I am without a shadow of a doubt, a Cat person. They are by far my favourite animal, and though I love dogs, I feel cats are especially underrated in the pets department. Over the years I've encountered many people with an avid dislike for Cats, they're too aggressive, too aloof, too high maintenance, the … Continue reading The Tradition of Misunderstanding Cats: Animal Histories Dissected
Yesterday (the 17th July), I graduated from the University of Birmingham with a First Class undergraduate degree in History. The last 3 years have been the best of my life, and I am truly going to miss living and learning in Birmingham. I wanted to dedicate an entire post to my own experience of studying … Continue reading Studying History at the University of Birmingham
As you can imagine, I have read my fair share of Tudor fiction over the years. For me the perfect Tudor fiction has enough intrigue, excitement and storytelling to engage the reader; but at the same time is factual, informative and historically correct (for the most part) to educate the reader. The author who I … Continue reading My Favourite Tudor Fiction: C.J. Sansom’s Tombland Review
A few weeks ago I submitted my undergraduate dissertation. My friend Amelia and I planned the day meticulously so that we could experience the sheer joy and freedom together. Despite some minor errors with the printer (that resulted in us having around 7 unwanted copies of Amelia's dissertation) we had the sweetest day and a … Continue reading The Psychology of writing a Dissertation.
Today is International Women's Day and I am simultaneously full of love and full of this immense anger. I have so much adoration and respect for all the women I know and admire, and yet I am constantly furious at all the ways women continue to be mistreated and discriminated against. This is not just a … Continue reading Celebrating Angry Women (Happy International Women’s Day)
Last term I took a module entitled 'Gross Indecency to Gay Marriage? Gender and Sexual Minorities 1885 to the Present'. The module focused on the experience and persecution of the LGBTQ community and it was eye-opening, frustrating and really really interesting. When I told my mum about it, I remember she asked me 'But how is … Continue reading Reflecting on LGBTQ History Month
For the longest time, I held the belief that Public histories were not just a commendable, but a vital part of the promotion of history in the 21st century. It is undeniable that books, films and television shows are brilliant forums to engage the wider public in periods and events from the past. However, recently … Continue reading The renewed responsibilities of Public Histories.
In my Second Year studying History at Birmingham, I was introduced to Animal Histories for the first time. As an enthusiastic supporter of animal welfare this was quite literally the perfect topic for me, and I took to it immediately. The study and research of animals within the narrative of the past should, in my opinion, … Continue reading The Unequivocal Importance of Animal Histories: Whales
When you are in school, you view History as a set of facts about the past, that have been researched by Historians and compiled into a set narrative that creates a story. The University of Birmingham has taught me that this definition of history is not only basic, but essentially obsolete. Instead, History is complicated, … Continue reading Embracing the Bias (behind the name).
From the age of about seven, I knew with absolute certainty that I loved history. I was never overly excited or passionate in the classroom itself, but I was completely enthralled with learning about people in the past, their lives and deaths. My first (and lifelong) fascination was with Elizabeth I. To this day, I … Continue reading My favourite version of Elizabeth I.