What is the role of space and place in the commemoration of Peterloo? Katrina Navickas explores the massacre’s legacy in the streets of Manchester.
Histories of the Present
How do our family stories shape our sense of what constitutes “history”? The historian Julia Laite explores.
These are strange times in the politics of the police. In a companion piece to his History Workshop Journal article, Jonah Miller explores the historical background to debates over stop and search.
In 2013 the whistle-blower Edward Snowden revealed to the world that the US National Security Agency had engaged in massive-scale ‘dataveillance’. The history of surveillance offers vital lessons for the current moment.
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.
Tyler West explores the history of white supremacy in New Zealand in the wake of the Christchurch attack.
Radhika Natarajan argues that the work of decolonisation is to ‘address the relationship between the forms of knowledge we value in the classroom and the inequities and violence that exist on our campuses and in the world.’
Birmingham’s once-vibrant suburb of Selly Oak provides a clear cut case study from very close to home of contemporary capitalism shattering a community in pursuit of profit.
How can different types of historian work together? Laura King argues that collaboration with family historians has the potential to galvanise academic research.
What role did football play in Francoist prisons? Jessica Thorne on the importance of culture and sport as a vehicle for politicisation.