War and Anti-War: Theatrical Responses to the First World War

by Phoebe Geary Unequivocally, World War One’s literary legacy has moulded the modern western canon more so than any other historical conflict. After all, it was the war that inspired the jolting poetry of Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, and it was the war that produced an array of modern classics, most notably All Quiet … Continue reading “War and Anti-War: Theatrical Responses to the First World War”

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly… Oh, and the research scheme too!

by Bethany Harwood Initially, going into my research scheme, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Hours upon hours of sitting in front of my laptop under constant supervision from the head of my department struck me as extremely daunting; especially if I was struggling to come up with conclusions, or relate my findings to … Continue reading “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly… Oh, and the research scheme too!”

Counterfactual Skepticism

by Tyler Collins This summer, I’ve had the privilege of working with Dr. Nikk Effingham as part of UoB’s 2019 undergraduate research scholarship. This blog post sadly marks the end of that project and leaves me with an unusual question: How best to convey what was essentially five weeks of close reading? Unfortunately, philosophy seldom … Continue reading “Counterfactual Skepticism”

Decolonising British Heritage

by Ryan Masters On my first day of the scholarship I met up with Dr Sadiah Qureshi and Dr Kate Smith, along with Corinne Fowler, developer of the colonial countryside project (a project to demonstrate the links many country houses have to colonial affairs, something which has often been ignored, and a major part of … Continue reading “Decolonising British Heritage”

Banks, Government, Industry – Digitising the Westminster and City Conferences Tapes

by Rowan Jeffery-Wall Privatisation, de-regulation, commercialisation – the watchwords of the Thatcher and Major governments of the 1980s and 1990s. But, how were these broad-sweeping economic and social changes actually enacted and negotiated with those in business and industry? Enter the Westminster and City Conferences, chaired by Douglas French – whose large collection of cassette … Continue reading “Banks, Government, Industry – Digitising the Westminster and City Conferences Tapes”

Family Chapels in Post-Reformation England

by Oscar Bond This project has taken me from the Northern counties of Lancashire and Shropshire, to Somerset and Devon of the West Country and of course, the beautiful East Anglian; Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex. Yet, despite this area covered, I have not had to leave the library and been able to ascertain an in-depth … Continue reading “Family Chapels in Post-Reformation England”

Public Procurement: Expecting the Unexpected

by Meagan Parent As an international Law with Business Studies student, I was happy to be selected for Dr Luke Butler’s project: ‘The United States and International Trade Liberalisation: Reciprocal Defence Procurement Agreements’ (try saying that three times fast!). This seemed an excellent way to combine my study areas, which I sometimes struggle to link … Continue reading “Public Procurement: Expecting the Unexpected”

Ladies of London: Social life in the 1780s and 90s

by Lucy Cutter The Ladies of London project focussed on Angelica Schuyler, an American socialite who resided in London between 1784 and 1797. During this time Angelica was a member of British high society, her circle including, but not limited to, politician Charles James Fox, artist Maria Cosway and the Prince of Wales. Over the … Continue reading “Ladies of London: Social life in the 1780s and 90s”

Minority Rights, International Law and Economic Development

by Josephine Gillingwater, LLB International Law and Globalisation During the summer following the second year of my undergraduate law degree, I worked as a research assistant for Dr. Mohammad (Shahab) Shahabuddin – an academic specialising in international law and human rights at Birmingham Law School. His project is titled ‘Minorities and the Post-Colonial ‘Development’ State: … Continue reading “Minority Rights, International Law and Economic Development”

William and Dorothy Wordsworth’s Correspondence

by Joseph Graham Upon receiving the invitation to interview for this project, one which as a lover of all thing’s Romantic poetry related, I was thrilled to potentially undertake, I took a trip to Coleorton hall the residence of George and Lady Beaumont around whom the project centred. Being from Leicestershire, the hall was only … Continue reading “William and Dorothy Wordsworth’s Correspondence”