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What is it like to be a female historian in the 21st century? History Extra's Ellie Cawthorne spoke to four leading academics, including the London Centre for Public History and Heritage's Dr Anna Whitelock, about internet trolls, juggling work and family, and their plans to shake up the study of history. 

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Citizens is a three year Heritage Lottery Fund supported project led by Royal Holloway, University of London. Working with partners and supporting organisations including the AQA exam board, The National Archives, the People's History Museum and the Historical Association, the project aims to help students gain a better understanding of the development of the relationship between the citizen and the state in Britain over the last 800 years, considering the causes, scale, nature and consequences of protest to that relationship.


Historians for History was founded by Edward Madigan and Graham Smith in May 2015. Their initial aim was simply to respond to the promotion of what they felt was a distorted, politically-driven narrative of Britain’s historical relationship with continental Europe by Historians for Britain and other commentators. As the debate on the UK’s future in the European Union gathered steam, the blog became a forum for discussion on Britain’s place in Europe and the wider world. Since then, the site has evolved in to a storehouse of commentary on public history in the 21st century.


Royal Holloway, University of London, has been awarded a grant of £485,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a three year project entitled Citizens, charting the history of liberty, protest, rebellion and reform from Magna Carta to the Suffragettes and beyond.



Daniel Beer's new book, The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars has recently been reviewed by Dominic Sandrook for The Sunday Times. 

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On the 27th April 2016 a discussion of the impact of culture on the EU debate, organised by Dr Anna Whitelock, was held at Senate House. The speakers included: Stella Tillyard, Sarah Dunant, Charles Saumarez Smith, Simon Winder, Gabriele Marcotti, Elisabeth Luard, Gavin Hewitt and Caroline Moorehead.

The event was a huge success, with a very impressive panel, and has really raised many more questions about why the cultural sector have largely been absent within the referendum discussions thus far. 


Royal Holloway, University of London, has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the ‘Freedom and Justice: exploring Magna Carta’s legacy online, in the classroom and in the community’ project.

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Dr Akil Awan from the Department of History spoke yesterday, 15 March 2016, at the United Nations Global Meeting on Preventing Violent Extremism, in Oslo, Norway.

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A packed audience including 200 alumni of Royal Holloway, University of London and Bedford College, attended this year’s Fawcett Lecture with broadcaster Jenni Murray, last night (7 March).

Jenni Murray spoke about her early life, her career path to becoming a broadcaster, what it was like as a woman working at the BBC in the 1970s including the sexism she and other women experienced in workplaces at that time and her thoughts on feminism and how it’s evolved from the 1970s to the present day.