This plenary was inspired by @ASTSupportAAli’s toolkit of teaching ideas – http://cheneyagilitytoolkit.blogspot.co.uk/ – which is full of great ideas and really worth a visit. Take this link to what inspired the activity – cheneyagilitytoolkit.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/scrabble-tiles.html … One of these ideas is using the principles of Scrabble to promote and compare key words that help summarise students’ learning. This activity asks students to come up with key words from the lesson and then use… »
Samuel George Morton’s Crania Americana (1839) is most often read as a foundational work for the ‘American school’ of nineteenth-century ethnography. In this paper, I challenge such a reading by demonstrating how transatlantic connections shaped both
“. . . the children’s population of this century has been submitted progressively as never before to the merciless routine of the ‘cold steel’ of the hypodermic needle.” –Karl E. Kassowitz, “Psychodynamic Reactions of Children to the Use of Hypodermic Needles” (1958)
Of course, like so much medical technology, injection by hypodermic needle has a prehistory dating back to the ancient Romans, who used metal syringes with disk plungers for enemas and nasal injections. Seventeenth- and eighteen… »
In October 2012, I wrote a blog post with the title, “Can We Measure Historiographical Turns?” In it, I picked a series of representative authors and measured their citation rates in three journals: The Journal of British Studies, Albion, and The Historical Journal. The results were interesting. So, I though that I would revisit the question with another set of tools.
I have taken the titles of all essays published in the Journal of British Studies between 1969 and 2009. After normalizing t… »
Established at the University of Cambridge in 2001, the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) works actively with the Schools and Faculties across the University undertaking collaborations that cross faculties and disciplines in order to stimulate fresh thinking and dialogue in and beyond the humanities and social sciences and to reach out to new collaborators and new publics.
This video shows a land map of the continent of Europe. Using timelapse editing techniques, we are given an idea of how the borders and territories of the continent have changed so dramatically from 1000 AD to today.
Men deserted the armies of the North and South in their thousands during the American Civil War. They did so for many different reasons; some tired of the rigours of military discipline, while others had become emotionally drained by their experiences. Some simply lost faith in the fight, or enlisted only with the intent of getting a quick buck before immediately deserting. Local newspapers ran advertisements which offered bounties for the apprehension of deserters- here are some that relate to… »
The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington offers fellowships to support the growing community of scholars whose research focuses on George Washington, Colonial America, the Revolutionary Era, and Early Republic. Both long and short-term fellowships are available for trained scholars of all profes
From newly-discovered species to common wildlife, a new free exhbiition showing the work of women artists over four centuries, opens at the Museum in the Images of Nature gallery. These women painted for pleasure, to generate income, and as Museum employees or scientists. The exhibition’s unveiling on 8 March marks International Women’s Day.
Today there are probably just as many women natural history artists as men, and they particularly dominate the contemporary botanical art scene. But in t… »
When researching my PhD, I spent a lot of time following the minutes of parks committees and those of the Labour Party, South Wales Miners’ Federation, and the surviving slithers of welfare associations. Few of the characters really stand out, not because they were unduly anonymous, but because the same spirit of civic duty and working-class solidarity was evident across the board. The exceptions – Mark Harcombe, Lewis Jones, Llew Jenkins, George Paget, D. L. Davies, Abel Morgan – had something… »
Ever wondered what it would be like to have visited Russia in the C19th? Well wonder no more. You can download and read two wonderful travel guides to Russia from the mid C19th for free via Google Books. The guides are part of the Murray "Traveler’s Handbook" series and were aimed at wealthy Englishmen (sic.) heading to foreign parts. They are as much an insight into English culture as to Russian to be frank. I would recommend reading the introductory sections to both guides. The first of the … »
On International Women’s Day, Routledge is joining celebrations across the world to honour women’s achievements throughout history. This year, we’ve decided to give you free online access to a number of Routledge Women Studies resources from Saturday 8th March to Monday 10th March.
Trading Game: France—Colonies, 1941, O.P.I.M. (Office de publicite et d’impression), Breveté S.G.D.G. Lithograph on linen, 22 7/8 x 32 1/4 in. The Getty Research Institute, 970031.6
From the Getty going free, to card games introducing French children to colonial management, to First World War body armor. Here are the week’s top picks in imperial and global history.
*In case you missed it, the Getty Research Institute has now made millions and millions of photos free. That’s r… »
In 1905, Dr. Guy Clifford Powell, of Peoria, Illinois invented and marketed a device he called the “Electro-Vibratory Cure for Deafness.” The apparatus apparently cured a patient of deafness by pumping air through the ears via cotton-covered electrodes soaked in salt water. After pumping in air, a jolt of electricity generated by the solenoid coils … Continue reading →
Serratia marcescens is a bacteria that has earned a bad reputation for infecting people in hospitals. It may deserve an even worse reputation. It might have made people believe, for hundreds of years, that the blood of Christ was miraculously appearing in communion wafers.
AHRC-funded Collaborative PhD studentship, available from October 2014 at University of Leeds/Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester (Science Museum Group)
Supervisors: Graeme Gooday (Leeds) and Alice Cliff (MOSI)
Danger – High Voltage: the rise of megavolt electricity supply in 20th century Britain
How did urban and rural publics respond to the risks and opportunities presented by high-voltage electricity?
This PhD project will use archival materials (including advertising), popular litera… »
One of the biggest misconceptions that people have about the Manhattan Project is that prior to Hiroshima, all knowledge of atomic energy and nuclear fission was secret — that the very idea of nuclear weapons was unthought except inside classified circles. This is a side-effect of the narratives we tell about Manhattan Project secrecy, which emphasize how extreme and successful these restrictions on information were. The reality is, as always, more complicated, and more interesting. Fission had… »
Today I signed a book contract with Pickering and Chatto for their Studies for the Society for the Social History of Medicine series. I’ll now be spending the rest of this year working on the manuscript for my first monograph on the topic of Payment and Philanthropy in British Healthcare, 1918-1948. At some point next year, you’ll hopefully start finding copies in university libraries and, if you’re really lucky, perhaps even on your own bookshelf. I’m sure that by the time the book arrives it … »
The Humanities Matters Tour and Webseries failed to reach its Kickstarter funding goal today.
And while I use the word “failed,” in no way do I consider the past month a failure. In the past 30 days our project raised $10,000 from 175 backers, had blogs posted on some of my favourite blogs, and received moral and financial support for friends, strangers, and institutions. While we did not reach our Kickstarter goal and won’t be receiving any of the money pledged, I consider this project a resou… »
This week has been all about the primary sources, both online and offline. On Monday I went to the British Library to read a couple of books I hadn’t been able to get hold of elsewhere, and transcribed most of an oral history interview. The rest of the time, I’ve been using the internet to find out extra information about the nineteenth-century guidance books I’ve read so far. I’ve also found a couple more such books I want to read along the way, and got a four-week trial for Mass Observation »
The Egypt Exploration Society was founded in 1882, as the Egypt Exploration Fund in order to explore, survey, and excavate at ancient sites in Egypt and Sudan, and to publish the results of this work. Today it is one of the leading such archaeological organisations.
We have are delighted to announce a number of very exciting upcoming events in the months to come at Morbid Anatomy! This April, we are thrilled to be welcoming Dr Richard Barnett–London-based author, Cambridge professor, and Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow–as our first visiting scholar in residence. Over the course of his tenure with us, Dr Barnett will lead a 4-week reading and discussion group on anatomy and the sublime (The Sublime: After the Fall: History, Anatomy and The Sublime; Mond… »