My Right Well-beloved Valentine

Lecturer in History Dr Rachel Moss gives us a peek at the first known Valentine's letter written in English. This post first appeared in a slightly adapted format on her blog. Every few years an enterprising reporter does a bit of googling and stumbles across the letter from Margery Brews to her suitor John Paston,... Continue Reading →

Study Tips for Successful Researchers

Writing and researching on a large scale certainly doesn’t follow a straight trajectory. You’ll chop and change and re-direct where you’re going just as you thought you were getting somewhere. Whilst it can be frustrating, it’s a part of the process.

Should we teach ‘difficult’ history in schools?

One twenty-two-year-old (Instagram ‘influencer’ Freddie Bentley, pictured above) recently caused consternation by suggesting topics such as climate change and Brexit should be taught in schools rather than the history of the Second World War. It followed comments by contestants on the reality show The Apprentice that revealed that they weren’t sure of the dates of... Continue Reading →

Remember, Remember the Fifth of November

Senior lecturer Caroline Nielsen investigates the history of Bonfire Night: Most people in England are probably familiar with this rhyme: ‘Remember, Remember the 5th of November Gunpowder, treason and plot I see no reason why the Gunpowder Treason Should ever be forgot’ The rhyme refers to the 1605 Gunpowder Treason plot; a failed assassination attempt... Continue Reading →

Remembering a war after ‘The War’

Jim Beach of the University of Northampton reflects on a visit to the Czech Republic.   Speaking neither Czech nor Polish, it was with some trepidation that I accepted an invitation to speak at a workshop on the Seven Days’ War between the Czechs and Poles in 1919.   The initial invite came from Tomáš... 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 →

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