The Travels of Marco Polo: Video Games and History

By Calum Clark

For one of my third year modules ‘History and Myth in the Middle Ages’ we looked at how the past has been represented in modern media: whether it be through television, film or video games. One of the ways we explored ideas of medieval representation was to design and pitch our own concepts of history in media.

Fra Mauro Map

This is a faithful photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art

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Student Historians and Public Engagement

When the Council of the Royal Historical Society visited the University of Huddersfield in October 2014 they were taken on a tour of the University’s new, state of the art, archive Heritage Quay and its opening exhibition by History student, Adam West. Dr Pat Cullum has used the opportunity to describe the public engagement work of students in History at Huddersfield in the May 2015 newsletter of the Royal Historical Society. This is an expanded version of her article.

The interactive Digital Wall in the Lecture area of Heritage Quay allows visitors to select and display both images and sound files. Photo: Heritage Quay


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Behind the Dissertation, a look at how to prepare for third year dissertations

By Ciaran Lourdes-Binsley

Beginning the second year of University is a great feeling, meeting friends and knowing this year is going to count to the degree adds to the excitement. I had not expected the module called History Research Skills to be as important as it turned out to be. Research skills was to be our preparation for the Dissertation module in the third year. To me this felt like miles away and I didn’t want to start thinking about third year when I hadn’t even started the second year.

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Fully Funded Research Training Masters in Heritage at the University of Huddersfield

As part of the successful award of a Centre for Doctoral Training to the Heritage Consortium (Universities of Huddersfield, Bradford, Hull, Leeds Beckett, Northumbria, Sheffield Hallam and Teesside) we welcome applications for one Fully Funded Research Training Masters in Heritage in the School of Music, Humanities and Media at the University of Huddersfield to commence in October 2015. The award includes a full fee waiver and a stipend at RCUK-equivalent Research Preparation Masters rate of £9,681.Heritage Consortium logo

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Getting to Know Vesta Tilley by Jo Dyrlaga

Women in disguise have often played a surprising part in military history and there are lots of historical examples of women who dressed up as soldiers to fight for their country. Performers on the music hall stage only did so temporarily for entertainment, yet they still managed to make a significant mark in less direct ways. Male impersonators were hugely popular both at home and overseas and many considered them to be role models.  As well as taking part in recruitment drives, male impersonators also performed in front of both British and American forces throughout the First World War.

Many military recruitment campaigns focused on the transformation of ordinary young men into disciplined and smart soldiers. And no soldier in England underwent such regular and public transformation as the music hall star Vesta Tilley. Continue reading

Wakefield is where it’s at: Urban change in twentieth-century Britain

On Friday 20 March, first years on the module Twentieth Century Britain visited Wakefield and The Hepworth Gallery, a key feature of the city’s regeneration. They were exploring issues of urban change in the second half of the twentieth century, thinking about economic restructuring, social identities and their real-life urban settings. The students were also acting as researchers for an on-going collaborative project between historians at the University and the gallery, led by Elizabeth Pente and Paul Ward.

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Teaching History Digitally: My Experience as a New Teacher on a New Module

In October 2014 I began my first teaching position, working on the brand new and innovative ‘Digital Victorians’ module at the University of Huddersfield. The intention of this course was to provide second year History students with a comprehensive introduction to the digital humanities via an academic module on Victorian Britain. The students benefitted from a team of lecturers which included Professor Martin Hewitt and Professor Paul Ward and were provided with a brand new digital learning suite, complete with four conference desks with accompanying computers and ports for laptops, phones and tablets. Continue reading

Finding our Feet: The Co-production of Research and Undertaking a Historically-focussed PhD

On Wednesday 11 February, at the University of Huddersfield, a group of research students and academics engaged in a conversation about undertaking a PhD and the co-production of research. The postgraduate workshop had the aim of delineating methodologies, exploring common themes – problems and opportunities – and talking through real-world research issues from the perspective of co-production of research, in relation to historically-focussed humanities disciplines. The participants have shared their notes from the day to allow others to be part of the conversation.

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The birth, the life and the legacy of Huddersfield History Society

It was a warm summer’s eve in the field of Hudds. A rarity to say the very least but I assure you it is true. After a solid days work dredging through the wealth of historical knowledge available from the emporium that is floor two of the library, a well-deserved crisp pint of beer with friends was required. Martyn Richardson, third year History student explains the origins of the Huddersfield History Society and calls for volunteers to get involved.

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Location, Location, Location: The Gott Collection, Yorkshire landscapes and Connected Communities PhD studentship at the University of Huddersfield

History at the University of Huddersfield and The Hepworth Wakefield invite applications for a fully-funded AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award 3-year full-time PhD studentship entitled Location, Location, Location: The Gott Collection, Yorkshire landscapes and Connected Communities. In addition to fees (at Home/EU rate), the studentship will be funded at RCUK rates, £14,002 in 2015-16. The University also has a generous package of research development funds to enable attendance at conferences and to support public engagement activities. History has about 20 research students and has an energetic and sociable research culture, in which the successful applicant would be expected to participate.

“Wakefield Bridge and Chantry Chapel,” oil on canvas, by the British artist Philip Reinagle, R.A. Dated 1793. 153.5 cm x 245.5 cm. Courtesy of the collection of the Hepworth Museum, Wakefield.

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