2021 - 2022 Foreword

New Histories: Foreword

Hello and welcome to New Histories. We are a student-led platform that aims to make history more accessible for a wider audience.

First and foremost, this is not extra academic work. You do not need to treat your contribution how you would an essay. There is no need for references or wordcounts. We are not History Matters, the department’s academic blog. This is New Histories where you can tell the history you want, in the way you want.

You can really cover anything, as long as it fits the monthly theme. These themes are deliberately broad and vague to allow you to cover the history you’d like. This is about the history that you didn’t get taught in school and the history that matters to you.

This year we are continuing to move away from a stereotypical ‘magazine’ – where the focus is only on written work – and instead catering to a larger creative skillset. We want historians to be able to tell history in their own way, whether that is through the written word, art or film.

You could write an article about LGBT+ history or pen a poem about an area of Black history. Maybe there’s a woman from history that you’d like to make a film about or maybe you want to cover the history of disability through a podcast. It is up to you.

Check out our Resources for Contributors section for advice and have a browse through our 2020 – 2021 volumes to see examples of our work.

New Histories is for everyone regardless of what year of study you are in. All you need is one hour, once a month. You can contribute regularly or as a one off. Have a look at our upcoming themes so you can get started.

I look forward to reading / watching / listening to your submissions.

Thank you,

Hannah McCann

Editor-in-Chief