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#PotW: Day for new research students at the Institute of Historical Research – 30 Sep


SAS_IHR2012The Institute of Historical Research is delighted to welcome those commencing research degrees in history and related disciplines in London, the South East and throughout the UK. Over the course of an afternoon, we shall introduce the IHR and its remit to assist and promote historical research of all sorts. Join us for lunch and then learn about our library, seminars, conferences, publications, website and training in specialised research skills and how they can help you. Hear also about the History Lab, the postgraduate support network run by and for those undertaking research degrees in history. Free to all new research students in history and in historical subjects from other disciplines.

Venue: Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London.
Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7H

Date and time: Tuesday 30 September 2014, 12:30 – 16:30.

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#PotW: The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Solutions and Resolutions – 20 Sep


Drood_serial_coverTo celebrate the official launch of The Drood Inquiry (, this one-day conference will explore the mysterious world of Drood and its solutions. Further details and updates can be found on our blog at

Venue: Institute of English Studies (IES), School of Advanced Study, University of London.
Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7H

Date and time: Saturday 20 September 2014, 09:30 – 17:45.

Register via Eventbrite here.

Ticket prices include lunch and refreshments throughout the day – please contact the organisers to notify of any special dietary requirements. In addition to the above, two exhibitions will run during the day showcasing Drood-related treasures from the Senate House Library and original artwork by Alys Jones.

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#PotW: Anna Kavan: Historical Context, Influences and Legacy of her Fiction – 11 September


Kavan-paintingA one-day symposium at the Institute of English Studies in association with Liverpool John Moores University Research Centre for Literature and Cultural History and Peter Owen Publishers.

Anna Kavan’s publication history spans from her early novels under the name Helen Ferguson in the late 1920s and early 1930s to her last work which won Brian Aldiss’ prize for ‘Sci-Fi Novel of the Year’ in 1967.  Her own life story has been widely reported in magazine articles, book reviews and popular biography, but there has been little serious scholarly attention to her writing.  The often sensationalized focus on Kavan’s biography, particularly her adoption of her own fictional character’s name, her long-term heroin addiction, and her psychological difficulties, has overshadowed serious critical attention to her work.  Yet, her writing continues to be published in English and translation, to hold fascination for new generations of readers, and to interest or influence other writers and artists.  This symposium aims to bring together scholars with an interest in Kavan to promote an increasing academic focus on her work.  The day will be a forum for knowledge sharing, with the broad aims of historicizing Kavan’s work, situating her within the literary and intellectual context of her times, and charting her legacy as a writer.  The symposium will close with a public event in the evening at which leading contemporary writers will discuss Anna Kavan’s work in relation to their own writing. Continue reading →

Hoist the main sail! Tall Ships head for Greenwich festival



Tall Ships Parade at Kiel Week, the world’s biggest regatta and sailing event (2009, Wikipedia)

Rich in maritime history and home of the Cutty Sark, Greenwich will host the five-day Tall Ships Regatta, organised by Sail Training International. The ships set sail from Falmouth on 31 August to race to the Needles on the western tip of the Isle of Wight before docking in South East London.

More than 50 tall ships from around the world will drop anchor in the waters around the historical maritime landmarks of London’s Royal Borough of Greenwich from 5-9 September, to take part in a festival marking the end of the Falmouth to Greenwich Tall Ships race. Continue reading →

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