Engaging with the ‘Un-Commemorated’ Past
What does it mean to engage audiences with complex and traumatic histories of empire and war? And how might we engage with the ‘un-commemorated’, whose names have not appeared on the memorial landscape? Dr Diya Gupta (Royal Historical Society) and Dr Anna Maguire (QMUL) recently posed these questions in workshops for school-age students and their teachers studying the British Empire and the First and Second World Wars.
‘Quando Era Jovem…’ – Towards an Intergenerational, Oral History of Youth in Maputo, Mozambique
How does an oral historian, working in Mozambique, respond to the lockdowns and travel restrictions of recent years? Johanna Wetzel researches the history of youth — ‘ser jovem’ or ‘juventude’ — in Maputo, with particular reference to the importance attached to youth and the young by first-generation leaders of post-independence Mozambique. Unable to travel, Johanna turned to online programmes and training funded by a research grant from the Royal Historical Society.
Giving Birth in Eighteenth-Century England
To coincide with the release of her new monograph, Dr Sarah Fox introduces us to the multiple stages and community focus of ‘Giving Birth in Eighteenth-Century England’. The cycle of eighteenth-century birthing began and concluded much earlier and later than the delivery of a child, and extended well beyond the confines of the birth chamber. Sarah’s book, published on 13 April, is the 12th title in the Society’s New Historical Perspectives series for early career historians.
Sir John Elliott (1930-2022): a personal recollection by Alistair Malcolm
What’s it like being supervised by one of the leading and most highly regarded historians of the day? In this post Dr Alistair Malcolm (Limerick) recalls supervisions, advice and his long-term friendship with the historian of early modern Spain, Sir John Elliott (1930-2022), who died in March.
Sir Tony Wrigley: A Memoir by John Landers
In the early 1980s, John Landers studied as a PhD student with Sir Tony Wrigley (1931-2022), one of the founding members of the the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. In this post John recalls his experience of supervisions and the distinctive culture of ‘Campop’, created by Sir Tony and fellow founders, Roger Schofield and Peter Laslett.
On ‘PASSING’: Shifting histories OF THE ANGLO-INDIAN COMMUNITY
In the next in our ‘Writing Race’ series, Vishwajeet Deshmukh considers the history of racial ‘passing’ within India’s Anglo-Indian community. Mixed-race descendants of European fathers and Indian mothers, members of the Anglo-Indian community are often studied in the context of their historical assimilation within European societies. However, ‘passing’ was also a feature of colonial Indian society, as Anglo-Indians sought the higher status of ‘Europeans’.
Conversion and the Purposes of Mission in Protestant History
How might a Protestant missionary understand and identify a genuine ‘conversion’? How confident can missionaries be that the people they seek to convert are not deceiving the mission, or themselves? In this post Professor Alec Ryrie and Dr David Trim introduce ‘Four Axes of Mission: Conversion and the Purposes of Mission in Protestant History’ — their new article in the Transactions of the Royal Historical Society. Throughout the history of Protestant cross-cultural missions, missionaries have considered ‘four axes’: a series of intangible proxy measures of intangible ‘true’ conversions.
UKRI Open Access Policy for the Arts and Humanities: FAQs
In August 2021 UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) announced its future policy regarding Open Access publishing. April 2022 sees the first key date when new UKRI rules come into effect: relating to the accessibility of journal articles based on research funded by AHRC grants, excluding PhD funding. This post provides a Q&A principally for historians to explain the changes which take effect from 1 April 2022, and those concerning monographs which come into effect for titles published from January 2024.
Sir Tony Wrigley (1931-2022), Remembered by Simon Szreter
In this post, Professor Simon Szreter (University of Cambridge) considers the career and work of the historian Sir Tony Wrigley FBA who sadly died in February 2022. One of Britain’s most important and influential social and economic historians, Tony Wrigley was – alongside many other professional accolades – a long-standing Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
History for Ukraine: 48+ historians, 24 hours
‘History for Ukraine’ takes place on Saturday and Sunday 26th and 27th March. Over 24 hours – starting at 12 noon on Saturday 26th – 48 historians and genealogists from the UK, Europe, Australasia and North America will each speak for minutes about their research and love of history, and take questions. History for Ukraine will fundraise for the DEC Ukraine appeal to help support the 10 million Ukrainians displaced by the Russian invasion of their country. In this post you can read more about the event, and who’s taking part.
Justifying the arts in early modern Britain
What value did people place on the arts in post-Reformation Britain? And what was the role of the clergy in sponsoring musical performance in particular? In this post, recent RHS grant recipient Dr Hannah Yip explores the justification and championing of early modern artistic endeavour.
Applying and Interviewing for your First History Lectureship
In March 2022 the Society held a Workshop on preparing, applying and interviewing for a first History lectureship. The event brought together UK academics with extensive experience of running departments and recruiting new staff. Here you can watch the recording of this session at which panellists offer practical advice on applying for a post, from the perspectives of applicant and recruiting department.