General Interest

  • Wolfson History Prize 2018 Winner Announced

    7th June 2018

    This year the Wolfson History Prize has been won by Professor Peter Marshall for Heretics and Believers: A history of the English Reformation. We would like to send our congratulations to Professor Marshall of the University of Warwick for his impressive win with an excellent book. A couple of years ago Professor...

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  • Warth Mills Project uncovers last known survivor of World War II Internment Camp

    5th June 2018

    Jewish-German refugee Henry Wuga escaped Nazi Germany at 15 years old, but was arrested and falsely accused of espionage. The little-known history of Warth Mills WWII internment camp in Bury, Greater Manchester, is set to be revealed next week (June 2018) with the launch of a commemorative events programme and...

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  • Manchester Histories Festival 2018

    5th June 2018

    Returning for its 5th edition from the 7-11 June, the 2018 Manchester Histories Festival offers a packed long-weekender of events. 2018 is a historically monumental year for Greater Manchester, with strong links to the suffragette movement and the Trades Union Congress, and these are placed at the forefront of this year's...

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  • Wolfson History Prize 2018 shortlist announced

    2nd May 2018

    Six books are in the running for the Wolfson History Prize 2018, each selected for their outstanding historical writing that is also accessible to a general audience. The shortlisted books are: Out of China: How the Chinese Ended the Era of Western Domination by Robert Bickers (Allen Lane, Penguin Press) The...

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  • May is Local and Community History Month

    1st May 2018

    It’s time to focus on the immediate world around us – yes, it’s Local History Month 2018. Everyone lives in an area of rich local heritage, even if they don’t know it yet. May is the time to investigate, explore and discover the history of the world immediately around you....

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  • Original medieval Windsor Castle revealed in new reconstruction

    26th April 2018

    Historians have reconstructed what Windsor Castle originally looked like when it was built by William the Conqueror in 1071 to deter Anglo-Saxon rebels. Researchers have used a series of archaeological discoveries made over recent decades to determine the original size and construction of Britain’s largest medieval fortress. The reconstruction of that first Windsor...

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  • Recovering the 19th Century Penal Landscape

    24th April 2018

    Join us on for the launch of Prison History: a database of nineteenth-century prisons which contains critical information on the locations, size and archives of nearly 850 penal institutions. The penal system in nineteenth-century England was incredibly complicated, so penal historians have confined their work to studies of either convict prisons or...

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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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