The Editor's Choice

Welcome to the blog of the editorial team at Adam Matthew Digital. Here we will bring you snippets from the fascinating collections we have the privilege of handling on a daily basis, as well as posts about our travels to various archives and conferences across the world.

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Twenty-Five Years of Shakespeare's Globe
30 June 2022

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of the iconic Globe Theatre.

Time and Tide Goes Digital!
11 May 2022

Exciting news for researchers, teachers, and enthusiasts of interwar magazines and culture: digital publisher Adam Matthew has launched the 1920s Module of its Interwar Culture product!

Comprising a collection of twenty-seven digitised periodicals, published in Britain, America, and France between 1919 and 1929 – including Time and Tide! – the resource grants access to a glittering hoard of primary sources which, until now, have been available only in physical libraries and archives.

Industries, disco and diplomacy in Malaysia, 1980
06 April 2022

Foreign Office Files for South East Asia: Foundations of Economic Growth and Industrialisation, 1967-1980 - the latest addition to Adam Matthew Digital’s Archives Direct platform – features a broad selection of documents from the National Archives, UK relating to Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. This collection can be used to chart substantial economic development across the region, and it’s no surprise that many files record visits made by monarchs, presidents, ministers and diplomats to all manner of enterprises – occasionally with some surprising details and asides.

A Lady that Knows Everything: Bridgerton's Lady Whistledown and Eighteenth Century Journals
25 March 2022

Dearest Readers, break out the Madeira. The day eagerly awaited throughout the ton is finally here. Bridgerton has returned! Here at Adam Matthew, this is all the excuse we need to go on the hunt for scandal – and what better place to find it than in Eighteenth Century Journals, where a real-life precursor to the infamous Lady Whistledown lays society’s secrets bare. Prepare to meet Mrs. Crackenthorpe, a Lady that knows everything.

Exploring gender identity through primary sources with Villiers Park Educational Trust
24 March 2022

I recently spoke to a group of students from Villiers Park Educational Trust as part of their programme marking LGBTQ+ month. The presentation focused on a remarkable personal collection from Sex & Sexuality: the Lynn Edward Harris Papers (held at the ONE archive in California).

‘Go, Go, Go!’: The Early Days of Motorsport in The Gilded Age and Interwar Culture
17 March 2022

On Sunday 20th March the lights will go out for the start of the first Grand Prix of the 2022 Formula 1 season. Several of our recent resources contain mentions of the sport in the early days – namely The Gilded Age and Progressive Era and Interwar Culture – and it is these that I want to explore to get us all ready for the new F1 season.

Comics and Gender in the Mass Observation Project
15 March 2022

So far March has seen World Book Day, International Women’s Day and the publication of the final module of Mass Observation Project 1981-2009, which focuses on the years 2000-2009.

21 February 2022

Shrove Tuesday is fast approaching, so what better time to reach into Food and Drink in History for some historic pancake recipes?

“Can you Jazz?”: Interwar Culture and the Jazz Phenomenon
16 February 2022

“The parties were bigger, the pace was faster, the shows were broader, the buildings were higher, the morals were looser, and the liquor was cheaper.” So Nick Carraway once observed in that iconic love letter to the roaring twenties, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. It was Fitzgerald, too, who coined the term “the Jazz Age” to describe this decade of flamboyance and excess – and it was jazz, in many ways, that characterised a young generation emerging from war with a desire to enjoy life more fully, more raucously and with more fervour than ever before. And while not everyone was rushing to learn the Charleston, jazz culture certainly made its presence known in the periodicals of Interwar Culture, published last week.

Lost to
31 January 2022

The coronavirus pandemic has triggered renewed popular and academic interest in, and research about, the 1918 influenza epidemic. Professor Christopher McKnight Nichols, a member of the editorial board for the recently published resource The Gilded Age and Progressive Era, explores the development of the epidemic in the context of an increasingly interconnected world, evolving medical knowledge, usage of censorship and propaganda, and intervention of “big government” in the lives of ordinary people. 

Gilded, not Golden: Perspectives from the Gilded Age
07 December 2021

This week marks the publication of The Gilded Age and Progressive Era, a resource which brings together varied primary source material from eight archives to shed light on this transformative period in American history.

Lest We Forget: Learning to evaluate the past
09 November 2021

This week marks the centenary of the first paper poppies sold by the Royal British Legion in November 1921. These small red flowers have become a symbol of remembrance, a physical marker of national grief following the bloodshed of the First World War – but also a flashpoint for political debate over who should wear them, when and why. Over the past few weeks, as poppies began to materialise on lapels across the land, I started to think about public memory, history and how the events of the past are recorded for future generations. Research Methods Primary Sources, the new pedagogical platform from Adam Matthew, was created with precisely these topics – and many others – in mind. How do we know what happened in the past? What are primary sources? Why are some historical documents archived and why did others disappear? Why does that matter today?

Gunpowder, Treason and Plot: Bermuda and the American Revolution
05 November 2021

“The Powder magazine, which in the dead of night of the 14th August was broke into […] the doors most audaciously and daringly forced open, at the great risk of their being blown up”. So wrote George James Bruere on the 17th August 1775 in his role the Governor of Bermuda at the height of the American War of Independence.

Enmity on board the Friendship: A tale of mutiny from Colonial Caribbean
13 September 2021

All my life, I have been drawn to stories of the sea. My grandfather’s bookshelf was lined with maritime histories, and I followed his lead to the best of my ability with bedtime tales of Captain Pugwash. My parents were scuba divers too, and a holiday wasn’t worth having if fifty per cent of it wasn’t spent in the water. It’s little wonder, then, that Colonial Caribbean captures my imagination the way it does – so many of the narratives in this vast and fascinating collection lead, in one way or another, to the ocean.

The Explorations of William Watts McNair
04 August 2021

Central Asia, Persia and Afghanistan, 1834-1922: From Silk Road to Soviet Rule - the latest addition to Adam Matthew Digital’s Archives Direct platform - showcases a wealth of documents from the National Archives, UK relating to the “Great Game”, a struggle between the British and Russian Empires for political influence, territory, and trade in the region. Filed in one of the volumes digitised for this collection is a report concerning William Watts McNair's ‘Explorations in part of Eastern Afghanistan and Kafiristan', an exhaustive record of travels undertaken in 1883.

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