Forest Village ‘Bears’ the Burden of Shame

This post comes from first year undergraduate student in History at the University of Gloucestershire, Owen Adams. Despite becoming a top starry-skied destination for glampers, wildlife-watchers and mountain bikers, the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire has never managed to shrug off its reputation as the darkest of backwoods badlands, due to a horrific incident which … More Forest Village ‘Bears’ the Burden of Shame

Race, ‘Britishness’, and History in Schools: reflections on another Black History Month in Cheltenham

This October marked the third consecutive year that myself and the University have collaborated with other organisations in order to celebrate Black History Month in Cheltenham. This local partnership, which includes the University’s History, and Equality and Diversity departments, the African Community Foundation in Gloucestershire, and the Borough Council, helps to organise a range of … More Race, ‘Britishness’, and History in Schools: reflections on another Black History Month in Cheltenham

Celebrating the Lives of Soviet Women: Tamara Vladimirovna Petkevich (29 March 1920 – 18 October 2017)

‘Gulag Actress’ Tamara Petkevich died recently in St Petersburg at the age of 97. Here is an abridged version of the review of her Memoir that I wrote when it was published in English in 2010. This volume has made a significant contribution to my own research on the Soviet women who fell victim to … More Celebrating the Lives of Soviet Women: Tamara Vladimirovna Petkevich (29 March 1920 – 18 October 2017)

Women’s Experiences of the Great Terror – new publication by Prof Melanie Ilic

I posted on our Facebook page in September that I had a book due to come out very soon, and now it’s actually here! Women’s Experiences of Repression in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe is a co-authored volume focusing on the largely untold story of the ways in which state-sponsored repression in Soviet-dominated Eastern … More Women’s Experiences of the Great Terror – new publication by Prof Melanie Ilic