Northampton Historical Association

We are delighted to share the news that the Northampton Branch of the Historical Association has relaunched, with support from History at the University of Northampton. Its programme of events is now on the HA website. We are starting with two online lectures this summer: 9 June at 7pm: Dr Daniel Jones (UON), 'The real... Continue Reading →

Bridgerton, race and history

* No plot spoilers! * I have just finished watching the second season of Bridgerton, which dropped on Netflix last month. I am a fan, which is perhaps unsurprising as I'm a historian of the period: my interests in masculinity and material culture are well catered-for by a show that is all about the marriage... Continue Reading →

Ballet and the history of shoes

Last week I went to see a performance of the ballet Cinderella. I mostly went along as I love the music, by Sergei Prokofiev, who is one of the very greatest ballet composers. His music has both spikiness and soaring romanticism, which lend themselves very well to the dance. Unexpectedly, it got me thinking about... Continue Reading →

Lying politicians

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson is currently under fire for allegedly attending multiple parties at Number 10 Downing Street during the height of lockdown restrictions, in breach of his own government's rules. He has mostly been evasive about this, in an attempt to ride out the wave of public outrage, and also because he doesn't... Continue Reading →

Shoes and maritime history

Regular readers of the blog will know that I am currently travelling around the country visiting museums as part of my project 'Shoes and the Georgian Man', funded by the Society for Antiquaries. I am studying surviving examples of shoes from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in order to explore the social significance of footwear... Continue Reading →

Black histories of the American Revolution

We are launching a new module in the History degree programme at Northampton this year: HIS1028 'United States: War and Society, 1610-2020'. It is taught by four lecturers who each take a chronological chunk and, as an eighteenth-century historian, I am teaching the second section on the American Revolution. Race is a key theme in... Continue Reading →

Centenary of the composer Malcolm Arnold

Today marks the centenary of Sir Malcolm Arnold, who was born in Northampton on 21 October 1921. Arnold died in 2006, leaving behind a huge body of work including symphonies, concertos, chamber music and many film scores. As well as being one of Britain's greatest composers, he is one of Northampton's most famous sons and... Continue Reading →

See us at Delapre Abbey on 12 September

Heritage Open Days are happening across the UK from 10 to 19 September 2021, which are a great opportunity to explore historic locations. There are lots of events happening locally, including at Delapre Abbey this weekend. Do come along to this free history festival to explore this beautiful historic building and park, see a display... Continue Reading →

Fifty five years of hurt

The first time I heard 'Three Lions' was at Wembley. It was a warm-up game for Euro 96 and my university's football society ran a minibus from Yorkshire down to London so we could go to the game. At half time England were winning comfortably and the tannoy played Baddiel and Skinner's new song. It... Continue Reading →

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