“That is the whole thing with the future. You don’t know. At some point you have to accept that you don’t know. You have to stop flicking ahead and just concentrate on the page you are on.” – Matt Haig. Continue reading
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
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
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
My last post was back in July when I was feeling a little more positive about my own work. Since then, I have struggled with writing, doubted all of my findings and handed in a final copy of my dissertation.
Two days ago, I sat down and planned my entire dissertation. This plan did not go into which sources I would analyse and where, but the general structure of my argument. Continue reading