Tag: cultural history
Kitty Fisher – A Modern Celebrity?
Written by Sophie Whitehead. Obsession with celebrity is thought to be a trend of the modern era, yet, can we call Kitty Fisher the first celebrity? Sophie Whitehead examines the life of Fisher, considering whether she can be called a celebrity in her own right.
‘You’ve redecorated!’ Invention and Innovation in the Original ‘Doctor Who’
Written by Verity Limond. The influence of ‘Doctor Who’ on the television landscape of the United Kingdom is undisputed. But often, the modern reboot of the show overshadows the original series. Verity Limond takes a look back at this original series, weighing up its merits and its flaws.
Sealand: Radio to Royalty
Written by Sam Marks. The history of radio in the UK may seem a simple trajectory, but few people remember the political turmoil associated with pirate radio, especially in the case of Sealand. What was the importance of this land, and how did radio create a new sovereign nation?
Performing in the Theatre of the Cold War: Race, Jazz, and United States Foreign Policy
Written by Jack Bennett. What role did Jazz play in the Cold War? Jack Bennett discusses the often paradoxical enterprise of American State Department sponsoring international tours for its prominent Black musicians, to promote American values and liberties, with enduring racial discrimination and Jim Crow haunting in the background.
Masquerade: Silk embroidered postcards of World War One
Written by Megan Crutchley. The practice of soldiers sending items home was a common occurrence. Megan Crutchley investigates the values and intimacies of sending silk embroidered postcards home, as well as its industrial impact.
‘Educated’ by Tara Westover: Uncovering Radical Mormonism in Rural America
Written by Sally Dolphin. Tara Westover’s 2018 memoir tells the story of her life growing up as a Mormon in rural America. An isolated childhood, Westwood’s experiences leaving such a sheltered environment can shed light on our own cultural awareness.
The Order of the Thistle: A Symbol of Positive Anglo-Scottish Relations from the Medieval to the Modern Period
Written by Sophia Aiello. Anglo-Scottish relations have been tense at the best of times, but how can a royally gifted honour help this relationship? And how has the history of the Order of the Thistle run parallel to Scottish history?
The Mythology of the Wild West
Written by Amy Hendrie. The imagery of the Wild West has captured American minds for over a century with cowboys, sharpshooters, and lone travellers. Through looking at the life of William Cody, Amy Hendrie examines the origin and impact of this cultural fascination.