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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. After his retirement in 1990, Professor Johnson became a Chevalier (Knight) and then Officier of the Légion d’honneur (the highest order of merit in France), and died in 2005.

Published: Jul 7, 2016 10:21:26 AM

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. Through these projects she enlightened both scholars and the public about the nature and extent of British slave-ownership, creating a publicly accessible online database, authoring a REF impact case study and collaborating with the BBC on a BAFTA winning documentary.

Published: Jun 14, 2016 3:00:00 PM