Bridgerton, race and history

* No plot spoilers! * I have just finished watching the second season of Bridgerton, which dropped on Netflix last month. I am a fan, which is perhaps unsurprising as I'm a historian of the period: my interests in masculinity and material culture are well catered-for by a show that is all about the marriage... Continue Reading →

Is Vladimir Putin an Imperlialist?

Is Vladimir Putin an Imperlialist? On Wednesday 24 February 2022 Vladimir Putin order the 200,000 troops surrounding the Ukraine and in the two Russian backed separatist areas of Donestsk and Luhansk in the east, to invade Ukraine. There is no doubt that this a date that marks a turning point in European and probably global... 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 →

Count Binface: A Very British Phenomenon

What would British elections be like without candidates such as Count Binface, who is one of 20 people standing for London Mayor today? Britain has a long tradition of joke candidates contesting elections. Sometimes they have something more serious to say, other times they are seemingly motivated by the attention they draw.  Famously, in 1984,... Continue Reading →

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 →

LGBTQ+ History and the Holocaust

LGBTQ+ History and the Holocaust Associate Professor in History Paul Jackson blogs on LGBTQ+ victims of the Holocaust Paragraph 175 of the German Criminal Code was established in 1871, and essentially banned male homosexuality. Despite this, by the 1920s Berlin in particular had developed a reputation as a city that turned a blind eye to... Continue Reading →

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