Natural History and Local History in Late Victorian and Edwardian England: The Contribution of the Victoria County History

@article{Beckett2011NaturalHA,
  title={Natural History and Local History in Late Victorian and Edwardian England: The Contribution of the Victoria County History},
  author={J. V. Beckett and Charles Watkins},
  journal={Rural History},
  year={2011},
  volume={22},
  pages={59 - 87}
}
Abstract In 1899 the Victoria County History (VCH) was established as a ‘National Survey’ of England which was intended to show the present day condition of the country and trace the ‘domestic history’ of all English counties to the ‘earliest times’. Natural history was seen as a key component to be included in the first volume for every county. In this paper we examine the reasons for the prominence given to natural history and demonstrate how the expert knowledge of natural historians was… 

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