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General Reading

  • Barbara Caine, English Feminism
  • Kathryn Gleadle, British Women in the Nineteenth Century
  • Philippa Levine, Victorian Feminism
  • June Purvis (ed.), Women’s History: Britain, 1850-1945
  • Jane Rendall, Women in an Industrialising Society: England 1750-1880
  • Jane Rendall, The Origins of Modern Feminism
  • Susie Steinbach, Women in England, 1760-1914

Modern Records Centre Extracts

See digitised archives from the Modern Records Centre here

Electronic Resources

Newspapers, periodicals and other prints:


  • House of Commons Parliamentary Papers 1801-2003: see Library e-sources page ( for direct access and access via Athens. Full text is searchable for 9.5 million pages for over 184,000 parliamentary papers.

  • BOPCRIS: British Official publications 1688-1800: A full set of 18th, 19th and 20th Century British Official Publications consists of approximately 250,000 Parliamentary Papers and an unknown number of non-parliamentary publications.