General Interest

  • BGU Annual History Lecture: The RAF in Two World Wars

    18th April 2018

    To mark the centenary of the RAF, world-renowned expert on air power Professor Richard Overy (University of Exeter) will explore the history of British air power in two world wars. The lecture will focus on the creation of the RAF in 1918 and the extent to which the circumstances of its birth dictated the direction...

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  • What's Happening in Black British History? VIII

    17th April 2018

    #WHBBH8 is the latest in the Institute of Commonwealth Studies series exploring the history of peoples of African origin and descent in Britain.   The day kicks off with a fresh look at 'visitors' to Britain, with presentations on the Black PoWs held at Portchester Castle from 1793-1814, on Frederick Douglass and Black abolitionists' speaking tours in 19th-century Britain, and Claude McKay....

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  • New theory may explain one of Stonehenge's mysteries

    3rd April 2018

    Historians have put forward a new theory to solve a mystery that has long baffled experts – why Stonehenge’s Neolithic builders went to the great effort of bringing some of its huge stones from 155 miles away in south-west Wales. "In contemporary Western culture, we are always striving to make...

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  • New X-ray technique sheds light on Syriac Galen Palimpsest

    3rd April 2018

    The Syriac Galen Palimpsest is a fascinating and (until now) frustrating historical manuscript. For several years it has been known to contain traces of a 6th-century translation of a treatise ‘On simple drugs’ by the renowned early physician Galen. However, this original text had been erased and overwritten with psalms in the 11th century, and despite...

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  • Gloucestershire Branch Talk by Professor Peter Hennessy

    6th March 2018

    The Gloucestershire Branch of the Historical Association will be welcoming Professor Peter Hennessy to talk on the subject of Writing the history of our own times.  As a journalist for over 20 years – with spells on The Times, The Financial Times and The Economist – Professor Hennessy unearthed the hidden wiring of...

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  • What's Happening in Black British History? (WHBBH) VIII: Call for Papers

    8th February 2018

    Following the success of previous events in London, Liverpool, Bristol and Preston, the eighth of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies’ Black British History Workshops will be held at the University of Huddersfield, on Thursday 10th May 2018.   The Institute of Commonwealth Studies welcomes proposals for papers and presentations on a wide variety of themes...

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  • 100 Years of Suffrage

    6th February 2018

    The Representation of the People Act of 1918 gave the vote to all men and some women. Was it the greatest turning point in the history of British democracy? The Historical Association is looking forward to exploring that very question at the final of our Great Debate competition for students...

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  • The Empathy Effect: call for papers

    7th December 2017

    Teachers across the world use literary texts and creative writing exercises to teach about conflict, whatever historians may say about this practice. Such use of literary texts is not limited to literature classes, but extends to history lessons, albeit with slightly different aims and framing, and it extends to questions...

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  • October Revolution 1917 Centenary

    7th November 2017

    The Russian Revolution of October/November 1917 is undoubtedly one of the most important events of the early twentieth century. While revolutions were not new (indeed Russia had already had one in spring 1917), the seizing of power by the Bolsheviks and the introduction of a communist state most certainly was....

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  • York BBC History Weekend

    30th October 2017

    Join BBC History Magazine in historic York, for a fantastic weekend featuring talks from over 25 of the world’s leading historians and authors including Dan Jones, Michael Wood and Alison Weir. From 24-26 November the festival will feature a diverse range of fascinating talks covering topics from the Anglo-Saxons and...

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