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…

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…

‘A world I wanted to understand better’: Hanna Matt, our LEAP Language prize winner 2017, tells us about her fantastic experience learning Russian during her History degree.

Hanna Matt, 2nd Year History Student, Winner of LEAP Student Prize 2016-17 The spark that set the flame alight was my first-year history in practice course with Dr. Kristy Ironside entitled ‘Stalinist Society’, which covered a wide range of topics about Soviet history – from Stalin’s constitution to family values and a study of one…

Feminism and the Politics of Prostitution in the 1970s and 1980s: Professor Judith Walkowitz discusses her latest research and forthcoming visit to Manchester!

Torso Installation, ‘Prostitution: What’s Going On?’ Exhibition at the Women’s Library, Whitechapel, 2006. Image courtesy of Professor Walkowitz. In 1972 I joined a small cohort of feminist historians who insisted that prostitution had a history.  At the time, prostitution remained low on the agenda of women’s liberation on both sides of the Atlantic.  Women liberationists…

Connecting Medieval Worlds: The exciting new seminar series!

Introducing the ‘Global Middle Ages’ When most people think about the Middle Ages, they will not be thinking of pottery in Ghana or Nubian embassies to Europe. Closer to home, they probably won’t know that the first archbishop of Canterbury was a Greek monk from modern-day Turkey, or the medieval legend that Britain was discovered…