Category: Museums

The Challenge of Building a National Museum

On Tuesday 25th June I attended the 24th Annual DW Bryant Lecture at the Eccles Centre for American Studies in the British Library. This year’s speaker was Lonnie G Bunch III, the director of the Smithsonian’s new National…

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Christian O’Connell receives International History Review Research Award

The history blog has been relatively quiet of late, somewhat reflective of the busy marking period that characterises May and June of the academic year. However, I’m happy to break the radio silence by reporting the welcome news…

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Volunteering at the Archives

This post comes from Becky Turner, a third year undergraduate student in History at the University of Gloucestershire. Since February 2018, I have been volunteering at the University of Gloucestershire’s Special Collections and Archives. Initially, I began as…

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The Naga Labour Corps

This post comes from Ed Barrett, PhD student in Illustration and History at the University of Gloucestershire. About the project The Naga Labour Corps [NLC] was a group of companies of men from the Naga Hills in North-East…

Postgraduate Profiles: Ed Barrett – History through Illustration

This post comes from Ed Barrett, currently a PhD student in both History and Illustration at the University of Gloucestershire. My research is an interdisciplinary practice-based project in which I’ll use drawing to analyse and interpret historical sources,…

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Thoughts on Visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau

The Auschwitz Museum has just reported that the top ten countries from which visitors to the Museum/Memorial came in 2018 are: Poland (405,000), Great Britain(281,000), USA (136,000), Italy (116,000), Spain (95,000), Germany (76.000), France (69,000), Israel (65,000), Czech…

The Battle of Tewkesbury: 360° interpretative resource heritage trail

2021 marks the 550th anniversary of the Battle of Tewkesbury. As this date approaches, we have been thinking about the cultural spaces made for commemorating episodes of past conflicts in a local history context. Do these events, separated…

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Uncomfortable Truths: Confronting the Reality of Our National Heroes

by Christian O’Connell The way nations remember, commemorate, and celebrate their national heroes and historical figures is a subject on which I have reflected a lot recently. Ever since the clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia over the statue of…