What does the controversy about York’s commemorative plaque to Anne Lister suggest about the historical recovery of queer women’s identities? Anna Clark explores.
Histories of the Present
On Sunday 9June 2019, the foreign secretary and Conservative leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt told Sky News’ Sophie Ridge that he maintains his personal support for lowering the abortion ban in Great Britain from 24- to 12-weeks and that he would vote for a private member’s bill to this effect if one were brought forth while he was leader. While he later clarified that he would not bring forward government legislation to change the country’s abortion law, his statements raised alarm bells with many pro-choice advocates.
On Sunday 5th May 2019, Glasgow’s annual May Day demonstration marked the final and largest centenary event commemorating the events of 1919. Commemoration of the Battle of George Square has interested diverse groups of researchers, activists and institutions. Its politics are negotiated between conflicting claims grounded in assertions of authenticity, familial connection and intellectual authority. Respect for tradition meets the desire to create a ‘usable past’ fit for the second decade of the 21st century. How do these conflicting ideologies wrestle to find meaning and relevance in the city’s radical past?
Alaya Swann explores connections between white supremacy and Dungeons and Dragons online communities, focusing on the perpetuation of the myth of a white medieval Europe.
The radical historian Alun Howkins was a founder editor of History Workshop, a singer and historian of folk music, and a chronicler of the land and its people. Becky Taylor explores his work and his legacy.
What are the historical roots of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party? David Feldman explores.
As part of HWO’s ‘Remembering Stonewall’ feature, writer and activist Nivea Castro recounts her own memories of the riot in New York City in 1969.
What are we memorialising when we commemorate the Stonewall riots? In the first of a series of articles marking Stonewall’s 50th anniversary, Christopher Gioia reflects on the development of the Stonewall legend.
As Black films begin to take more spotlight in Hollywood, Owen Walsh examines the historical – and ongoing – connection between Black cinema and radical politics.
How does Scotland remember the hundreds of Scottish volunteers who fought in the Spanish Civil War? The continued existence – even vibrancy – of the commemorative community surrounding Scottish involvement in the Spanish Civil War poses valuable questions for the historian, as Fraser Raeburn explores.