The list of things this statue does not represent is extensive and yet it is supposed to represent ‘everywoman’.

Remember, remember 17 November …

Over the last couple of weeks many of you will have heard and seen fireworks flying into the air, lighting up the skies as the nights draw in.  For many people in 21st-century Britain (or at least England) going to firework displays and eating sweets while huddling round bonfires are enjoyable and rather benign activities... Continue Reading →

Watching Battlestar Galactica in a pandemic

[This blog does not contain plot spoilers, but does mention themes and incidents in the story.] During lockdown, many of us are watching more TV, and the BBC are doing a great public service by putting lots of boxsets on iPlayer. Unexpectedly, they acquired the classic American science fiction blockbuster Battlestar Galactica, broadcasting the first... Continue Reading →

Teaching Emotions in History: A New Module

I'm designing a new module for our MA History programme, provisionally called 'Emotions in History'. The module picks up on exciting new directions in historical research focusing on the way people felt in the past and how emotions have changed across history.

Lessons from Lockdown

England is about to enter Lockdown Take 2, and we know that particularly for our students who are living away from home for the first time that this probably feels very daunting. Here are some tips.

Remembering All Those We Have Lost

Today is All Souls Day, also known in Latin America as El Dia de los Muertosor the Day of the Dead. It is the final day of a series of celebrations, starting with Halloween (All Hallows Evening, 31st October) and All Hallows (or All Saints) Day (1st November). Each date has a complex history of... Continue Reading →

Murder Maps: A New Book

Murder Maps, a "cartographic exposition of the 19th century's most dramatic and intriguing murders from the world's most crime-ridden cities and regions", has just been published by Thames & Hudson.

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