Fighting Lesbian Erasure in Historiography: Restoring Sappho as a Queer Identity, by Amber Barry

In perhaps Sappho’s most quoted fragment, a preoccupation with her reputation to prosperity is immediately and ironically apparent. Most likely addressing a lover, Sappho writes: ‘someone will remember us / I say / even in another time,’ (trans. Carson). Yet the ways in which Sappho’s work has been interpreted and conceptualised throughout time has been anything but straightforward, simultaneously frustrated by her work’s fragmentation and by the complexities of identity politics.

The Black Cultural Archives and the Importance of Public History, by Sophie Stockwell

Despite recent efforts to begin a “decolonisation” of British History, historians such as David Olusoga have illuminated ways in which “mainstream” history neglects the story of Black Britons. Looking at data taken from Advance HE’s Equality Challenge Unit for 2017-2018, the “ethnic homogeneity” of who is both writing and teaching British history is revealed.

Olive Morris and a Legacy of Transient Politics, by Parise Carmichael-Murphy

Olive Elaine Morris (b.1953) was a grass-roots and radical Black feminist, likely known for her constant resistance to racism, sexism, and class oppression. Olive campaigned against racism, and in support of both women’s rights, international rights, and squatters’ rights. It is clear that she sought to unpick the interconnected systems which upheld the discriminatory structures in social, political, and economic arenas.

The Acid Rave Revolution vs. Thatcher, by Rhiannon Ingle

When Thatcher came to leadership on the 4th of May 1979, she said “where there is discord, may we bring harmony;” in her leadership speech. Although it wasn’t exactly the ‘harmony’ she had in mind, the British public grouped together to form their own, home-made ‘harmony’ in the form of illegal raves backdropped by the genre of acid house. Any pre-existing ‘discord’ present in the UK deepened immensely following Thatcher’s leadership.

‘Manifest Destiny’: How US Expansionism Shaped Borders and the People Living Within Them, by Alya Magness-Jarvis

The 1783 Treaty of Paris concluded the American Revolutionary War between the British Empire and the United States of America. Stretching from colonial settlements along the Atlantic Coast in the east, to the banks of the Mississippi river in the West, the borders of the new republic extended across a vast expanse of land. The boundaries, however, did not remain static for long; over the course of the next century the expansion of the American frontier followed a pattern of migration, settlement, and displacement.