John Evans, Free History Project @Live1819 I never expected to have Twitter followers joking that a project rooted firmly in the news of two centuries ago might in fact be parodying events in 2019. ‘Are you sure you are tweeting about 1819?’ asked one, during one of the many moments of acrimonious (probably Brexit) confrontation … Continued
Dr David Clampin, Liverpool John Moores University @WWIIadvertising A couple of years ago I was asked by the National Trust to work with them at their Formby Beach site. Formby beach is an important ecological site made up of ‘dramatic sand dunes, surrounded by sweeping coastal pinewoods’. It is well known locally, and beyond, … Continued
Dr Amy Erickson, University of Cambridge firstname.lastname@example.org ‘City Women in the 18th century’ is a free outdoor exhibition in Cheapside, London, which runs until 18 October 2019. Using an extensive collection of trade or business cards, it shows that many women were among those manufacturing and selling luxury goods in the capital. The exhibition grows … Continued
Dr Aaron Andrews, Leeds Beckett University @DrAaronAndrews What makes someone a hero? This was a question we asked Bradford pupils at Hoyle Court (years 5 and 6) and Beckfoot Thornton School (year 7). Through written and drawn responses, they told us: strength; kindness; bravery; and a Marvel Cinematic Universe film or two. But the pupils’ … Continued
Emily Oldfield, Manchester Metropolitan University email@example.com @hauntMCR Exploring alternative culture, encountering hidden histories and combining academic research with powerful, public-facing online content is at the heart of HAUNT Manchester – the website and network showcasing Greater Manchester’s mysterious side, informed by research at Manchester Metropolitan University and hosted by Visit Manchester. HAUNT Manchester celebrates the … Continued
Dr Ross Horsley, West Yorkshire Queer Stories @wyqueerstories It is a year since the launch of West Yorkshire Queer Stories, a Heritage Lottery-funded history project that’s recording the life stories, experiences and opinions of LGBTIQ+ folk across the region. This post uses that milestone to recap what we have achieved so far and to look … Continued
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.
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
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.