Alice Whitehead

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Mean Girls: Public History’s Fascination with “Good” and “Bad” Women

This month, BBC History Magazine released the results of its annual “History Hot 100” poll, a survey which asked readers to name the historical figures that have been “fascinating” them most in 2017. Polls can often be an interesting reflection of public consciousness and awareness of different issues, but where...

A rebellious tea pot from the collections of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institute 0

Sugar, Tea and Liberty: Material Consumption and the American Revolution

On 22nd February 1770, an eleven-year-old boy was shot dead by a British customs official on the streets of Boston during an altercation about imports. Young Christopher Sneider’s death was glorified as nothing short of martyrdom by the Boston Gazette, and his funeral was one of the biggest processions colonial...

THE DEVONSHIRE, or Most Approved Method of Securing Votes', by Thomas Rowlandson 0

The 1784 Election: Masculinity in Crisis?

The 1784 election contest for the constituency of Westminster was one of the most hotly contested in history, ‘forty days of riot, forty days of confusion’ in the words of Pitt the Younger . Aged only 24, Prime Minister Pitt tried to snatch Westminster from the hands of self-proclaimed ‘man...

(Portrait of Queen Anne, Studio of John Cloisterman, circa 1702, National Portrait Gallery, NPG 215) 0

Rethinking Queen Anne: A Conundrum of Queenship

In a BBC poll from 2015, just 1% of voters decided that Queen Anne (1665-1714) was the best queen in English history; Queen Elizabeth I scooped 45% of the vote, while Victoria and Elizabeth II received 10% each. Although up against stiff competition, the vote is typical of Queen Anne’s...