Digital reference tool providing students with exclusive access to Bloomsbury’s groundbreaking Cultural History series

Please note that this digital resource is not available to institutions in the USA.

  • Bloomsbury Cultural History
  • Bloomsbury Cultural History
  • Bloomsbury Cultural History

Bloomsbury Cultural History is an authoritative, peer-reviewed resource showing how people lived their everyday lives throughout history.

Comprising curated and illustrated reference works alongside extensive eBook and image collections, Bloomsbury Cultural History presents essential content within a single, cross-searchable resource.


  • Cultural Histories are comprehensive surveys of the social and cultural construction of specific subjects across six historical periods from Antiquity to The Modern Age
  • More than 80 eBooks in social and cultural history
  • 2,000 images from the Wellcome Collection, one of the world’s richest sources of historical images
  • The vast range of interdisciplinary content makes this a valuable resource for students and scholars of history, anthropology, archaeology, classical studies, cultural studies, visual culture, history of science, and much more
  • An interactive timeline of over 500 historical events from antiquity to the present day

Access options

IP Authentication, Referring URL, Single sign-on, Username and Password

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What content is available in Bloomsbury Cultural History?

Bloomsbury Cultural History offers the complete set of Bloomsbury’s pioneering Cultural Histories series, supplemented by an extensive list of eBooks, a large and thematically wide-ranging image collection from world-renowned institutions including the Wellcome Collection and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and an interactive timeline that covers cultural history from antiquity to the present day.

Is the content included in Bloomsbury Cultural History available online anywhere else?

The majority of the Cultural History series are available online exclusively in Bloomsbury Cultural History. A limited number of eBooks in the resource are available on other Bloomsbury digital products, including the Bloomsbury Food Library and Bloomsbury Collections. All eBooks and images in the resource are fully-indexed exclusively for the resource and can be cross-searched with other related content.

Does the resource cover cultural history across countries?

The resource explores themes and topics in cultural history across the globe with an especially strong focus on historical case studies from the United Kingdom and Continental Europe. With contents indexed by place as well as topic and period, users can easily discover a wealth of materials on countries throughout the world.

How is ‘cultural history’ defined?

Cultural history is an approach to exploring the past which seeks to understand a period in its entirety – its social, political and economic structures as well as its changing cultural practices and ideas and what these can tell us about all levels of society.

What time period is covered?

The entire span of history from antiquity to the present day is covered in the Cultural Histories series.

Will the resource be updated?

Yes, new and revised content will be added to Bloomsbury Cultural History twice a year. Updates will include new Cultural History series, primary resource images from museums and collections, curated lesson plans and pedagogical resources, as well as additional eBooks. Bloomsbury Cultural History is available both on a subscription basis (in which case annual updates are included as part of the subscription) or on a perpetual access basis (in which case each year’s update can be purchased separately by your institution).

Who is the resource for?

Bloomsbury Cultural History is an invaluable resource for students studying cultural and social history, anthropology, cultural studies, material culture, archaeology, religious studies and the history of science and medicine.

Can I access Bloomsbury Cultural History on a mobile device?

Yes, the site is responsive, and fully optimised for displaying on a range of tablet and smartphone interfaces. The site has been tested using recent versions of the iPad, iPhone, and Android smartphones and tablets. No web-enabled devices are specifically excluded, and there is no separate mobile site: the site layout adapts automatically depending on the size of the screen.

What browsers are supported?

Bloomsbury Cultural History has been tested using Internet Explorer (version 10 onwards), Safari (version 6 onwards), and the latest versions of Firefox and Chrome, on PC, Mac and mobile operating systems. We will continue to monitor usage from different browsers and platforms and revise our list of actively supported browsers and devices accordingly.

What search and browse options are available?
There are multiple ways of navigating the content:

  • The main Search box in the header
  • Advanced Search: search by author name, title, subject or publication date
  • Explore options: browse lists of periods, places and topics
  • Browse Contents: browse by Cultural History series, eBook titles, timeline or image collections.
  • Timeline of Cultural History: accessible from the Browse Contents drop-down or the home page, this feature provides a richly illustrated overview of historical events in cultural history from antiquity to the present day, with contextual information on society, the arts and science, and click-through links to related content.

Can I save items for reading later?

Yes! It’s quick and easy for any authenticated user to set up a personal account to save books, chapters, images or other items to view later, organize saved items into folders, email and export citations, save searches and set up search alerts.

Follow the link in the header to ‘Sign in to your personal account’: you then have the option to sign in using Google Plus, Facebook or Twitter, or to select ‘Sign up now’ and enter a few personal details (name, occupation, country, email address and password) to create a Personal Account.

Please note you can use the same Personal Account details to sign in on multiple Bloomsbury platforms, including Bloomsbury Food Library, Bloomsbury Popular Music, Drama Online and other forthcoming resources.

Can I print and download full text?

Yes, the site content has no DRM (Digital Rights Management) protection, and so it can be printed or saved to personal computers. All use of the site content is subject to our Terms and Conditions: printing and saving should be for personal use, and standard copyright restrictions apply regarding unauthorized copying and distribution.

How do I cite texts from Bloomsbury Cultural History?

From the content page, click on the ‘cite’ icon to view formatted citations in APA, MLA, Chicago and Harvard citation styles. You can also download a file in RIS format for importing into reference manager software. Please note that the original pagination has been preserved from the print editions.