hons), and went on to complete his doctorate at Oxford University. From 1986 until roughly yesterday he held a joint appointment in the History Department and the Centre for the Study of Co-Operatives. He was director of the Centre from 2000 until roughly yesterday. A specialist in German and Western Canadian social movements, author of three books and many other publications, holder of numerous awards and fellowships, past editor of the Canadian Journal of History -- Brett brings a wealth of academic and administrative experience to the headship.