"department of history" blog posts

Closing the Gap: Supporting School Students to Success

Posted on: 5 April 2022 | Category: 2022 posts

Can you remember your time at school? Think back to the opportunities and experiences available. Did the school encourage you and your fellow classmates to go on to study at a highly selective university?

Beyond the Viking homestead, the example of Aud the Deep-minded

Posted on: 9 March 2022 | Category: 2022 posts

Women Viking mod

Two major roles have been discussed for women in the Viking Age, the conforming housewife who took care of the homestead, and her polar opposite the fierce shieldmaiden. However, my research focuses outside these categories, on women who went abroad with Viking fighting forces who were not warriors. Often these women are nameless in literary sources, but one stands out from the Icelandic Sagas, Aud the Deep-minded.

Mapping Fascism Across Europe

Posted on: 9 March 2022 | Category: 2021 posts

A group of members of the SF in Gipuzkoa rendering the Roman salute

Image credit: Pascual Marín, A group of members of the SF in Gipuzkoa rendering the Roman salute (1937). Kutxa Fototeka, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Mala Zimetbaum- An Auschwitz Heroine

Posted on: 9 March 2022 | Category: 2022 posts

Auschwitz - Mala Zimetbaum

Mala Zimetbaum was a 22-year-old woman of Polish Jewish descent who was living in Belgium when the Second World War began. Mala’s life, along with millions of others, was turned upside down by the Nazi invasion of the country in May 1940. In September 1942, at the age of 24, Mala was deported to Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.

Books to read for the celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month

Posted on: 8 February 2022 | Category: 2022 posts

If you are like me and love celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month by reading stories that include queer identities, I have a list of fiction stories to recommend. However, it’s important to also read non-fiction and own voices stories and I highly recommend doing that too.

Semester 1 Summaries: Bethan Asher

Posted on: 16 December 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Crosby beach banner image

The first semester of my second year studying history at Liverpool has been a blast. Having lived in student accommodation at the on-campus Crown Place Halls of Residence last year, I was worried that living slightly further out of the city would be difficult. Quite the opposite- living in a house with five of my friends has been so much fun. Living in halls last year was exciting and a great way to make new friends with people doing a broad range of courses and all from different places. The university made such an effort to make halls feel like home with weekly activities to do with flatmates and events in the social areas. There are so many options here in terms of accommodation and the best thing is that most of them are pretty good value!

Professor Charles Forsdick reflects on the importance of decolonising the curriculum

Posted on: 22 October 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Decolonising the Curriculum.

As part of BHM Professor Charles Forsdick reflects on the importance of decolonising the curriculum within the University of Liverpool’s relaunched MA in International Slavery.

‘Bath 250: A Virtual Conference to Mark the 250th Anniversary of the New Assembly Rooms At Bath’

Posted on: 13 October 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

On 30th September 1771, the Upper Rooms in Bath opened their doors for the first time. Two hundred and fifty years later, the Bath 250 conference welcomed scholars from across the globe to celebrate this momentous occasion.

‘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.