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 →

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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