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 …

2021 - 2022 Modern Volume 18

Thousands of Years before Windrush: The Significance of Black Romans in Ancient Britain

By Hannah McCann. (REPRINT FROM VOLUME 13) As part of the English National Curriculum in primary school, students are taught about the impact of the Roman Empire in Britain. However, I highly doubt that many people reading this article were taught about the ‘Ivory Bangle Lady’ of York or the North African soldiers that were …

2021 - 2022 Modern Volume 18

Destination Freedom: Resilience and memory in Radio

By Bethan Davis  Remembrance of America’s ‘Golden Age of Radio’ often leaves out African-American contributions. The 1920s gave way to some opportunities in broadcasting for black musicians and actors, but historian Erik Barnouw firmly argued they had a ‘dwindling role’ in radio. The recurrent and popular programs like ‘The Jack and Benny Show’ were incredibly …