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Five Minutes With… Greg Jenner

Greg Jenner is a writer, historian and TV freelancer. He is best known as the Historical Consultant to the BBC’s comedy sketch show Horrible Histories, and has just written his first book – One Million Years In A Day – which will be published in 2015. He is obsessed with Twitter. What is an historian? This is one of those …

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M.F. Husain: Master of Modern Indian Painting

M.F. Husain: Master of Modern Indian Painting 28 May – 27 July 2014 Admission: FREE For the first time, the final nine paintings by the celebrated Indian artist, M.F. Husain (1915- 2011) will go on public display at the V&A this summer. The Indian Civilization series comprises eight monumental triptych paintings, each measuring 12 feet wide by six feet high, …

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ICONIC TEXTS: Dr Hannah Dawson on ‘Leviathan’ by Thomas Hobbes

In the first instalment of our brand new series of podcasts, Dr Hannah Dawson discusses one of the most controversial texts in the English language. Written during a period of civil war and published following the regicide of Charles I, Leviathan or the Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil earned its author the nickname the ‘Monster of Malmesbury’. …

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Shakespeare at the V&A Museum

Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright 8 February – 21 September 2014 Admission: FREE The 23rd April 2014 marks 450 years since William Shakespeare was born. To mark this occasion, the Victoria and Albert Museum has a new exhibition exploring how Shakespeare’s works have inspired theatrical interpretations through the centuries and across the globe. Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright takes Shakespeare’s First Folio …

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Five Minutes With… Amber Butchart

Amber Butchart is a fashion historian on a quest to reveal the secrets of our sartorial past and place the semiotics of style in a wider cultural, political and social sphere. She has contributed to productions for BBC 1 & 2, BBC Learning, Radio 4, Channel 4 and Sky Arts, from the Breakfast News to Making History and Woman’s Hour, and she …

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Five Minutes With… Dr Lindsey Fitzharris

Dr Lindsey Fitzharris is a medical historian with a PhD from Oxford University. She is the author and creator of the popular website, The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice, which is all about the horrors of pre-anaesthetic surgery. Lindsey has written for The Guardian, The Lancet, New Scientist, The Huffington Post & Medium; and has appeared on television for  Channel 4, BBC4 and National Geographic.  What …

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Five Minutes With… Dr Joanne Paul

Dr. Joanne Paul is a Lecturer in History at the New College of the Humanities. She has published previously on political theory in the Tudor period (in her edited volume Governing Diversities: Democracy, Diversity and Human Nature, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012) and her work on the Renaissance revival of kairos will be published in Renaissance Quarterly spring 2014. She is …

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Five Minutes With… Adrian Teal

Adrian Teal is an acclaimed caricaturist whose work has featured throughout the national press. He is also the writer and illustrator of The Gin Lane Gazette – a scandal-laden eighteenth century ‘Heat magazine’, an extract of which can be viewed here. What is an historian? You were hoping for a short answer, I take it? I can only tell you what I try to …

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