Donated to the University by the Wainwright Conservative Club in Blackpool. The collection comprises largely late Victorian political texts covering a range of topics related to British and Irish political history. The collection is particularly strong in terms of material on Irish and Ulster Unionism, especially around the debates about Home Rule in the last two decades of the nineteenth century and contains many important works from a Unionist perspective. The collection also contains a small number of Irish nationalist works, classic political studies, pamphlets and memoirs in addition to works on land-holding, labour relations, free trade and imperialism.
To search the collection use Library Search to compete a key word search. Once the results are available you will then be able to filter down the left hand side for 'Askew House' (the home of the Special Collections). If you would like to make an appointment to view any of the Wainwright Collection please look at the Using the Collections web page.