Welcome to 2012 . Here are 12 ideas fro you to explore.
1. The start of the new year was ushered in by firework displays around the world relive them on the telegraph website http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/8986857/New-Year-celebrations-2012-firework-displays-around-the-world.html. Find historic films and recordings on the British Pathe Film website. See the celebrations from 1963 http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=42906 . Members of UK HE institutions may find many more images and news clicks of fireworks on the New Jiscmedia Hub service http://jiscmediahub.ac.uk/
2. Go further back in history by searching the marvellous Connected histories website. (note that some items have full text limited to subscribers only). Cross search 15 historic collections covering British History from 1500-1900 http://www.connectedhistories.org/ . They include transportation registers, Old Bailey court reports, parliamentary papers and more!
3. See front pages of newspapers from around the world today on the newsmuseum website. It also has some thematic archives which allow you to compare headlines and images worldwide for key dates., These include http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/archive.asp 9/11 <http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/archive.asp%209/11> terrorist attacks war in Iraq. For older materials try the new historic British Newspaper archive http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/ and Chronicling America website http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/
4. Enjoyed too much music at your new year party try the sedate sounds from the Library of Congress national jukebox. These are Christmas recordings http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/search/results?q=christmas .the Uk national Sound Archive provides free access to many world music and speech collections from the UK.
5. 2012 will see the London Olympics. visit the official site for the latest information. http://www.london2012.com/ The Uk web archive is preserving Olympics websites for posterity. See more details and examples on their website http://www.bl.uk/sportandsociety/exploresocsci/sportsoc/media/articles/webarchive.html Get free access to some research articles online from the British Library sport and society website http://www.bl.uk/sportandsociety/index.html
6. 2012 marks the anniversary of the Titanic disaster. The BBC has an archive of survivors memories http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/titanic/index.shtml. Browse the Greenwich maritime museums collections page for images of memorabilia from and about the titanic http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections.html#csearch;searchTerm=titanic
7. 2012 will bring the Queens diamond jubilee find out more about the celebrations at http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom/DG_197517 see some more royal speeches and broadcasts on the official monarchy website http://www.royal.gov.uk/LatestNewsandDiary/Visitsandevents/TheBritishMonarchyandChristmas.aspx and don't forget to check their financial accounts ! http://www.royal.gov.uk/LatestNewsandDiary/AnnualFinancialReports/Annualfinancialreports.aspx
8. 100th anniversary of Scotts ill fated expedition to the south pole. See images from the Scott Polar Institute online http://www.spri.cam.ac.uk/library/pictures/expeditions/ . They include historic photographs of expeditions. endangered species from the region on the Archive website http://www.arkive.org/
9. The 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens birth. See events and its biography on a celebration website http://www.dickens2012.org/ . View examples of his famous manuscripts online http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/c/charles-dickens-a-tale-of-two-cities/ on the V& A website which also has a collection of other research resources http://www.vam.ac.uk/people/c/charles-dickens/
10. Will the financial recession continue into 2012? A good place for getting statistic l data on all types of things is the Guardian data blog http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2009/nov/25/gdp-uk-1948-growth-economy . Free access to articles on economics at the Economists online website http://www.economistsonline.org/home
11. Will the EU surviv?. Get EU financial data at the European Central Bank website http://www.ecb.int/euro/html/index.en.html which also has a piece on 10 years of the Euro. Choose Eurostat to get free access to data about EU nations http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page/portal/eurostat/home/ and Eurobarometer free access to opinion polls conducted amongst the EU populations http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/index_en.htm. The European Research Papers archive gives free access to working papers online http://eiop.or.at/erpa/
12. Finally resolutions. The American psychological association has some good tips http://www.yourmindyourbody.org/new-years-resolutions-in-the-digital-age-it%e2%80%99s-not-just-about-the-apps/ they also have links to some apps to speed you on http://blog.gcflearnfree.org/2011/12/new-years-resolutions-mobile-apps/. Finally why not check out the Aliss website. It has free access to many articles. http://www.alissnet.org.uk/Display.aspx?id=10737418268 monthly links to higher education reports - keep up to date with the latest on student fees, research skills. http://issuu.com/heatherdawson/docs/higher_education_articlesnovember2011 the latest papers http://www.alissnet.org.uk/Display.aspx?id=10737418253 on our December open gateways in the social sciences event. New membership for students £15 per annum, individuals £20 and institutions £35.
Happy and peaceful new year to you all
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