[SEMINAR] Room for Food, Spaces for Eating @MMUSpecial

This afternoon I enjoyed a couple of hours looking at/hearing about 19th C recipe books, and what these tell us about the aspirations (not the realities) of those living then, and then art produced in response to women’s lived lives in that era, at the MMU Special Collections reading room and gallery. [View the story “Room for Food, Spaces for Eating @MMUSpecial” on Storify] Second World War Posters Mass Communications Academic, @MMUBS. British Home Front Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf 2016 #22: Saving Bletchley Park by @Dr_Black with @stevyncolgan (Unbound, 2015)

Over the last few weeks I’ve watched the whole of 24 (208 episodes in total I believe), but today decided I was ready for reading a bit of paper! I’ve had Sue Black’s Saving Bletchley Park since Christmas in an e-book, and the hard copy turned up not long after … and I had promised myself that on this two weeks of annual leave (no work emails, no CPD, mostly sleep) I would read the Continue Reading →

The Online Classroom?

This looks like a really interesting piece, which I’d like to read in full… but I suspect of interest to a lot of people working in e-learning particularly: The time comes for most teachers to face something they think they cannot do. Such a time came for me in 1993, when a guest speaker at the college where I had been teaching for 20 years invited the faculty to prepare courses for our then-developing online Continue Reading →

[AUDIO] Thought of the Day 07/02/14

listen to ‘Thought of the Day 07/02/14’ on Audioboo For Inspirational Breakfast, Premier Radio: Thought of the Day I was fascinated to see that on this day in 1965, someone thought that it was worth recording that George Harrison (of the Beatles fame) had his tonsils removed. God, however, does care about all the little things in our lives, and, regardless of things that seem much worse in other parts of the world such as Continue Reading →

#TimetoTalk with Historian Barbara Taylor

In the Times Higher Education today there’s an interview with Barbara Taylor, a historian who is the subject of The Last Asylum. “By the time Eve was published in 1983,” she recalls when we meet at a cafe near her home in Crouch End, “I was incapable of doing any sustained work. I struggled on, the next project flowed so naturally out of it that I knew how to go about it, but I just wasn’t capable.” Among the obstacles she Continue Reading →

[AUDIO] Thought of the Day 06/02/14

listen to ‘Thought of the Day 06/02/14’ on Audioboo Today happens to be 62nd anniversary of the ascension of Queen Elizabeth II to the British throne. Further back in time, on this date in 1918 – Britain granted women, aged 30 & over, the vote. A poster as part of the suffragette campaign highlighted how women could be a Mayor, Nurse, Mother, Doctor or Teacher, or Factory Hand (so contributing to society), but not have Continue Reading →

[AUDIO] Thought of the Day 05/02/14

listen to ‘Thought for the Day 05/02/14’ on Audioboo On this date in 1597, a group of early Japanese Christians were killed by the new government of Japan for being seen as a threat to Japanese society. This reminds me of a question I have heard asked many times: ‘If you were arrested for being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict you?’” – and if you put this into Google, you’ll see Continue Reading →

[AUDIO] Thought of the Day 04/02/14

listen to ‘Thought for the Day 04/02/14’ on Audioboo Today’s events in history are a little more depressing. On this day in history, in 1933, in Germany, President Von Hindenbrg limited the freedom of the press, part of the journey towards the same date in 1938 when Adolf Hitler seized control of the German Army and put Nazis in key posts, ultimately precipitating the Second World War. My PhD focused upon British Propaganda Posters of Continue Reading →