Aiysha Sheth – a student on this year’s History Internship module – investigates the historical presence of women doctors in the Royal College of Physicians records, and discovers the first woman-of-colour fellow and other hidden female physicians. This task however proved to be a challenge. Why did creating a display on the history of women at the College prove to be such a difficult task? How hidden really is the history of women in medicine?
Many of us are familiar with the timeline of World War Two, but how much do we actually know about the experiences of living through such a catastrophic and momentous event? Delving into the personal documents held by Oxford House Community Centre provides a closer look at the effects of World War Two on a local scale, ultimately enabling the construction of a retrospective time capsule of the Bethnal Green community hub between 1939 and 1945. Talibah Miah, one of our first cohort of History Internship students this year, tells the story.
We are fortunate in the School to have strong links with institutions across the world, and each year organise a number of exchanges for PGR students. Participants Heidi Russenberger, Tabea Richardson, Carmel Heeley, and Edward Caddy report on this year’s exchange with the University of Basel.
Hollywood has always presented World War Two as a story of British heroism. Yet in local archives a very different perspective of the British Homefront is being uncovered. At Newham Archives and Local Studies Library its Air Raid Precaution documents show the grim sacrifices and long hours of planning of one community. It is a far cry from Hollywood’s ideas. This post is one in a series from students who took the History Internship module in 2018/19, and was first submitted as part of the assessment for that module.
Postgraduate researchers at QMUL have the opportunity to participate in a number of international exchanges. In this short post, PhD students Conor Bollins, Emily Steinhauer, Bert Carlstrom and Stephen Bentel report on the exchange with Northwestern University which they took part in during April 2019.
Can you run a student conference on Twitter? In March this year, Dan Todman and students on his final undergraduate year history Special Subject set about finding out. In part one of a three-part series of posts Dan explains the origins of the conference and how he hoped it would enhance teaching on the module.
In part two of our three-part series on a student-led Twitter conference, we follow Dan Todman and his students as they set things up. (Need to catch up? Part one is here.)