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.

Russia 2018: Historical Reflections

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Final came to a thrilling conclusion when France defeated first-time finalists Croatia 4-2 in Moscow.  Here historians Tosh Warwick and Duncan Stone reflect on their experiences of the tournament and consider how history might remember Russia 2018.

Big Flame and the Kirkby Rent Strike

Kerrie McGiveron is a PhD candidate at the University of Liverpool. Her research focuses on new left activism, second wave feminism and specifically, the radical left wing group, Big Flame.

This post uses the example of the Kirkby Rent Strike to consider the relationship between community history and radical history. It draws on work presented as a research poster at our 2018 annual conference at Keele University.

Learning from Wartime Recycling

Dr Henry Irving, as well as being the new SHS Communications Officer, is a senior lecturer in public history at Leeds Beckett University and a member of the Institute of English Studies project, ‘A communication history of the Ministry of Information, 1939-46’.

In his contribution to the Community Exchange, which was written before he was invited to become editor, he discussed the research on the social history of recycling during the Second World War that he presented at the recent Social History Society conference and asks: Can social history help to overcome modern environmental challenges?