Holiday Histories

I’m just back from two weeks away and, as I’ve written before, historians tend to go on their holidays merely to find new histories. The past is, after all, everywhere when you look for it. Indeed, some of my weeks away were spent in the small harbour town of Watchet, Somerset. It’s a charmingly unpreposessing … More Holiday Histories

The Use of Riches

For historians of the Reformation, bank holidays seem often to include some sort of visit to a church. Sure enough, this weekend just gone found me in Cirencester, a town I had somehow neglected to visit despite having lived for a few years now not twenty miles from it. Cirencester is particularly interesting for a … More The Use of Riches

The Value of Old News

Here’s one summer day-trip planned for us already: British Library to unveil £33m newspaper reading room State-of-the-art facility will store more than three centuries of newspapers and magazines dating back to the English civil war. The Newsroom, offering more than 750m pages of newspapers and magazines and 4.8m archived websites, will be officially opened by … More The Value of Old News

Summer Term Begins!

And so, according to our timetable, the summer term begins on Monday April 28.  Looking outside at the weather, you could have fooled me!  But, nevertheless, welcome back to all our students (and especially to level 6 students, for their last semester!). The campus is looking very Spring (maybe even early Summer) like.  Here are … More Summer Term Begins!