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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 →

The Battle of Lewisham

By Dr Daniel Jones, Searchlight Archivist The front cover of Lewisham: What Are You Taking Pictures For?, which explores the photo journalism around Lewisham and the editorial choices of major newspapers to focus on police injuries rather than the context of the National Front march. A recent donation to the Searchlight Archive was a fascinating... 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 →

In Praise of the Black Cultural Archives

The Black Cultural Archives and Transport for London have developed a Black History Tube Map, reimagining tube station names as notable figures from black history. It’s a fascinating and inventive resource. As a former Londerner, I can see that I used to live near Bernie Grant Centre, named after the Tottenham Labour MP and anti-racism campaigner,... 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 →

@HistoriansUON Euros sweepstake

It's Euro 2021 so we are organising a sweepstake on our twitter account, @HistoriansUON. It's just for fun. Free to enter and no prizes, except glory among the historical community! We might even do some football blogs and historically themed facts along the way. To enter, just follow us on twitter and reply to our... Continue Reading →

Charismatic Leadership and the Far Right

For students at Northampton interested in studying fascism, this blog on charismatic leadership I wrote for Fair Observer and the Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right may be of interest to you, Dr Paul Jackson. Horia Sima, a central figure within the interwar Romanian fascist organization the Iron Guard, once described his leader,... Continue Reading →

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