Our collections are a superb resource for the study of history and contain useful material for researchers studying past wars. Relevant material may be found across our collections. Please use the rare books search (for printed material) and the manuscripts search (for unpublished material including notebooks, papers, photographs and drawings) using keywords and date limits to target your search.

We have particularly strong holdings of material relating to the following:

English Civil War

  • Ogilvie: some 1,500 pamphlets printed during the English Civil War period

Franco-Prussian War

  • Caricatures: 3,188 political caricatures (mainly lithographs) covering the Franco-Prussian War, the Paris Commune of 1871 and the later years of the 1870s

Spanish Civil War

  • Bissett: includes pamphlets on the Spanish Civil War

World War One

Web resources relating to world war one:

and other periods of war: