History Notes

#Book Club – Microhistories – ‘Perfume’

Microhistory is the “intensive historical investigation of a well-defined smaller unit of research (most often a single event, the community of a village, or an individual)” (stolen from Wikipedia)   There has been quite a few books popping up recently that focus in on a small object or event, and then look at a larger …

Career Tips

Navigating a heritage sector career

Most people currently working in the heritage sector probably have one thing in common – they didn’t realise it would be quite this difficult. Specifically, we didn’t realise just how competitive the jobs can be. A forgivable miscalculation, of course, because this isn’t like acting or the music industry, right? There must be an equal …

History Notes

The Wipers Times

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. A battle which, in the first day alone, injured 60,000 men and wounded/killed more than 1 million soldiers in just a few months. We find it hard to truly get our heads around the horror experienced by these men, especially when statistics, artifacts, …

Museum Stuff

Chawton House Library

“Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands.” – Persuasion, 1818. This time one month ago I was packing my bags, ready to begin a month-long residential internship at Chawton House Library. It was …

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WW – Margaret Fountaine, Lepidopterist extraordinaire

Lepidopterist – Noun: A person who collects or studies butterflies and moths. Margaret Fountaine, Victorian lady, and a serious lover of butterflies. Margaret spent the best part of her lifetime collecting and creating illustrated guides to her vast collection of butterflies. She was part of the Victorian craze for collecting and cataloguing natural history, but …

Museum Stuff

“Not relevant to their everyday lives”: A Millennial Problem

There has recently been a tonne of discussion surrounding Millennials, and how on earth do Museums engage them? I find this question of Millennials in museums especially interesting and relevant considering I am one who both visits and works in them. Also, when you think about it, a large number of young people make up …

History Notes

WW: Princess Sophia the Suffragette

I don’t know how many of you have seen the film Suffragette staring Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, and various other very famous very white actresses, but there’s no doubt many people worldwide have done. Before I go into this I want to say that I definitely enjoyed the film, it was visually great, script was …