2021 - 2022 Ancient Modern Volume 20

The Pursuit of Happiness: Embracing inner peace and fulfilment within

By Oliver Bould In the chaotic and cosmopolitan nature of twenty-first century living, it appears we are all relentlessly chasing the ultimate goal – the pursuit of happiness. However, for many of us, this tireless pursuit often results in being whisked away in a whirlwind of ‘to do’ lists, reminders and a persistent struggle to …

2021 - 2022 Modern Volume 20

Club Kids: An Aesthetic Emphasised by Outrageousness, Fabulousness, and Sex

By Anya Goulthorpe The 1990s was a time of liberation, and radical new ideas within the club and nightlife scene of New York. Here, we introduce the Club Kids, an underground subculture of inclusivity, promiscuity, and a period of relief for those damaged by the 1980s AIDS crisis.  According to self-proclaimed ‘Club Kid’ Walt Cassidy, …

2021 - 2022 Ancient Medieval Modern Volume 20

Christmas Through The Ages: Celebrations from Saturnalia to the Second World War

By Hannah McCann (Repost from Volume 15) Every year on 21st December the tallest stone at Stonehenge lines up with the rising sun. The midwinter solstice would have been a very important day for Neolithic people. Archaeological evidence from around Stonehenge shows us that they had immense feasts – from pork and beef to mead …

2021 - 2022 Modern Volume 19

‘Brain Fever’: Middlewood Hospital and 19th Century Mental Disability

By Lauren Chaloner Located in the North Western suburb of Sheffield between Middlewood and Wadsley, Middlewood Hospital is a former psychiatric hospital first opened in 1872. Although visitors to the site today would be met with rows of modern family homes, in the early nineteenth century this was quite a different story. The hospital is …

2021 - 2022 Modern Volume 19

Princess Alice of Battenberg: The other ‘People’s Princess’

[This portrait shows Princess Alice on yellow parchment. She has only been painted from the shoulders up, but we can see she is wearing a blue dress, as she looks over at the artist.]

By Hannah McCann When discussing the life of Princess Alice of Battenberg, people often describe it as ‘stranger than fiction’. But that undermines the achievements of a remarkable woman who, despite being born in the presence of her grandmother Queen Victoria and dying in the home of her daughter-in-law Queen Elizabeth II, was immensely humble …