"history" blog posts

Exploring perceptions of Liverpool’s International Slavery Museum

Posted on: 15 December 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Newspaper article about the International Slavery Museum

Third year history student, Tiria Barnes, explores perceptions of Liverpool’s International Slavery Museum using articles from Gale Primary Sources.


An experience to remember - PhD research at University of Georgia

Posted on: 8 December 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Early in 2017, I was awarded a University of Georgia (UGA) Franklin College – University of Liverpool Short-Term International Research Fellowship. So a few months later, I found myself in Athens, Georgia, enjoying a week of beautiful fall weather and the generous hospitality of the southern United States.


Let's meet...a history masters graduate

Posted on: 7 December 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Emma Copestake

Find out what it's like to study a history masters with us at Liverpool, from prize-winning graduate Emma Copestake.


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.


Victorian vagrants - researching female criminals from the Victorian era

Posted on: 5 October 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

One of the most fascinating aspects of my research is going beyond the stats and the figures and constructing biographies of the women I’m researching. In order to do this I’ve been utilising material held in local archives, such as newspapers held on microfilm, but I’ve also been making extensive use of digital sources.


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.


The 'Sniffing the Past' app - take a dog's eye view of the city in London, Paris and New York

Posted on: 1 August 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Archive image of a police officer and police dog

What part do dogs play in urban history? Can their stories give us a fresh perspective on some of our most iconic cities? Chris Pearson has been researching dogs, humans and history in London, New York and Paris - and his new app is bringing these 'hidden histories' to life.


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.


BAFTA-nominated film-maker Tina Gharavi gives us an insight into her film ‘People Like Us’

Posted on: 27 February 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

People Like Us

How do you cope with being convicted of a crime you know you did not commit? What happens when you are condemned to death row and spend over 18 or 30 (sometimes many more) years of your life locked away; often not knowing how long you will be alive? How do people survive when placed in such extraordinary situations?


A student's view: Harry Roberts on using our new history e-textbook

Posted on: 22 February 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Student holding a piece of work

Still lugging heavy history books around? Student, Harry Roberts, gives us the lowdown on how he's been using the new history e-textbook, 'Using Primary Sources' and how it's changed the way he researches the subjects he's passionate about.


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.


'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:


Urban street photography - piecing together the past

Posted on: 29 September 2016 | Category: 2016 posts

Black and white photo of a crowd standing next to bomb damaged houses.

Liverpool is bursting with museums and for History PhD student Dan Warner, the Museum of Liverpool's current photography exhibition has been a key piece of inspiration for his research:


A handy guide to our 2016 Open Days

Posted on: 16 September 2016 | Category: 2016 posts

University of Liverpool -  Your open day journey

An open day is a great opportunity to meet with your future lecturers and current students, who can give you a unique insight into your course, the University and Liverpool itself. So here's our handy guide to some of the highlights of our open days - join us on on Saturday 24 September and Saturday 8 October.