The Searchlight Archive – Historians as Changemakers

Hopefully this small glance into some of the work we do at the Archive shows how Historians can be changemakers, and have real impacts not just on how we understand the past and where we came from, but also in helping us tackle the challenges of today and build a better society for the future.

Using Radical Collections: Renewed CFP

This event, originally intended to be held in the spring, is now slated for November (exact date TBC) and so we are renewing the CFP for a 21 September deadline. We are looking for contributions to a workshop exploring how people (archivists, teachers, researchers etc) are using radical and activist collections in educational, public history... Continue Reading →

What is anxiety and does it have a history?

Anxiety is a very common problem, part of a wider range of mental health issues in any given society. Here are some stats: According to MIND one in four people in the UK suffer mental health problems each day MIND statistics. Overall estimates suggest that one in six of us will report an anxiety problem in... Continue Reading →

History Dissertations: Top Tips for Students

We’ve finished our most recent dissertation cycle here at Northampton. The marking is done and the results have been released. It seems a useful time to reflect as I prepare meetings to discuss projects with students for next year. We've had some great results, some fascinating dissertations, some of them first class. As the convenor... Continue Reading →

Exploring the Archives

There are many skills a historian acquires: distilling information, debates and arguments; finding, reading and analyzing primary sources; writing and publishing research; dressing smart but casual; finding obscure conference venues; looking marginally interested in endless administrative meetings (with full knowledge that each second saps a small piece of our zest for life - See here for... Continue Reading →

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