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‘As you love your father so love her’: Remembering the marriage of Francis Sitwell and Harriet Augusta Manners, 26 September 2018

by Hilary Matthews, PhD student My thesis explores the idea of an ‘agricultural friendship’ among a group of men, from different backgrounds, who were interested in progressive farming at the turn of the nineteenth century. I am especially interested in … Continue reading

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A Life on the Ocean Wave: This Week in Maritime History

by Dr Richard Blakemore Early modern maritime history has been in the news a lot this week. On Monday, the BBC ran a story about the London, a seventeenth-century wreck in the Thames. On Tuesday, the Guardian revealed a new … Continue reading

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Writing the Noise: The Second International Conference of the Subcultures Network, 6-7 September 2018

by Prof. Lucy Robinson and Prof. Matthew Worley Last week saw the University of Reading’s History department host the Second International Conference of the Interdisciplinary Network for the Study of Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change. Titled ‘Writing the Noise’, … Continue reading

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The History of Women’s Rights: What has the Magna Carta Done for Us?

Professor Anne Lawrence and Dr Jacqui Turner recently spoke to Dan Damon on the BBC World Service about Magna Carta and its implications for women’s rights. Here they reflect on some of the key points of that interview. You can … Continue reading

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Tweeting from the Grave: Sickness and Survival in the 17th Century

by Dr Hannah Newton [i] My favourite thing about being a historian is reading other people’s diaries. I began to realise this at the tender age of eight, when our teacher asked us to write a series of diary entries … Continue reading

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