The Coronavirus era has cemented 2020 as an unprecedented year. Throughout all of the continuing hardships, we have had to persevere in order to regain some semblance of functionality and control in our daily lives. For this issue, I wanted to draw parallels to moments in history where people had to recover after troubling periods, almost a rebirth or ‘renaissance’, in order to inspire confidence and hope for the coming months.
I am delighted to be in charge of this great online magazine as it allows students to express themselves and their history freely. In terms of my plans for the future of this magazine, I would love to carry on promoting readership and encouraging contributions so that we further raise the profile of a great Sheffield student-led initiative.
Mya Badhan – Project Lead
As the new Editor-In-Chief for 2020-21, I have decided to create a PDF edition of New Histories. I hope it adds something special to your reading experience. (It will be made available through email). In this issue, a wide range of topics are covered, from the AIDS epidemic, to Anti-War Feminists, to the end of the Cold War and the 2012 Olympics. The aim of this issue was to highlight hardships within history but to also show humanity’s resilience and ability to hope for a better future – even in the most difficult circumstances.
I am so happy to have been selected for this role, as New Histories is a brilliant project to be involved with. Any area of history can be explored and the magazine gives you a chance to develop your writing skills in a friendly and encouraging environment.
Hannah McCann– Chief Editor