"expert" blog posts

Why did Suffragette Edith Rigby plant a bomb at the Cotton Exchange in Liverpool?

Posted on: 6 February 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Woman in front of a monument

We hear from modern history expert, Dr Sam Caslin about how a Suffragette from Preston shook the foundations of the Cotton Exchange in the heart of Liverpool in 1913. Did campaigns like Edith's help contribute to the passing of the Representation of the People Act, which allowed (some) women the right to vote in 1918?

Opinion: Anti-Roma stigma of Czech president Miloš Zeman threatens progress over Romani rights

Posted on: 24 January 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

A woman holding a Roma flag

Czech president Miloš Zeman faces a tough run-off against rival Jiří Drahoš in the second round of the presidential election on 26-27 January 2018. Voters will deliver their verdict on Zeman’s open hostility to refugees, Muslims, and the European Union, and his support for Russia.

Robert Mugabe’s resignation - an extraordinary week in Zimbabwe's history

Posted on: 1 December 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Robert Mugabe

‘What’s happening?’ ‘Have you seen the news?’ ‘Is this it?’- these were the messages that started coming in from contacts all over the world, as I was preparing to head out to the Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association in Chicago last month.

Statues of medical racist who experimented on enslaved people should also be taken down

Posted on: 23 August 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Statue of James Marion Sims

Stephen Kenny blogs about how statues of a medical racist who experimented on enslaved people should be removed.

Fine china cups and shipping tycoons - decorative art explored at the Victoria Gallery and Museum

Posted on: 19 June 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Galleries showing ceramics and decorative arts

When you drink tea or coffee from your fine china cup and, perhaps, still secretly smoke tobacco, do you ever wonder where such objects and drugs came from?