Exploring the archive: report from ‘Paper Trails’

Paper is tied up with so much of what we do as historians that it’s sometimes easy to forget about it. Likewise, our research stories are some of the first things we reach for when talking with colleagues, but they seldom make it into our published work. What happens, then, when we put these things at the heart of our history?

An interview with an Erasmus student

Thomas Garcin, from the Universite Paris-Sorbonne, tells us all about his year abroad at UCL History 2015-16.  What made you choose to study history at UCL? Different things, including in part chance. Given my special course (double degree, one in history, one in English Language, Literature, and Civilisations) going to an English speaking country was…

False Memory Syndrome: History and the Older Student

Quite early on during my masters degree I was approached by a lecturer in the department. ‘Would I’, he asked, ‘be willing to be interviewed by some of his undergraduate students?’ They were studying the British anti-apartheid movement in which I had some involvement and it would be ‘really good for them to interview someone…

A Medievalist’s skill useful in everyday life

Most weeks, MA MARS (Medieval and Renaissance Studies) students taking the Manuscripts and Documents course, taught by Professor David d’Avray and Dr Marigold Norbye, agonise over at least two pieces of homework. These are transcriptions of manuscript medieval texts, which familiarise us with paleography, or reading old scripts. Other postgrad students have probably encountered a…