Monday, 9 January 2017

Public Lecture: Professor Robert Gildea (Oxford), "The Challenge of Global History"

On Wednesday 11 January,  Prof. Robert Gildea from the University of Oxford will speak at 6.30pm as part of the ‘public lecture’ series. Prof. Gildea is one of the UK’s most distinguished scholars of modern and contemporary Europe, and especially of France. His most recent book, Fighters in the Shadows, offers a new history of the French Resistance. On Wednesday, he will talk about ‘The Challenge of Global History’. The lecture is taking place in CCE 002 (City Campus East). Refreshments will be served in the foyer from 6 pm onwards. To book a place, visit

Giles Scott-Smith Research Seminar, ‘Contested Internationalisms: The UN Information Office and Imperial Transition’, Wednesday 11 January

On Wednesday, 11 January, Giles Scott-Smith from the University of Leiden will give a paper in the department’s Staff-Postgraduate Seminar Series. Prof. Scott-Smith is a renowned historian of international relations during the Cold War era, with a particular focus on Western anti-communism and the ‘cultural Cold War’. He will speak on the subject ‘Contested Internationalisms: The UN Information Office and Imperial Transition’. The talk will take place in Lipman 0026, the lecture theatre in the basement, at 4pm. All are welcome.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Professor Tony Webster, Northumbria University Public Lecture Series

'The People’s Colossus? The British Co-operative Wholesale Societies and the World, 1863-1970'

When: 6.30pm – 7.30pm, Tuesday, 17 January 2017
Where: Presentation Hall, Design Building, City Campus East, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Refreshments will be available from 6.00pm

Free admission. Register here.


In his lecture Professor Webster will explore how the British Co-operative movement and specifically the Wholesale Societies, developed international supply chains and markets between 1863 and 1970. He will show how they created one of most sophisticated supply chain systems seen to date; one which managed trade with Europe, North America, Africa and Asia.

He will suggest that in many ways they were pioneers in international supply chain development, outlining how these supply chains were developed and managed, and how as a result, the Wholesale societies came to exercise some leverage over British foreign and imperial policy.

The lecture will highlight the emerging picture of formidable and highly sophisticated commercial operators, very much at variance with the modern impression of the ‘co-op’ as a rather old fashioned and inefficient organisation, unable to hold its own in the marketplace.

About the Speaker

Professor Webster studied at the University of Birmingham and was awarded the Ashley Prize for best PhD thesis in the Faculty of Commerce and Social Science. He originally trained as a Further Education teacher and a tax inspector, before joining Edge Hill University in 1993.

He was Head of History at Edge Hill University, Head of Humanities at UCLAN and Head of History at Liverpool John Moores University before joining Northumbria as a Professor in History. He is a former Governor of the Co-operative College in Manchester, and Chairs the Heritage Advisory Committee of the National Co-operative Archive. He is currently working closely with the WEA and Building Futures East on a project promoting social enterprise education in Walker, Newcastle.

Monday, 5 December 2016

History Research Seminar: David Woolney (UCD), ‘”The Only Thing We Have To Fear is, Fear Itself”: FDR, Donald Trump and the Future of American Progressivism.’ Wednesday 7 December

On Wednesday 7 December we will have our final History research seminar for 2016. We are delighted to be joined by Professor David Woolner, currently the 2016/17 Mary Ball Washington Professor in American History at University College Dublin. Professor Woolner is Senior Fellow and Hyde Park Resident Historian of the Roosevelt Institute, Senior Fellow of the Centre for Civic Engagement at Bard College, and Associate Professor of History at Marist College. The (extremely timely) title of Professor Woolner’s paper is ‘”The Only Thing We Have To Fear is, Fear Itself”: FDR, Donald Trump and the Future of American Progressivism.’ As usual, the seminar begins at 4.30pm in Lipman 121.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Harriet Martineau Dreams of Dancing and a Talk by Joe Hardwick

The play Harriet Martineau Dreams of Dancing is running until December 3 at the Live Theatre in Quayside. Here is the summary of it from the Live Theatre website:

Tynemouth, 1844. Harriet Martineau, leading radical thinker, feminist and anti-slavery campaigner of her day, seeks refuge from the claustrophobic demands of London society, with her needlepoint and a telescope in an attic room on Front Street. But instead of escape, she finds an unequal world in need of her attention. This is a world of racial intolerance and gender imbalance, of eccentric scientific practices such as mesmerism and phrenology. A world where a negligent husband may die from a pig falling on his head in the street.

Following on from the critically acclaimed 2010 production of A Northern Odyssey ( The Guardian), Harriet Martineau Dreams of Dancing is the second in Olivier Award-winning writer, Shelagh Stephenson’s trilogy of witty and engaging plays at Live Theatre exploring the contemporary relevance of Tyneside’s political and cultural heritage. The play features music by acclaimed folk band, The Unthanks, re-arranged from songs on their Mount the Air album, and dance inspired by Northumberland traditions, choreographed by Lee Proud (Billy Elliot – the musical) both part of the creative team in A Northern Odyssey.

On Tuesday Northumbria University Senior Lecturer in History Joe Hardwick gave a talk after the performance. Listen to that below.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

History Research Seminar on Wednesday 23 November: Jeremy Boulton, ‘Deconstructing Newcastle’s Maddison Monument: heritage, history and the fortunes of a civic dynasty in early modern Newcastle.’

The History seminar series resumes this Wednesday (23 November) with a paper by Jeremy Boulton of Newcastle University: ‘Deconstructing Newcastle’s Maddison Monument: heritage, history and the fortunes of a civic dynasty in early modern Newcastle.'

The seminar takes place in Lipman 121 at 4.30pm.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

American Studies Research Seminar, Monday 21 November: Seth Fein, "Between Neighborhoods" (Film)

On Monday, as part of the American Studies Research Seminar series, Northumbria will be hosting a documentary screening of Seth Fein’s film “Between Neighborhoods,” followed by Q&A. 

Seth’s film focuses on Queens (New York City) as a transnational hub for people and commerce from the 1964 New York World’s Fair until today. The film explores themes of inter-Americanism and globalization through its focus on the cosmopolitan “innerborough” of Queens

The screening will begin at 5pm in SQ 020A (Cinema Room), which is located next to SASC.

For more information on Fein’s documentary, see: