Workshop report: The uses of historical medical photography

Jennifer Wallis

For the University of Huddersfield's 'History in Action' day, QMUL Lecturer Dr Jennifer Wallis and West Yorkshire Archive Service archivist David Morris ran a workshop on the history of medical photography in the asylum. The workshop highlighted the value of using visual sources as a way in to the history of psychiatry, and also raised some ethical issues that both Jennifer and David are hoping to explore further in the future.

Magical, but ordinary

Elizabeth Hunter

You might think of sleep as a simple and fundamental biological function that has been the same throughout human history but, as Dr Elizabeth Hunter discovers, fiction, science, and history all point towards a more interesting, complex, even magical picture.

Take 5 With: Oskar Cox Jensen

Oskar Cox Jensen

In the second of our Take Five series of interviews with historians at QMUL, we meet Leverhulme Early Career Fellow Oskar Cox Jensen, whose current research project focuses on life on and around London’s streets in the in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

‘Zealous ferret’ to national saviour: Churchill in 1940

Dan Todman

When Winston Churchill formed a government in May 1940, it was by no means inevitable that it would prove a success. In an exclusive extract from his new book, Britain's War: Into Battle, 1937-1941, Dr Dan Todman paints a vivid picture of Churchill and his inner circle in 1940. The new Prime Minister had a restless mind, garish dressing gowns, and a buccaneering style. Dr Todman's book has recently been shortlisted for the Longman History Today book prize 2017.

From Staël to Strummer: Report from the QMUL History PGR Colloquium 2017

Steve Bentel, Edgar Gerard Hughes, Evelien Lemmens and Dave Saunders

Whether examining Rousseau or rocking horses, missionaries or mourning, this year’s PGR Colloquium provided postgraduate researchers at QMUL’s School of History with a platform to talk about their diverse programme of research. Doctoral candidates Edgar Gerrard Hughes, Evelien Lemmens, Dave Saunders, and Steve Bentel report on four panels spanning political thought, material culture, social encounters, and the history of emotions.

The Huntington Library and the Value of International Research Communities

Emily Vine

In an increasingly insular world, is it more important than ever to create international research communities? Doctoral Candidate Emily Vine reflects on her experiences as an AHRC International Placement Scheme Fellow at The Huntington Library in southern California.

Rape on the Small Screen

Jennifer Wallis

Like Game of Thrones and American Horror Story before it, ITV’s Broadchurch has recently re-ignited a debate about depictions of rape on the small screen.  But while we often imagine that television has only recently been able to tackle this kind of complex and challenging subject-matter, in fact it has a long history.  Jennifer Wallis explores the origins of small-screen depictions of rape during the golden age of the American made-for-TV movie.