What can eighteenth-century ceramics tell us about empire? Elisabeth Grass examines how fine china tea cups and saucers became fashionable commodities that represent some of the many ways in which empire appeared, and was normalised, in British homes.
Listen to Yasmin Khan explore some of the most marginal and forgotten voices in British Second World War history, in her 2019 Raphael Samuel Memorial Lecture on “Women on the Frontline of Empire”.
A record of suffering: curator Janette Martin examines a report published shortly after the Peterloo Massacre which memorialises the injuries and identities of the victims.
How did haircutting and haircare shape narratives of slavery, oppression, and belonging in the early modern Mediterranean? Stefan Hanß explores the intimate politics of hair.
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.
In a new episode of the History Workshop Podcast, we explore the radical legacy of the Peterloo Massacre in 1819 by hearing from ballad experts and folk musicians.
Revolutionary harridans? Ruth Mather argues that historians need to take a closer look at the radical women of Peterloo.