I’m pleased to report that my thesis has been included in a recent review of PhDs in urban history and heritage in the journal Urban History. Tosh Warwick of the University of Glasgow engaged very thoroughly with my work in this piece and considers it within wider trends in the study of postwar landscapes and their … More PhD review in Urban History journal
My 1980s British badge collection has been continuing to grow. Recent acquisitions include a number of general political badges from a single collection in Northamptonshire. These appear to be from between the 1983 election and 1986 – “Save Jobs: Sack the Tories,” “I didn’t vote Tory”, and a “save the GLC” badge. Possibly these could … More Historical lapels: 1980s politics edition
It’s been a very busy semester, but I managed to fit in a few days at this year’s Australian Historical Association conference, which was held at the Australian National University in Canberra between 2-6 July. This year’s theme was “The Scale of History” and the conference itself was certainly on a massive scale, with a … More Australian Historical Association 2018
As a gift to myself for completing my PhD, I bought a collection of 1980s badges from eBay. They all came from one collector, whose interests mixed political activism and local heritage preservation in the Northamptonshire area. I rather like theming my lapels to what I’m reading or teaching on a particular day (or to … More Historical lapels: Milton Keynes edition
I have a long list of bookmarked eBay listings of Milton Keynes historical ephemera which I try to collect when funds allow. Most of my Milton Keynes postcards are unused, however this one I purchased for its photo montage of the Shopping Building had been used by a local resident. The Shopping Building opened in … More Milton Keynes ephemera: postcards from the 1980s
Milton Keynes Central Library is one of those institutions which reflects the generous public-spiritedness of early 1970s Milton Keynes – a publically funded organisation with a focus on building and serving their community, especially working class people and people on lower incomes. MK Library service has many local branches, however even when I lived in … More MK50 in Melbourne: a care package from Milton Keynes Central Library
I’ve had this domain parked for about five years, so now it’s time to do something with it. Consider this as a placeholder for more to come.