What Would You Do?

Would you join a militant political movement, risking not only your job but potentially your family, friends and public reputation? What physical and emotional trauma would you be willing to face? These were all questions that faced women in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when they joined the emergent women’s rights and suffrage... Continue Reading →

Using Online Archives: Part 3

Our second year students taking the Dissertation Research Skills module were given an assignment to write a 500-word blog post that would serve as a  how-to guide for using a particular online archive or library catalogue. With the students' permission, we'll share some of the best posts here. This one is by Tom, who writes... Continue Reading →

Using Online Archives: Part 2

Our second year students taking the Dissertation Research Skills module were given an assignment to write a 500-word blog post that would serve as a  how-to guide for using a particular online archive or library catalogue. With the students' permission, we'll share some of the best posts here. This one is by Nicole, who wrote... Continue Reading →

Using Online Archives: Part 1

Our second year students taking the Dissertation Research Skills module were given an assignment to write a 500-word blog post that would serve as a  how-to guide for using a particular online archive or library catalogue. With the students' permission, we'll share some of the best posts here. This one is by Joseph, who has... Continue Reading →

LGBQT+ History Month Reading Club: The Searchlight Archive

The University of Northampton History department is home to the Searchlight Archive, a unique archive collection of material documenting the activities of British and international fascist and racist organisations from the 1930s onwards. It is one of the most extensive and significant resources of its type in Europe. Daniel Jones, the Searchlight Collections Officer recommends:... Continue Reading →

LGBTQ+ History Month Reading Club: First World War

Senior Lecturer in 20th Century History Jim Beach recommends: Philip Hoare, Wilde’s Last Stand: Scandal, Decadence and Conspiracy during the Great War (1997) My suggestion for this reading list connects with the content of my third-year module HIS3027 Secret State.  It is not an academic history, and although some of its statements about intelligence history don’t stand... Continue Reading →

LGBTQ+ History Month: Broadcasting LGBTQ+ Lives

The BBC has been a big part of life in Britain since its foundation in 1922. The BBC’s History of the BBC 100 Voices news and archive site regularly publishes the latest research on how the corporation has envisaged and represented (or misrepresented) its audiences over time. Their LGBTQ+ History mini-site and the BBC Archive... Continue Reading →

Welcome to LGBT+ History Month

February is the UK’s annual LGBTQ+ History Month! Want to get involved but don’t know where to start? Read on! Events will be taking place across cyberspace offering people the opportunity to celebrate, commemorate, and learn more about historic LGBTQ+ experiences and the struggle for recognition and equality. This year is obviously going to be... Continue Reading →

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 →

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