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

PORT: A new Postgraduate Online Research Training website is launched

Welcome to PORT!  [Postgraduate Online Research Training] The School of Advanced Study provides a whole assortment of training courses, workshops, and events but it’s not always easy or convenient to travel to London to reach them and therefore their scope and impact remains limited. The School hopes that PORT will help to solve this problem,… Continue reading PORT: A new Postgraduate Online Research Training website is launched

#PotW: History libraries & research open day – 20 Jan

This year’s History libraries & research open day provides an opportunity to meet and learn about libraries and archives! Join us in the Macmillan Hall on the ground floor of Senate House on 20 January 2015, between 10am and 4:30pm. This one-day programme is ideal for postgraduate students and early career researchers. It includes:    … Continue reading #PotW: History libraries & research open day – 20 Jan

Entrenched: pain, suffering and horror for WWI soldiers

In this guest post Dr Lucy Noakes, a social and cultural historian at Brighton University, highlights some of the horrors of the trenches in the Great War.  ‘We must look out for our bread. The rats have become much more numerous lately because the trenches are no longer in good condition. Detering says it is a… Continue reading Entrenched: pain, suffering and horror for WWI soldiers

Memory, real estate, and the fleeting borders of happiness: the fall of the Berlin Wall in its twenty-fifth year

By Dina Gusejnova Familiar images from 1989 show people on the Berlin Wall, dancing, holding hands, feet dangling east and west, and laughing. Twenty-five years on, these images remain icons of a fleeting phenomenon: political happiness. It is all too easy to confuse the end of this particular story with the end of history. Injustice… Continue reading Memory, real estate, and the fleeting borders of happiness: the fall of the Berlin Wall in its twenty-fifth year