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History SPOT 300dpiThis is my last post for History SPOT and the last blog post for this particular blog.  The History SPOT blog is closing down after almost four years.  That doesn’t mean that the History SPOT website is closing down; it’s just in the process of a reinvention alongside other changes occurring with the Institute of Historical Research’s online presence.

Over the coming months you will begin to see changes with the History SPOT website.  First, the podcasts have just moved over to the IHR website, integrating them with the seminar pages.  In addition IHR podcasts are now appearing on iTunes-u; You Tube; and the School of Advanced Study website.  This part has actually been happening since late last year.

Second, the History SPOT website will become solely a research training platform, moving the focus entirely towards training courses.  In this regard we have a lot in the works already.

Material Cultures

In partnership with the University of Kent and the Museum of London the IHR have been helping to organise a series of workshops around the topic of material culture. These workshops have looked at the meaning of objects, their historical uses, and different methods for analysis. In 2014 the results from these workshops will be redeveloped for presentation online in the form of a FREE short course.

Managing your data

In December the University of Hull held the first in a series of workshops on the topic of managing your data as an historian.  In February the IHR will be holding a second workshop on this topic and then the University of Sheffield will be holding a third workshop in April.  But this is only the start.  In 2014 an entire online course will be made available for FREE on History SPOT that will guide you through the research process and enable you to easily and quickly develop a data management plan, often essential for research proposals and useful for research itself.


A year ago the School of Advanced Study published the first module of the InScribe Palaeography materials course on History SPOT.  Another module is still in development looking more closely at scripts.  This will be ready for launch sometime soon.

All good things…

Although I personally will still have a role with developing these courses I am saying goodbye to the podcast service entirely.  I have now moved over to the School of Advanced Study working on digital projects for them, which will, admittedly, intersect with the IHR and History SPOT website from time to time.

It’s sad for me to close down this blog.  It was my first one, indeed, it’s because of this blog that I have developed others and spent time investigating and researching blogging practises in more general terms (see my Blogging for Historians blog for some examples of this).  I will still be blogging elsewhere as well, such as the SAS Blog and my own research blog, Sixteenth Century Scholars.  I hope too to contribute occasionally to the new IHR blog, and it is to this matter that I would like to particularly turn your attention.

Although the History SPOT blog is coming to an end the posts will live on in the new IHR blog that has just been launched.  You will find all the posts there alongside the archive from other IHR blogs, all rolled into one place.  I’m hopeful that there will still be the occasional review summary of a podcast on this new blog.  There will certainly be updates regarding research training online and updates about changes to the History SPOT website as and when they happen.

For now then I will say goodbye and thank you for reading this blog over the last four years.  It’s been great fun and I hope it’s also been useful and interesting to you, my readers.

The new IHR blog, including History SPOT blog posts can be found at The IHR Blog.  For IHR podcasts take a look at the events section of the IHR website.  New podcasts can also be found on the University of London iTunes-u account, the School of Advanced Study website and You Tube pages.

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HISTSPOTIHRYesterday I uploaded the last podcasts from the 2012-13 session.  I’ll admit as soon as the last file went up I left the office in search of a much needed caffeine boost!  You might have noticed, but the last few days have been very busy with lots of podcasts appearing on the site all at once.  I’ve uploaded files from various conferences including this year’s Anglo-American on the topic of Food in History; the Materialities of Urban Life in Early Modern Europe interdisciplinary conference which looked into debates regarding the public, private, commercial, domestic and civic material cultures.  Then finally podcasts from the Mobilising London’s housing histories: the provision of homes since 1850 conference (click on the links to access these podcasts).  Lots of conferences, lots of seminars, a great swath of new content!

We now have 590 podcasts in total on History SPOT.  That’s no small number and has been achieved over a four year period, most of which have been created over the last year.  Of these the majority come from the IHR’s seminar programmes (now numbering 26 groups who have given podcasting a go!) and from 20 different conferences held by the IHR.  History SPOT is also home to a smattering of lectures, workshops and interviews all recorded as audio or video.

Below is a long list – or index – of all the podcasts that have been created this year.  Hopefully there will be something for everybody.  Personally one of my favourites was this year’s policy forum from the Anglo-American conference (see the third from top).  Some of the audio is a bit wonky as there was only one microphone but five speakers, yet the topic of discussion was highly interesting.  The title is perhaps misleading.  This ‘forum’ was all about the food industry in the present and how it will cope in the future with a rising population, threats of global warming, and (seemingly) no one prepared to deal head-on with the major issues facing us in terms of food production.   It was all a bit scary really.  As a result I might start looking into getting an allotment for when the world ends.

Also of note:

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

The Untold History of the United States

Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

From computers and history to digital history: a retrospective

Sir Roderick Floud (Gresham College), Professor Robert Shoemaker (Sheffield), and Dr Don Spaeth (Glasgow)

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

John Milton as a theorist of liberty

Professor Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary, University of London)

And finally, the podcasts from the Going Underground: Travel Beneath the Metropolis 1863-2013 conference which celebrated the 150th anniversary of the London Underground. 

This year I would also like to welcome the following seminars to History SPOT: Christian Missions in Global History; Disability History seminar; Gender and History in the Americas; Imperial and World History; London Group of Historical Geographers; Marxism in Culture; Modern French History; Modern German History; Oral History; Public History; and the Socialist History seminar.  Lots of groups have given podcasting a go this year.  As per usual we have also had podcasts from our staples including the Voluntary Action History seminar; Metropolitan History seminar; Digital History; British History in the Long Eighteenth Century; Latin American; and Archives & Society.

Index to all podcasts from the 2012-13 academic year (most recent at the top)

Friday, 12 July 2013

Famine is not the problem: an historical perspective

Cormac O’Grada (University College Dublin)

Friday, 12 July 2013

Moral economies and the cold chain

Susanne Friedberg (Dartmouth College)

Friday, 12 July 2013

The politics of food: past, present and future (Policy Forum)

Frank Trentmann (Birkbeck/Institute of Sustainable consumption, University of Manchester); David Barling (Centre for Food Policy, City University); Annabel Allott (Soil Association); Keir Waddington (University of Cardiff); Craig Sams (Green & Blacks)

Thursday, 11 July 2013

You Are What You Eat: Historical Changes in Ideas about Food and Identity

Steven Shapin (Harvard)

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Toward a historical dialectic of culinary styles

Ken Albala (University of the Pacific)

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Top Down/Bottom Up: Using oral history to re-examine government and other institutions

Donald A. Ritchie (Historian of the U.S. Senate)

Friday, 28 June 2013

Housing during the Great War

Jerry White (Birkbeck, University of London)

Friday, 28 June 2013

From ‘heroin’ to heroines: the Haggerston Estate

David Roberts (University College London)

Friday, 28 June 2013

Inequality and prejudice: New Commonwealth immigrants and the Committee on Housing in Greater London

Ruth Emsden (formerly London School of Economics)

Friday, 28 June 2013

Poor Irish communities’ experience of housing in London 1880-1914

Giulia Ni Dhulchaointigh (Trinity College, Dublin)

Friday, 28 June 2013

Listing social housing: Trellick Tower and Edenham Way by Erno Goldfinger

Emma Dent Coad (Independent scholar)

Friday, 28 June 2013

Location, location, location, the politics of space in an interwar metropolitan borough: the case of Islington

Tanis Hinchcliffe (Independent scholar)

Friday, 28 June 2013

Working class politics in London and land, planning and housing reform

Duncan Bowie (University of Westminster)

Friday, 28 June 2013

In conversation: Jay Kleinberg and Jessie Ramey on gender and social policy in the US, 1880-2000

Jay Kleinberg (Brunel) and Jessie Ramey (University of Pittsburgh)

Thursday, 27 June 2013

‘Miles of silly little dirty houses’: Victorian Battersea and the making of a working-class suburb

Colin Thom (Survey of London)

Thursday, 27 June 2013

One up one down: the London cottage flat

David McDonald (Victorian Society)

Thursday, 27 June 2013

‘Improved dwellings for the industrious classes’: H.A. Darbishire’s Peabody model and its relevance for contemporary housing

Irina Davidovici (Kingston University)

Thursday, 27 June 2013

What can we learn from housing history?

Andrew Saint (Survey of London)

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

‘Female agony and visionary experience: Jane Lead (1624-1704), her last days and its impact upon the Philadelphian Society, c. 1697-1704’

Ariel Hessayon (Goldsmiths)

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Web Archives: A New Class of Primary Source for Historians?

Peter Webster (British Library) and Richard Deswarte (UEA)

Friday, 7 June 2013

‘Art’ with a Capital ‘A’ and the Practice of Community Art

Kate Crehan (City University of New York)

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Domesticating medicine: medical technologies and the modern home

Roberta Bivins (University of Warwick)

Monday, 3 June 2013

Spectacular Bodies: The Swimsuit, Censorship and Hollywood

Ellen Wright (University of East Anglia)

Thursday, 30 May 2013

1820: disorder and stability in the United Kingdom

Malcolm Chase (Leeds)

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Loose, Idle and Disorderly: Vagrant Removal in Late Eighteenth-Century Middlesex

Tim Hitchcock (Herts), Adam Crymble (King’s) and Louise Falcini (Reading)

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

The Audacity of Veracity – the Rev. Tiyo Soga’s role and part in the translation of the Bible into Xhosa

Jo Davis (University of South Africa)

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

From computers and history to digital history: a retrospective

Sir Roderick Floud (Gresham College), Professor Robert Shoemaker (Sheffield), and Dr Don Spaeth (Glasgow)

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

The summits of modern man: mountaineering after the Enlightenment

Peter Hansen (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA)

Thursday, 23 May 2013

A Plea for the Weak Against the Strong : l’anti-impérialisme d’Annie Besant (1847-1933)

Muriel Pécastaing-Boissière (Paris IV-Sorbonne)

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Material Culture Panel: The Significance of Things.

Margot Finn (UCL) and John Styles (Hertfordshire)

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

The People of Medieval Scotland database: A prosopographical survey

Matthew Hammond

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Chaos and Confusion? Record Systems in the Home Office prior to 1841

Chris Barnes

Monday, 13 May 2013

Michael Gove’s Island Story – why history teachers are up in arms

Andrew Stone

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Healthy homes, healthy bodies in late Renaissance Italy

Sandra Cavallo and Tessa Storey (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Adaptees aux milieux canadiens-francais et catholiques: Educating Librarians to be Censors at the Universite de Montreal, 1937-61

Geoffrey Little (Concordia University Libraries)

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

The public history of Magna Carta

Justin Champion and Graham Smith

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Of Imperial Centers and Edges: The Problem of the Atlantic (World) for Understandings of the Spanish Habsburg Empire

Alejandra Osorio (Wellesley)

Friday, 19 April 2013

Behind and within the wardrobe of Robert Dudley, early of Leicester (1532/3-1588)

Tracey Wedge (Southampton)

Friday, 19 April 2013

Production and the missing artefacts: candles in the early modern Scottish town

Aaron Allen (Edinburgh)

Friday, 19 April 2013

Paris and the court of Francis I

Glenn Richardson (St Mary’s University College, Twickenham)

Friday, 19 April 2013

Colour symbolism in the civic material culture of Renaissance Norwich

Victor Morgan (University of East Anglia)

Friday, 19 April 2013

Towards a geography of portraiture in Elizabethan and early Stuart England

Robert Tittler (Concordia)

Thursday, 18 April 2013

The Dutch Revolt as part of the urban memory landscape

Marianne Eekhout (Leiden)

Thursday, 18 April 2013

‘I know the lute’/’I know thee, lute’: musical instruments as domestic objects on the early modern stage

Simon Smith (Birkbeck, University of London)

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Including the kitchen sink: a lodging household in early seventeenth-century London

Mark Merry (Institute of Historical Research)

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Exercise in the early modern Italian city: health, objects and emotions

Tessa Storey (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Constructing the material experience: a seventeenth-century trespass case from Sweden

Riitta Laitinen (Turku)

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Dispossession and material insecurity in the early modern city

Sara Pennell (Roehampton)

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

The ‘active lives’ of objects on the urban domestic scene: cross-referencing archaeological and iconographic sources in early modern Europe

David Gaimster (University of Glasgow)

Thursday, 11 April 2013

The English republican exiles in Europe

Gaby Mahlberg (Northumbria University)

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Les Juges Jugez, ses Justifians (1663) and Edmund Ludlow’s protestant network in seventeenth-century Switzerland

Gaby Mahlberg (Northumbria University)

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

The Untold History of the United States

Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick

Thursday, 21 March 2013

‘Springing from the double head of Monarchy and Democracy’: The Persistence of Monarchical Republicanism and the Rise of Democracy in Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Britain and France

Rachel Hammersley (Newcastle)

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

History for citizens: the record of the historical profession in Britain

John Tosh (Roehampton)

Monday, 18 March 2013

The rehabilitation of Red Daisy the Countess of Warwick

Terry Ward

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

“Riding on Top of the Car”: The cinematic tram and urban transformation

Karolina Kendall-Bush (University College London)

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Reading Lives of English Men and Women, 1695-1830

Polly Bull (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

‘Unintended Consequences’: Digital reading and the loci of cultural change

Ben Schmidt (Princeton University)

Monday, 11 March 2013

A permanent environment of brightness, warmth and homeliness: children’s experiences of institutional care in the Waifs and Strays Society, 1881-1914

Claudia Soares (University of Manchester)

Monday, 11 March 2013

Labour and the Politics of Drink in Interwar Britain

Dr Peter Catterall (University of Westminster)

Friday, 8 March 2013

Writing a biography of a woman who made history

June Purvis (Portsmouth)

Friday, 8 March 2013

Life-writing, autobiography and fiction

Max Saunders (Centre for Life-Writing Research, King’s College London)

Friday, 8 March 2013

Biography (and biographers) in theory and in practice

Meg Jensen (Centre for Life Narratives at Kingston University)

Friday, 8 March 2013

The art of biography?

Hermione Lee (Centre for Life-Writing, Wolfson College, Oxford)

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Whose house is it anyway? Public history and contemporary art in a Georgian home

Karen Harvey (University of Sheffield)

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

The Anarchist Movement in Argentina in International Perspective

Jose Moya (Columbia)

Saturday, 2 March 2013

The Dublin Lock-Out 100th Anniversary

John Newsinger (Bath) and others

Thursday, 28 February 2013

The East India Company at Home: Domestic Interiors, Public Histories and Material Cultures

Margot Finn (University College London)

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

The Ugly Renaissance

Alex Lee (Warwick)

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

‘For the benefit of example’: hanging felons at the scene of their crime in the long eighteenth century

Steve Poole (University of the West of England)

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Auctions, maps, leases and “narrations” of property: representing commodified space in Delhi, 1911-47

Anish Vanaik (Oxford)

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Exposing the Archives of White Australia

Tim Sherratt (Independent scholar)

Monday, 25 February 2013

Taking the Field: Telling the Stories of Grassroots Cricket

Dr Emma Peplow (London School of Economics)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Keynote speech on Why Material Culture?

Mark Jones (St Cross College, University of Oxford)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Panel 4 – Trans-national connections

John McAleer (Southampton University)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Panel 4 – Trans-national connections

Marta Ajmar (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Panel 4 – Trans-national connections

Anne Gerritsen (University of Warwick)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Panel 3 – Investigation, Interpretation and Dissemination of Material Culture

Nancy Bell (The National Archives)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Panel 3 – Investigation, Interpretation and Dissemination of Material Culture

Lesley Miller (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Panel 3 – Investigation, Interpretation and Dissemination of Material Culture

Hannah Greig (University of York)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Panel 2 – Material Culture in a digital world

David Prytherch (University of Birmingham)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Panel 2 – Material Culture in a digital world

Dinah Eastop (The National Archives)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Panel 2 – Material Culture in a digital world

Glen Adamson (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Panel 1 – The historical value of material culture

Evelyn Welch (Kings College London)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Panel 1 – The historical value of material culture

John Styles (University of Hertfordshire)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Panel 1 – The historical value of material culture

David Gaimster (University of Glasgow)

Friday, 22 February 2013

01. Welcome and Introduction

Miles Taylor (IHR)

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

The Spirit of 1976: Commerce, Community, and the Politics of Commemoration

Tammy Gordon (Director of Public History, University of North Carolina, Wilmington)

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Joaquim Nabuco, Abolitionism and the End of Slavery in Brazil

Leslie Bethell (KCL)

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Whose Home? Jewish migration and local reaction in the East End of London 1870-1914

Oliver Betts (York)

Monday, 11 February 2013

African Struggles Today: Social Movements Since Independence

Peter Dwyer (Ruskin)

Monday, 11 February 2013

‘The People’s Popular Emporium’: A Short History of Gamages of Holborn, Cycling and Athletic Outfitters, 1878-1935

Dr Geraldine Biddle-Perry (Central St Martins College of Art and Design)

Thursday, 7 February 2013

La régulation des pollutions à Londres au 18e siècle : perspectives comparatistes avec Paris

Thomas Le Roux (CNRS – Maison Française d’Oxford)

Thursday, 7 February 2013

‘My other mother’: Separated families and mourning as agency in narratives in the 1947 Indian partition

Anindya Raychaudhuri (University of St Andrews)

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Seventeenth-Century Library Benefactors Books in Oxford Colleges: Some Examples and Some Uses

Dr William Poole (New College, Oxford)

Monday, 4 February 2013

A Jamaican Odyssey: Nancy Prince’s Travels to Jamaica in 1840

Beverley Duguid (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Protestant Missions, Progressivism and Global Modernity: The YMCA in China, 1895-1935

John Heavens (University of Cambridge)

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

The World is not Enough: Global History, Cotton Textiles and the Industrial Revolution

Giorgio Riello (University of Warwick)

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

The stormy latitude of the law: Chancery Lane and spatial politics in late eighteenth-century London

Francis Boorman (IHR)

Monday, 28 January 2013

Good Feeling and Brotherliness: Leisure, the Suburbs and the Society of Public Librarians in London, 1895-1930

Dr Michelle Johansen (Bishopsgate Institute)

Monday, 28 January 2013

La Bataille du Rail? New Interpretations of Cheminots in Vichy France

Ludivine Broch (Pears Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism/Birkbeck)

Monday, 21 January 2013

Socialist Women and Women’s Liberation 1968-1982: An Oral History Approach

Sue Bruley (Portsmouth)

Friday, 18 January 2013

Movement, vision, Underground

Marko Jobst (University of Greenwich)

Friday, 18 January 2013

Tunnelling today for Crossrail tomorrow

Michael Hebbert (University College London)

Friday, 18 January 2013

Hitchcock’s Underground

David Pike (American University Washington)

Friday, 18 January 2013

A transatlantic connection: Philadelphia, London, and the urban transit at the turn of the twentieth century

Jim Wolfinger (DePaul University)

Friday, 18 January 2013

Crossing oceans to cross rivers: trans-Atlantic knowledge and capital in tunnelling history

Tim White (New Jersey City University)

Friday, 18 January 2013

The Underground above ground

Lucy Maulsby (Northeastern University Boston)

Friday, 18 January 2013

Training up the escalated body

Richard Hornsey (University of the West of England)

Friday, 18 January 2013

Electricity underground: the politics of a new technology in London and Paris at the turn of the twentieth century

Carlos Lopez Galviz (University of London)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Pick’s posters and progress: a design strategy for the Underground

Oliver Green (Independent Scholar)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Notes from the Underground: Seamus Heaney’s ‘District and Circle’

Tom Herron (Leeds Metropolitan University)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Listening and sounding in the London Underground: sonic memories as embodiments of technological Infrastructure

Ximena Alarcon (University of the Arts)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

‘Stand clear of the doors, please’: an aural journey on the London Underground

Jacob Paskins (University of Cambridge)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

The advantage of a trip abroad. The emergence of architectural Modernism

Ulrike Weber (Technical University Kaiserslautern)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

The London Tube Map as a shared public diagram

Christoph Lueder (Kingston University)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

A job for life: changes seen in a 50-year career on London Underground, 1916-1966

Piers Connor (University of Birmingham)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Class and commuting on the underground, 1863-1939

Simon Abernethy (University of Cambridge)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Letting off steam: the perils and possibilities of underground travel in Victorian and Edwardian London

Richard Dennis (University College London)

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

A Sinew of Power? Ireland and the Fiscal-Military State, 1690-1782

Patrick Walsh (University College London)

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

‘Rolland, Gandhi and Madeleine Slade: Spiritual Politics, France and the Wider World’

Ruth Harris (Professor of European History and Fellow of New College, Oxford)

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

The rise and fall of John Sperni, Mayor of St Pancras 1937-1938

Robin Woolven

Monday, 14 January 2013

How the British Isles Became British: The Residential Class in Jersey, c. 1815-1850s

Robin Mills (University of Cambridge)

Monday, 14 January 2013

A Liberal Education for ‘Citizens’: The Case of the Working Men’s College (1854-1914 ca.)

Dr Marcella Sutcliffe (University of Cambridge)

Monday, 14 January 2013

The fraudster, his mistress and humanitarian fundraising in the 1890s: anticlericalism and the inheritance of Mgr Lavigerie

Bertrand Taithe (University of Manchester)

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Sighs and settees: recovering the lost history of reading aloud in the eighteenth century

Abigail Williams (University of Oxford)

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Mapping Everyday Life: Digital Harlem, 1915-1930

Stephen Robertson (University of Sydney)

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

La Dictablanda: Soft Authoritarianism in Mexico, 1940-1968

Ben Smith (Warwick)

Monday, 7 January 2013

Mistreated and Molested: Jailhouse Violence and the Civil Rights Movement

Althea Legal-Miller (Independent Scholar)

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Les gauches anglaises face au New Reading Public

Elen Cocaign (Paris 1)

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Liberating the Self: Epiphanies, conflict and coherence in the life stories of post-war British women

Lynn Abrams (University of Glasgow)

Monday, 10 December 2012

History of Riots project: research update

Keith Flett

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Sir Francis Walsingham in Paris and London

John Cooper (University of York)

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Secularisation: Or Otherwise in Eighteenth-Century England?

Panel members: Penelope J. Corfield (Royal Holloway, University of London); Jeremy Gregory (University of Manchester); John Seed (Roehampton University).

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

The inter-war home: the design and decoration of the suburban house in England

Deborah Sugg Ryan (University of Falmouth)

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Floundering in the Slough of Despond – singleness, unfitness, and the British woman missionary in India, c.1920-1950

Andrea Pass (University of Oxford)

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

An Ecology for Digital Scholarship

Jason M. Kelly (IUPUI)

Monday, 3 December 2012

Ladies, legislation and letters to Lester Pearson: policy and debates about married women’s right to work in Canada, 1945-1970

Helen Glew (University of Westminster)

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Conceiving Freedom: Women and the Abolition of Slavery in Havana and Rio de Janeiro

Camillia Cowling (Edinburgh)

Monday, 26 November 2012

Shakespeare’s Local

Pete Brown

Thursday, 22 November 2012

British Politics in the Long Eighteenth Century: a Defense of Political History

Frank O’Gorman (Manchester)

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Westminster as the seat of national government: the long view

Roland Quinault (IHR)

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Using GIS to explore Historical Texts

Ian Gregory (Lancaster)

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Unique and Distinctive Collections within University Libraries: Current RLUK Initiatives and Related Matter

Alison Cullingford (University of Bradford)

Monday, 19 November 2012

Advertising war: The Visual Imagery of Charity Campaigns in the First World War

Leanne Green (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Social Dissolution: A History of Article 145 of the Mexican Penal Code, 1941-1970

Halbert Jones (Oxford)

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

John Milton as a theorist of liberty

Professor Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary, University of London)

Monday, 12 November 2012

Georges Cheron and the 1936 Hotchkiss factory soviet

Chris Blakey

Monday, 12 November 2012

Converting Emotions: Possession and Power in Female Missionaries’ Writing about Native Converts

Angharad Eyre (Queen Mary, University of London)

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Harrington, the people and petitioning in 1659

Edward Vallance (University of Roehampton)

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Sanctifying the street: urban space, material religion and the G.F. Watts mosaic ‘Time, Death and Judgement’ in London, c.1880-1970

Lucie Matthews-Jones (Liverpool John Moores)

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Glad to be gay behind the wall: gay and lesbian activism in 1970s East Germany

Dr Josie McLellan (University of Bristol)

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Consumer non-choices in the eighteenth century home

Conor Lucey (University College Dublin)

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Negotiating the past: Collaborative practice in cultural heritage research

Professor Alison Wylie (University of Washington)

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

What’s in a Name?: The ‘Conversation’ Piece in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Kate Retford (Birkbeck, University of London)

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Computer-Assisted Review

Kirsten Ferguson-Boucher (University of Aberystwyth)

Monday, 5 November 2012

“The Drab Suburban Streets Were Metamorphosed into a Veritable Fairyland”: Spectacle, Ritual and Festivity in the Ilford Hospital Carnival, 1905-1914?

Dion Georgiou (Queen Mary, University of London)

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Rent versus Production: Political Economy and Economic Culture in Venezuela, 1830-2010

Sarah Washbrook (Manchester)

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Mysticism and the Meaning of Seventeenth-Century Religious Radicalism in the British Isles

Sarah Apetrei (Keble College, Oxford)

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Profiling Irish Crime in London, 1801-1820

Adam Crymble (King’s College, London University)

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Latin America, modern architecture and the poor

Felipe Hernandez (Cambridge)

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Exploring Participatory Approaches to Archives

Dr Andrew Flinn (UCL) and Anna Sexton (UCL)

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Quantifying the Language of British Politics, 1880-1914

Luke Blaxill (King’s College London)

Monday, 22 October 2012

Football Statues: Honouring Heroes by Branding in Bronze?

Dr Chris Stride and Ffion Thomas (University of Sheffield)

Monday, 22 October 2012

The new leisure, voluntarism and well-being in inter-war Britain

Dr Bob Snape (University of Bolton)

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Internet et bases do donnees: la recherche sur l’histoire britannique a l’ere numerique

Emmanuelle de Champs (Paris 8 – Vincennes – Saint-Denis)

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Embodying Race in Colonial Spanish America

Rebecca Earle (Warwick)

Monday, 15 October 2012

Reshaping the past: the lingering colonial present

Tom Bentley (University of Sussex)

Monday, 15 October 2012

Retranslating Victor Serge’s Memoirs of a Revolutionary

George Paizis (UCL)

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Mission studies and historical research: past trends and future trajectories

Brian Stanley (University of Edinburgh)

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

A history of urban space: changing concepts of space in the study of the early modern metropolis

Stuart Minson (Oxford)

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Rethinking Historical Research in the Digital Age: A TEI Approach

Camille Desenclos (Enc, Sorbonne)

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

From classification to network analysis: the Burlington Magazine Online Index

Barbara Pezzini

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

The discourse of practice: continuity and change in early modern domestic cultures

Anthony Buxton (University of Oxford)

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

From Marx to Metrics in Latin America’s Economic History

John Coatsworth (Columbia)

Monday, 1 October 2012

Cigars and Politics: An Intersectional and Transnational Approach to Cuban Women’s Immigration and Work in the United States, 1880-2000

Jay Kleinberg (Brunel University)

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Publishing our Research

Elizabeth Williamson (VCH, IHR); Alan Crosby (Editor, The Local Historian)

Saturday, 15 September 2012

New Resources

Arthur Burns (King’s College London)

Saturday, 15 September 2012


Matt Phillpott (IHR); Stuart Bligh (Kent Archives); Christine Woodland

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Doing History in Real Time

Professor William J. Turkel (University of Western Ontario)

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The History SPOT podcasts are derived largely from the IHR’s research seminar programme and its series of conferences.  The first of these two tables show the regular contributors to History SPOT (i.e. the seminars who podcast all or most of their seminars) and those who podcast occasionally.  As of March 2013 the Franco-British History seminar (which is an external seminar series held in France) rates the highest number of sessions at 34 with our longest serving podcasting seminar, the Voluntary Action History seminar one session behind them.

History SPOT - seminar sessions uploaded (March 2013)

History SPOT – seminar sessions uploaded (March 2013)

The second table shows the conferences that have been recorded and uploaded to History SPOT.  It should be noted that the statistics here represent the number of podcasts rather than sessions.

History SPOT - number of podcast files uploaded from conferences

History SPOT – number of podcast files uploaded from conferences (March 2013)

One more thing to note before I finish this post.  The Digital History seminar is mentioned in the first table with only 2 podcasts.  They are actually regulars, but they usually live stream rather than podcast.   The same is true for the Gender and History in the Americas seminar.  In reality the Digital History seminar have recorded 18 of their seminars whilst the newer Gender and the History in the Americas have recorded 4.  These are generally available as both video and audio podcast from the website.


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I thought today I would share with you a few of the stats that we’ve observed from the History SPOT podcast service.  The table below shows how many times podcast files have been played in the browser and downloaded.  The website went live in September 2011 but plays in browser are only recorded from May 2012.  Nevertheless numbers show an increase that has remained approximately steady since September that year.  Downloads tend to range from about 100 to 200 most months.

The final column shows the number of podcasts that we have uploaded to the website since its launch (and a little bit before).  Up until March 2013 there has been 473 podcasts uploaded online, with more following each week.  As of today (7 May 2013) there have been a total of 490 podcasts uploaded onto the site.  We are rapidly heading toward the big 500!

History SPOT podcast stats (March 2013)

History SPOT podcast stats (March 2013)

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History SPOT top logoJust a quick post today to draw your attention to the minor updates to the blog layout.  It’s nothing major; I would like to do more and really give the History SPOT blog a fresh look, but that will have to wait for another time – perhaps the summer when things are a little less hectic.  What I have done is the following:

  • A direct link to the History SPOT website (this is something that I should have added ages ago, but finally it’s here)
  • A drop-down menu listing the main categories for this blog – this makes it easier to separate the podcast summaries from the live stream and, in particular, the posts about research training online.
  •  Feed from the History SPOT Twitter feed @IHRDigProjects
  • A list of related blogs
  • And the Blog archive going back to March 2010 (has it really been that long?)

If anyone would like to see any other changes to the blog please let me know in the comments below.  I’d love to hear from you.

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shutterstock_82911643When you read a blog post about History what are you looking for?  If you own a blog do you write posts about historical topics?  Why do you do this?  What do you get out of it?  These are all things that are of interest for the Blogging for Historians project. 

The project examines the purpose behind blogging either as an individual or as an intuition for academic purposes.  It looks at ideas about best practice as well as the hopes and desires of those writing or reading the posts.  The idea is to gather a wider body of evidence regarding what people involved in History-related disciplines think of blogging and why they may give it a go.  The project will attempt to do the following:

  • A series of podcasted interviews with practitioners in archives, libraries and history departments who blog about History in one form or another.
  • A workshop (details to follow) about History blogging to be held in the Institute of Historical Research
  • An online survey asking for thoughts and ideas about blogging

A crucial part of the research for the Blogging for Historians project will derive from the survey.  This is live now and it would be brilliant if you could take a moment of your time to fill it in.  The survey is very short and should take less than five minutes to complete.  It is broken down into three sections:

  1. Using blogs
  2. Creating and managing blogs
  3. Personal details

It is the first two sections that will provide the majority of interest and will hopefully raise some interesting thoughts, ideas and questions.  Essentially the survey asks why we create blogs, what do we hope to gain from them, and how do we access blog posts as a reader?  It also asks what do we gain by reading blogs?  From this survey it is hoped that we can further understand the processes and many reasons why blogs have become such a successful forum for writing, reading, and discussion over the last few years, and what impact or importance this might already and in the future have for the History discipline.  

I would be very grateful if you could fill in this survey.  It doesn’t matter if you own a blog or just visit them (or even if you don’t visit them – I would be interested in that too).  The survey is interested principally in History-related blogs, but this does not necessarily mean academic or professional.  There are a variety of History-related blogs out there, all of which have something useful and interesting to offer. 

Access to the survey can be found from this link:

Blogging for Historians Online Survey

It should take no longer than five minutes to complete and personal details will be kept confidential.  Statistics from the results of the survey alongside my thoughts and analysis will appear on this blog early in 2013. 

For more details about the Blogging for Historians project see its own blog here: Blogging for Historians Blog

The project is funded through the SMKE scheme.  For further details about this project see here: SMKE website

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Just a brief word today, to keep you informed about the changes occurring to the History SPOT platform.  These won’t affect your ability to visit the site, either for the podcasts or our research training material, but you will find some changes to the way you navigate the site.

One of the main things that we are trying to do in making these changes is to link it more closely to our parent site, the IHR website (www.history.ac.uk).  You can now access History SPOT either through its home page or through the relevant sections of the IHR website.  For example to access the podcasts you can come in via the seminar pages on the IHR website or from the History SPOT front page.  Detailed information about each training course will now be held on the IHR website where you can then log in to History SPOT to reach those materials.

So, to the changes we have made today.  Firstly you will notice some changes to the History SPOT front page.  We’re now using this space as a place to read about the latest news regarding the IHR’s online seminars and training provision.  Thus we have a latest podcasts feed, latest blog posts, and links to all of our research training online.

The main toolbar has also been simplified to grant easier access to the contents of the site.  The side navigation bar still remains in a reduced form but will be replaced shortly.  You will notice that the Collaborative portion of the site has vanished.  We haven’t gotten rid of this, but we are in the process of changing how we use this portion of the site – more on that at a later date.

The other element of History SPOT that has been improved is the podcast index page.  We have worked hard to provide an index that underlies all of the podcasts on History SPOT.  You can still access these podcasts via a list of the seminar groups but now you can also search via period, geographical location, and type of history.  The search engine at the top of the page also allows you to search by keyword.  In addition we’ve moved our live stream system directly on to the seminar page, so you can now pop-out all of the live stream elements whenever you want to watch a variety of past events (or live events when they are on).

Finally, just a quick note that podcasts from this year’s seminars will begin to appear from next Monday (15 October 2012), so please do watch this space!

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