Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter

Staff at the History Department, in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, stand shoulder to shoulder with the Black Lives Matter movement in the US, UK and across the world. The killing of George Floyd has seized global attention by highlighting the deep-rooted problem of state violence and systematic racism. As historians we are…

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…

History invites applications for two postdoctoral Presidential Fellows

We welcome applications for two new postdoctoral Presidential Fellows in History at the University of Manchester. Closing date 3 April 2018. Environmental History ( HUM-011350) http://www.brightest-minds.manchester.ac.uk History seeks to appoint a Presidential Fellow specialising in environmental history. Environmental history is a growing area of research that seeks to understand how people have understood, shaped and been…

Doing environmental history for peat’s sake

with Dr. John Morgan One of the best parts of being an environmental historian is getting my boots on and getting outside. My third-year course, ‘Fire Famine and Flood: An Environmental History of England, 1500-1800’ provided ample opportunity for this again this year, as we took a trip to visit the Lancashire Wildlife Trust at…

Manchester Movement Histories

Co-hosted by the History Division and the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre (AIU), Manchester Movement Histories is a special archival workshop designed to spotlight the lived experiences of people of African and Caribbean heritage in Manchester.

Remembering Lancashire’s ‘lost lake’ on world wetlands day

by John Morgan Today is world wetlands day. On 2 February 1971, 170 countries signed the Ramsar International Convention on Wetlands, dedicated to the ‘conservation and wise use of all wetlands’. The anniversary has become a global day of celebration and awareness raising, drawing attention to the vital role wetlands play in the health of…

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…