This post comes from Tim Copeland who is a Visiting Fellow in Landscape Archaeology and a Senior Advisor to Nexus Heritage. In 2007, Nicholas Sarkozy, the then French President, gave an incendiary speech in Senegal describing the situation in the former French colonies: ‘….the tragedy of Africa is that Africa has not entered into history.… More Looking for a past: the Republic of Congo
I was recently asked to speak about the EU referendum on BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s breakfast show, and consider how historians will talk about ‘Brexit’ 30 or 40 years from now. Clearly, no-one has a crystal ball, let alone historians who dedicate more of their time to the past than the future. Considering that we tend… More Disunited Kingdom? How Historians will write about Brexit
During the first two weeks of June, History at the University of Gloucestershire played host to Dr Pia Koivunen, a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Advanced Social Research, University of Tampere, Finland. Dr Koivunen has published widely on different aspects of the Soviet-sponsored World Youth Festivals, one of which was held in Moscow in… More Report from Visiting Researcher, Dr Pia Koivunen
Having just been to see Race, the (rather boring, I have to say) bio-pic about the great African American athlete, Jesse Owens, I found myself thinking about people like Owens, and Joe Louis, and contrasting them with Muhammad Ali. How many people recall Owens and his achievements at the 1936 Olympics – four golds, three… More The Man – or his Times?
This Friday will witness the funeral of Muhammad Ali, the greatest boxer in history and a figure whose importance transcended sport. Hundreds will attend his funeral and many thousands more around the world will mourn his passing because Ali was internationally loved. He was one of my heroes. Thousands of words have been written about… More The Passing of a Hero