Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society

It’s always a delight to see society’s make their publications open access, and hopefully it paves the way for other groups. The decision to upload volumes after ten years strikes me as a sensible approach.

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Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society

The Archaeology Data Service and the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society have announced the release of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Transactions archive.

For further details of this are on the ADS website, see http://dx.doi.org/10.5284/1032950  Here you will find all of the Transactions volumes published from 1874 up to 2006, with the years 2007-2014 articles available in abstract form.

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2 thoughts on “Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society

  1. Fine as it is that the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society to digitize and make available their Transactions they are, by no means, the first to do so.

    What they have done is digitize good quality scans with some reasonable embedded OCR so the online article are searchable which is the standard required. However photos are not scanned at the best quality and there is still a need to maintain hard copies of serials although it seems to me many institutions are getting rid of good sections of their libraries.

    Other journals available freely online which contain content of interest in castle studies are;
    The Archaeological Journal 1844-1963 with plans to extend into the 21st century.
    Medieval Archaeology Volumes 1-50 (1956-2005)
    Berkshire Archaeological Journal up to 1980
    London Archaeologist to 2008
    Surrey Archaeological Collections 1858-1969 and 2003-2011
    Sussex Archaeological Collections 1999-2012 (These last two are planned to be fully digitised
    All online via the Archaeological Data Service
    ADS also has English Heritage Archaeological Monographs, CBA Occasional Papers and CBA Research Reports

    Other English county Societies with a good number of online volumes in various other places are;
    Bedford Architectural Archaeological and Local History Society
    The Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 1876-2009
    Glevensis (Gloucester Archaeology) 1968-2002
    Lancaster Archaeological and Historical Society’s Contrebis 1973-2003
    London and Middlesex Archaeological Society 1860-2009
    Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society
    Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society’s Oxoniensia 1936-2009
    Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History 1853-2012
    Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Society 1855-2010

    For Wales the Welsh Journals Online site aimed to provide free access to scholarship in Wales and did digitise a good number of county journals and had plans to do Archaeologia Cambrensis although the scheme seems to have ground to a halt before the 20th century editions of CA and Studia Celtica got onto the site.

    While all the above are freely available online a number of the the larger, national, organisations have their articles available behind a paywall. These paywalls tend to designed to be used by institutions so for university students and staff getting to see these articles is straight forward. For independent scholar, like myself, with only limited access to a university library the cost is usually prohibitive.

    The Gatehouse website online listing with links etc is at http://www.gatehouse-gazetteer.info/Books/bibloJ.html

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    • You make a good point. Whenever a collection like that of CWAAS is made this accessible I feel it’s another point in favour of open access, and against institutional inertia which may stand in the way of doing the same. And this news should be taken in the context that there are plenty of organisations which have trodden the same path. The Gatehouse is my go-to site when tracking down resources as it must be for anyone interested in castles. In the wider field of archaeology there is the website Open Access Archaeology are useful for helping find resources and even decide where to publish.

      In short, it’s one step in a long journey.

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