All posts filed under: History & Classics

Experts

‘Following the science’: the role of experts in historical perspective

Historian Christopher Phillips compares specialist involvement in the Covid-19 crisis with civilian expertise in government during the First World War. Though very different situations, both point to the importance of experts in planning for and responding to an evolving challenge. Both equally demonstrate the constraints placed on outsiders when expertise comes in to close contact […]

Statues

Museums may not thank you for your unloved statues

Dr Laura Cleaver, senior lecturer in manuscript studies and principal investigator of the European Research Council-funded CULTIVATE MSS project at the Institute of English Studies, on why sending unwanted statues to museums isn’t necessarily a solution. The toppling of the statue of Edward Colston and its subsequent deposit in Bristol harbour as part of the Black Lives […]

Monarchy

The threat to a digital ‘brand Windsor’ as Covid-19 disrupts public life

The coronavirus presents the British monarchy with a set of unique short-term and long-term challenges. In this third and final article, written in connection with the release of The Family Firm, Dr Ed Owens reflects on the royal response to the Covid-19 crisis and the consequences of the pandemic for the crown as we look […]

Cinemas

Cinemas in the time of crisis

During Oscars season back in February, Dr Sam Manning argued that cinema’s doom-mongers should look to the past to consider how theatres have dealt with threats, such as the emergence of television. Little did the cinema historian, who is based at Queen’s University Belfast, know then that cinemas would be forced to temporarily shut their […]