The much-anticipated blog post, or: Commemoration and Oblivion in Royalist Print Culture, 1658-1667

I first became interested in the variety of ways in which people and cultures remember their pasts while studying for a Master’s degree in Cultural Memory in 2008. Since then, my thoughts have mostly turned to mid-seventeenth century England – a place and period in history that was also fascinated by the uses of the … More The much-anticipated blog post, or: Commemoration and Oblivion in Royalist Print Culture, 1658-1667

Black History Month in Cheltenham: A Review

This review was written by 2nd year undergraduate student Jenna M. Pateman. As November begins, I felt it was right to look back at this year’s Black History Month in Cheltenham, a yearly event put together by a number of collaborating organisations including the African Community Foundation Gloucestershire, the Borough Council, the University, and the Gloucestershire … More Black History Month in Cheltenham: A Review

30 October: Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Political Repression

Crowds gathered in Moscow and in other Russian cities over the weekend to remember those who died as a result of Stalin’s purges in the 1930s and 1940s. The commemoration in Moscow took place in Lubyanka Square, where the memorial stone, a large granite boulder sourced from the Solovetski island home of many prisoners, is … More 30 October: Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Political Repression

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