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Local History for Continuing Education: Continuing Education Collections

A guide to finding information on Local History resources in the Rewley House Continuing Education Library


The Library has the following titles in print format which regularly include articles relevant to Local History:

  • Local History 1995-
  • Local History News 1993-
  • The Local Historian 1968 -  [incomplete holdings] 
  • Oxfordshire Local History Association Newsletter 1980-1995, and as OLHA! Newsletter and Diary 1996-2001
  • Architectural History (Architecture) 1966-
  • Conservation Bulletin (Architecture) 1987-
  • Journal of Architectural Conservation (Architecture) 1995-
  • Landscape History (Local History) 1979-
  • Landscapes (Archaeology) 2003-

Occasional material may be found in other titles. All our journals are catalogued on SOLO. You can also view a complete list in the Library or on our website

Journals are all for use in the Library only. Current issues are displayed on the periodical stand in the Reading Room while back issues may be found downstairs in the subject area indicated above. Many e-journals are also available. For more information, select the Finding Articles page


Books of interest to Local History students are shelved in the Lower and Upper Library under the following classification numbers (Dewey Decimal Classification):

941-941.085 English (and general British) history
941.006 Landscape history
941.0061-941.0062 Rural and village history
941.0063 Urban history 942.1-942.9

General history and description of British places

941.0072-941.0078 Local history research, use of records etc 712.6

Garden history


Maps for historical research

728.80941-728.80942 British country houses

Latin for local historians

930-939 Archaeology

Oversize books are located in the Lower Library (001 – 939) and in the Reading Room (940 – 999) and pamphlets can be found in the Lower Library (001-999). A separate collection of books and pamphlets relating to Local History (Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire) is also available in the Upper Library (001-942.59).

Dissertations and theses

Dissertations, portfolios and theses written by Continuing Education Local History students are available for consultation in the Library. Recent years are shelved under the stairs in the Lower Library, ask staff for older titles. A list of titles held is available in the Library.

For more information on searching for theses in general, try the following:

Many theses from other UK universities are available to be downloaded free of charge from the British Library's EThOS service: