Reflections on the Seminar Series: Introduction

Welcome to the IHR History Lab: Reflections on the Seminar Series blog. This series of blogs offers presenters at our seminars a chance to discuss their research and to reflect on the experience of presenting. In this introduction, our seminar convenors Rachel Smith (Bath Spa University) and Ellen Smith (University of Leicester) present the autumn … Continue reading Reflections on the Seminar Series: Introduction

‘If we are going to sin, we must sin quietly’: The legacies of the Mau Mau rebellion

Lauren Brown is a history graduate of the University of Dundee (MA, Hons) (MLitt) and  currently applying to study a PhD at the university. She specialises in African history focussing on the Mau Mau Rebellion in Kenya (1952-64). On July 24th, I spoke at the IHR History Lab seminar and was given the opportunity to discuss … Continue reading ‘If we are going to sin, we must sin quietly’: The legacies of the Mau Mau rebellion

“All fearing he would kill them with his eye”: Not Seeing, Seeing, and Being Seen During Seventeenth-Century Plague Outbreaks

Claire Turner is a second-year PhD student at the University of Leeds researching sensory experiences and perceptions of plague in seventeenth-century England. Her thesis is provisionally titled ‘Sensing the Plague in Seventeenth-Century England’. The paper she presented to History Lab forms the first of five chapters in her thesis, exploring each of the senses during … Continue reading “All fearing he would kill them with his eye”: Not Seeing, Seeing, and Being Seen During Seventeenth-Century Plague Outbreaks

HistoryLab Roundtable: An open conversation about PhD life and Covid-19 with ‘Pandemic Perspectives’

HistoryLab’s end of season roundtable offered a fantastic opportunity to connect with a national network of history postgraduates and provided, once again, its unique atmosphere of informal debate and scholarly rigour. The Pandemic Perspectives group were delighted to be invited, thoroughly enjoyed the occasion, gained three new members, and had several people sign up for … Continue reading HistoryLab Roundtable: An open conversation about PhD life and Covid-19 with ‘Pandemic Perspectives’

Concentration Camp Documents and Hungarian Jewish Lives: Prisoner Registration Cards from the Arolsen Archives

Barnabas Balint is a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford and a Regional Ambassador for the Holocaust Education Trust. His multi-lingual research combines the history of childhood, gender and identity to explore Jewish youth responses to persecution during the Second World War. Recently, he has focused on the experiences of Jewish youth during the … Continue reading Concentration Camp Documents and Hungarian Jewish Lives: Prisoner Registration Cards from the Arolsen Archives

Hus Style: Illustrating Danish Democracy in People’s House Publications, 1973-1990

Courtney Schum is a second-year PhD student in History of Art at the University of Bristol. Her research interests include 20th-century European design and architecture, theories of place and urbanism, and the material culture of welfare systems. Using architecture, public art, graphic design, sculpture, printed material, and film, her thesis, "A Meeting Place for All": The Folkets Hus … Continue reading Hus Style: Illustrating Danish Democracy in People’s House Publications, 1973-1990

Urban Planning: Art, Science or Statecraft? The Transformation of Imperial Strasbourg, 1871-1900

Philipp Heckmann-Umhau is a third-year PhD student at the University of Cambridge. His thesis compares urban planning in Strasbourg and Sarajevo, 1848-1918, two of the most tumultuous cities in the two central European empires. It explores how planning, itself still a nascent discipline, legal and administrative practice, unfolded in turbulent context and at the margins … Continue reading Urban Planning: Art, Science or Statecraft? The Transformation of Imperial Strasbourg, 1871-1900

The Photographic Representation of Black Women at Caribbean Carnivals in Britain in the 1970s and 1980s

Jessica White is a third-year PhD student at the University of Manchester.  Her thesis, titled ‘Race, motherhood, and multiculturism: the making of female identities in the British inner-city, 1970-2000’, looks at the history of female identity in Britain’s inner cities from the 1970s, exploring the history of motherhood, feminism, race and multiculturalism. Here, she reflects on … Continue reading The Photographic Representation of Black Women at Caribbean Carnivals in Britain in the 1970s and 1980s

Women of London’s Court of Orphans and the Orphan Act, 1682-1694

Jess Ayres is a third-year PhD student at the University of York. Her thesis considers the variety of economic and legal roles that women had in the City of London’s Court of Orphans between 1660 and 1720. Jess presented a paper at the History Lab on 28th January and focused on the role of widows … Continue reading Women of London’s Court of Orphans and the Orphan Act, 1682-1694

The Politics, Organisation and Representation of Squatting 1968-79: An Investigation into the causes of the Squatting Movement’s Failure

David Christie is a PhD student at the University of Birmingham, funded by the Midlands4Cities DTP. His PhD thesis explores the Labour Governments' responses to street homelessness between 1997 and 2010. For his History Lab paper with he gave on 21st January 2021, he presented research from his MA. In this blog, he offers an … Continue reading The Politics, Organisation and Representation of Squatting 1968-79: An Investigation into the causes of the Squatting Movement’s Failure

Children’s Drawings as Historical Evidence: Pictures from the Spanish Civil War.

Jack D. Hodgson is a 3rd year PhD student at Northumbria University. His dissertation considers the rights and experiences of Mexican American children in Depression era California, though he works more widely on childhood in the West in the early 20th century. He has written for the Washington Post and Business Insider, and he presented this paper on … Continue reading Children’s Drawings as Historical Evidence: Pictures from the Spanish Civil War.