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.
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.
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.
On 26 February the Institute of Advanced Studies will host a book launch for The East India Company at Home, 1757-1857, which will be published in February 2018 by UCL Press. Edited by UCL History's Margot Finn, and by Kate Smith of the University of Birmingham, the book explores how empire in Asia shaped British country houses, their interiors, and the lives of their residents. Moving beyond conventional academic narratives, the book includes chapters from researchers based in a wide range of settings including archives and libraries, museums, heritage organisations, and family history research as well as universities.
A visit has been arranged for alumni on Saturday, May 12, 2018 to the Postal Museum, which opened in summer 2017. The visit will include a ride on Mail Rail, the GPO narrow gauge underground railway which linked Liverpool Street and Paddington mainline stations, part of which is now preserved in working order.