Abraham Lincoln’s fateful night at the theatre

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States was assassinated 150 years ago while on a trip to the theatre. Here Dr Jennifer L. Weber, associate professor at the University of Kansas and an expert on the subject of Lincoln, gives a synopsis of the event and a glimpse into the mindset of his… Continue reading Abraham Lincoln’s fateful night at the theatre

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?

Magna Carta: the international symbol of freedom

By Danny Millum Magna Carta has inspired some of today’s fundamental liberties, yet it began life 800 years ago as a practical solution to a political crisis. It has since evolved to become an international symbol of freedom, and with the creation of the largest exhibition ever staged about this celebrated document, we now have… Continue reading Magna Carta: the international symbol of freedom

Managing your Research: launch of a new online resource to help historians to look after their data

Historians don’t often like to think about data management.  Indeed, it is almost considered an ugly word or a taboo.  Data Management gets in the way of the interesting stuff – the research, the learning.  Nevertheless, it is vital to the work that we do.  History is data.  It is the essential essence of the… Continue reading Managing your Research: launch of a new online resource to help historians to look after their data

Hidden histories: Britain’s secret stash

Dr Sarah Stockwell, a senior lecturer in Imperial and Commonwealth History at King’s College London, discuss the latest in a series of decolonisation workshops organised by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. I am greatly looking forward to the upcoming workshop ‘The hidden history of decolonisation’ at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS) on 20 February.… Continue reading Hidden histories: Britain’s secret stash