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Postgraduate Blogs

These pages draw together blogs that reflect students' experiences through IPUP Internships and Public History MA Placements, working with leading practitioners of public history in fields such as archives, museums, historic houses, public festivals and the media.

Producing a pontage database

Posted on Thursday 10 September 2015

Internship with the University of York - Public Works and State Authority in the Middle Ages: Building and Repairing Bridges in England, 1400–1500

Eclipse of Anglian and York and the Anglo-Saxons in the Primary Curriculum

Posted on Wednesday 9 September 2015

Internship with the Yorkshire Museum

Event Planning with Vikings

Posted on Friday 4 September 2015

Internship with the JORVIK Group

A July in Westminster Hall

Posted on Wednesday 2 September 2015

IPUP internship with St Stephen's Chapel Westminster

Richard III projects with the University of York

Posted on Friday 28 August 2015

IPUP internship with the University of York

Interning with the JORVIK Group

Posted on Monday 24 August 2015

Report on an IPUP internship

Reimagining and recreating the past at Westminster Hall

Posted on Wednesday 19 August 2015

IPUP internship with St Stephen's Chapel, Palace of Westminster

Working as a Media and Publications Assistant with Dr Janina Ramirez

Posted on Thursday 11 June 2015

Report from an MA in Public History student

Chemist on Kirkgate

Posted on Monday 8 June 2015

Report from a visiting student on the Public History placement

National Railway Museum and York Theatre Royal Placement

Posted on Thursday 4 June 2015

Report from a public history placement student

Planning a traveling exhibition: My placement with The Rowntree Society

Posted on Monday 27 April 2015

Report from an MA in Public History student

The relevance of a medieval anti-Jewish massacre to our present society

Posted on Thursday 12 March 2015

A report from an MA in Public History graduate on "learning from the past" in the present.

Researching medieval and 19th century stained glass to inform visitor guides, Stained Glass Centre, St. Martin-cum-Gregory

Posted on Wednesday 8 October 2014

Stained Glass at St Martin-cum-Gregory

A day in the life interning with the History Department Admissions Team

Posted on Wednesday 1 October 2014

A Report of my IPUP SIB Internship

Project with the Stained Glass Centre

Posted on Wednesday 1 October 2014

York Stained Glass Centre in the parish church of St Martin-cum-Gregory

Internship at DIG.

Posted on Wednesday 1 October 2014

Jorvik's archaeological attraction.

TV Production

Posted on Wednesday 1 October 2014

Horrible Histories

Internship at Lion TV

Posted on Wednesday 1 October 2014

I have been interested in television production for some time.

York Mansion House - Public History Internship

Posted on Wednesday 1 October 2014

A day in the life interning with York Mansion House

Smartphone App Research and Development - Public History Internship

Posted on Tuesday 16 September 2014

I was tasked with coming up with new ideas for the smartphone app that details the religious history of York through its many current and former churches and religious buildings.

British Library - Public History Internship

Posted on Tuesday 16 September 2014

My IPUP internship took place at the British Library in St Pancras in London, a highly stimulating environment for academic researchers.

York Mansion House - Public History Internship

Posted on Tuesday 16 September 2014

IPUP Summer Internship with the Mansion House

The Oblivion of the Anglian Era - Public History Internship

Posted on Thursday 11 September 2014

Internship researching the development of a grant proposal entitled "The Oblivion of the Anglian Era"

John Neuton's Book Bequest and the re-founding of York Minster's Library: Research for online resource

Posted on Monday 11 August 2014

This year marks the 600th anniversary of the re-founding of York’s Minster Library, when in 1414 the cathedral’s treasurer, John Neuton, bequeathed his book collection.

National Railway Museum - Public History MA Placement

Posted on Tuesday 8 July 2014

Researching Chronology at the National Railway Museum

Rowntree Society - Public History MA Placement

Posted on Tuesday 10 June 2014

Scoping the feasibility of 'Mapping British Philanthropy' project

York Museums Trust - Public History MA Placement

Posted on Wednesday 14 May 2014

Castle Museum: researching the First World War Battle of Gommecourt Wood

Public History MA Placement: Researching Black History at York Minster

Posted on Wednesday 16 April 2014

For my placement choice I was given the opportunity to work at the York Minster. The remit was to research Black history that was explicitly connected to the Minster and the resulting research would form part of an exhibition for Black History month.

Fairfax House - Public History MA Placement

Posted on Wednesday 16 April 2014

Fairfax House - Curatorial and Exhibitions placement

National Railway Museum - The Soldiers' and Sailors' Canteen

Posted on Tuesday 11 March 2014

For the placement module of my MA in Public History I was lucky enough to work on a project with the National Railway Museum.

Yorkshire Philosophical Society - Public History MA Placement

Posted on Tuesday 11 March 2014

Scoping archives to support a publication on the history of Museum Gardens

Wingspan Productions: Programme research

Posted on Wednesday 12 February 2014

Wingspan Productions is a company that produces documentaries for television. Their primary output is directed towards the BBC, and they have enjoyed a great amount of success through their pairing with Ian Hislop, as presenter.

Richard III: Historical Data Development

Posted on Wednesday 15 January 2014

Admittedly, having applied for a data-entry internship with the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past, I expected most of my time to be spent reading, commenting on, and finally uploading historical articles into an online database – much how the internship was originally described.

York Museums Trust: First World War Remembrance - Death Pennies

Posted on Tuesday 10 December 2013

As 2014 approaches, governments, museums, communities and families alike are pausing to consider how best to commemorate the First World War centenary.

York Minster World War One: Developing learning resources

Posted on Tuesday 5 November 2013

With the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War approaching, it is an honour for me to have worked as an intern for York Minster, researching those who served as staff in the Minster and fought during the First World War.

History of history of York

Posted on Tuesday 8 October 2013

My internship with the History Department at the University of York has been a wonderful experience. I have had the chance to research over 50 years of archived student dissertations.

Wingspan Productions, programme research

Posted on Tuesday 10 September 2013

Throughout my internship with Wingspan Productions, I carried out research for their upcoming new series, Ian Hislop’s Olden Days – The Power of the Past.

Wingspan Productions: Programme research

Posted on Tuesday 13 August 2013

My internship was with Wingspan Productions, a company producing television documentaries, working on a programme about the power of myths in the past, commissioned by the BBC.

York Minster: developing resources relating to the Collections and life in late 15th-century York

Posted on Saturday 13 July 2013

My internship at York Minster began with a meeting with Marketing Director Nicola Bexon and Learning Manager Kate Whitworth, both of whom were hugely welcoming and enthusiastic about researching potential ideas for future programmes relating to the York-wide “Richard III: Rumour and Reality” series of events taking place until spring 2014.

Researching the Middleham Jewel and Richard III for the Yorkshire Museum

Posted on Wednesday 12 June 2013

I undertook this internship with York Museums Trust (YMT) during my second-year of PhD studies in the Department of History at the University of York.

Colours of Conflict - Exhibition, York Archaeological Trust 'Wars of the Roses' project

Posted on Tuesday 11 June 2013

This summer I worked with the York Archaeological Trust on a project relating to the Neville-Percy feud during the Wars of the Roses (1455-1487).

Life History Writing, working with the Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR)

Posted on Wednesday 15 May 2013

In the academic year 2012-13 Karak Denyok came to the University of York under the Protective Fellowship Scheme at the Centre for Applied Human Rights. Karak is a human rights activist who visited York for training and recuperation.

Gathering data on public history in York

Posted on Thursday 18 April 2013

My placement brief was to work with the History Department and IPUP on a project designed to gather data to develop the understanding of how the public appreciate and respond to history in York.

Mansion House, York, and the First World War: Creating Learning Resources

Posted on Wednesday 20 March 2013

The placement module was one of the main reasons I chose this masters course. From it, I was able to gain valuable insight into the heritage sector and understand the role that public history increasingly playing in this field.

A 1930's Childhood at Goddards, National Trust

Posted on Tuesday 12 March 2013

My placement was an elective which I took as part of the MA in Early Modern History. I had already been volunteering with the National Trust, so I was able to build on this by turning it into a placement.

Exhibition research for "Speed" at the National Railway Museum, York

Posted on Wednesday 13 February 2013

The placement aspect of the Public History MA was one key element that drew me to the course. I was intrigued by the opportunity to include practical experience in the heritage environment with my studies, and was especially attracted by the list of possible partners.

Exhibition research for "Virtue & Vice" at Hardwick Hall

Posted on Tuesday 15 January 2013

Conversion Narratives in Early Modern Europe, 1550-1700 is a 3-year AHRC-funded project, co-ordinated by Helen Smith and Simon Ditchfield at the University of York, which will examine the stories early moderns told about their religious lives and ask what religious change meant to communities and individuals during this period.

Curatorial and exhibition experience at Fairfax House, York

Posted on Tuesday 4 December 2012

As part of my Public History MA I undertook a ten-week placement at Fairfax House. This was a curatorial position, aiding Hannah Phillip (the Director) with preparations for two exhibitions.

Mansion House, City of York, to develop education resources for school children

Posted on Wednesday 7 November 2012

Mansion House is the official residence of the Lord Mayor of York, located on St Helen's Square. My brief was to work with Richard Pollitt to develop an education program for school visits about the Chartists of York.

War and Remembrance in York Minster: 1914-1918

Posted on Tuesday 6 November 2012

Coming in as a mature student who had already trained as an Archivist I was really aware that although the things I'd be learning on the course would be incredibly useful and hopefully open up my employability across the heritage sector, being able to talk about what I'd learnt in a work context would make all the difference in interviews!

IPUP intern Jennifer Tonkins describes the group project to develop a First World War York Trail

Posted on Wednesday 10 October 2012

As a student of history my passion has always lain in twentieth century warfare. It is a subject which moves me for several reasons, not least because my family has been one of generations of servicemen.

First World War Trail

Posted on Wednesday 5 September 2012

From the mention of the project, to my first meeting with the team, everything seemed to be set into motion rather quickly.

‘Experiencing The Great War: York in World War One’ and ‘Memories of St George’s Hall and Cinema 1921-1965’

Posted on Tuesday 4 September 2012

Whilst completing an MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture at the University, I decided to take some time to focus on strengthening and broadening my experience and skills set.

York Jewish History Trail with City Archaeologist John Oxley, and writing for the YMT 'History of York' Website

Posted on Wednesday 8 August 2012

Being invited to the first meeting was a surprising experience. I could not believe how many people we managed to squeeze into one seminar room.

Fairfax House Exhibition "Revolutionary Fashion"

Posted on Wednesday 11 July 2012

We go along to Fairfax House for our introductory meeting with the Director, Hannah Phillip, who is curating the exhibition that we will be assisting with 'Revolutionary Fashion: 1790-1820'.

Figure of a Yorkshire Miner modelled and presented by George Hector, 1959

Posted on Wednesday 6 June 2012

Having read about IPUP I was very interested in the work IPUP does in bringing history to the public, and when the opportunity to take part in the IPUP internship programme came along I went about getting myself involved.

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