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Student 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.

Public History internship with the Rowntree Society

Posted on Monday 7 August 2023

Second year undergraduate, Sacha Brozel, reports on his public history internship with the Rowntree Society, creating an X (previously known as Twitter) campaign based on research on Michael Rowntree.

Summer internship with the Rowntree Society

Posted on Tuesday 25 July 2023

Undergraduate student Suzannah Binns reports on her public history internship with the Rowntree Society, creating an Instagram campaign based on research in the archives held at the Borthwick Institute.

IPUP Report: Sixth Annual Public History Summer School

Posted on Tuesday 27 June 2023

Meely and L discuss the ethics of museums and if the role of human remains are educational or entertaining.

WorldCUR-BCUR 2023

Posted on Tuesday 18 April 2023

Emily Bowen reports on this year’s British Conference for Undergraduate Research, paired with the World Conference for Undergraduate Research, at the University of Warwick.

Performing Lola Montez

Posted on Thursday 15 December 2022

University of York PhD student, Esther Wilson shares a fascinating account of her performance of the 19th century international dancer and courtesan, Lola Montez at Lotherton Hall

‘Modernising the Past’: Laidlaw Undergraduate Research Scholarship

Posted on Thursday 22 September 2022

Emily Bowen reflects on her first summer as a Laidlaw Scholar, researching the impact of digitisation on the accessibility of archives for the community of York.

‘Walk with a Victorian’ tour of Halifax

Posted on Thursday 21 July 2022

'Designing a walking tour of a town I’d never been to? I am so glad that I decided to say yes!' - Maggie Crisp guides us through her placement with CIC Halifax Heritage Tours.

Overcoming feelings of intrusivity: My placement with Ryedale Folk Museum

Posted on Thursday 7 July 2022

Charlie Cayzer reflects on how their placement with the Ryedale Folk Museum challenged their positionality and approach, as a researcher who grew up outside Yorkshire.

'Diversifying the National Collection' at the National Railway Museum

Posted on Friday 24 June 2022

Kelly Bosomworth reflects on her placement with the National Railway Museum designing an exhibition proposal about 'Railways, Culture and Conflict: British Influence in the East'

Placement at Wessex Museums

Posted on Friday 17 June 2022

Kirsty O'Rourke provides insight into her fascinating placement with Wessx Museums and the their celebration of Thomas Hardy.

Malton Dickensian Festival

Posted on Tuesday 31 May 2022

Luke King-Russell takes us through his MA placement working on the Malton Dickensian Festival

From food history and 'hippocras' to early modern Christmas at Fairfax House

Posted on Thursday 23 December 2021

Tabitha Kaye gets our tastebuds tingling in this festive blog, introducing us to the lesser-known 'hippocras' and taking us on brief culinary tour of early modern Christmas.

The origin and evolution of Father Christmas

Posted on Thursday 16 December 2021

Who is Father Christmas? Where does he originate from? As someone who, it might surprise you, loves Christmas and is also a bit of a history fan, I am going to investigate this story and how he might evolve even further. For once, this might be a blog post that isn’t too cynical with a consistent pessimistic tone, or maybe it won’t – let’s find out!

Exhibition design at the National Railway Museum

Posted on Thursday 18 November 2021

Former MA Public History student Holly describes her crash course in exhibition design as part of her placement with the National Railway Museum

Tower House: The home of Northern Command

Posted on Thursday 14 October 2021

"Over June 2021, I was given the amazing opportunity to volunteer on a research project with the York Civic Trust and The Kohima Museum. The project focused on Northern Command, the British military command of the North of England that had its headquarters in York for a major part of its existence". BA History student, Joseph Keeley reflects on his placement with York Civic Trust.

Health, poverty, and social change: What the streets of York can teach us

Posted on Thursday 16 September 2021

"Why have I spent the last three months plodding around York through all kinds of weather, armed with my camera and a list of old street names, snapping shots of car parks, housing estates, graveyards, and geese?" - Former MA Medieval History student, Connie, takes us with her on a 'digital storytelling' journey of the city of York as part of her placement with York Explore and City of York Archive.

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

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