Sunday 23 November 2008

New History Lab

Welcome to part two of the project: the blog. Officially speaking, this has nothing to do with the pg workshop, and information is available directly from the University website ( However, those who attend that workshop may find some things of interest here. See the disclaimer at the foot of each page for fuller information.
What's the blog's purpose?It's hopefully going to do a number of things. Firstly, providing a more flexible online focus; secondly, it will offer a better system for posting articles, snippets, and abstracts; thirdly, it will be much more interactive. The big point is that I hope people will comment, share items and offer views. A traditional web-page doesn't really let you do this.
Also you can subscribe via RSS or atom. I'm not really sure what they are, but you get each new entry listed in Outlook, without having to visit this web-page every day. In Internet Explorer, click on the little orange button in the top right-hand corner. Select RSS feed, and then click 'Subscribe to this RSS feed'. They will then appear (or should) in Outlook 2007. Other services are available, but I have no idea about those.
What's the state of play?We've had three great sessions, and a super day out to Stoke (the irony you expect isn't actually there). One more fantastic workshop - on cant and slang - and then you get a break for the festive season.
Thanks are due: to the cake-bakers, speakers and participants (that's probably you!).
Where next?If you want to be involved in things, and help out with the technology, inviting speakers, or sharing ideas, please let me know. Also, if you can bake cakes, then it would be a delight to hear from you.
We are in the final stages of confirming the spring programme. Watch this space.
Ideas and comments are very welcome about all aspects of the lab. Also I'm new to this blogging business, so if I'm doing something daft, or you can help, please let me know!