Thanks to a request from HCA staff the library currently has trial access to Colonial Caribbean from AM Digital, which provides access to British Colonial Office files from The National Archives, UK.
You can access the Colonial Caribbean via the E-resources trials page.
Trial access ends 28th April 2023.
Colonial Caribbean is an extensive digital resource that covers three centuries of Caribbean history. Drawn from the vast archives of the British Colonial Office, this is an essential resource for students and researchers of the Caribbean and British colonial rule. This unique primary source covers British governance of 25 territories in the Caribbean and covers a wide variety of themes, from settlement and colonial rivalries in the region, to the economics of the plantation systems and the impact of slavery, to crime and punishment and the everyday lives of the people that called the islands home.
Ultimately this resource will be made up of 3 modules but at present only the first 2 have been published (the 3rd will be published in second half of 2023). Module 1, Settlement, Slavery and Empire covers the period 1624-1832, while Module 2, Colonial Government and Abolition covers the period 1833-1849.
Please note, trial access to a resource is an opportunity for our staff and students to try a resource out and give feedback on its quality and usefulness. However, if we trial a resource this is not an indication that we plan to or will be able to purchase or subscribe to the resource in the near future.
Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for History, Classics and Archaeology