Professor Ian Beckett to appear in new BBC series

Professor Ian Beckett will be making an appearance in a new BBC2 series

Professor Ian Beckett will be making an appearance in a new BBC2 series

Don’t miss Professor Ian Beckett appearing in the first episode of Micheal Portillo’s new series ‘Railways of the Great War’ on BBC2 on Monday 4th August, 6pm.

You can also look out for him at the Solemn Commemoration on the Centenary of the Outbreak of the First World War service, which is taking place at Westminster Abbey on the same evening and will be broadcast live on BBC2 from 9pm.

He’ll also be officially opening the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust’s Oxfordshire Remembers Exhibtion at the new Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum at Woodstock on Saturday 2nd August.

Graduation Reception 2014

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Congratulations to all our students that graduated this year! We were delighted to be able to celebrate with some of them at our Graduation Reception on Friday 18th July.

A number of students were also awarded with School of History prizes:

Faculty of Humanities Prize Winners
Rotary Prize (one of the top fifteen finalists in the Faculty)
Edward Carins
Bejamin Lake

Stage 3
Best First in the School of History
Edward Carins

Most improved performance between Stages 2 and 3 in the School of History Dafi Jenkins

Best Final Year Dissertation – History
Robert Cliff and Osneil Drakes

Best Final Year Dissertation – War Studies
Tom Cheetham and Tom Davies

Best Final Year Dissertation – Independent Documentary Study
Benjamin Lake

Copley Prize
Winner – Hayley Pain
Proxime accessit – Sophie Driver

More pictures available here.

Thomas Cheetham and Thomas Davies were announced as winners of the, 'Best Final Year Dissertation (War Studies)' prize

Thomas Cheetham and Thomas Davies were announced as winners of the, ‘Best Final Year Dissertation (War Studies)’ prize

Edward Carins was announced as winner of the Rotary Prize, as one of the top fifteen finalists in the faculty, and the 'Best First in the School of History' prize

Edward Carins was announced as winner of the Rotary Prize, as one of the top fifteen finalists in the faculty, and the ‘Best First in the School of History’ prize

Osneil Drakes won the prize for 'Best Final Year Dissertation (History)'

Osneil Drakes won the prize for ‘Best Final Year Dissertation (History)’

 

Congratulations to Hayley Pain who was awarded with the Copley prize for 2014 by Head of School Professor Kenneth Fincham

Congratulations to Hayley Pain who was awarded with the Copley prize for 2014 by Head of School Professor Kenneth Fincham

 

Lecturer awarded with British Academy Fellowship

Corineus throws Gogmagog from the cliffs at Plymouth. 1430s. Oxford, Bodleian MS Laud Misc. 733, fol. 22v.

Corineus throws Gogmagog from the cliffs at Plymouth. 1430s. Oxford, Bodleian MS Laud Misc. 733, fol. 22v.

Congratulations to Dr Alixe Bovey, Senior Lecturer in Medieval History in the School of History, who has been awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship worth £111,000 for a project titled “Giants and the City: Mythic History as Material Culture in London from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century.”

This fellowship scheme supports outstanding individual researchers and the promotion of public engagement and understanding of the humanities and social sciences. It offers one year of funding for completion of a major piece of research, and Alixe has received one of 43 Fellowships awarded across the country for the next academic year.

During her fellowship, Alixe will investigate the Gogmagog legends in British mythic and material culture from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. Her research begins with Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain, written c. 1150, which opens with the tale of Brutus and his men, all refugees from the Trojan war, landing on an island inhabited only by giants. Naming the land after himself, Brutus and his champion Corineus set about exterminating the giants, the last of whom was the hideous Gogmagog. Over several centuries, as this tale was reworked, Gogmagog was gradually transformed from a victim of conquest into a celebrated guardian of the City of London, alongside his erstwhile nemesis Corineus. From the 15th century, fabricated giants greeted monarchs as they entered the City, and by the early 17th century, giants fashioned from wicker and papier-mâché featured in the parades that accompanied each new Lord Mayor between Guildhall and Westminster. These ephemeral figures were set up in the Guildhall until 1708, when they were replaced with timber statues. Destroyed in the Blitz in 1940, new timber giants were installed in 1953. In 2006, they once again joined the Lord Mayor’s parade, as wicker figures made by the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers.

In tracing the giants’ history from their invention to their most recent reincarnation in 2006, Alixe’s project will be centrally concerned with understanding the transmission and transformation of this myth across time; the role played by material artefacts in maintaining its vitality; and why, how, and for whom this remarkably dynamic tradition has proved useful.

 

Undergraduate students give lecture at The Beaney

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Left-right: The Beaney’s Martin Crowther, with students Thomas Knight, Rianna Lofts, Louise Jarrold, Lisa Jermy, Beth Gregory, Ciara Kempson and Marina Spiteri.

Congratulations to a group of History undergraduates who presented a successful lecture at The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge in Canterbury.

The group of seven students, all studying on the module Victorian Britain, researched the history of some of the more unusual items in the museum, from a pair of silk Afghan trousers and an electro-magnetic medical machine, to a Parisian doll and a homemade scrap screen.

Their lecture, Victorian Objects: Stories about Museum Artefacts, was held on Thursday 5 June at the gallery, with a large number of visitors attending to hear abuot their work.

Dr Don Leggett has been leading the project with the students, all currently in their second year of studying BA History.

Pictured above, left-right: The Beaney’s Martin Crowther, with students Thomas Knight, Rianna Lofts, Louise Jarrold, Lisa Jermy, Beth Gregory, Ciara Kempson and Marina Spiteri.