One Historian’s Existential Crisis

A month ago, I began my MA History course at the University of Southampton. Moving on from the University of Birmingham was not an easy decision for me. Birmingham had taught me so much throughout the last 3 years, and I had been utterly inspired by students and teachers during my time there. However, after a … Continue reading One Historian’s Existential Crisis

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

Studying History at the University of Birmingham

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

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

The Psychology of writing a Dissertation.

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.

Celebrating Angry Women (Happy International Women’s Day)

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)

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 interesting. 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 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