Eagle-Eyed Impact

Newcastle academic's research informs swords-and-sandals blockbuster. James Titcomb reports Attending premieres, rubbing shoulders with Hollywood stars and visiting film sets are a far cry from the daily activities of the typical academic. But for one historian, the worlds of research and show business collided when she was invited to contribute…

Popular Front: Is Niall Ferguson a ‘proper’ historian?

"Anyone seeking an academic with "impact" should look no further than Niall Ferguson. His books and television series about the British Empire, its American successor and the bloody 20th century have been hugely popular. Whether they irritate, inform or entertain, they have certainly got people talking about big historical questions…