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Historical Sources Overview

People living in the past left many clues which we can use to investigate aspects of their lives. These items can include books, personal papers, government documents, letters, oral accounts, diaries, maps, photographs, reports, artefacts, coins, stamps and many other things including novels and short stories.

Historians call all of these clues the historical record.

They are all sources of information which can be used to find out about the past.

Primary sources are actual records that have survived from the past, such as letters and ducuments, photographs and objects.

A history textbook is a secondary source. It was written by someone long after historical events took place.

The primary and secondary sources in this teaching and learning package include items that are available from Lincolnshire County Council’s museum, archive and library collections.

  • Newpaper reports
  • Posters
  • Photographs
  • Memories and stories by people who remembered life duiring WWII
  • Original and reproduction artefacts
  • Fiction
  • Biographies

Customer Notice: Viewing images and Online Ordering

As of January 2021, Adobe Flash Player is no longer supported and therefore browsers are disabling and blocking the software for security reasons. Lincs to the Past can still be used as a catalogue to search our collections for documents of interest, but you will be unable to browse through our digital image collections or view photographs. We are aware of this issue, and work is underway to make the contents of Lincs to the Past available by other means. We aim to complete this project during Summer 2021.

Thousands of object records are still available to view on the website and images can be ordered offline. For instructions on how to place an order please visit the 'Buy Images' page. Please do not use the online ordering system. For any queries about ordering digital images please email archive.copies@lincolnshire.gov.uk

Members of Lincolnshire Libraries can access a number of online resources that may be of use. For more information please visit Lincolnshire Libraries. We apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused.

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Last updated: 25 February 2011

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