“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.
This song became the anthem of the Women of the Waterfront. I have listened to it on repeat all day and, whilst it’s not about the Mersey, it may as well be! It’s a good job historians went all postmodern as I am very emotionally invested in my project. Don’t worry, I know I need to acknowledge my subjectivity and I will do so in my dissertation. However, right now it is 8:30pm on a rainy July evening and I want to revel in it. The lyrics are great, the song is great, the Women of the Waterfront were (still are) great. Continue reading
In the last two weeks I have carried out my first ever interviews as a historian. I have read many books on oral history theory but no amount of reading could have prepared me for how I felt when I sat face-to-face with the people who had trusted me to write the history of their life. Continue reading