Seminar: ‚ÄėOccupations and Professions in British and Irish History‚Äô, 5 March 2014

A key purpose of the British and Irish Research Group is to encourage and support members in the advancement of their research projects. This seminar will showcase the work of three members of the History department and provide a forum for discussion. The formal papers will be followed by a general planning session for the Group‚Äôs activities in 2014-15. Everyone is welcome to attend; feel free to come for only part, or all, of the event. For further information see the¬†British and Irish History Research Group’s website.

Time: 2:00 ‚Äď 4:00pm
Venue: Open University Milton Keynes Campus, Faculty of Arts, Meeting Rooms 1 and 2, Wilson A Ground floor


Seminar: Criminal Justice History, 12 July 2013

We are holding the next seminar in our criminal justice history series on Friday July 12th, at the Open University’s campus, Walton Hall, in Milton Keynes. The speakers are all researchers who have conducted, or are in the process of conducting, ground-breaking research into the criminal justice systems of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

10.30: Open, Tea, coffee, biscuits.
11.00: Bob Love (University of Leicester) ‘Somerset before the police – policing the county 1830 – 1856’
12.00: Elaine Saunders (Open University) ‘Policing a rural county: eighteenth-century systems of policing in Hertfordshire’
13.00: Lunch
14.00: Dr. Francis Boorman (University of London) ‘The spatiality of policing, crime and disorder in Chancery Lane, c.1760-1815’.
15.00: Dr. Dave Churchill (University of Leicester) ‘The police and the public in Leeds, 1850-1900: the contexts and content of popular animosity’
16.00: Close

If you would like to attend, please could you register by contacting Yvonne Bartley ( There is a charge of ¬£10 for lunch and refreshments for non-OU attendees. If you’ve got any special dietary requirements, please let us know.


Workshop: ‚ÄėPatients‚Äô control or practitioners‚Äô authority? Revisiting the early modern medical encounter‚Äô, 4 July 2012, The Open University in London.

The History of Medicine research group will hold its third workshop on 4 July 2012 at The Open University in London. Attendance is free, but places are limited, so please email  Yvonne Bartley to reserve a place by 20 June. Further details and the workshop programme are available online.


Symposium: ‚ÄėCommemorating the Past, Creating the Future: Kenya‚Äôs heritage crossroads‚Äô

This symposium was held at the British Library in London on 9 September 2011, and involved scholars from Kenya, the UK, Sweden and the US, including Dr Rodney Harrison (History Dept., OU). Hosted by Lotte Hughes (PI, OU), with Profs. Annie Coombes (Co-I, Birkbeck College, University of London) and Karega-Munene (United States International University, Nairobi, Kenya), this closed event featured presentations on a wide range of heritage and history-related subjects, including: memorialization as a human right; exhibiting photographic histories in Western Kenya; an examination of memorials to Barack Obama at K’Ogello; Akamba carving; memorialising Mau Mau; managing heritage as a resource for building nationhood and social cohesiveness; community conservation of sacred forests; an examination of displays on material culture and Kenyan identity at National Museums of Kenya;  the challenges of commemorating former president Daniel arap Moi; and efforts to commemorate Giriama heroine Mekatilili wa Menza.

Seminar: ‘Oral History & Criminal Justice Museums, Libraries & Archives’ Friday 28th October 2011

The Crime And Punishment Collections Network and the International Centre for the History of Crime, Policing, and Justice are holding a seminar on “Oral History & Criminal Justice Museums, Libraries & Archives” on Friday 28th October 2011, Library Seminar Rooms 1 & 2, The Open University Library, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes. Follow this link for¬†more information.



Public Record Office and OU Ireland ‘exploring local history’ lecture series

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland in conjunction with the Open University Ireland is hosting a lecture series for members of the community to delve into the history of family, poverty, religion and local Northern Ireland. Starting on 29 September 2011 the series will be delivered by Dr Janice Holmes, Dr Olwen Purdue and Dr Barry Sheen from the Open University Ireland and will examine the major themes of local history and the sources available to local historians. PRONI staff will present examples of these sources from the archives. Follow this link for further information.