Archives of English Language and Tradition: A Once and Future Resource?

J. D. A. Widdowson


Why is it that archives throughout England, and particularly those specialising in so-called ‘minority subjects’, continue to struggle for survival? Cultural tourism is booming, there is an unprecedented demand for information on every topic imaginable, and questions of national identity are high on the agenda. Yet efforts to collect and preserve material on English language and tradition are confined to a handful of institutions. These important collections remain undervalued and under-resourced. Are they destined to be mothballed for years before they are rediscovered and become fully accessible?


Cultural Tourism; Heritage; Identity;

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