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Libraries, Reading Communities and Cultural Formation in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic

Posted on: 9 October 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

7-12 October is National Libraries Week 2019 – a time to celebrate the power of libraries to change lives through reading. The theme this year is how libraries engage communities through technology, building skills and encouraging participation. It’s fitting, therefore, that this week also marks the launch of a major new digital humanities project funded by the AHRC exploring the history of libraries, led by Professor Mark Towsey from the Department of History at the University of Liverpool.


Opinion: What’s special about Robert Mugabe?

Posted on: 18 September 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Following the death of Robert Mugabe earlier this month, Dr Diana Jeater reflects on the life of the former President of Zimbabwe and the response to his passing in the media.


Five things to do during Welcome Week

Posted on: 13 September 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Welcome Week kicks off on Monday, giving new students the opportunity to get to know their new flatmates, explore Liverpool and settle in before they start lectures. Take a look at our top five tips to help you get started with university life.


Department of History Graduation 2019 — Social media roundup

Posted on: 23 July 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Last week we said goodbye to our Class of 2019 at the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures graduation ceremony as they begin the next step of their journey as University of Liverpool graduates. Check out our roundup of social media messages from the day.


Q&A: What's it like to study a PhD in History at the University of Liverpool?

Posted on: 2 April 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Emily Gibbs is a postgraduate research student in the Department of History, specialising in the anxieties felt by British society during the Cold War. Find out Emily's thoughts on studying a PhD at the University: from her topic of study to the city of Liverpool.


Opinion: British Empire is still being whitewashed by the school curriculum – Dr Deana Heath on why this must change

Posted on: 8 November 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

The Empire in red in 1886

Dr Deana Heath: Jeremy Corbyn has recently proposed that British school children should be taught about the history of the realities of British imperialism and colonialism. This would include the history of people of colour as components of, and contributors to, the British nation-state – rather than simply as enslaved victims of it. As Corbyn rightly noted: “Black history is British history” – and hence its study should be part of the national curriculum, not segregated in a single month each year.


Black History Month: reflecting on racialised beauty standards

Posted on: 26 October 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Woman with afro hair

For Black History Month, history student Alaina Heath reflects on racialised beauty standards and representations of Black beauty in the media.


Why were Suffragettes force-fed in prison?

Posted on: 27 September 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Votes for Women banner

Modern history expert, Dr Sam Caslin, talks about the practise of force-feeding Suffragettes in prison, as we continue to reflect on the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which allowed (some) women the right to vote in 1918.


Explore the history of urban dog mess at the Plop Up Dog Poo Family Fun Day

Posted on: 14 September 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Plop-Up Dog Poo Family Fun Day

Dog mess is a messy and infuriating presence on our streets. Awareness raising campaigns and fining and have made some progress in encouraging dog owners to do the responsible thing and scoop the poop. But dog mess continues to pose difficult management issues for councils who receive thousands of complaints each year about the 3,000 tons that hit British streets daily.


What are the Terracotta Warriors? Four amazing facts!

Posted on: 14 August 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Head of a Chinese sculpture

We explore the Terracotta Warriors exhibition at World Museum in this video with Chinese history expert, Leon Rocha. Find out how they were discovered, how they were made and more!


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    Libraries, Reading Communities and Cultural Formation in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic

    Posted on: 9 October 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

    7-12 October is National Libraries Week 2019 – a time to celebrate the power of libraries to change lives through reading. The theme this year is how libraries engage communities through technology, building skills and encouraging participation. It’s fitting, therefore, that this week also marks the launch of a major new digital humanities project funded by the AHRC exploring the history of libraries, led by Professor Mark Towsey from the Department of History at the University of Liverpool.


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