Histories of the Self

Penny Summerfield (Emerita Professor of History at University of Manchester) recently published a new book, Histories of the Self: personal narratives and historical practice (Routledge, 2018). As she explains, the book was inspired by teaching courses on personal testimony and historical research at Manchester. One of my favourite courses, when I taught at Manchester, was…

Onions, embroidery and other historical lessons could help you sleep

John Collier / Wikimedia Commons Sasha Handley, University of Manchester Most developed societies in the West are currently plagued by endemic sleep loss, falling well short of the eight hours recommended by the World Health Organisation. In particular, many children and young people are currently suffering from sleeping problems. A recent BBC documentary went so…

Team Uganda 2017: Emma Ratheram returns to share her volunteer experience

Emma Ratheram is in her second year in the History Honours program at the University of Manchester. This summer, I and fifteen other students from across the University of Manchester were given the opportunity to work on a four week community based research project alongside S.A.L.V.E International (Support and Love via Education), a local charity…

The Reformation: An exhibition at The John Rylands Library

A monk who shattered the strength of the Catholic Church, a monarch who wanted to take more than one wife, a society that put sin up for sale – and the power of the printed word to challenge it all. The John Ryland’s latest exhibition reveals a series of events that changed the course of…