The New History Lab was established in 2008 by a group of postgraduates in the School of History who were concerned with the isolation experienced by MA and PhD students working in the Arts and Humanities. Researchers in the sciences meet their colleagues on a regular basis in shared laboratories, allowing them to discuss work and ideas in a supportive environment. History, by contrast, is generally a more solitary pursuit. The New History Lab, therefore, aims to provide a space in which historians and anyone else with a love of the past can meet each other, enjoy a sense of community, and celebrate the study of history in all its forms.
Our guest speakers reflect our own diverse research interests, coming both from within the university and outside of it. We have hosted a number of public figures, including Lord Melvyn Bragg, Tristram Hunt MP, the architectural historian and broadcaster Jonathan Foyle, and ITV newsreader Julie Etchingham.The Lab has also been featured on the front cover of the Independent's postgraduate supplement. More recently, we've had a number of speakers focusing on the practicalities of establishing an academic career and life as an academic more widely, from Professor Clare Anderson on getting your first article published to Professor Matt Houlbrook on blogging as a historian. Over the past year alone, we've had Labs on palaeontology, Star Wars and medieval culture, the Rolling Stones, British female Olympians, and the Easter Rising - to name but a few.
We are a thriving postgraduate community, with a steering committee made up of students at various stages of postgraduate study. If you would like to get involved yourself, please feel free to contact us.