Literature, History, and the Vietnam War

Writing a preview of the Cheltenham Literature Festival, I suggested all History students should read literature.  I was reminded of this today when I read the (belated – he died in June) obituary of Michael  Herr in The Guardian.  Herr’s book, Dispatches (1977), was one of the most powerful pieces of writing dealing with the … More Literature, History, and the Vietnam War

History at the Cheltenham Literature Festival 2016

On the face of it this year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival does not offer a great deal of interest to the student of history.  Yes, there are sessions on Rethinking the Somme, the Great War, Cheltenham in the Great War, and on shellshock, with contributions from Lyn MacDonald, Hugh Sebag-Montefiore, Allan Mallinson, and Taylor Dowling, plus … More History at the Cheltenham Literature Festival 2016

Cultural Festivals, Controversy and a Heritage Trail Launch

This post comes from our Lecturer in History and Heritage, David Howell. In south east Wales, at the start of August, the National Eisteddfod of Wales convened in Abergavenny. In writing that opening sentence, I fully appreciate that for many reading this blog, the notion of what a “National Eisteddfod” is, might be somewhat lost. … More Cultural Festivals, Controversy and a Heritage Trail Launch

The 1st Muslim Sheriff’s Lady of Gloucester

This post comes from our third year undergraduate student Khadija Handsot. In May 2016 my father was inaugurated as Sheriff and Deputy Mayor for the second time, while I accepted the role of Sheriff’s Lady. My father originally became the first Muslim Sheriff and Deputy Mayor of Gloucester during 2013-14, while I was the youngest … More The 1st Muslim Sheriff’s Lady of Gloucester