I know nothing about the history of dock work. This is something I tell myself daily, despite the fact I have already spent two and a half years researching waterfront communities, carried out interviews with those who worked on the docks and spend most days reading something relating to the industry. Just to be clear, I also know nothing about the history of emotions, humour, labour history, occupational health or anything related to my field. Continue reading
On Monday 11th December, I travelled from Liverpool to Glasgow to visit the Scottish Oral History Centre and to attend the book launch of The Deindustrialized World: Confronting Ruination in Postindustrial Places. I decided to attend because I enjoyed the book and wanted to watch the author presentations but I ended up learning a lot about the value of one of academia’s key buzzwords: ‘networking’. Continue reading
“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
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.