If you look at the university’s website it tell you that we started life in 1924 as a technical college, with Mrs Thatcher (in her capacity as Education secretary) opening the School of Education in 1972. However, it suggests that our past is much older than that , and after a [...]
I have been using the OBO in formal assessment with second year undergraduates for several years now and frankly, I’m not sure what I do without this resource. Students at the University of Northampton learn to use the database of trials across the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as part of my module [...]
There has already been much written about the recent demise of Lady Thatcher so I am a little hesitant about dipping my feet into this particular water, but hey, why not?
It would be fair to say that I was never a fan but [...]
History PhD student Nell Darby writes about her role as student representative on the National Archives’ User Advisory Group
Do you use the National Archives to help with your essays or exams? If not, why not?! The Archives, although based in London, hold records about all sorts of events – from war records to the [...]
Today Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce will be formally sentenced after being convicted for attempting to pervert the course of justice. The trial of Pryce in particular throws up some interesting historical issues. The value of juries has been questioned after the first trial collapsed with the judge, Justice Sweeney, commenting that ‘some [...]
Yesterday, the Prime Minister faced the biggest rebellion from his own party to date over the issue of gay marriage. The first vote on the issue passed with a clear majority of 400 to 175, but more than half of Conservative MPs voted against. This was a free vote, so was not strictly a vote [...]
As someone who is currently struggling to find the time to complete both my book contracts and rework articles that need to be published for inclusion in the upcoming REF exercise, and write new lectures and plan new seminars for my students I have been interested by a current debate about the nature, purpose and [...]
This is a short post to draw attention to the sale of a book which historians of gender and medicine will be familiar with, but which most people probably haven;t heard of.
Later this month a house of Edinburgh auctioneers will be putting a copy of Aristotle’s Masterpiece on sale. You can read about [...]
For the last few years History students have undertaken work placements across the county at archives, museums, galleries and country houses. We have been lucky to have so many willing partners, especially the staff at the Northampton Record Office, John Paul Carr at the Central Library local studies room and many [...]
On Thursday the 8th I flew out of Heathrow to Montreal to attend my first North American Conference on British Studies. NACBS has been going since 1950 and is ‘dedicated to all aspects of British studies’ but particularly history. It publishes the Journal of British Studies and seems to [...]