New Directions: Gender, Sex and Sexuality in 20th Century British History

Across twelve papers and one keynote address, tackling everything from the sexual and racial anxieties of Cardiff’s dockside in the years before World War Two to the complexities of the Church of England’s attitude to homosexual law reform in the 1960s, the New Directions workshop demonstrated the continued vitality of research in the historical fields…

By Canadian Official photographer, Castle, W I (Lieutenant) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

It’s all about 2014 not 1914

‘Gimmick’ now seems to be the word that accompanies any announcement about an event that will make up the centenary of the First World War. I started this year with great excitement. I tweeted back in February how ‘brilliant’ it was to see a summary of historians’ debates on the origins of the First World War…

Dr Adam Smith

How do children learn history?

If you were a teacher, would you take your children somewhere where you knew they were going to be shouted at and made to do household chores for no pay? Perhaps that’s best left as a rhetorical question. On school trips to Holdenby House in Northamptonshire, where Charles I was held prisoner by the Scots,…

Lauren and Sebas at the end of the Summer School

A rainstorm of academic inspiration

Students’ impressions from the London Summer School in Intellectual History The London Summer School in Intellectual History is a rare opportunity for graduate students to acquire further training in the discipline and its different methodologies. It includes special workshops, masterclasses, feedback on current research, and advice on writing and publishing. London is now one of the international…