Category: Public History

Remembering English Saints in 2020: A Pilgrimage in Print

Stained glass window from Canterbury Cathedral depicting the cure of woman through prayer to St Thomas a Becket

Paul Webster 2020 will be a year that lives long in the memory.  For historians of the medieval saints, and at cathedrals and great churches across England, and for historians of the medieval saints, it began as a major anniversary year. The Association of English… Continue Reading “Remembering English Saints in 2020: A Pilgrimage in Print”

Heritage or Highway: York’s city walls as tourist and civil infrastructure

Louisa Hood This blog explores two very particular histories of York’s city walls. Although known generally as Roman or medieval defences, the social, material, economic, and other histories of the walls are layered, obscured, or unknown. York’s extant walls are a key aspect of… Continue Reading “Heritage or Highway: York’s city walls as tourist and civil infrastructure”

Britain First: The official history of the United Kingdom according to the Home Office – a critical review

Frank Trentmann BRITAIN FIRST: The official history of the United Kingdom according to the Home Office – a critical review Following this summer’s open letter to the Home Office, this article by Frank Trentmann offers an analysis of the official history chapter in the… Continue Reading “Britain First: The official history of the United Kingdom according to the Home Office – a critical review”

Print Culture and the Formation of the Anarchist Movement in Spain, 1890-1915

…or, how I learned to stop worrying and love the book… James Michael Yeoman This is the second of a two-part discussion, which explores the creation and contents of my book, Print Culture and the Formation of the Anarchist Movement in Spain, 1890-1915, which… Continue Reading “Print Culture and the Formation of the Anarchist Movement in Spain, 1890-1915”

Print Culture and the Formation of the Anarchist Movement in Spain, 1890-1915

…or, how I learned to stop worrying and love the book… James Michael Yeoman This is the first of a two-part discussion which explores the creation and contents of my book, Print Culture and the Formation of the Anarchist Movement in Spain, which was… Continue Reading “Print Culture and the Formation of the Anarchist Movement in Spain, 1890-1915”

Lucy Jane Santos’ ‘Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium’

Lucy Jane Santos In the late 19th century that Wilhelm Röntgen discovered a previously unknown form of powerful radiation that was invisible to the human eye. This type of ray, which no one (including Röntgen) fully understood at the time, was so mysterious that… Continue Reading “Lucy Jane Santos’ ‘Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium’”

Historians Call for a Review of Home Office Citizenship and Settlement Test

21 July 2020 Historians Call for a Review of Home Office Citizenship and Settlement Test We are historians of Britain and the British Empire and writing in protest at the on-going misrepresentation of slavery and Empire in the “Life in the UK Test”, which… Continue Reading “Historians Call for a Review of Home Office Citizenship and Settlement Test”

Realising Socialism Abroad? What Communist History Has To Offer In International History Education

Ilana Hartikainen Even in an age of increasing globalization and close connections between different countries and regions, most history in schools is still taught from a national perspective. American students, for example, learn of the American Revolutionary War with a clear set of good… Continue Reading “Realising Socialism Abroad? What Communist History Has To Offer In International History Education”

Becoming a Virtual Historical Tour Guide: Where to Start

Eleanor Janega Historical tours have long been a mainstay of popular history. In central London, for example, on any given day one can witness flocks of tourists following their intrepid guides – umbrellas aloft – down footpaths too narrow to accommodate them all. In… Continue Reading “Becoming a Virtual Historical Tour Guide: Where to Start”