Head of History, Dr Simon Morgan’s article ‘John Deakin Heaton and the elusive civic pride of the Victorian middle class’ has been published online by the journal Urban History. Dr Morgan will be talking about the contribution and legacy of Heaton and his family to the city of Leeds in his upcoming talk as part of the Leeds Cultural Conversations series in May. Find out more and book your free tickets here.
Dr Shane Ewen, Reader in History, gave a History & Policy lecture on 18 January at the Home Office on ‘Iconic Fires and the Rise of Fire Prevention in Post-War Britain’. The event was very well attended by senior policy-makers and other stakeholders in the fire and rescue service, and drew excellent feedback from those involved in the Hackitt and Grenfell inquiries.
Queer Beyond London project
Professor of Social and Cultural Studies, Alison Oram was a keynote speaker at the two-day international conference “Queer Localities” on 30 November – 1 December 2017 at Birkbeck, University of London, as part of the AHRC-funded Queer Beyond London project. It brought together historians, geographers, archivists and community activists from all over the world. The conference discussed research and projects in LGBTQ history and heritage from places as diverse as South Africa, the southern USA, Wales and, of course, Leeds. There is hope of producing a follow-up book in the near future.
The School hosted the Second Leeds Beckett Media Research Festival on 19 January 2018 and welcomed over 17 papers from six schools across the University. Interdisciplinary discussions ranged from Woody Allen to Led Zeppelin taking in the red tent movement, salvaging, arms fairs, yellow sticker shopping, salvaging, propaganda, to representations of disability, age and space. The day included performances and discussion on the relationship of art practice and research.