Thomas Garcin

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…

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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…

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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…

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Blood and Wine: The Gun Fight at Montredon 40 years on

On 4 March 1976 at Montredon-des-Corbières, close to Narbonne, winegrower Emile Pouytès and CRS officer Commander Joel Le Goff were shot and killed, during the course of a demonstration which turned into a violent stand-off. Another 17 people were hospitalised with injuries from the disastrous fire-fight. The confluence of blood and wine drew a significant…

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The Flight Bag

What, exactly, Warrant Officer Stanley Herbert Sharrad RAF was doing on August 3rd 1945 we will probably never know. But the fact of his absence from RAF Digri in West Bengal is significant. We do know where he was at the end of that month: escaping the heat of Bengal at the Tali Tal Leave…

Galton

Must Galton Fall?

Following in the footsteps of the much-contested #RhodesMustFall campaign at Oxford, UCL students are now asking themselves: must Galton fall? Francis Galton (1822-1911) was – and remains still – a very controversial figure in our institution. He was a polymath and a prolific writer, publishing about 340 books and articles, but he was also the…