Journal Archive

Twice a year, we publish a print journal on a theme chosen by our committee. Here you’ll find an archive of our print editions available to read online.

Development and Deterioration (#30)

Retrospect’s first Print Journal of 2021/22 is here! Discussing the theme of ‘Development and Deterioration,’ Retrospect’s writers have tackled some of the toughest questions in the discipline of history – is all progress a facade? Is there ever really development independent of destruction? Read articles spanning from Ancient Greece to modern Nigeria, covering science, race theory, mental health, and more.

Histories of Hope (#28)

Histories of Hope, the second of our 2020/21 print journals, follows on from Prejudice and Pandemics, offering a glimpse at hope after, or sometimes during tragic times. While often disappointing, the history of hope can provide an interesting perspective throughout global crises.

Prejudice and Pandemics (#27)

Prejudice and Pandemics, the first of our 2020/21 print journals, explores two themes which have dominated human experience in the past year and throughout history, as well as the intersection between them.

Margins (#26)

The second of our 2019/20 print editions, Margins aims to explore overlooked histories and challenge writers to reflect on their understanding of the past.

Celebrations and Commemorations (#25)

The first of our 2019/20 print editions, Celebrations & Commemorations was made in collaboration with the 300th anniversary of the appointment of Charles Mackie to Chair of History.

Justice and Persecution (#22)

The second of our 2017-2018 printed editions, this issue of Retrospect explores themes related to the School of History, Classics and Archaeology’s social responsibility and sustainability initiative led by Dr. Esther Mijers.

Individuals and Communities (#21)

Explore the complex and diverse relationships between individuals and their communities in the first of Retrospect’s 2017-2018 printed editions.

Eras and Epochs (#20)

We mark our 10th Anniversary with a wide variety of articles that connect current events in Edinburgh and the UK with previous phenomena that occurred across the world in different eras and epochs.

Pitfalls and Promises (#19)

Retrospect Journal’s first issue for the 2016-17 academic year. Find here a bumper issue of articles that speak to the themes of leadership, power, and war, and the pitfalls and promises that come with these themes.

Terror and Tranquility (#17)

Retrospect’s Autumn/Winter 2015 issue encompassing the contrasting themes of ‘Terror’ and ‘Tranquillity’. Read our academic pieces, features and reviews, as well as our new historical fiction section.

Breakthrough (Compilation)

A compilation edition of Retrospect’s ‘Discovery’ and ‘Milestones’ issues of the academic year 2014/15.

Discovery (#16)

Our issue for winter 2014 was themed ‘Discovery’.

Origins (#15)

The Spring/Summer 2014 edition of Retrospect is based on the theme ‘Origins.’

Freedom (#14)

The Autumn/Winter 2013 issue of Retrospect was based on the theme ‘Freedom.’ It includes academic articles, features and reviews on films, books and exhibitions.

Failure (#13)

The Spring/Summer 2013 issue of Retrospect was based on the theme ‘Failure.’

Identity (#12)

The Autumn/Winter 2012 issue of Retrospect was based on the theme ‘Identity.’ It includes academic articles, features and reviews on films, books and exhibitions.

Riot (#4)

The Autumn/Winter 2011 issue of Retrospect was based on the theme ‘Riot.’

Have and Have Nots (#3)

The Spring/Summer 2011 issue of Retrospect was based on the theme ‘Haves and Have Nots.’

Unlikely Unions (#2)

The Autumn/Winter 2010 issue of Retrospect was based on the theme ‘Unlikely Unions.’

Empire (#1)

The Spring/Summer 2010 issue of Retrospect was based on the theme ‘Empire.’

ED24 Archive

We have produced five ed24 issues which were written, produced, designed and published in one 24-hour period. This is done as part of the University of Edinburgh’s Innovative Learning Week initiative in which the University organises events designed to engage students in new and innovative ways of learning and teaching.

Echoes of Edinburgh: Voices of the City

Introducing Innovative Learning Week 2016’s 24-hour edition ‘Echoes of Edinburgh’, another ed24 magazine by Retrospect written, edited and designed in a single day.


Retrospect’s fourth ed24 issue themed ‘Collaborate’ for Innovative Learning Week 2015.


A 36-page online magazine that students from the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Arts created from scratch in 24 hours. Interviews include: Sam Branson, Context MC and Ella Hickson.


A 36-page magazine created from scratch in 24 hours by students at the University of Edinburgh. Including interviews with singer-songwriters, comedians and Caggie Dunlop.


A 24-hour magazine concerning ‘Memory’.