IWD 2021: Looking inwards and onwards

Happy International Women's day everyone!!! Every year I try to write a blogpost to commemorate my favourite day, and 2021 is no different. There are big changes coming for me at the end of this month, some set in stone, and some still undecided, but they have got me thinking about what I want my … Continue reading IWD 2021: Looking inwards and onwards

My Top 5 Female Driven History Dramas

I am unsurprisingly a massive fan of Historical dramas, whether it is based on fictional characters and events (such as the highly anticipated new Netflix show being released on Christmas Day - Bridgeton) or on real life people from history (think the Tudors or Reign). I am also (unsurprisingly again) a massive feminist, and I … Continue reading My Top 5 Female Driven History Dramas

The First Feminists (Early Modern Empowerment)

Sometimes when I'm browsing in Waterstones, Foyles, or other similar shops, I come across books entitled 'Famous Feminists of History', or 'A Complete Guide to Feminism's History' or even '10 Women in History'. I am unfortunately always disappointed to learn that these books only ever go back as far as the 19th and 20th centuries. … Continue reading The First Feminists (Early Modern Empowerment)

The Tradition of Misunderstanding Cats: Animal Histories Dissected

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

My Favourite Tudor Fiction: C.J. Sansom’s Tombland Review

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

Reflecting on LGBTQ History Month

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┬áinteresting. When I told my mum about it, I remember she asked me 'But how is … Continue reading Reflecting on LGBTQ History Month

The renewed responsibilities of Public Histories.

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.

The Unequivocal Importance of Animal Histories: Whales

In my Second Year studying History at Birmingham, I was┬áintroduced 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