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…