"liverpool" blog posts

World Cup stories: Football and national identity in postwar Germany

Posted on: 12 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

German team world cup 1974

When you grow up in the North East of England, you can’t really escape the notion that to millions, maybe billions of people around the world, football is a lot more than a game.


Five things to do in Merseyside for anyone interested in History this summer

Posted on: 8 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Western Approaches Naval Teleprinter Station

With summer now upon us, you might be looking for things to do in Merseyside before the start of the new term (trust us, this will come around very quickly!). While teaching may be over until September, there’s still plenty of things to do and see in the area that relate to History: from a World War Two bunker to Liverpool’s Old Dock.


Extreme Weather - how human stories can help us engage with climate change

Posted on: 15 May 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Flooded river

Climate change is a global phenomenon but it can often feel abstract and detached from our everyday lives. Engagement with the public about climate change can be more effective if human experiences of extreme weather are used, in the form of memories and personal stories.


How studying History at Liverpool led to an internship with UNESCO in Paris

Posted on: 20 April 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Francesca - UNESCO

Francesca Lee describes how studying History at the University of Liverpool provided a springboard for a new life in Paris, where she's studying for a Masters degree in International Relations and working as an intern with UNESCO.


Talia immerses herself in Chinese history and culture during her Study Abroad adventure

Posted on: 16 April 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Talia at The Bund

Since getting back from China in June 2017, I have become ‘that girl’ who’s always referring back to her year abroad. The reason I do is because I had such an amazing time, and I highly encourage anyone thinking of studying abroad to do so!


From the White House to Niagra Falls — Emily McIndoe embraces her Study Abroad opportunity

Posted on: 20 March 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

UMD group photo

I spent a semester at the University of Maryland, USA in 2015 and it was the best decision I made at university. When I received my study abroad offer, and even after a quick Google search, I couldn’t point to Maryland on a map and had no idea about what I should expect when I arrived. The University of Maryland (UMD), is actually only a short metro ride from Washington DC and not that far from Baltimore either.


Careers - “What are you going to do with a degree in history?”

Posted on: 19 March 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Archivists looking at records

We found out how history graduate Lindsey Sutton turned her degrees in history and archive management into a career.


"Empowered working-class housewives" - Big Flame, Women and the Kirkby Rent Strike 1972-73

Posted on: 6 March 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

'Women's struggle on Tower Hill' leaflet

Inspired by the #PressForProgress theme for International Women's Day 2018, we hear from PhD student Kerrie McGiveron, who has been researching the fascinating story of the women of Big Flame, who were involved in the Kirkby rent strike in Liverpool, during the 1970s.


"It made me realise that history really was just outside my doorstep" — Lois shares her study abroad experience in Prague

Posted on: 27 February 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Prague - Lois Roberts blog piece

My name is Lois and I’m currently a third-year history student. Writing about my experience at Charles University, Prague, in only one article is going to be difficult as I have so many amazing memories from my Erasmus experience; but I’ll try and squeeze everything in! Before I start though, to anyone who has any doubts or worries about having difficulties making friends abroad, homesickness or just not fitting in, I hope this blog convinces you that you have absolutely nothing to worry about.


Liverpool: Celebrating 10 years as the Capital of Culture

Posted on: 14 February 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Liverpool Docks

This year, Liverpool will come together once more to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of being named the European Capital of Culture. Here, we will explore some of the highlights 2018 will bring as a celebration, and check out some other big names that turn 10, too!


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.


Taking a year abroad - are you adventurous enough to come and live in China?

Posted on: 19 January 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

A group of young people on a boat in Shanghai

Hello! Or should I say 你好 (ni hao)? I’m currently sitting in my flat in Suzhou revising for my exams. Yes, Study Abroad does actually involve studying, but don’t worry, there’s so much more!


Our top tips to beat the Blue Monday blues this January

Posted on: 15 January 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Portait photo of a young man

January blues can be tough. But what should you do when Blue Monday comes around when you're trying to prepare for your exams?


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.


Nuclear stories: understanding nuclear anxiety through storytelling

Posted on: 23 August 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

'But if it DID happen' headline from newspaper

When I first undertook my History PhD research on nuclear anxiety in Britain, I was instantly surprised by how much people wanted to tell me their 'nuclear stories'. It appeared to me that the legacies of Cold War nuclear anxieties ran much deeper than I had originally believed.


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.


Pursuing a career in academia - history alumna Wendy Asquith tells her success story

Posted on: 31 July 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Wendy Asquith

As a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham, I am currently working on a new project \"The Spectacle of Universal Human Rights: A Century of Intergovernmental Display at World's Fairs\".


Transforming Ideas about Gender at Sudley House

Posted on: 23 June 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Gender blog post

Issues of gender identity have increasingly entered mainstream conversation, and the new 'Transformation' exhibition at Sudley House aims to tackle these issues.


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?


Genoa’s Freedom: Entrepreneurship, Republicanism, and the Spanish Atlantic

Posted on: 14 June 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Map of Genoa from 16th century

My new book 'Genoa’s Freedom: Entrepreneurship, Republicanism, and the Spanish Atlantic' is the result of many years of work. It all started one day at the Newberry Library, in Chicago, where I found a sixteenth-century account book of taxes paid in Peru to the Spanish monarchy.


Libraries and life in Washington DC - building the foundations of my PhD thesis

Posted on: 5 April 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

I was lucky enough to move to Washington D.C. from September 2016 until February this year, to undertake a British Research Council Fellowship at the John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress.


Using our archives - hidden stories from LGBT history

Posted on: 29 March 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Headshot of April Ashley

Masters student and archivist, Emma Cummings, reflects on how archives and collections can act as an important part of highlighting hidden stories from LGBT history.


'Be bold for change' and the origins of International Women’s Day

Posted on: 6 March 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

International Women's Day poster from 1925

Historian, Dr Myriam Wilks-Heeg, looks back at the origins of International Women's Day and reflects on this year's theme.


Jackie Kennedy - America’s most recognisable First Lady

Posted on: 19 January 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy arrive in Dallas.

This week sees the release of ‘Jackie’, a film about First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the days following the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, in 1963.


Beat stress and visit these top places to chill out in Liverpool

Posted on: 16 January 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Man in a gallery

January blues can be tough. But what should you do when Blue Monday comes around when you're trying to prepare for your exams?


Bubbly and celebrations at our winter graduation 2016

Posted on: 13 December 2016 | Category: 2016 posts

Students drinking bubbly at a reception event.

Celebrating with our graduating students is always special and last week was no exception when we held our winter graduation reception.


'Fashion and Freedom' - women and the First World War

Posted on: 24 November 2016 | Category: 2016 posts

Brightly coloured contemporary fashion designs

Corsets. Flares. Mini-skirts. They all tell us something about what was happening in society at the time that they first became popular. Looking back at fashion can give us a fresh perspective on key moments in history and on social change.


'Asylum Squad' - exploring religion and mental illness

Posted on: 15 November 2016 | Category: 2016 posts

Asylum Squad - exploring religion and mental illness

The Victoria Gallery and Museum's 'Phantom Limb' exhibition focuses on medicine, memory and the treatment process. It features around 20 works by nine artists, most of whom work from their own personal experiences of operations and illnesses.


Researching the slave trade in Liverpool

Posted on: 21 October 2016 | Category: 2016 posts

Slavers and privateers cover

For Black History Month, we take a look at some of the stories behind the slave trade in Liverpool with PhD student Nicholas Fuqua: