Sean Deans (BA Ancient and Medieval History) shares his experiences of working with the ‘At the Crossroad of Empires’ project team to research an early medieval church in Italy, which encompassed everything from archaeological surveying and interviewing local residents to meeting the Mayor and attending a saxophone concert!
Katriona Lawrenson (BA History) blogs about her experiences of cataloguing the collection of John Grenville, a former professor at the University of Birmingham whose extensive archive of microfilms is an important source for US foreign policy at the turn of the 20th century.
As a special advisor to the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Geoffrey Howe, Douglas French was able to gather an extensive (and hitherto unseen) private archive of material relating to the conduct of economic policy in the 1980’s and in particular to the ‘Big Bang’ in financial services of 1986. Here, John Tibbits (BA History and Political Science) explains how he was given the daunting task of digitising this archive.
In summer 2017, Ellen Smith was given the task of helping to organise the records of early English wall paintings and so to preserve the memory of these important sources for future generations.
Christopher Olive shares his experiences of exploring the hidden histories of the workers of the engine business.
‘The people of Birmingham are surrounded by a richer past than we know’, writes Henry Jones, who worked on a project researching and celebrating the heritage of George Dawson and his Shakespeare Memorial Library in Birmingham.
Here Bryony Parsons presents some of the findings of her research into the history of social and political activism in Selly Oak in the 1960s, part of a project led by Dr Chris Moores, the Director of Modern British Studies.
Laura-Anne Goulding from the Birmingham Law School shares her experiences of undertaking research for the Women’s Legal Landmarks project, which marks landmarks from 950 AD right up to the present day.
Niamh Coffey (BA History) shares her experiences of working on the project ‘The Mutual Admiration Society’ and the impact it’s had on shaping her future career choices.