British Museum session

‘Making History’ Year 12 Summer School

Last week UCL History welcomed twenty-nine students from schools across England to our residential summer school. Collaborating with some of our finest historians, they worked on research projects drawn from one of our first year modules, ‘Making History’. We tackled some of the big questions that historians are faced with, whatever their area of expertise.…

Henley

History student Jessica Turner wins at Henley

UCL History student Jessica Turner, who is graduating this September, was part of the UCL Boat Club’s Senior Women’s squad who won the Academic Eights at the Henley Women’s Regatta in June. The event took place over three days (with a time trial on the first day) and the UCL crew had to race Nottingham…

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,…