This page lists publications which may be of interest to members of the Society. If you would like to post information here, contact Hugh Bray. Please note that the Society cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of third-party information and that it reserves the right to edit or reject notices as seems appropriate.

Divergent Paths: Family Histories of Irish Emigrants to Britain 1820-1920

By John Herson. Manchester University Press 2015. Hbk 310 pages. ISBN 9780719090639. £35.00 + £3.00 p&p.

This book is unique in adopting a family history approach to Irish immigrants in nineteenth century Britain. It shows that the family was central to the migrants’ lives and identities. The techniques of family and digital history are used for the first time to reveal the paths followed by a representative body of Irish immigrant families, using the town of Stafford in the West Midlands as a case study.

Download an order form. For more on this book and the research behind it, see https://divergentpathsstafford.wordpress.com.

Hillforts in the North West and Beyond

Edited by Tom Saunders. Council for British Archaeology North West 2014. Pbk 113 pages. (Archaeology North West 3). ISSN 09624201. £10.00 + £2.00 p&p.

This volume focuses upon some the current research on the hillforts in the North West and beyond. It summarises archaeological work in central Cheshire, at Burton Point, Fin Cop, around Morecambe Bay and at Mellor. There is also a guide around one of the largest of the sites, Eddisbury, as well as a review of recent prehistoric metalwork found in Cumbria.

Available from Dr M Nevell, Chair, Council for British Archaeology North West/Head of Archaeology, Centre for Applied Archaeology, College of Science and Technology, LG19 Peel Building, University of Salford, Salford M5 4NW. Cheques payable to Council for British Archaeology North West Regional Group.

In Search of Vikings: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Scandinavian Heritage of North-West England

By Stephen E Harding, David Griffiths, Elizabeth Royles. Pbk. 204 pages – 12 colour & 80 B/W illustrations. CRC Press 2014. ISBN 9781482207576. £31.39.

In Search of Vikings presents a collection of papers from experts in a broad range of disciplines, including history, archaeology, genetics, and linguistics, to provide a detailed understanding of the Vikings in peace and in war. This book focuses on one particularly exciting area of the Viking world, namely the north-west region of England, where they are known to have settled in large numbers. North-west England was the crossroads between Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, and the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. It was a battleground for distant powers and dynasties, and its Irish Sea coastline created opportunities for trading and settlement. Silver hoards, burials, and Old Norse place-names attest to the Viking presence, and Scandinavian DNA is detectable amongst the modern population. The 12 integrated studies in this book are designed to reinvigorate the search for Vikings in this crucial region and to provide must-reading for anyone interested in Viking history.
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