School of History Newsletter: Spring 2015

Spring 2015 NewsletterHistory Newsletter Issue 3, Spring 2015

The new edition of the new School of History Newsletter is now available to download. Released termly, it features the latest news and updates from the School, as well as upcoming events and recent student and staff achievements.

In this issue, find out about our new School of History Summer School, set to launch in Paris this July, our upcoming events, and the historical book unearthed by one of our Professors.

Download your copy using the link above.

School of History ranked in Top 15 in the UK

The School of History at Kent is delighted to have been ranked 15th in the UK for History by The Guardian University Guide 2016. UKC History logo

The School, which has risen seven places from last year’s league table, was given a score of 78.8/100, with 93% of students satisfied with their course. The table ranks the 94 University History departments from across the UK.

The University of Kent has also leapt in the rankings, being placed 16th out of 119 institutions, up from last year’s ranking of 20th.

First World War Schools Project

Local schools can get involved in commemorating WW1 centenary, starting with a launch on Thursday 4 June

The University of Kent and the Gateways to the First World War research centre, working in partnership with secondary schools and colleges, have created a First World War in Schools Commemoration Project to be developed over the centenary period. It aims to bring together local WW1 photoPartner and KMPF (Kent and Medway Progression Federation) schools and University departments in the Faculty of Humanities in order to further engage students and teachers alike in the centenary of the First World War.

Up until the end of December 2018, schools in the Kent area will have the opportunity to work with members of the Project team and those in academic departments of the University of Kent in a number of different ways in order to promote the centenary of the First World War. The Project aims to help raise academic attainment, provide networking and best practice opportunities for teachers, and arrange and develop a variety of activities in Humanities disciplines, with the support of Gateways.

Activities available to students and teachers include: workshops on aspects of the war, tailored to suit the needs of those involved, which can be delivered in school or at the University of Kent campuses; study days, to take place at the university campus, making use of the library facilities, in order to explore the war in more detail and aid with the completion of coursework or assignments; or weekly sessions to aid in the completion of a school centenary project or exhibition, or for those students who wish to undertake an Extended Project Qualification on a First World War topic.

In addition, a non-residential Summer School will take place each July to allow for an immersive exploration of the war over a five day period. Students will be able to sample and participate in different academic approaches to the First World War, with a number of experts from the University of Kent, while learning new research skills and taking on local perspectives of the war, as well as sampling university and campus life.

How you can get involved

If you haven’t been contacted already and would like more information on any aspect of the project, or would like to arrange an event then please contact the Partnership Development Office at the University of Kent or email the Project Officer, Dr Will Butler:

Project Launch

The University of Kent will be hosting a launch event for the project on Thursday 4th June 2015 where those interested will be able to find out more about the project, and talk to academics and other teachers. To launch the project, Professor Mark Connelly will also be delivering a lecture entitled “Rebuilding Ypres: The People Come Home?”

If you would like to attend please email


‘Never Complain, Never Explain’: British Foreign Policy in the Twentieth Century

Professor Gaynor Johnson to deliver KIASH Inaugural Professorial Lecture

The Foreign Office Locarno Suite: ‘Drawing room for the Nation’.

The Foreign Office Locarno Suite: ‘Drawing room for the Nation’.

The School of History’s Professor Gaynor Johnson will present the latest lecture in the KIASH Inaugural Professorial Lecture series on Wednesday 20th May at 6pm in Grimond Lecture Theatre 1, located on the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus.

Professor Gaynor JohnsonThe aim of this lecture is to offer an overview of the principal trends in the evolution of international history as a sub-discipline of history. To examine its relation to other areas of history and to place it within the wider context of other subject areas that also examine how states relate to one another, for example, international relations and law.’ The lecture will then explore some of the main historiographical debates on twentieth century British foreign policy and what they reveal about how much we know or otherwise about those subjects. Finally, some thoughts will be offered about the direction in which the study of recent British foreign policy is likely to develop.’

– Professor Gaynor Johnson

Titled ‘Never Complain, Never Explain’: British Foreign Policy in the Twentieth Century, Professor Johnson’s lecture is a free event, open to all and will be followed by a drinks reception in the foyer of the Grimond Building.

For more information about this and other School of History events please visit our events calendar.

For more information about Professor Johnson please visit her profile on the School of History website.

A poster for the event is now available to download (pdf).

Update: Professor Johnson’s inaugural lecture is now available as a podcast (mp3).

An accompanying presentation is also available to download (pdf)

VE Day: First Days of Peace

Dr Julie Anderson appears on BBC documentary discussing postwar recuperation in South-East England

As part of the BBC’s coverage of the 70th anniversary of VE Day the School of History’s Dr Julie Anderson appeared on an episode of the BBC series VE Day: First Days of Peace providing expert analysis on recuperation in South-East England in the aftermath of the Second World War.

The beach at Margate, Kent in July 1946

The beach at Margate, Kent in July 1946

Dr Anderson, whose publications include ‘Soul of a nation’: War, Disability and Rehabilitation in Britain (Manchester University Press, 2011), was filmed at Margate’s Royal Sea Bathing Hospital discussing the Open Air Movement with the author, Anthony Horowitz.

You can see Dr Anderson’s appearance via the BBC iPlayer until 11th June 2015.