Shut Up and Write!

Shut Up and Write!

By Matt Shaw We agree: the likelihood of writing King Lear during the current situation is unlikely at best. Our experience of quarantine is rather different to that of William Shakespeare in 1606 (if that is what happened). Despite the gain in time from commuting for...
IHR Strategy, 2020-25: 3. The Wohl Library and Archives

IHR Strategy, 2020-25: 3. The Wohl Library and Archives

By Matt Shaw In February the IHR launched its Mission and Strategy, 2020-25 which was introduced in a blog post by the Institute’s director, Professor Jo Fox. In this follow-on series of essays we look in more detail at key elements of the Institute’s work for the...
Diversity and Inequality in the Library

Diversity and Inequality in the Library

By Matt Shaw and Michael Townsend There aren’t many awards for libraries, but if there were, a case for a speech similar to that made by Joachim Phoenix at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards could be made. For his best actor speech,...
Advise the Wohl Library and Archive

Advise the Wohl Library and Archive

Are you an early-career researcher? Would you like to help shape the development of the Wohl Library of the Institute of Historical Research? We’re looking for an ECR to join the library and archive’s Advisory Committee. Since 1921, the IHR library and archives...
Motherhood, Loss and the First World War

Motherhood, Loss and the First World War

By Matthew Shaw There have been numerous acts of commemoration for the centenary of the First World War. Many of these have undoubtedly chimed in meaningful ways with the public’s imagination or emotion, such as Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of...