Family History as a Political Act in Kerala

Nidhin Donald is presently a doctoral scholar at Centre for Studies in Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is currently working on Syrian Christian family websites and videos to understand shifts in identity work among communities with the emergence of new digital platforms. He regularly contributes his writings and illustrations to the online anti-caste portal Round Table India.

In his contribution to the Community Exchange he draws upon his MPhil dissertation, ‘ Syrian Christian Kudumba Charitrams: A Sociological Enquiry’, to discuss the politics of Syran Christian family histories in Kerala.

Post-Racial Myths and Public History

Joe Hopkinson, University of Huddersfield @JoeHopkinson89 Multiculturalism emerged in Britain during the late-1960s and early-1970s, with education becoming a key site of conflict. My PhD is about the experiences of Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) people in British schools during this period. The story is complex, but the main conclusion is that many were … Continued

Crowd Sourcing the Railway Accident

Mike Esbester and the Railway Work, Life and Death team explain how they have approached their project in the run up to their Transcription Tuesday event on 5 February 2019.

Criminal Canterbury

Dr David Hitchcock is a Senior Lecturer in History at Canterbury Christ Church University. He works on the social and cultural history of vagrancy and is the author of Vagrancy in English Culture and Society, 1650-1750 (London: Bloomsbury, 2016). This blog for the Community Exchange considers how his research informed an interactive walk and performance through Canterbury as part of the 2018 Being Human Festival.

Rememorial WWI

As part of this month’s Discover Middlesbrough, an annual festival to celebrate all things good about the famed Victorian boom town on the banks of the River Tees, Social History Society ‘Spaces and Places’ strand convenor Dr Tosh Warwick (University of Huddersfield) caught up with Dr Ben Roberts (Teesside University) after a talk at Teesside Archives on the new Rememorial WWI project exploring the immediate aftermath of the Great War.  The HLF project will explore how the Tees Valley moved on from the First World War by recollecting, retelling and reflecting the people’s experience.

Exhibiting the First World War

This post reflects on the success of the Heritage Lottery-funded exhibition ‘For King and Country: Calderdale’s First World War Centenary 2014 – 2018’, which won the Royal Historical Society’s Public History Prize in 2015.

Putting Community Centre Stage

Dr Ceri Morgan speaks to Professor Pam Cox about SEAMS, an artistic collaboration between Keele University and RESTOKE that premiered at the 2018 SHS annual conference.

Image: photograph taken by Jenny Harper, reproduced with the permission of Restoke

Crowdsourcing the Past

Dr Louise Seaward is a Research Associate on The Bentham Project at UCL and has been co-ordinator of Transcribe Bentham since January 2016. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles on European history, often focusing on censorship and the French Revolution.

How can you use crowd-sourcing to unlock the past? And can a computer really read eighteenth century handwriting? In her contribution to the Community Exchange, Dr Seaward discusses Transcribe Bentham, answering these questions and more.

Family History Enters the Academy

Dr Kristyn Harman is a Senior Lecturer in History in the School of Humanities who specialises in cross-cultural encounters across Britain’s nineteenth-century colonies, and twentieth-century Australasia. Her thematic interests cohere around socio-cultural frontiers, including: transportation to, and within, the British Empire’s penal colonies; frontier warfare; Indigenous incarceration; colonial domesticity; and the Australian and New Zealand home fronts during World War Two.

In her contribution to the Learning & Teaching Exchange, she reflects on the successful establishment of an online diploma in family history at the University of Tasmania.

If Death Was A Picnic

Dr Laura King is Associate Professor in History at the University of Leeds, currently working on ‘Living with Dying: Everyday Cultures of Dying within Family Life in Britain, c.1900-50s’.

Here she explores the way that food can be used to stimulate conversations, and considers how working with non-academic partners can shape research in unexpected ways.