"department of history" blog posts

‘News you’re not supposed to know’: Uncovering the birth of Liverpool Free Press 1971-77

Posted on: 10 May 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Image of newspaper clippings.

This little newspaper, run on a shoestring and staffed by part-timers in a tiny office, was responsible for investigating and breaking the news of a huge corruption scandal that ended with three prison terms for local councillors and business leaders.


Four historic places to visit now in Liverpool

Posted on: 12 April 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Greenbank Park

After feeling like we have been stuck inside for an eternity, students across Liverpool can slowly start to enjoy the beautiful locations in this historic city. Whilst Liverpool’s museums and indoor facilities are closed, take advantage of the sun and being allowed outdoors and explore some historic sites.


Remembering the working class Suffragettes

Posted on: 15 March 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Suffragette protest 1910

Holding my £5 note with Winston Churchill’s face on it to buy my period supplies, would normally bring me anger, as this country still glorifies a man who worked against women having the right to vote.


From Uzbekistan, with love: the communist career of Evgeniia Zel’kina

Posted on: 12 March 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Evgeniia L. Zel’kina with son Kamil Ikramov

The biography of Evgeniia L’vovna Zel’kina cuts an unexpected path across the history of early Soviet Uzbekistan. Zel’kina was born in 1900 in Moscow, in the family of a Jewish doctor. After 1917, likely captivated by the new revolutionary ideology, she studied to become a professional activist at the Institute of Red Professors.


Why we need to disrupt gendered perceptions of sexual crime

Posted on: 1 March 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Illustration of two Indian women in the 19th century

When it comes to an event such as Women’s History Month, we rightly celebrate women’s achievements and the historical contributions that they have made, in addition to exploring women’s lives and experiences.


Out and proud - the legacy of the Gay Liberation Front

Posted on: 24 February 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Demonstration with Gay Liberation Front

The Gay Liberation Front (GLF) originated in America, with the famous Stonewall Riots on 27 June 1969 and leading figures such as Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. By 1970, the idea had been brought over to the London School of Economics and the first meeting was held in a basement with 19 people on the 13 October 1970. Within a month, after leafleting and more meetings, the crowds of attendees grew.


Where are all the Trans People in History?

Posted on: 4 February 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Marsha P. Johnson Memorial

Many trans people, myself included, wonder why we never learn about all of the amazing transgender people in history. Of course, being trans is not all there is to know about me, but it's still something I’m very proud of and that I continue to engage with. I love the community that I am a part of! I love both learning about history, as a history student, and being trans, so it's upsetting to see a lack of trans representation in history books. So where are all the trans people in history? Here are four trans people who have contributed to the progress of the trans community and our rights...


Sex and 'Sexuality' in South Asian History

Posted on: 29 January 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

British Library photograph of three people from the Hirja community

While the British justified the conquest and colonisation of a quarter of the world’s population on the grounds that they were bringing the ‘rule of law’ to peoples who had none, in reality they superimposed an alien legal system upon often complex pre-existing legal norms.