Tagged: museums

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LGBT+ Public History: ‘Queering’ Museums and Archives

As explored in Jack’s introductory article, the history of sexuality is a problematic endeavour. The historical contingency of sexual identities renders quests to ‘reclaim’ an LGBT+ past problematic. In an attempt to avoid imposing the categories of gender and sexuality of our contemporary world onto the past, historians have focused...

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Reluctant Heritage? Revisiting museums and memory sites in Central and Eastern Europe

The conference Reluctant Heritage:  Revisiting museums and memory sites in Central and Eastern Europe from a transnational perspective, which took place in Bucharest from 4–5 November 2016 associated with the international research project ‘Museums and Controversial Collections’, questioned the role of museums and memory sites in a post-dictatorial context. We...

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Curious Objects, Hidden Histories

The Cambridge University Library (UL) strikes fear into the heart of many a student. Students stumble through the endless shelves desperately trying to figure out the indexing system –  and find the light switch. However, the UL need not be the source of such great anxiety. Holding close to 8...

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Historical Sightseeing in Today’s Warsaw

Warsaw, like Berlin, is one of those cities where you cannot ignore the recent past. Nearly razed to the ground during World War II, rebuilt in haste under Soviet rule and now buzzing with shops, cafés and restaurants, modern history is all around. But what do today’s tourists actually see...

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Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Perpetration, Complicity and Collaboration: Conference Report

On 21 October 2016, the Centre for Collective Violence, Holocaust and Genocide Studies at UCL, with the support of the IAS Octagon Small Grants Fund, organised the one-day workshop on ‘Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Perpetration, Complicity, and Collaboration in Nazi-dominated Europe’. In the past two decades, research into perpetrators, collaborators, and...

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Slippery Historical Sources: Social Media, Holocaust Memory and Instagram

Instagram has approximately 13,400 photos under the hashtag “#holocaustmuseum”. This might seem arbitrary, but most of these images are the subject of my historical research. Professionally, I have labelled myself in several ways – as a public historian, a Holocaust scholar, and as a historian of social media. All of...

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Bearing Witness to the Witness: On Visual Representations of War

Images, in J.T Mitchell’s words, both ‘stand for and act as symptoms of what they signify’. The often betrayed expectation that visual representations of war can change public perceptions illustrates this paradox. Images of conflict take no side but they are capitalized on (for legitimation purposes) by all parties involved....

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Feeling the Cold War

When you think of the Cold War, you probably picture ballistic missiles stationed in Cuba, the legendary ‘red telephone’ linking Washington and Moscow, or possibly the Berlin Wall. However, even during the Cold War, these were metaphors for something much bigger and far removed from most people’s everyday lives and...

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A Review of Julie Summers’ ‘Fashion on the Ration’

Julie Summers is fast establishing herself as the voice of World War Two’s ‘Home Front’. Fashion on the Ration builds on the success of Summers’ Jambusters, which tells the story of the Women’s Institute during World War Two. She explores the wear and tear of the war years in Britain...