Lightning Talks at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts (by Mymona Bibi)

Participating in the lightning talks project with the Barber Institute was one of my favourite experiences this year. The project offered a small group of CAHA students the opportunity to spend three weeks working closely with the Barber’s collection and the curators to research and develop a gallery talk. Having received an email about this … Continue reading “Lightning Talks at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts (by Mymona Bibi)”

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The CAHA Museum (by Bill Cook)

Bill Cook, BA Archaeology and Ancient History student, outlines his experiences of volunteering at the CAHA museum. This is a museum in the Arts Building at the University of Birmingham which holds a collection of approximately 2000 examples of Greek, Mycenean, Roman and Egyptian pottery, funerary, domestic and religious objects. In addition to the objects on display … Continue reading “The CAHA Museum (by Bill Cook)”

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The Christmas Pudding: A Symbol of the British Empire (by Kelly Harper)

Kelly Harper, BA History student and Student Experience Ambassador for the School of History and Cultures, maps out the Empire Christmas Pudding. The Christmas pudding, we all know, and love has had an interesting but controversial past starting off as a porridge and becoming a high-profile symbol of imperialism. On the 25th of December, we’ll all be … Continue reading “The Christmas Pudding: A Symbol of the British Empire (by Kelly Harper)”

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Birmingham’s African Quakers (by Katharine Forbes)

Katharine Forbes has written the following post describing the work she did as part of the School’s Professional Skills Module. This module is an option which gives our students the chance to do work placements and build employability while using their skills as historians too. Founded in 1903 by the Quaker sweets magnates George Cadbury … Continue reading “Birmingham’s African Quakers (by Katharine Forbes)”

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Honour in the Police Archives (by Jack Scates)

Jack Scates has written the following post describing the work he did as part of the School’s Professional Skills Module. This module is an option which gives our students the chance to do work placements and build employability while using their skills as historians too.  In September 1944, a few months after the Allied landings at … Continue reading “Honour in the Police Archives (by Jack Scates)”

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Black History Month 2018

To celebrate Black History Month 2018, our academics and Professional Services staff were invited to post an image of a BME woman important to their research or that they find inspirational on the outside of their door.  History Taught Programmes Office: Nichelle Nichols was one of the first black women featured in a major television series … Continue reading “Black History Month 2018”

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UoBeach Reads

To inspire our students (past, present, and future) over the summer, staff in the department share their ‘beach reads’ – books with an historical spin, available for less than £10. Enjoy!

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The Story of Stirrups

Cathryn Enis (Research Fellow at UoB) and colleagues Tom and Roz get ‘hands on’ with a pair of stirrups in the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s collection – did they really belong to Shakespeare? Are they fakes? And what can they tell us about what Shakespeare means to us today?

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Struck Identities: Money as Material Culture

PhD researcher Tom Rusbridge discusses the launch of the Royal Mint’s new ten-pence pieces and explored the issues with their ‘quintessential Britishness’.

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