LGBTQIA+ History Month – Burying the truth: gender, the media, and accessing the past

As part of LGBTQIA+ history month, I wanted to spotlight a pre-modern historical find which demonstrates the complexities of gender identity and presentation throughout history. One claim that many transgender and gender non-conforming people are faced with is the assertion that their experiences are somehow a new phenomenon. The “we never had these ideas in … Continue reading “LGBTQIA+ History Month – Burying the truth: gender, the media, and accessing the past”

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LGBTQIA+ History Month – ‘Passing the love of woman’: Romantic Female Friendships in the Eighteenth Century

In contrast to male homosexuality, same-sex female attraction in England has not been historically tainted with criminalisation. Referred to as the ‘silent sin’ by church authorities, it was thought that if kept out of popular consciousness, women would be unable to even think of same-sex relationships, let alone take part in them. As a result, … Continue reading “LGBTQIA+ History Month – ‘Passing the love of woman’: Romantic Female Friendships in the Eighteenth Century”

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LGBTQIA+ History Month – Male Homosexuality in Ancient Rome

In honour of LGBTQIA+ history month, Ancient History alumni Ollie Burns takes a closer look at the social, political, and cultural implications of homosexuality in ancient Rome.  Trigger Warning: sexual violence, homophobia, paedophilia, nudity. The presentation and perception of homosexuality in the Roman world was vastly different than how it is today, and gives us … Continue reading “LGBTQIA+ History Month – Male Homosexuality in Ancient Rome”

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LGBTQIA+ History Month – ‘Innovate, don’t assimilate’: The Gay Liberation Front Manifesto, 50 years on

Trigger Warning: homophobia, transphobia, violence, mental health issues The advent of LGBTQIA+ history month entails a mixed bag of emotions for many; though an essential and uplifting opportunity to celebrate the achievements and contributions of queer people throughout history, it also prompts a sober reflection on the casualties of the struggle for liberation, and the … Continue reading “LGBTQIA+ History Month – ‘Innovate, don’t assimilate’: The Gay Liberation Front Manifesto, 50 years on”

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Approaching the Archive – 5 top tips!

5 tips to help you in the archives For many History students, trips to archives and accessing primary sources are part of the excitement of undertaking a History degree. Despite ongoing COVID-19 restrictions limiting in-person visits, there are many sources that are available digitally and may act as a way of fulfilling that gap. Thus, … Continue reading “Approaching the Archive – 5 top tips!”

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Holocaust Memorial Day

With it being Holocaust Memorial Day this week, I thought I should share my own personal experiences with the ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ Project from the Holocaust Educational Trust. This is an incredible organisation that has dedicated itself to educating young people about the Holocaust and the effects it has had on people through time, giving … Continue reading “Holocaust Memorial Day”

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The Professional Skills Module – why choose a placement? By Lesley Griffiths

Work experience is the great undergraduate Catch-22: How do you compete against hundreds of other students for that prized internship without the required skills and experience? And how do you get those elusive qualities without the right type of work experience to draw from? Of course, you are developing lots of transferrable skills through your … Continue reading “The Professional Skills Module – why choose a placement? By Lesley Griffiths”

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Looking after Ourselves

Hello Everyone, I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year! Last year was a bit of a roller coaster of a year to say the least and was immensely challenging for numerous reasons.  As we start the new year, and we are already facing so much uncertainty and a national lockdown, I wanted to post something about the importance of mental health and some tips for looking … Continue reading “Looking after Ourselves”

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Diss Diaries – Ollie Burns, Ancient History Graduate

  ‘How justified is Domitian’s historical reputation as a ‘bad’ Emperor?’ Fortunately for me, coming up with a topic for my dissertation was never something I particularly struggled with. From the age of 15 or 16, I knew I wanted to go to University and study Ancient History, and write my dissertation on one of … Continue reading “Diss Diaries – Ollie Burns, Ancient History Graduate”

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