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The Rugby World Cup and the Born Free Dancing Victory

By Dr Heike Schmidt On Saturday 2 November the ‘Springboks’, South Africa‚Äôs national rugby team, won the world cup in the final game against England. There has been a much-reported twitter storm in response to one of the Springbok players, … Continue reading

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Learning to Listen: Diversity and History

by Prof. David Stack One of the skills required of any good historian is the ability to listen. For those working on oral history projects that means quite literally hearing their subjects speak. For the rest of us it is … Continue reading

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Material Histories: History MA projects with the Museum of English Rural Life

As part of our MA in History, our postgraduate students work with the curators and collections of the Museum of English Rural Life to learn about the history of material culture, and the various ways in which historians can use … Continue reading

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Women’s Voices: From Slavery to the #MeToo Movement – Fairbrother Lecture 2019

The end of the American Civil War offered emancipated African American women the right to bring rape charges against white men for the first time, leading to an escalation in disclosures of sexual violence. In this lecture, History Ph.D. student … Continue reading

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Royal Death and Burial: Reading Abbey in Context

by Prof. Lindy Grant It takes a real effort of the imagination to see the past glory of Reading Abbey, founded in 1121 by King Henry I of England as his intended burial house, in the battered remains surviving today. … Continue reading

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