Archives and special collections can provide primary source material in your subject area to support your research. The links below may help you. They are arranged under three headings:
Archives Hub: is a gateway to search for archives on any number of subjects in the UK. It also includes details of repositories and how to access collections.
Discovery: is the new search tool from the National Archives, incorporating more than 32 million descriptions of records. These archives are cared for in local record offices and libraries, universities, museums and national and specialist institutions across England and Wales, where they are made available to the public. It includes the previously separate catalogues A2A (Access to Archives) and ARCHON.
AIM25: AIM25 is a project to create a database of descriptions of the archives in higher education institutions, learned societies, cultural organisations and livery companies within the greater London area (as bounded by the M25). It is a work in progress.
MASC25: MASC25 is an online resource guide to printed special collections in libraries within the M25 Consortium. It contains descriptions of collections consisting wholly or in part of printed material. The result is a database broad in scope, which complements other resource mapping initiatives, such as AIM25 for archives.
Institution of Mechanical Engineers Archive: The IMechE makes available its archive collections to all those with an interest in engineering history. Collection strengths reflect the Institution’s interests in railway engineering, manufacturing, powerplant development, the automobile and all general mechanical disciplines.
LSE archives: The LSE archives cover modern British political, economic and social history, the history of the social sciences with particular reference to economics and social anthropology, and the history of the London School of Economics & Political Science.
National Archives: The National Archives, which covers England, Wales and the United Kingdom, was formed in April 2003 by bringing together the Public Record Office and the Historical Manuscripts Commission. It is responsible for looking after the records of central government and the courts of law, and making sure everyone can look at them. The collection is one of the largest in the world and spans an unbroken period from the 11th century to the present day.
Royal Institution of Great Britain: The Royal Institution of Great Britain has been at the centre of scientific research and the popularisation of science in England. Its collections comprise original scientific apparatus, archives, portraits and furniture.
Wellcome Library Archives and Manuscripts: The Wellcome Library holds rich collections of both western and oriental documents on historical figures and the records of organizations involved in medical science and healthcare.
British Library Collection Care department
Institute of Conservation for links to conservators and restorers.