How does writing a community-engaged history of the Rastafari in Britain challenge the white-dominated production of history and demand new methodologies? Aleema Gray explores her dual position, as an ‘outsider from within’: a Black historian researching Black community histories.
The Young Historians Project (YHP) is a youth-driven initiative, centring young Black people in the production of Black history in Britain. Find out about their latest project, documenting the experiences of African women in the British Health System (1930-2000).
Meleisa Ono-George introduces her new feature for HWO on community-engaged histories of Black Britain – “Power in the Telling” – which explores how history is not just about what is known, but also about the process and politics of its production.
Thirty years ago, rave swept Britain, bringing a visceral sense of change. From film to dance, Peder Clark explores recent attempts to grapple with its legacies.
The Irish Civil War of 1922-3 was fought by Irish nationalists over whether or not to accept the Anglo-Irish Treaty. The treaty had been signed in December 1921, following the War of Independence (1919-1921). During this period in Irish society, numbers of women engaging in organised activity outside of the home were small, but not insignificant. There were women actively engaged in the conflict, and there has been much discussion of their participation in politics and armed struggle. But there were also women active in public life whose activities were not political nor directly connected to the conflict, but that were still very much influenced by it. Many of these women were involved with religious societies that were ostensibly apolitical.
For the first fifty years of Irish independence, domestic violence was shrouded in secrecy and denial. Cara Diver explores how feminist reformers shattered the illusion that the home was always a site of safety for women and their children.
A glimpse into post-war Glasgow life, via the Ruhr, from the unpublished memoirs of Martin Chalmers
Tensions about the rights of native and foreign-born workers in Britain, and attempts to deal with them, are not new but have been the subject of public debate for centuries. Even during the later Middle Ages, the influx of alien workers and its implications for the employment of English-born people was high on the agenda, provoking political crises and prompting the central government to issue new legislation.
Jessica Hinchy writes on how colonial officials sought to eliminate and ‘fix’ the gender identity of ‘Hijras’, who are often termed ‘transgender’, and the contemporary resonance of this process.
What did Peterloo mean in an international context? Shirin Hirsch investigates the connections between Peterloo and a global struggle for freedom.