Catholics in Provincial Towns, 1778-1840 conference

We are delighted to be hosting the ‘Building the Fortress’ conference on Saturday, 13 October 2018.   This one day conference explores the experience of Catholic lay men and women of the poor, working and middle class. Professor Michael Mullett of Lancaster University will preside and talk about Welsh town Catholics. Other talks will cover…

A Royal Wedding: pomp, pageantry and survival

Fiona Reid gives us her take on Saturday’s royal wedding.     As all good fans of Blackadder know, Baldrick loved a royal wedding on account of ‘the excitement, the crowds, the souvenir mugs, the worrying about whether the bride’s lost weight.’[1] We had all of that with the recent wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan…

Notes from Edinburgh: Research Report

Chris Langley spent the early part of this year as Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh. Here, he tells us about his latest project “Cultures of Care”.        I have spent Semester 2 of 2017/18 on research leave completing my forthcoming monograph Cultures…

Research Report: Plack à Paris

Noelle Plack has spent the last two weeks at the French National Archives. Here, she gives us an insight into her work and her new project.     Bonjour amis!   I had the great fortune to spend two weeks in March at French National Archives carrying out research for my new book, Consumption Politics: Wine and Taxation…

Chamberlain, Reputation & the Chamberlain Highbury Trust

Head of History, Ian Cawood, reflects on historical icon Joseph Chamberlain and the recently-formed Chamberlain Highbury Trust, Birmingham. As many people will know, I have a rather ambiguous relationship with Joseph Chamberlain, three times mayor of Birmingham in the nineteenth century and the man regarded as the greatest civic leader the city has ever had….