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Six short months into our three year Citizens project here at Royal Holloway, University of London, and much has been already been achieved.


The Spanish edition of Helen Graham’s 2012 book, The War and its Shadow: Spain’s Civil War in Europe’s Long Twentieth Century is being re-published in a new ‘pocket’ edition which will be distributed across Spain with the July 2017 issue of the popular history magazine, Historia y vida. Ten thousand copies of the book will be distributed with the magazine, which is sold not only in newsagents, shops and stations, but also nationwide in the newspaper kiosks which still form an integral part of the local landscape, across both urban and rural Spain.


On Sunday 4 June Royal Holloway, University of London welcomed over 1000 visitors from the local community and beyond to its inaugural Festival of History, bringing sword fighting, ‘suffragette jujitsu’ and revolutionary rifle-drill to Egham.


Royal Holloway's Dan Beer has been nominated for the 2017 Wolfson History Prize for his book, The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile under the Tsars. 

Established in 1972, the Wolfson History Prize aims to recognise and reward the best historical writing produced in the UK. The annual prize of £40,000 is awarded to the author whose book is judged to best combine readability and excellence in research.


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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