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New museum display: Fighting for Empire



A display exploring the history and changing image of Britain's West India Regiments, from their creation at the end of the 18th century up to the First World War, is now open at the Museum of London Docklands. "Fighting for Empire: From Slavery to Military Service in the West India Regiments" has been curated by David Lambert, Professor of History at the University of Warwick. It will run until 9 September 2018. For details:


The display speaks directly to many of the themes in the permanent displays at Docklands, notably enslaved resistance, black agency, and visual representation. The theme is explored primarily through prints, ephemera and maps, as well as a large framed oil painting by Louis William Desanges entitled "The Capture of the Tubabakolong, Gambia 1866", which depicts Private Samuel Hodge of the 4th West India Regiment, who was the first African-Caribbean soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross. It has been created in partnership with the University of Warwick and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and draws on research undertaken as part of the 'Africa's Sons Under Arms' research project. For more on the wider research project:


Fri 10 November 2017, 08:34 | Tags: Impact and Public Engagement Research Announcement

Global History and Culture Centre Blog

The Global History and Culture Centre has started a new blog. Read the first post, "Jeremy Adelman, ‘What is Global History Now’ – Global History Reading Group", posted today, Wednesday 8th November 2017.


Wed 08 November 2017, 15:13 | Tags: Media Announcement

Illuminating India and Five Millennia of Indian Science

James Poskett reviews Illuminating India at the Science Museum

Read about the Science Museum’s new exhibition, Illuminating India, reviewed by Dr James Poskett (Assistant Professor in the History of Science and Technology).


‘Five millennia of Indian science’, Nature, 18 October 2017

Dr James Poskett celebrates the long history of science in India, from ancient astronomical almanacs to the discovery of the Boson.


Thu 19 October 2017, 12:53 | Tags: Media Publication

Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra

The Department of History’s Professor Christoph Mick, a specialist of modern Russian and Eastern European history, is to give a pre-concert talk at the forthcoming concert by the Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra on Saturday 14th October in All Saints Church, Leamington Spa. The orchestra is performing Shostakovich’s masterpiece, Symphony no. 7 in C, the Leningrad. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Leningrad Symphony’s first performance and the siege of Leningrad it commemorates. After its completion, the initial dedication of the work to Lenin was changed by Shostakovich in favour of the people of Leningrad and it remains one of his most well received compositions. It quickly became very popular in both the Soviet Union and the West as a symbol of resistance to Nazi totalitarianism and militarism. It is still regarded as the major musical testament to the estimated 25 million Soviet citizens who lost their lives in World War 2. Professor Mick’s talk will provide context for the symphony, which was actually composed during the siege, and will help in bringing it to life.


Fri 06 October 2017, 19:19 | Tags: Impact and Public Engagement

Disorder Contained

Over a century ago, Dickens said it was cruel, wrong and “tampered with the brain”. So why is solitary confinement still allowed?

Read the article by Kirstie Brewer in Prospect magazine, as informed by an interview with Professor Hilary Marland who co-leads a five-year research project into the history of prison health in England and Ireland and recently gave historical evidence to Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights inquiry into Mental Health and Deaths in Prison. The project forms the basis of a new play: Disorder Contained, a theatrical examination of madness, prison and solitary confinement. The play moves to London on 9-10 October.


Sat 30 September 2017, 09:15 | Tags: Media, Impact and Public Engagement, Research

Finn Halligan awarded BCMH Dissertation Prize



The British Commission for Maritime History (BCMH) awards a small number of prizes each year for undergraduate dissertations in the broad field of maritime history. The Commission’s aims are to encourage students to pursue maritime questions in their final year research, and to reward the best of that work. Subjects eligible for consideration reflect the Commission’s view of maritime history as a wide-ranging discipline. It includes topics such as shipping, seafaring, ports, seapower, maritime labour, coastal communities, trade, exploration, shipbuilding, navigation, and fishing, and embraces a wide range of political, economic, social, technological and cultural approaches.

Finn Halligan, undergraduate final-year History student in 2016/17, has been awarded one of the prizes for his dissertation "‘[N]othing can be more uninteresting’: The Social and Cultural Contexts of Navigational Instruments and their Development between c.1600 and c.1800", arising from his Special Subject module "Treasure Fleets of the Eastern Oceans: China, India and the West 1601-1833".


Mon 18 September 2017, 10:27 | Tags: Award, Undergraduate

See Dr Anna Hájková on Who Do You Think You Are? NOW 4TH OCTOBER!

Tune in to hear Dr Anna Hájková talking to Ruby Wax about her Holocaust family history on 27th September on Who Do You Think you Are?

Mon 04 September 2017, 14:56

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