Teaching History in a Digital Age

Digital transformations in society and culture have fundamentally changed the historian’s relationship with the past.  So how do we incorporate this into our teaching? In this post for Historical Transactions, Dr Sharon Webb and Dr James Baker, winners of the 2019 RHS Prize for Innovation in Teaching discuss their approach to teaching digital history. Continue reading “Teaching History in a Digital Age”

The Economist and History: Economical with the Facts?

On 25 July 2019,  Professor Jo Fox, IHR Director, and Professor Margot Finn, RHS President, sent the following letter to The Economist. It drew attention to both the factual errors and the problematic interpretation of a ‘Bagehot’ column published on 18 July 2019.  This column significantly misrepresented undergraduate student numbers in History over the past decade.  We are surprised that neither our initial letter to The Economist nor our follow up emails have received the courtesy of a reply.  Here we print in full our original letter of 25 July. Continue reading “The Economist and History: Economical with the Facts?”

Beyond Peterloo: The Founding of the Manchester Guardian

It is well-known that the events of the Peterloo Massacre, which occurred two hundred years ago today, on 16 August 1819, inspired the founding of the Manchester Guardian. These roots are today still recognised by the Guardian (which the Manchester Guardian would later become). However, a closer look at the original prospectus reveals that despite being founded in the wake Peterloo, the events of 16th August 1819 and the cause of parliamentary reform were not the only motives behind the newspaper’s establishment. In this post, Kathy Davies, a PhD student in History at Sheffield Hallam University, looks more closely at the Manchester Guardian’s long-standing concern with foreign politics. Continue reading “Beyond Peterloo: The Founding of the Manchester Guardian”

Beyond This Day – 8 August 1940: Popular History and the Power Sisters

The historian Eileen Power died on 8 August 1940. In this blog post, Dr Laura Carter examines the historical legacy of Rhoda Power, Eileen’s younger sister (pictured above). In the decades following Eileen’s death, Rhoda continued to shape popular social history in Britain in quite distinctive ways that have been overshadowed by Eileen’s immortalisation as the emblematic twentieth-century woman historian. Continue reading “Beyond This Day – 8 August 1940: Popular History and the Power Sisters”

A Cultural History of Irish Identity on Display

Shahmima Akhtar joined the Royal Historical Society in July 2019 as Past and Present Fellow: Race, Ethnicity & Equality in History. Over the next two years Shahmima will work with the Royal Historical Society and the Institute for Historical Research … Continue reading A Cultural History of Irish Identity on Display

Insta-Research: Social Media and the Historian

As a scholar working in a rural UK university, far from peers in her field of study, Kate Strasdin decided to embrace Instagram and Twitter as a means of professional engagement, and to explore the potential for virtual communication when travel to conferences and urban-centric events was rarely possible. In this post for Historical Transactions she explains that social media has been a rewarding and enlightening professional experience. Continue reading “Insta-Research: Social Media and the Historian”