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Obituary for Professor John Lynch

Aged 91, Professor John Lynch has died in north London. Born in 1927 in Boldon Collieries in County Durham, one of three small villages which kept a coal-mining  tradition till 1982, he identified strongly with north-east England. After three years of military service Professor Lynch took the four-year undergraduate MA (sic!) at the University of Edinburgh, before moving to UCL to  read for a PhD in Latin American history supervised by Professor RA (Robin) Humphreys. In the post-war period the UCL History Department was the national pioneer of modern Latin American history, just as it was of ancient history of the Near East. In 1954 Professor Lynch was appointed a lecturer in history at the University of Liverpool. He had both to teach broadly on modern, including Irish, history, and to complete his thesis on late Spanish colonial history, much of it researched in the imperial archives at Seville, a city for which he retained a deep affection. 

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Nahrein Network announces first Visiting Iraqi Scholarships

The Nahrein Network and the British Institute for the Study of Iraq (BISI) are pleased to announce that four candidates have been awarded a scholarship to conduct research in the UK. The Visiting Iraqi Scholarship Scheme is one of the few opportunities available to Iraqi academics and practitioners in history, heritage and humanities to conduct research at a UK research host institution.

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Marie Curie Fellowship for Maria Romera

Many congratulations to Dr Maria Ángeles Martín Romera, of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, who has been successful in her bid for a European Commission Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, to fund a period as a research fellow at UCL History. Dr Romera will join the department in September 2018 to work for two years with Dr John Sabapathy on a project entitled 'Surveilling Communities: Public office holders and popular control in Southern Europe (13th-15th centuries)', focusing on Castile, southern France, and Siena.

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Success for UCL History staff in Rome Regional Partnership bid

Senior Lecturers John Sabapathy and Antonio Sennis were pleased to learn in January that their consortium, led by Dr Catherine Keen of SELCS, has been successful in its application to UCL's Rome Regional Partnership fund. There was a good deal of competition for this funding, which has been awarded to ten groups from across UCL and comes as part of a wider move within the university to develop new and existing links with specific regions across the EU.

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Nahrein Network hosts Iraqi minister

On 24th of January, the Iraqi Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr Abdulrazzak al Issa, visited at the invitation of Professor Eleanor Robson two of the Nahrein Network’s UK partners, the British Library and the National Archives.

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Aaron Graham receives Parliamentary History prize

Congratulations to Leverhulme Early Career Fellow Dr Aaron Graham, who has been awarded the Parliamentary History Essay Prize 2017 for an article entitled 'Legislatures, Legislation and Legislating in the British Atlantic, 1692-1800’. The prize is awarded to early-career researchers by the journal Parliamentary History for the best essay submitted on an historical subject related to the history of parliaments and representative institutions in Britain, Ireland, and British colonial dependencies. 

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Nahrein Network team visits Baghdad

UCL’s Nahrein Network team visited Baghdad in December to develop collaborative research partnerships with Iraqi universities, domestic organisations, and Government institutions. The Nahrein Network, supported by a £1.8 million grant from the AHRC’s Global Challenges Research Fund, is designed to strengthen the sustainable development of cultural heritage and humanities in the Middle East. 

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Professor Michael Crawford awarded British Academy Prize

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).

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Catherine Hall receives Bochum Historians' Award 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. 

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UCL History researchers mark St Pancras International's 150th birthday

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.

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Rebecca Jennings discusses LGBT history on the BBC

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.

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'Revisiting 1960s British Cinema-going' takes Wakefield back to the 60s

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.

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Andrew Smith shortlisted for Gladstone Prize

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). 

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Why Martin Luther King had the US Constitution on his side - Adam Smith

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:

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Melvyn Stokes AHRC Award

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. 

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Professor Bernhard Rieger delivers inaugural lecture

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. 

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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. 

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Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership launches at UCL History

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).

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UCL History hosts successful WP summer school

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. 

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New scholarship in memory of Professor Douglas Johnson

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.

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Retirement of Professor Catherine Hall

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.

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BAFTA TV Award for Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners

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. 

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IHR annual lecture named in honour of Iwan Morgan

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.

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History staff take part in UCL Festival of Culture

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.

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UCL History excels in QS World University Subject Rankings

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.

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New Research Project: Re-imagining Italianità

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.

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Margot Finn receives a Provost's Teaching Award

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.

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Whitfield Book Prize awarded to John Sabapathy

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. 

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Adam Smith named UCL Broadcaster of the Year

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.

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Results of the Research Excellence Framework

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.   

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Iwan Morgan awarded Commonwealth Fund Chair in American History


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. 

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