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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.

To read more about this project, click here:


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.

To find out more and to watch a video of his speech, please click here:


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.


On 25th February over seventy people from as far afield as Brighton and Manchester gathered to hear Sarah Dunant, Stella Tillyard and Dr Jerome de Groot discuss the benefits and limitations of popular historical fiction as a means of stimulating the wider public to enjoy learning and thinking about the past.  The speakers also engaged with questions about the differences between novelists and historians and whether reading for fun is historical engagement.


On the 26th January 2016 Royal Holloway held a special memorial lecture for David Cesarani. The lecture which was held before Holocaust Memorial Day was based around the question 'why do we continue to ignore the Holocaust?'. Paul Salmons, the Program Director at the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education was the speaker. 


On the 20th of January, Royal Holloway held a panel to discuss 'Refugees and Migrants in Europe - now and then; twentieth and twenty-first century perspectives. 


The panel was conceived and organised by Professor Helen Graham (RHUL History). The panel included: Professor Dan Stone (RHUL History); Dr Rudolf Muhs (RHUL History); Dr Florin Labont (West University Timişoara, Romania); Dr Becky Taylor (UEA); Professor Martin Evans (University of Sussex History).



The Department of History have launched a free online course in collaboration with the 


Royal Holloway alumna Elle Larsson has recently curated an exhibition for the Horniman Museum & Gardens. 

'London's Urban Jungle' covers the story of Charles Jamrach, one of the leading figures of exotic animal trade in Victorian England. The exhibition will be running from the 19th December 2015 to 21st February 2016. 

Here is the link to the exhibition page to find out more:


The RHS Public History Workshop was held in the Wolfson suite at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) on Thursday 29th October 2015.