Should historians learn text processing techniques?

By Jonathan Blaney Historians have always dealt with large amounts of text and have had to develop ways of dealing with the volume of it, such as the index card or the Renaissance book wheel. Now that much textual information comes in electronic form, that data is now much easier to access and to analyse.… Continue reading Should historians learn text processing techniques?

What does your sense of smell mean to you?

The best public engagement is underpinned by world-class research. In March, the Institute of Philosophy’s Centre for the Study of the Senses held a launch event for the national charity Fifth Sense that brought together leading researchers, clinicians, campaigners and loss-of-smell sufferers to raise awareness of the effect on people’s quality of life if they lose their sense of smell. What we know as ‘taste’ is… Continue reading What does your sense of smell mean to you?

From a book to a United Nations resolution: Yes we can!

By Henning Melber and David Wardrop Once upon a time there was a Secretary General of the United Nations. Along with 15 others, he died in a plane crash. It was the night of 17-18 September 1961, when the Albertina, a DC-6, was approaching the airport of Ndola in the British colony of Northern Rhodesia… Continue reading From a book to a United Nations resolution: Yes we can!

Connecting Latin America and Caribbean scholars across the UK

The regional seminar series scheme at the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) has made an important contribution to enhancing and strengthening the sharing of research and developing of national networks outside of London. While many research seminars are held in London across different universities, it is not always possible for researchers across the UK to go to them, and regular attendance… Continue reading Connecting Latin America and Caribbean scholars across the UK

Magna Carta 1215–2015: England’s greatest export

The four surviving copies of the original 1215 Magna Carta will come together for the first time in history as part of a one-off event organised by the British Library to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the historic document. Julian Harrison, curator of medieval manuscripts at the British Library explains why it… Continue reading Magna Carta 1215–2015: England’s greatest export