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Books Out Loud

Books Out Loud

In the UK, February is LGBTQ+ History Month. Turns out, this is a little bit confusing, because in the US, LGBTQ+ History Month is in October and February is Black History Month. For the record, Black History Month is in October in the UK. I don’t know who decided this, or what they were trying to achieve by reversing those, but it’s managed to thoroughly confuse a few people I’ve talked to recently. Oh, and LGBTQ+ History Month isn’t the…

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History Breeds Fiction

History Breeds Fiction

For those who missed my last post, I’ve been on a camp this week called Re-Fresh, and while I’m not going to talk about it in detail, I thought I’d draw on some of the experiences that stood out. Yesterday we went up to Hadrian’s Wall to a particularly well-preserved section near Housesteads Fort. I’ve got a vague idea that it might have been on our specification for Roman Britain back when A-Levels were still a thing (I’m so delighted…

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Icelandic Sagas In London

Icelandic Sagas In London

I think it’s fairly common knowledge that I’m a massive nerd. Well, I’m actually quite a small nerd, measuring barely over five foot three, but my nerdiness is without limits and far transcends the physical boundaries of my petite height. So, I’m a massive nerd. And in true keeping with the nerdiness of my existence I went yesterday to an event at the British Museum called Viking Sagas (somewhat confusingly, since it was originally advertised as being called Icelandic Sagas)…

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Subjunctive History

Subjunctive History

“It’s subjunctive history. You know, the subjunctive? The mood used when something may or may not have happened. When it is imagined.” My parents persuaded me to watch The History Boys a little while ago and, as they expected, I loved it. It’s a very funny, very profound film, and I’m astonished that it took me this long to get around to it. It’s a snapshot of an education system that doesn’t exist any more, but that doesn’t mean it’s…

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