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…

The Mangrove Nine

In the month of October we will be marking Black History Month by sharing a series of short posts written by four recent graduates of the History Department at the University of Manchester. These students were part of Dr Kerry Pimblott’s third-year seminar on the Black Freedom Movement and were tasked with putting their new…

Reflecting on Racial Inequalities in the Discipline of History

By Kerry Pimblott In October 2018 the Royal Historical Society (RHS) released a landmark report on Race, Ethnicity and Equality in UK History. Building on the foundational work of student-led educational justice movements such as the National Union of Students’ Black Students’ Campaign, ‘Rhodes Must Fall’, and the UCL-founded ‘Why is My Curriculum White?’ campaign…

UoM Modern British Historians Respond to the RHS Race Report

University of Manchester Modern British Historians Response to the Royal Historical Society report on Race, Ethnicity and Equality in UK History  Context: The History Department at the University of Manchester has welcomed the findings of a recent Royal Historical Society Report highlighting the severe underrepresentation of BME students and staff in UK University History departments, including its…

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…

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…

The Year in Student Activities

The History department does a lot more than just teach and research history. We’re home to a community of students and staff who have a wide range of interests and talents. As student activities officer, it’s my role to support students in some of the extracurricular initiatives that the department funds. These range from skills-…

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.