Can History Be Funny?

Humour is crucial to the human experience, yet it is rarely found in history books. Psychologists, sociologists and linguists have all found the topic worthy of study but not many historians have. Is this because historians really are those dusty researchers in archives not having any fun? Maybe history is just not that funny.  Continue reading


Imagining the Pentonville Five

In early October I was given the task of working out a 35 minute history taster session for year 8s. I wondered about how to make the history of industrial relations exciting for 13-year-olds and how to avoid spilling out a load of theoretical jargon but then the Pentonville Five saved me.  Continue reading

NWCDTP Annual Conference

This time time last week, I was on my way to my first ever conference. Starting my PhD was pretty exciting but for some reason telling people that I was at a conference made it all feel much more real. This year’s annual conference of the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP- a mouthful that I still have not mastered saying out loud) was titled ‘Exploring Identity: Between Being and Belonging’.  Continue reading