Banner created by Florence. Courtesy of Kirklees Image Archive
My name is Adam West and I currently study history at the University of Huddersfield as an undergraduate. As part of my second year I undertook a module, titled ‘Hands on History’, which involved creating an exhibition board highlighting Huddersfield’s rich history. With the help of our tutor, Dr Janette Martin, two other students and I decided that for the board we would focus on a character from the First World War, Florence Lockwood of Linthwaite. Continue reading
Thirty years ago, miners across Britain went on strike in an effort to safeguard jobs and preserve the remaining parts of an industry that, just seventy years before, had been the engine of Britain’s industrial might. Continue reading
Siobhan is a second year English and Creative Writing student.
I won’t deny that as I walked into town for my first day working on the England Arise project, I was very nervous. I knew very little about the project, other than it was a play based on historian Cyril Pearce’s book Comrades in Conscience and focusing primarily on the life of Arthur Gardiner. And I had no idea what my role would involve. Continue reading
25/2/14: History Blog 3 – Literature and History: Uncovering the University’s role in the First World War.
My name is Steven Jackson and I am currently halfway through my twelve week internship, in the School of Music, Humanities and Media. One of the tasks I have been given, during my internship, is to research what was happening at the University, around the time of the First World War. As I am an English Literature graduate, and I have not got much academic History experience, I have been aided in my quest for knowledge by Dr. Daryl Leeworthy, Dr. Rebecca Gill and the Archives department. Continue reading
Image courtsey of www.SikhMuseum.com
I am Amerdeep Singh Panesar a second year student studying History and Politics at the University of Huddersfield. With the World War I centenary coming up soon many projects are running to commemorate the different aspects of the war. I have got involved in the Empire, Faith and War project. The projects aim is to look at Sikhs in World War I. Continue reading
Elizabeth Pente and Emma Levitt tells us about their research adventures
As a PhD student, conducting research can be one of the most exciting and at times frustrating parts of the thesis process. Not only do you have to find relevant collections, but learn how to access them – and occasionally, even once found the materials could be restricted. This is why when I learned that the British Library was hosting an event on their collections, how to access them, and to meet members of their staff I jumped at the opportunity. Continue reading
Huddersfield Town Association Football Club, 1920. Kirklees Image Archive
My name is Jordan Diggle and I am a second year History undergraduate currently studying at the University of Huddersfield. One of my module choices is the ‘Hands on History, which is led by Dr Janette Martin. This choice of module has presented me as well as other students a new opportunity into discovering fresh ways of researching and interpreting history. Our first challenge has been a group based activity. The purpose of this is to develop a museum display board entitled ‘Made in Huddersfield’ which will be put on display on 8 New Street for the viewing by the public. This will be a part of a collective display which each museum boards presents a different part of Huddersfield’s rich history. Continue reading
Hannah Batley, English student, tells us about her work placement with local playwright Mick Martin. England Arise is a play based on the research of Huddersfield historian Cyril Pearce.
The First Day…
Walking into this project, I had no concrete idea of what it would be like, I could only assume and the reality outweighed any expectation I could have had. On my first day, we all met in the large meeting room in Lawrence Batley Theatre. A gradual stream of people entered and I slowly began to differentiate actors from writers, to historians. Continue reading
History Blog 2 – Literature and History: Uncovering the University’s role in the First World War.
My name is Steven Jackson and I am currently on a three month internship, with the University of Huddersfield. During my internship, I have volunteered to help the History Department with their research, into the University’s role during the First World War. As people will know, from reading my previous blog, my knowledge and experience of history is not academic. Because of this, I feel extremely privileged to be allowed to contribute to this project, and handle genuine articles and artefacts from the time. Continue reading
Cover from the Sheffield Million Pound Appeal Brochure, 1938
Professor Barry Doyle tell us why writing a history book is difficult
Writing a history book is difficult. Well you would expect that – but the difficulties are not limited to having a good idea or sustaining the momentum to write your masterpiece. They are also shaped by a range of practical considerations which, though it pains me to admit it, reflect many of the concerns raised by Keith Jenkins in his controversial work, Rethinking History (Routledge, 1991). Continue reading