School of History academic gives seminar in Ypres

A School of History academic gave a seminar in Ypres last month as part of a seminar series held by Gateways to the First World War, in collaboration with the In Flanders Fields Museum.

On Thursday 19 February, Dr Timothy Bowman spoke on ‘Ireland and Belgium’ at The Cloth Hall in the city, discussing ‘Remember Belgium’, a theme used in many Irish recruiting posters and speeches.

For Irish Nationalists, Belgium as an independent, largely Catholic state, served as a model of what they thought Ireland under Home Rule could develop as. Ulster Unionists had strong commercial links with Belgium through the linen industry pre-war, and so mainstream Nationalists and Unionists pledged their support for Belgium, providing homes and funds for Belgian refugees. The advanced Nationalist press, essentially allying itself with German from early in the war, suggested that stories of German atrocities in Belgium were fabricated.

For more information on the seminar series, and its upcoming events, see here.

Many thanks to David Griffin for the photographs.

History students work on local WW1 project

A group of School of History students have worked with a local project on commemorating the centenary of World War One.

Kent in WW1, which has been partly funded by a £100,000 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, gave nine History and War Studies students the opportunity to assist with events which took place at Chatham Dockyard and Dover Discovery Centre last year, in order to collect artefacts and memories from local people for an online display.

During the events, students worked to inform members of the public about the history of Kent during the Great War through an exhibition displaying artefacts and images. They also got the opportunity to act as tour guides, collect further items and information from the public, and assist with digitising documents in order to incorporate them into future exhibitions and make them available online.

The project, a member of the centenary partnership with the Imperial War Museum, aims to tell the story of the people and towns of Kent during World War One. Their website gives individuals the opportunity to share their family history, as well as using stories and artefacts, some of which were collected by School of History students, to paint a picture of Kent during the War. The project is being delivered by local Creative Development company, Screen South.

Thanks to Kent in WW1 for the photos.

Students view sites of Victorian Science in trip to South Kensington

A group of History students took their studies out of the classroom last week, spending the day in South Kensington, viewing sites of Victorian Science.

Associate Lecturer Dr Oliver Carpenter took the group of seven Stage 2 students on the trip, which included a visit to the Natural History and the Victoria and Albert Museums, as well as the Prince Albert Memorial in Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall and numerous Victorian buildings where various scientific societies, such as the Royal Geographical Society, the School of Mines and the Geological Survey, were based.

The students are all currently studying our ‘Victorian Science’ module, delivered in association with our Centre for the History of the Sciences.