On 28 November 1919, Nancy Astor was elected to Parliament, becoming the first female MP to take her seat. A century on, a train named in her honour took VIP…Read More >
Professor Ronald Hutton The Department of History’s annual Stenton lecture is an opportunity for a wide audience of interested local people, school students, and university staff and pupils to hear…Read More >
Dr Liliana Riga (University of Edinburgh) and Professor Jack E. Spence, OBE (King’s College, London) The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 marks a key moment in the attempt to create…Read More >
Public lecture and exhibition from the Astor papers at the National Archives, delivered by Dr Jacqui Turner (History).
Modern African historian Professor Heike Schmidt explains the hidden significance of the Springboks’ brief dance after their Rugby World Cup win, which was more than just a celebration of victory.
Papal historian Professor Rebecca Rist reflects on the canonisation of John Henry Newman – writer, polemicist, musician and reader – and a man who was both traditional and progressive. On…Read More >
Dr Karen Dempsey’s research tells the stories of medieval people’s lives through the objects they used and cared about, in the spaces where they lived and worked. Here she tells…Read More >
Enslaved women make only fleeting appearances in the historical records from colonial and antebellum America – as property rather than people. But after the Civil War, there was an outpouring…Read More >
Five Reading academics at the top of their game have been awarded University Research Fellowships to develop their work in the arts, humanities and social sciences over the next year.
How did medieval people deal with a king’s body when he died far from his intended final resting place (boiling or embalming?) What part did women play in commemoration? And…Read More >