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Using Visual Sources: Edward Armitage’s Retribution (1858)

Rozene Smith, a second year history student at the University of Portsmouth, wrote the following blog entry on how historians can use Retribution (1858) to reflect on representations of the British Empire for the Introduction to Historical Research Unit.  The unit is co-ordinated by Dr Jessica Moody, Lecturer in Modern History and Heritage at Portsmouth. Studying a “Museum […]

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Jutland Exhibition

An exhibition that maps the distribution of men from Portsmouth and the local area who died during the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916 has opened at the History Centre in Portsmouth’s Central Library. The free exhibition is the result of a collaboration between Dr Rob James, his Research Assistant, John Bolt, and the […]

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How to ‘forget’ difficult pasts: slavery, memory, and the maritime frame

In Theresa May’s ‘Brexit speech’, on January 17th 2017, the prime minister suggested that Britain’s “history and culture is profoundly internationalist” [1]. This is certainly one way of framing Britain’s historic relationship with the rest of the world. Alternatively, you might suggest that May spelt “centuries of colonial rule, oppression, slavery and genocide” wrong. As […]

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Using Official Sources: The Chadwick Report (1843)

Rozene Smith, a second year history student at the University of Portsmouth, wrote the following blog entry on how historians can use The Chadwick Report (1843) to understand 19th century social reform for the Introduction to Historical Research Unit.  The unit is co-ordinated by Dr Jessica Moody, Lecturer in Modern History and Heritage at Portsmouth. The […]

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Katy Gibbons – Five of the Most Violent Moments of the Reformation

This article by Dr Katy Gibbons, Senior Lecturer in History at Portsmouth was published recently in The Conversation: Link: https://theconversation.com/five-of-the-most-violent-moments-of-the-reformation-71535 Katy’s research looks at religious exile in Early Modern Europe, its impact on the home and host societies, and what it reveals about the complex interactions between groups of coreligionists in different parts of Europe.  […]

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1909 railway accident postcard. Courtesy Mike Esbester.

Working & Dying on the Railways

Dr Mike Esbester is a senior lecturer in history at Portsmouth.   Mike’s research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain, particularly on the cultural history of safety, risk and accident prevention, and on the history of mobility Working & Dying on the Railways At 5.45am on 11 August 1913, steam locomotive fireman Charles Lock, an employee […]

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