Petitions are an ancient type of interaction between people and authority that continue to be central to British political culture in the twenty-first century. At the time of writing over 6 million names have been attached to an e-petition to Parliament to revoke article 50 to enable the UK to remain in the EU. Richard Huzzey and Henry Miller look at how the modern form of mass petitions emerged in the nineteenth century to compare them with contemporary e-petitions.
Revolutionary harridans? Ruth Mather argues that historians need to take a closer look at the radical women of Peterloo.
Yellow Vests are rioting in the streets of Paris and calling for President Macron to resign. They are doing it in the streets that Baron Haussmann built to stop urban unrest 190 years ago.
How can different types of historian work together? Laura King argues that collaboration with family historians has the potential to galvanise academic research.
‘Family history lends a different perspective’. Family historian Janet Coles on tracing her Huguenot refugee ancestry.
In the second article of our feature on the radical potential of family history, family historian Mark Crail reflects on the power of collaboration in the history of working-class movements.
Not just nostalgia: family historians are at the forefront of challenges to traditional histories that are ‘gendered, classed, raced and heteronormative’, argues public historian Tanya Evans.
The way medieval men write about women can be more sophisticated and less immediately offensive discourse than Trump’s pussy-talk, but their language may ultimately share a similarly dismissive attitude toward women as individuals with agency.
Just remembering queer Muslim pasts is not enough – we should acknowledge their inherent power imbalances
Gilbert & George’s Underneath The Arches seems to stray from the certainty of a specific location and structure, allowing the experience of homelessness to be transfigured into a performance that evokes queer masculinity, the uncanny workings of popular memory, and a home simultaneously embodied, dreamt, and just out of reach.