Historical food for thought: The way to the public’s heart is through their stomach

by Louise Quick    People love food. It’s not a mind-blowing statement, I know. Eating is an enjoyable - and necessary! - part of human existence. Everyone eats. It’s one of the great common denominators throughout human history. Even Mahatma Ghandi, Jane Austen, Winston Churchill and Boudicca woke up wondering: ‘what’s for breakfast?’. This is what … Continue reading Historical food for thought: The way to the public’s heart is through their stomach

When Duty Comes before Love

by Suzanne Hudson A shocking revelation I love a mystery. There’s something about one that captures my imagination and like a dog with a bone, I can’t let it go until I’ve solved it. You never know when you might stumble across one. On a day trip to Harewood House, in Yorkshire, England, a chance … Continue reading When Duty Comes before Love

Princess Margaret

by Jessica Storoschuk Princess Margaret is very often dismissed by historians, biographers, and royal watchers everywhere. Unfortunately, people see the more dramatic aspects of her personal life and write off everything to do with her. However, this is problematic for a few reasons. Firstly, it is not the historian’s role to make personal judgements about … Continue reading Princess Margaret

Aloha Oe, Hawaii’s Queen

by Laura Klotz Hawaii (to use the common modern spelling) was the 50th territory to be given statehood in the United States. There is no one now living who remembers it as an independent sovereign nation. But a little over a hundred years ago, that’s exactly what it was, and its first queen regnant was … Continue reading Aloha Oe, Hawaii’s Queen

The Netherlands’ Most Stalwart Servant: The Life and Reign of Queen Wilhelmina

by Holley Snaith The official inaugural portrait of the eighteen-year-old Queen Wilhelmina, 1898.Source: Royal Palace Amsterdam “I consider it a great privilege that Mine’s life’s task and duty is to devote all My powers to the welfare and flourishing of My dear Fatherland. The words of My Beloved Father I make Mine: “Orange can never, … Continue reading The Netherlands’ Most Stalwart Servant: The Life and Reign of Queen Wilhelmina

Herstory on Film

Each month, the Herstory Club curates a selection of films that complement our monthly theme. This collection will be female-focused – both in front of the camera and ideally behind too – and range from fiction to biopics of real women in history. The films we’ll be recommending aim to both entertain and educate, showcasing … Continue reading Herstory on Film

‘Fielding the numbers’: Maryam Mirzakhani’s Mathematical Triumph

I’ve always been terrible at maths. Mostly I’d spend class adding numbers together to make funny words if you turned the calculator upside down. I was definitely more interested in history, or being a story writer. Funnily enough, so was Maryam Mirzakhani – the first and only woman to have won the prestigious Field’s Medal for Mathematics.

Herstory on Film

Each month, the Herstory Club curates a selection of films that complement our monthly theme. This collection will be female-focused – both in front of the camera and ideally behind too – and range from fiction to biopics of real women in history. The films we’ll be recommending aim to both entertain and educate, showcasing … Continue reading Herstory on Film

Eileen Collins: The First Female Spaceflight Commander

by Jenny Rowan Since the start of the Space Race in 1957, almost 600 people have been to space to date. Of those, only 67 have been women. Only five have been their mission’s commander. The first to be assigned to that coveted crew position was Eileen Collins, an Air Force test pilot who also … Continue reading Eileen Collins: The First Female Spaceflight Commander