The Edict of Expulsion

The expulsion of the Jews from England in 1290 was a relatively quick and efficient affair. The order that the Jews were to leave the country by All Saints day (1 November) was issued on 18 July and the last of the Jews had left England less than four months later. Despite what the so-called Continue Reading

A Literal Ghost Train?

Though macabre in appearance and plaintively bizarre, the concept of a train designed solely to transport bodies for burial became a respected and useful feature in Victorian life. With London’s population exploding during the 1850s graveyards became increasingly congested and piles of rotting corpses were a major public concern. Indeed, Victorian values surrounding death and Continue Reading

Peer Mentors

The Peer Mentor Scheme within the History department is entering its tenth year. Throughout the past 10 years, the scheme has aimed to ensure that every new student in Manchester feels welcome and supported during his or her first year at University. This year is no different. The student-to-student support programme aims to help first Continue Reading