01 Oct Victorian Popular Culture Database Provides Important Resource to New U Class
“Victorian Popular Culture thus introduces students to the flowering of a consumer society in which many people had the money and the time to spend on leisure and thus participated in the rise of mass forms of entertainment,” continued Professor Durbach. She plans to use the music selections as well as other media from the database in an upcoming “Victorian Britain” class.
In addition, the Victorian Popular Culture database contains primary sources, such as selected video clips from the British Film Institute (BFI) National Archive spans the formative years of film, 1894-1926. An extensive image gallery of ephemera, books and objects all digitized for easy viewing.
“Primary source databases are crucial as they allow students access to historical documents that they would never otherwise have access to. This allows them not only to read about history, but to participate in writing it. Without these original documents students would not have the opportunity to do their own historical research and thus to contribute to our knowledge about the past.”
– Professor Nadja Durbach,
Professor of History
“Victorian Popular Culture has wide ranging research applications across the University of Utah campus,” explain Mary Ann James. “Faculty and students from the Departments of Film & Media Arts, Art and Art History, English, Communication, Medical Humanities, Dance, Gender Studies, Music, and Theatre as well as the Social Sciences will find a wealth primary source materials to explore, study and use in research”.
Major contributors to Victorian Popular Culture are:
- Senate House Library, University of London: The Harry Price Library of Magical Literature
- Senate House Library, University of London: The Malcolm Morley Collection
- Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin
- National Fairground Archive, University of Sheffield
- Vauxhall Gardens Collection, Lambeth Archives
- The May Moore Duprez Archive
- The British Library
- The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum
- British Film Institute National Archive