Three uses for the Burney collection (3)

And now, the last of my three suggested uses for the Burney collection.  It is this: you could use it to find examples of the variety of social conditions in your area.  If your area is Swadlincote – and even if it isn’t – you might be interested in this article from the Whitehall Evening Post (London) dated February 1790: Swadlincote

Not happy reading – although, then as now, we might wonder whether press reports are wholly accurate all of the time.  The article does not give the name of the purchaser or the purchased, the vendor or the absconding husband.  Or perhaps it is intended as satire?  Let us know what you think.  Anyway, if you want to use the Burney collection, grab your Derbyshire library card and head to:

4 thoughts on “Three uses for the Burney collection (3)

  1. I don’t have a Library Card as I am out of area (Hampshire). how would I access your Burney Collection on line?

    • The digitised version of the Burney Collection is only available through subscribing institutions, using the Infotrac online service. I notice that Hampshire Libraries list some Infotrac resources on their website, such as The Times digital archive (mentioned at the bottom of but not all of them. You could perhaps contact Hampshire Libraries to ask whether the council has plans to subscribe to the Burney Collection. Or, if you happen to be enrolled at a further- or higher-education institution, you should be able to access the service there.

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