History



UK government proposes law for protection of all statues

22nd February 2021

Examining why this legislation would be problematic. Over the past year, the Western world has seen many examine the sentiment and impact of statues in our societies. How we define, display and recite our heritage has thankfully taken on new significance, especially in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. However, despite the criticism ...


Hitchhiking: then and now

9th February 2021

Ruth Johns-Bishop takes us through the history of hitchhiking, and some common misconceptions behind it. Hitchhiking is thought to be a hippie trend of the past. Originating in the US last century, it became popular in the 1920s and 30s due to people having less money to spend on travel and a sparsity of transportation. ...


Looking behind the pollution at Katrina Cobain’s Plastic Bag Museum

1st February 2021

Books Editor Sofia Stephens reflects on the visual and cultural significance of plastic bags. When I think about plastic bags, I think about pollution: turtles suffocated by straws, dolphins choking on carrier bags, a more realistic version of Finding Nemo where Dory is permanently disfigured by a plastic net. I do not, for instance, think ...


Disability History Month: Looking to the future

9th January 2021

Beth Dillon, co-founder of the LUNA project, reflects on Disability History Month, her experiences as a disabled student, and looks towards a more accessible future. This past month has been Disability History Month, a time to celebrate the achievements of disabled people and promote the continuation of the movement for disability rights. There have been ...


Campaign launched to protect the Tobacco Merchant’s House

9th November 2020

The Scottish Civic Trust’s “Written in Stone” campaign is looking to establish a capital fund to cover the cost of future repair work and preserve the historic building. The Scottish Civic Trust has announced a new campaign to protect Glasgow’s Tobacco Merchants House. The “Written in Stone” campaign was launched on 12 October 2020 and ...


Teaching history through theatre

26th October 2020

Sharing the stories of minority groups on stage. In As You Like It, Shakespeare famously quoted: “all the world’s a stage”. While this sombre metaphor has echoed through the arts for decades, the physical stage should also reflect the world and everyone in it. This year has witnessed mass civil rights movements in the aftermath ...