Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Michael Crawford, who on 27 September was awarded the British Academy's Derek Allen Prize. The prize, which was awarded at a ceremony in central London, commemorates former Academy Secretary and Treasurer Derek Allen (1910-1975) by rewarding outstanding scholarship in three diverse fields corresponding to Mr Allen's interests (musicology, Celtic studies, and numismatics). Professor Crawford, who taught at UCL from 1986 until his retirement in 2005, was recognised for his significant contribution to the study of Roman numismatics. His published works on the topic include Coinage and money under the Roman Republic: Italy and the Mediterranean economy (London: Methuen, 1985) and Roman Republican Coinage (London: Cambridge UP, 1974).
Publication date: 17 October 2017
Professor Emeritus Catherine Hall has been awarded the sixth Bochum Historians' Award. The €25,000 prize is awarded every three years by the History of the Ruhr Foundation to honour a historian’s lifetime work. Catherine is the first woman to receive the prize; previous recipients include Eric Hobsbawm and Jürgen Kocka.
Publication date: 21 September 2017
The Nahrein Network team at the University of Kurdistan Hewler, with the Dean of Social Sciences Dr Anwar Anaid (second from left)
Publication date: 21 September 2017
Iconic London landmark St Pancras International station will celebrate its 150th birthday next year. As part of the celebrations, HS1, the company which owns and operates St Pancras, is partnering with UCL History to conduct a research project into the station's past. More than 30 undergraduate and MA students are working on archives from the British Library, London Transport Museum and UCL to uncover 150 stories, facts and images which reflect the building's remarkable history.
Publication date: 18 September 2017
UCL History teaching fellow Rebecca Jennings has appeared on BBC Radio on several occasions over the past fortnight as part of the programming with which the corporation is marking the anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which partially decriminalised homosexuality. Both of the two-part documentaries on which Rebecca features can still be heard through the BBC iPlayer service over the next few weeks.
Publication date: 10 August 2017
Students from UCL Drama Society joined Professor Melvyn Stokes and Dr Patrick Glen at Wakefield's Theatre Royal on July 19 to host an immersive showing of Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, transforming the theatre into a cinema from 1967, the year of the film's release. With students playing roles including the cinema manager, usherettes, and several rowdy audience members, the local public was able to experience what it was like to attend the British cinema in the 1960s. One of the students who participated in the Wakefield event, Matthew Turbett, wrote an account of his experience which can be found on the UCL History blog.
Publication date: 9 August 2017
UCL History teaching fellow Andrew Smith has been shortlisted for the Royal Historical Society's Gladstone Prize for his first book, Terror and terroir: The winegrowers of the Languedoc and modern France (Manchester UP, 2016).
Publication date: 23 May 2017
Dr. Adam Smith is the writer and presenter of a short documentary for Know it Wall, the UCL-based website that popularises research on a broad range of fascinating disciplines, from history to physics. In the documentary, Dr. Smith discusses the problem of racism and discrimination in America and how it has been shaped by the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, the Amendment that Donald Trump and others want to repeal:
Publication date: 27 March 2017
Melvyn Stokes has been awarded £78,887 by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for a new twelve-month project, 'Remembering 1960s British cinema-going'. This is a grant for impact and public engagement that follows on from the earlier AHRC-funded project 'Cultural memory and British cinema-going of the 1960s' (1 January 2013-31 December 2015, £324,849), which was designed to collect – by means of questionnaires and interviews – memories of those who went to British cinemas half a century ago.
Publication date: 2 March 2017
Professor Bernhard Rieger delivered his inaugural lecture on 29 November 2016 in the Gustav Tuck Lecture Theatre after introductions by Professor Mary Fulbrook (Dean of the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences) and Professor Jason Peacey (Head of the History Department). Entitled "Making Britain Work Again," the lecture considered social and political consequences of new social policies developed in the 1980s to deal with the decade's mass unemployment.
Publication date: 22 December 2016
The Bronisław Geremek Prize for outstanding first book 2016 awarded to UCL History Lecturer Patrick Lantschner
Patrick Lantschner has been awarded the 2016 Bronisław Geremek Prize for an outstanding first book in the History of European Civilization for his book The Logic of Political Conflict in Medieval Cities: Italy and the Southern Low Countries, 1370-1440. The prize is named in memory of the medieval historian and Polish statesman Bronisław Geremek. It is funded by the European Civilization Chair, which was established with the support of the European Parliament at the College of Europe at Natolin/Warsaw, and is awarded in cooperation with the Foundation Professor Bronisław Geremek Centre on the basis of reviews written by an international jury of experts. Patrick will travel to Warsaw to collect the prize in the spring of 2017.
Publication date: 22 December 2016
The department is delighted to announce the launch of the new Centre for the Study of the Legacies of Slave-ownership, jointly funded by UCL and the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. The establishment of the new Centre provides a long-term home for the highly acclaimed Legacies of British Slave-ownership research project which was funded by grants from the ESRC (2009-2012) and ESRC/AHRC (2012-2015).
Publication date: 28 September 2016
Earlier this month we were joined by year 12 students from around the country for our annual residential 'Making History' summer school. Running from the 01-05 August, the summer school gave state school students a taste of university life. Priority is given to applicants who will be the first generation in their family to study at university, come from neighbourhoods with low overall progression rates, live outside London and have achieved strong GCSE results.
Publication date: 19 August 2016
An alumnus of the department has generously funded an undergraduate scholarship in memory of his favourite teacher at UCL – distinguished historian Professor Douglas Johnson. Professor of French History at UCL from 1968, Johnson became both Head of Department and Dean of Arts and published widely, contributing to Anglo-French relations. He was also recruited by the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to provide an alternative view of France to that of the Foreign Office.
Publication date: 7 July 2016
At our annual Department Dinner last Friday evening colleagues across the department marked the upcoming retirement on 31 July of Professor Catherine Hall, after 18 years at UCL. Professor Hall has held the post of Professor of Modern British Social and Cultural History since 1998 and has been Principal Investigator of the 'Legacies of British Slave-ownership' and the 'Structure and Significance of British-Caribbean Slave-Ownership, 1763-1833’ research projects.
Publication date: 14 June 2016
The two-part BBC documentary 'Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners', presented by David Olusoga in collaboration with UCL History's Legacies of British Slave-ownership research project, has won a BAFTA TV Award 2016 in the 'specialist factual' category. The programme explored the compensation which the British government paid to slave owners upon the abolition of slavery.
Publication date: 8 May 2016
Iwan Morgan, who holds the honorary position of Commonwealth Fund Chair of American History (UCL History) alongside his post as Professor of US History (UCL Institute of the Americas) has had an IHR annual lecture series named after him. This is in recognition of his longstanding contribution to the study of US history.
Publication date: 7 May 2016
From 23-27 May UCL will host its annual Festival of Culture; a free five day celebration of research from the Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences. This year a number of UCL History academics will be putting on events as part of the festival.
Publication date: 27 April 2016
The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 show an improved performance for the department. UCL History is now in 15th place among history departments globally; the fourth highest ranked history department in the UK.
Publication date: 22 March 2016
Professor Margot Finn, Chair in Modern British History at UCL since 2012, has been appointed President of the Royal Historical Society from November 2016-2020.
Publication date: 1 March 2016
Re-imagining Italianità: opera and musical culture in transnational perspective is a project funded by The Leverhulme Trust’s International Network Grant. The project began on 01 February 2016 and will end on 31 January 2019.
Publication date: 23 February 2016
Congratulations to the Legacies of British Slave-ownership project team who have been awarded the Royal Historical Society's Public History Prize for Broadcasting 2015 for their BBC2 documentary 'Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners'. The prize was presented by Amanda Vickery at a ceremony on 27 November 2015.
Publication date: 22 January 2016
Congratulations to Professor Margot Finn, Chair in Modern British History, who has has been awarded a Provost's Teaching Award for Leadership and Impact. This award recognises the significant contribution that Margot has made since joining UCL in 2012, both through her Leverhulme-funded research project and her teaching.
Publication date: 2 July 2015
Dr John Sabapathy, Lecturer in Medieval History, has been awarded the Whitfield Book Prize for 2015 by the Royal Historical Society for his monograph Officers and Accountability in Medieval England, 1170-1300 (Oxford University Press, 2014). This prize is for a book on British or Irish History and it must be the author's first solely written book.
Publication date: 1 July 2015
Dr Adam Smith received the award for 'Broadcaster of the Year' at the UCL Communication and Culture Awards 2015 for his BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4 contributions. The award was presented by UCL's Provost, Professor Michael Arthur, at a ceremony in May.
Publication date: 14 May 2015
UCL History's REF (Research Excellence Framework) 2014 results are very positive. The ‘Power’ rating, which aims to capture quality across the board, puts the department in fourth place. Overall 82% of our submission was rated 4* ('world-leading') or 3* ('internationally excellent'). Our research environment rating was the best for a History unit (90% 4*) – equal to Oxford and ahead of Cambridge.
Publication date: 20 December 2014
We are delighted to announce that Iwan Morgan, Professor of United States Studies at the UCL Institute of the Americas, has been awarded the title of Commonwealth Fund Chair in American History on an honorary basis.
Publication date: 30 April 2013