"student" blog posts

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.


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.


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.


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: