6 - 8 October 2017: BBC History Magazine's Winchester History Weekend
The festival will be returning to Winchester for its second year, and once again Winchester historians feature prominently in the speakers line-up:
Friday 6th at 18.00: Dr Ryan Lavelle: The man who would be King: the rebel nephew of Alfred the Great
Sunday 8th at 10.30: Dr James Ross: Henry VI (1422-71). A "Good, Simple and Innocent" man
Sunday 8th at 12.00: Dr Carey Fleiner and Dr Ellie Woodacre (photo): Misunderstood Matriarchs? The role and reputation of royal mothers from Ancient Rome to Restoration England
Modern History Research Centre Seminar Series 2017-2018
Unless stated otherwise, talks start at 18.00 and the venue is Medecroft Building Room 16, King Alfred Campus, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR. Free, all welcome. For enquiries, contact the Modern History Research Centre Convenor, Dr Xavier Guegan.
9 October 2017: Dr Pippa Virdee (De Montfort University): 1947-2017: Reflecting on the Partition of India/Pakistan.
21 October 2018: Seeing red: One century of revolutionary ideas in global politics and history-writing, 1917 - 2017. An afternoon of talks, featuring:
- Prof. Stephen Lovell (King’s College): Is the Russian Revolution over?
- Dr Jennifer Altehenger (King’s College): Legally Red: How China's citizens were taught to abide by socialist law
- Dr Neelam Srivastava (Newcastle University): Whose Liberation? Imagining a Black International, 1930-1940
- Dr Simon Sandall (University of Winchester): Searching for an English radical tradition: the impact of the Revolution on twentieth-century English historiography
Venue:St Alphege Building room 303, King Alfred Campus, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR.
9 November 2017: Dr Jessica Hammett (University of Leeds): Moving to Bettws: Co-producing a history of a 1960s suburban council estate.
7 December 2017: Dr Christina Welch & Dr Mark Allen (University of Winchester): Remembering the Victorian dead: Winchester's West Hill Cemetery. This event is co-hosted with the Wessex Centre for History and Archaeology. Venue: Hampshire Record Office.
11 January 2018: Dr Claire Eldridge (University of Leeds): Mobilising Memories of Empire: The Pied-Noir Community, The Algerian War of Independence and France.
5 February 2018: Prof. Tony Kushner (University of Southampton): From Exodus 1947 to Lampedusa: Constructing the Migrant as 'Illegal'.
9 March 2018: Prof. Hakim Adi (University of Chichester): a talk in collaboration with the Winchester Discovery Centre in the context of the exhibition ‘People on the Move’. Venue: Winchester Discovery Centre. Further information forthcoming.
24 May 2018: Dr Joan Tumblety (University of Southampton) Physicians and cultural authority in 20th century France. This is event is co-hosted with the Centre for Medical History.
Centre for Medical History Seminar series 2017-18
The CMH is delighted to announce its seminar series for 2017-18. All CMH seminars are free and light refreshments are provided. They take place in Room 16 of the Medecroft Building, King Alfred Campus, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR, and start at 18.00. For enquiries, contact the Centre for Medical History Convenor, Prof. Louise Curth.
28 September 2017: Patient and Practitioner Health Communities in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, by Dr Julian Sims, Birbeck, University of London. Find out more.
26 October 2017: The Making of the Poor as Biological Subjects in 19th-Century England, by Dr Carl Griffin, University of Sussex.
23 November 2017: Kindling Cupid's Fire: ideas about aphrodisiacs in early modern England, by Dr Jennifer Evans, University of Hertfordshire. Find out more.
25 January 2018: ‘Keeps your head cool and your belly warm’: Alcohol and Health in Colonial British India, by Dr Sam Goodman, University of Bournemouth.
22 February 2018: Origins of Vaccination in the 18th century: New Perspectives, by Patrick Pead, University of Southampton.
22 March 2018: Politics of performance: standards in public health and education in Victorian England, by Dr Tom Crook, Oxford Brookes University.
26 April 2018: Genotyping Medieval English Leprosy, by Dr Mike Taylor, University of Surrey.
24 May 2018: Physicians and cultural authority in 20th century Franceby Dr Joan Tumblety, University of Southampton. Hosted in association with the Modern History Research Centre.
26 October 2017: Whales, geese and winning the peace: new histories of the Allied Occupation of Japan (1945-52) and its aftermath
Inaugural Lecture by Chris Aldous, Professor of Modern International History
Much that has been written about the Occupation of Japan and its aftermath has focussed on demilitarisation and democratisation, exploring exchanges over policy that took place in Tokyo between high-level US reformers and Japanese officials. Relatively little attention has been paid to the social conditions in which reform took place, the health and welfare of the Japanese, and the wider realities of military rule. This lecture will explore the crisis over food supply and nutrition; while eased by the US policy to promote Japanese Antarctic whaling, itt was complicated by the desire of many American servicemen to hunt Japanese wildlife for sport when many Japanese were desperately trying to exploit it for food. Whilst permission to resume Antarctic whaling brought gratitude from the Japanese public, the behaviour of many US soldiers in the field caused resentment, suggesting a colonial mentality that undermined the American effort to win the peace.
Chris Aldous is Professor of Modern International History and Head of the History Department. He has written extensively on the post-war occupations of mainland Japan (1945-52) and Okinawa (1945-72) and is currently working on the environmental history of the early post-war period. Find out more about Prof. Chris Aldous.
This lecture was originally scheduled for 22 February 2017.
9 November 2017: School Stories, Histories of Education
Inaugural Lecture by Stephanie Spencer, Professor of History of Women's Education
Most of us recognise the familiar genre of the ‘school story’. Many of the authors and the majority of their readers had no experience of the boarding school life that formed the backdrop to these stories, yet it was an extraordinarily popular genre in the mid-twentieth century. In this lecture, both real and imaginary school stories will be revisited in order to enhance our understanding of education in the immediate post-war period. Prof. Spencer will also reflect on whether such stories can, or even should, inform present and future policy planning.
Prof. Spencer is Head of the Department of Education Studies and Liberal Arts and Convener of the Centre for the History of Women’s Education, located within the Faculty of Education, Health and Social Care. Her research interests include both formal and informal aspects of girls’ education and cross-disciplinary boundaries between education, history and cultural studies. find out more about Prof. Stephanie Spencer.
24 July 2017
Winchester medical historian bakes healthy biscuits for BBC series Inside the Factory
In April, The History Department's Professor Louise Curth (left) and food historian Ruth Goodman had fun preparing 19th-century 'healthy' biscuits for series 3 of BBC 2's Inside the Factory. The programme will link into contemporary views about healthy eating. The episode will be aired on Tuesday 1 August at 8pm on BBC2.
Prof. Louise Curth is Convener of the Department's Centre for Medical History; find out more.
17 May 2017
Winchester historian appointed Honorary Fellow of Historical Association
Dr Colin Haydon, Reader in Early Modern History, has been elected as Honorary Fellow of the Historical Association. These Fellowships are awarded 'to recognise and celebrate outstanding services to history and to the Historical Association'.
9 - 12 July 2017: Winchester, a Medieval Royal City
A conference on the development of Winchester, its cultural and political life and its place in the Saxon and early medieval world. Hosted by the University and organised in collaboration with Hampshire Cultural Trust, this high-profile conference features our own Barbara Yorke, Professor Emerita of Early Medieval History (photo), as well as other Winchester academics. Find out more
25 May 2017: Anxiety and compassion: emotions and the surgical encounter in early nineteenth-century Britain
1 June 2017: Surviving the seventeenth century in Dorset parishes
A Wessex Centre for History and Archaeology research seminar by Trixie Gadd (University of Leicester). Venue: Hampshire Record Office, Sussex St, Winchester. Time: 18.00. All welcome! Find out more.
4 May 2017: Andrew Budge (Birkbeck Univ. of London), The See of Winchester and Collegiate Churches
A Wessex Centre for History and Archaeology research seminar.
Thursday 27 April 2017: Significant Impacts: causes, consequences and treatment of prehistoric head injuries
A research seminar by Dr Martin Smith, Dept of Archaeology, Anthropology and Forensic Science, Bournemouth University. Hosted by the Centre for Medical History; this event was part of the University's Research and Engagement Week (24 - 28 April 2017). Find out more
Thursday 27 April: Medieval Research Day 2017
This year, medieval experts across the University are once again delighted to present their research during the annual Research and Engagement Week (24 - 28 April 2017). Find out more. Find out more about our medieval research
20 April 2017: Between Avebury and Stonehenge: the Vale of Pewsey Project
A Wessex Centre for History and Archaeology seminar by Dr Jim Leary, Univ. of Reading
Jim Leary’s lecture gave an overview of recent archaeological investigations in the Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire. These excavations focus on Marden henge - the largest henge in the country, as well as other nearby monuments, such as the Wilsford henge. In addition to continuing excavations at Marden and Wilsford, fieldwork includes environmental sampling and the investigation of the River Avon. This collaborative research programme links the Stonehenge landscape to the south with Avebury to the north, and the significance of this important region and the mega-monuments within it, such as Silbury Hill, were discussed.
Thomas Jefferson and slavery: a revolutionary paradox by Stuart McBratney (PhD student, University of Winchester)
Venue: The Stripe, Studio 1, King Alfred Campus, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR
Impossible Reconstructions: the dilemmas of family reunification after the Holocaust by Dr Rebecca Clifford (Swansea University)
Venue: Room 16 Medecroft Building, King Alfred Campus, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR
Our research seminars are free and open to all; for more information email Dr Xavier Guegan.
Throughout February 2017: LGBT History Month exhibition
The Modern History Research Centre, Hampshire Pride and Winchester Discovery Centre were delighted to co-host an exhibition as part of LGBT History Month. The exhibition was an opportunity for early-career researchers from universities around the country to exhibit research posters on historical perspectives of LGBT communities in modern history.
10 February 2017: Sanctuary or sissy? Cross-dressing as entertainment in the British Armed Forces, 1939 - 1945.
A free public lecture by Dr Emma Vickers (Liverpool John Moores University, author of Queen and Country: same-sex desire in the British Armed Forces, 1939-1945) as part of the Modern History Research Centre's LGBT History Month series of events. In the aftermath of the Second World War, revues like Soldiers in Skirts and Misleading Ladies capitalised on the appetite of audiences for seeing ex-servicemen in drag. This lecture considered how post-war Britain acquired its affection for this phenomenon through an examination of men in the British Armed Forces who informally cross-dressed to entertain their colleagues during the Second World War. It foussed in particular on how these performances were understood by those who viewed them.
21 Feb 2017: Death, sin and purgatory in late medieval England
A talk by Dr Christina Welch, Senior Fellow in Theology and Religious Studies, at Winchester Cathedral. Dr Welch explored the concepts of purgatory and indulengences and what these meant for late medieval people.
28 February 2017: Simon Heffer: Five hundred years of Englishness
The Centre for English Identity and Politics hosted this talk by British journalist, author and political commentator Simon Heffer as he explores what it is in English history that might help us define and understand England's distinctive identity and values, at a time when England is (once again) looking away from the Continent. Find out more
23 March 2017
A quintessentially English band: Winchester historian publishes new book on The Kinks
The Kinks: A Thoroughly English Phenomenon (published last month by Rowman & Littlefield) examines the music and performance of this most English of bands and shows how aspects of everyday life affected and shaped their creative output, from the ordinary to the absurd. Dr Fleiner’s investigations take readers on an adventure through the musical culture of the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s.
16 March 2017
Winchester medievalist returns as historical consultant for popular TV drama
Internationally renowned Anglo-Saxon and King Alfred expert Dr Ryan Lavelle has again helped to weave historical accuracy into the new series of hit BBC TV drama The Last Kingdom, based on the books by Bernard Cornwell about King Alfred and the birth of England, which returns to our screens this week. (Photo: Dr Ryan Lavelle with a copy of his award-winning book Alfred's Wars)
8 March 2017
Winchester historian appointed Fellow of Royal Historical Society
Prof. Louise Hill Curth, Professor of Medical History, has been elected as Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Fellowships are awarded to those who have made “an original contribution to historical scholarship”. Election is conducted by peer review and all applications must be supported by an existing Fellow. Prof. Hill Curth is the Convener of the University's Centre for Medical History.