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On the changing significance of the Palais de la Porte Dorée, a legacy of the Exposition colonial internationale 1931, by Tom Jackson

A couple of years ago a trip to Paris to visit my Bibliothèque Nationale-burrowing partner gave me the chance to visit the site of the famous Exposition coloniale internationale of 1931. I was introduced to this fascinating episode in French … Continue reading

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Whose Memories? What Nation? A review of the British Museum exhibition, by Ellie Roberts

I had high hopes for the Germany: Memories of a Nation exhibition at the British Museum. My PhD focuses on German nationalism and the debates on how to foster German national unity in the 1840s, leading up to the March … Continue reading

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In Search of a City: Looking for 1840s Berlin by Ellie Roberts

What do you think of when you think of Berlin? Maybe you think of the tourist destinations such as the Brandenburg Gate or Checkpoint Charlie. Maybe (if you’re my age, almost certainly) you know it as a focal point for … Continue reading

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‘In This World Nothing Can Be Said to Be Certain…’ by Alun Thomas

Anyone who has done archival research will surely agree; laugh-out-loud moments in the archive are scarce and, when encountered, are more often provoked by hysterical exhaustion than back-slapping hilarity. Trapped in a hot, dusty room with serious people reading serious … Continue reading

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Top Ten Tips for First Time Interviewers by Joanna Kremer

My first interview was when I was ten years old and we had been asked at school to interview someone about their experience during the Second World War. I cannot remember much about the interview itself or what our homework … Continue reading

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Swimming in a Sea of Newsprint by Matthew Kerry

Adverts for rubber studs for clogs. A village festival to celebrate the installation of street lighting. The raffling of a parrot.[1] I’m sure most historians would agree that the printed press is one of the richest sources available for trying … Continue reading

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