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

The Dean of Blues Scholars: Remembering Paul Oliver (1927-2017)

On Monday 14th August, Paul Oliver – the world’s most prolific writer and most respected blues scholar – passed away in Oxfordshire at the age of 90. Scores of blues historians, researchers, enthusiasts and musicians are paying tribute to his life and work on the blues, and obituaries summarizing his life and career have just … More The Dean of Blues Scholars: Remembering Paul Oliver (1927-2017)

Shedding Light on ‘Darkest Cheltenham’: the Lower High Street Project

  The History blog has not been as active as usual in recent months, and while this was not ideal, there is a good excuse. Over the last seven months, staff and students in History at the University of Gloucestershire worked on a project which focused on the history of Cheltenham’s Lower High Street. The … More Shedding Light on ‘Darkest Cheltenham’: the Lower High Street Project