Did medieval states engage in any sort of surveillance of populations based on the collection of their personal data? Trevor Dean and Patricia Skinner ask what we can learn from lists and facial descriptions of police in Italian cities.
How can we creatively utilize historical research to bring the past to life? Josh Allen discusses the importance of using archival sources, oral histories and material culture in a creative fashion to bring myth, metaphor and anecdote back…
What can a gallery comments book tell us about the role radical photography can play in social change? Ruby Rees-Sheridan discusses the Half Moon Photography Workshop Comments Book as a radical object.
What meanings can be attached to divisive symbols, and with what consequences? Isabel Gilbert explores the history of the Confederate flag and its reception, from the Civil War to the Dukes of Hazzard and, eventually, the Capitol Riots.
Walter Sickert's portrait of Charles Bradlaugh, atheist, republican, and birth control pioneer, weaves together disparate threads of late nineteenth century British radical history. Robert Forder explores.
Is Maggi Hambling's 'A Sculpture for Mary Wollstonecraft' attuned to the intellectual accomplishments of the woman it was created for, or to the particular struggles of women in the present? Vic Clarke investigates.
How might historians and artists work together to explore the meanings of loss and grief? Laura King reflects on her work on the exhibition "Journey with Absent Friends", chronicled in issue 89 of History Workshop Journal.
Why do we play? What does it mean to "play well"? And how have visions of play been harnessed to radical politics? Katie Joice examines how those questions shape the new exhibition at London's Wellcome Collection.
After the Conservative Party leadership election, and on the eve of the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election, David Hitchcock argues that the Prime Minister Boris Johnson's persona is animated by a picaresque politics that is closely allied…
What is a 'photography of the East'? Taking the case of the 'paradise island' of Ceylon, Vindhya Buthpitiya explores how the island's photographic past survives in fragments, glimpses, memories and fading archives.
Britain’s Brexit shambles owes much to historical mythologies about Britain’s role in the Second World War, shaped by imperial legacies. Robert Knight explores Joe Wright’s much praised film Darkest Hour as a prominent recent…
What does a family of wealthy philanthropists have to do with a gang of drug traffickers? The intertwined relationship between prominent businesses and criminal traffickers is probably as old as trade itself.
How did an American comic book publisher become a crusader in the fight against HIV/AIDS? Frances Reed unearths the forgotten story of Eclipse Enterprises and its collectable AIDS trading cards, currently on display at the Royal College of…
In the last instalment in our History Workshop World Cup series, John Hughson explores England's World Cup in the context of the "Swinging Sixties", and the untold stories of the women around the England team.