Studying History at Winchester – Emma’s Experience

[By Emma Hinde]

My studies at the University of Winchester have had a profound impact on my chosen career. I studied a joint honours degree of English Literature and History graduating in 2014 which has provided me with a number of skills that I still draw upon in my everyday work life. The experience of completing my studies has helped to improve my analytic, writing and discussion skills as well as prioritisation of workload, confidence in presenting and independent work. These are all invaluable to my work as an Associate Marketing Manager at an academic publisher.

The University also provided me with a number of amazing opportunities that have boosted by CV and provided some invaluable experiences. I would definitely recommend the WRAP [Winchester Research Apprentice Project] scheme as this provided me with experience of the other side of academia whilst working with an active history research project. With help from the university volunteering department I got involved with a number of editorial related projects with local charities in the area, one of these projects led to a rebrand opportunity which sparked my interest in marketing as a career opportunity. A chance conversation with a lecturer led me to take an internship with Winchester University Press and Ashgate where I learnt more about both academic publishing and the marketing process which really helped when I started as a marketing assistant.

There are a number of other teams which were also really helpful especially in final year in the form of study skills and the career service. I found that I was struggling to achieve the grades I really wanted in my second year but the study skills team really helped with some useful hints and tips for essay writing, planning workloads and helping with exam and dissertation stress. The careers service was great at providing useful and constructive criticism on my CV as well as feedback on cover letters and providing practice for interviews. They also helped me to narrow down the career paths that I was interested in and provided information on networks and websites that would help in finding jobs.

Overall, my experience of the University of Winchester was particularly positive as it provided me with a number of great opportunities and experiences. My top tips for current students would be that its really ok to ask for help, talk to lecturers about your interests and take advantage of the support that is available from the University.

[Note – we would like to thank Emma for sharing her experiences of our department with you]

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Medieval Studies Day Thursday 27 April 2017

On Thursday 27 April 2017 the University of Winchester will host a full day interdisciplinary symposium on medieval studies during Research and Engagement week. This will be the third year that the event has run and showcases broad and varied interests of all lecturers, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students engaged in research on the medieval period.

The event will be held in St Alphege [SAB] 204.

The event is free and open to staff, students and members of the public. We do, however, ask you to register in advance in order to determine numbers for tea and coffee. Those interested in attending should email by 20 April 2017.

See below for the programme.

Session 1 – 9.30 to 11.00 – Perspectives on Death and Religion

Christina Welch – Comparing and Contrasting Late-Medieval Carved Cadavers in Ireland with those on mainland Britain

Angela Clark – Portable Altars and Domestic Chapels in the Diocese of Bath & Wells 1300-1500

Cindy Wood – ‘Henry V’s chantry chapel and the role of Henry VI’


11.00 to 11.20 – Tea/Coffee


Session 2 – 11.20 to 12.50 – Kingship and Queenship in Late Medieval England

Gordon McKelvie – ‘Maintaining the Tudor Affinity’

Samantha Harper – ‘The Chamber Books of Henry VII and Henry VIII’

Ellie Woodacre – ‘A key political pawn or an ever more distant relation? Evaluating Joan of Navarre’s long-term relationship with her natal family’


Lunch – 12.50 to 14.00

[Lunch not provided though there are various outlets nearby and on campus]


Session 3 – 14.00 to 15.30 – Texts and Memory

Eric Lacey – “Supernatural or just natural? Prophetic Animals in Old English and Old Norse literature”

Toni Griffiths – Remembering and Forgetting England’s Medieval Jews: Winchester as a Case Study

Karl Alvestad – Identity and trade: The cult of St Olaf in the Baltic in the 12th and 13th Century


15.30 to 15.50 – Tea/Coffee


Session 4 – 15.50 to 17.20 – War and Society

Matt Bennett – ‘Military masculinity and cross-cultural chivalry during the crusading era in England, France and Outremer, c.1100 – c.1250

Tom Wex – ‘And soo becam theves and manquellers’: Contemporary perceptions of violence and criminality among soldiers, 1449-1471 – a new interpretation.

Ryan Lavelle – “Lairs and Ramparts of Earthly Pride: Some (More) Reflections on Aristocratic and Royal Discontent in Early Medieval England and France”

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LGBT History Exhibition and Talks at Winchester Discovery Centre organised by the Modern History Research Centre

The Modern History Research Centre at the University of Winchester in partnership with Winchester Discovery Centre are happy to welcome you to the LGBT+ History Exhibition, which is on display at the Discovery Centre’s Wall Space until the 28th February 2017. This exhibition highlights current investigations taken by early-career researchers from different universities around the country. The panels explore historical perspectives, experiences and events of LGBT+ communities in modern history across different countries.
Please also join us for two free events on Friday 10th February at the Discovery Centre:
6:30-7:30pm, Discovery Centre’s Wall Space – LGBT+ History Exhibition: Discussion with exhibitors.
7:30-8:30pm, Discovery Centre’s Lecture Theatre – Public Lecture: Dr Emma Vickers(Liverpool John Moores University, author of Queen and Country: Same-sex desire in the British Armed Forces, 1939-1945) – ‘Sanctuary or sissy? Male cross-dressing as entertainment in the British Armed Forces, 1939-1945’: Following the end of the Second World War, revues like Pacific Showboat, Soldiers in Skirts, Forces Showboat, Misleading Ladies and Ralph Reader’s Gang Show capitalised on the appetite of audiences for ex-servicemen in drag. This lecture will consider how the populace of post-war Britain acquired their affection for ex-servicemen in drag through an examination of men in the British Armed Forces who informally cross dressed to entertain their colleagues during the Second World War. It will focus in particular on how these performances were understood by those who viewed them.
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Studying at the University of Winchester – Patrick’s Experience

[By Patrick Young]

I have nothing but positive things to say about my experiences at the University of Winchester. As an individual the History Faculty has helped me to reach new levels of thinking that allow me to draw upon a range of analytical skills. In practicality, this has helped me set and achieve new targets in both my personal and professional lives. I am certain that the majority of my classmates have also benefited in these ways.

It is important to note that learning cannot come without interest, and the wide variety of topics on offer are an essential part of the degree’s success. Though my BA was in History and the Medieval World, I was able to take modules on America, the Roman Empire, and many other fascinating periods of history. In addition, an essential understanding of the subject was provided with various core modules. These allowed me a true appreciation of history as a social science, and a proper understanding of the skills being taught.

As a mature student I felt that I often had different needs to younger members of the class and was lucky enough to find support whenever I required it. My tutors and other members of the faculty staff were an invaluable source of assistance and encouragement throughout my studies.

Looking back now I can see the course of my academic development. Having quickly learnt that I was not as clever as I had always assumed, the lecturers helped to guide my progression as a historian and as a writer. Though in two minds about taking a step up to a Masters, I discussed my concerns with my tutor and gained a new belief that I would be able to undertake this. I found it difficult at first and even questioned my ability to finish it but was given support at every stage. My ambition now is that I may be able to continue my stay by embarking on a PhD; certainly I feel like the University of Winchester is a very important part of life that I hope it will always be so.


[Note – we would like to thank Patrick for sharing his experiences of out department with you].

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Winchester: An Early Medieval Royal City Conference

The department is happy to announce that it will be hosting a conference entitled ‘Winchester: An Early Medieval Royal City’ between 9 and 12 July 2017.

Keynote speakers confirmed are Professor Martin Biddle (Emeritus Fellow, Hertford College Oxford; Director of Winchester Excavations Committee) Professor Barbara Yorke (Professor Emerita, University of Winchester, Visiting Professor, UCL)

Below is the Call for Papers for anyone interested in presenting.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Winchester: An Early Medieval Royal City
University of Winchester 9-12 July 2017
A multi- and interdisciplinary conference on the development of the city of Winchester, its cultural and political life, and its place in the early medieval world. Hosted by Winchester, The Royal City project team in association with the University of Winchester.
Proposals for 20-minute papers and themed sessions of three papers are invited on aspects of the Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman city of Winchester from the seventh to the twelfth centuries. These may include the structures of power and Winchester’s place in local/regional/national/global histories (e.g. the ‘Second Viking Age’ or the ‘Anarchy), communities within the city, Winchester’s ministers, representations of the Anglo-Saxon city in (early) medieval literature, the role of the city in the development of language and literature, comparative work on other early medieval royal cities (e.g. Leon, Cordoba), urban topography, or representations of the early medieval heritage of Winchester since the middle ages. The aim of the conference is to be both multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary, to think about the position of a city within a wider community, the communities of the city itself, and the perceptions of the city.
Please send a 200-word abstract and 1-page summary CV to by 13 February 2017. Contact and/or for enquiries.
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Successful revalidation of BA degrees

The department is delighted to announce the successful revalidation of the B.A History (Single and Combined Honours), History and the Medieval World and History and the Modern World degrees. The revalidation event occurred on 2 December 2016. Such events are a rigorous process that degrees are properly structured, meets the highest of standards, ensure the degree is up-to-date with wider developments within the discipline and is externally scrutinised. The degree was widely praised by the panel and received 10 commendations noting such strengths as the rich choice of modules, the passion of the staff, the coherence of the programmes and the collegiality within the team.


Although some elements of the degree have changed to reflect innovations in the discipline and the expertise of the new members of staff who have joined us over the past few years, the key aspects of the degree remain. The department will continue to offer a vast range of options for students who can study topic stretching from Ancient Greece to the late 20th century, with many modules have a distinct international flavour. In total 170 undergraduate modules (new and existing) are now validated to run in all undergraduate programmes, including core modules, optional modules (though not all will run every year) and an optional work placement.


As a department we look forward to teaching our revalidated degree.

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Launch of ‘The Japanese Red Cross at Netley: 1915-1916.’ Hampshire Papers

On 3 November 2016 the new series of Hampshire Papers launched its third paper written by Dr Gordon Daniels on ‘The Japanese Red Cross at Netley: 1915-1916.’ Fittingly, the event occurred at Netley Abbey. Hampshire Papers is a publication of the Hampshire Field and Archaeological Society and aims to write about aspects of Hampshire’s history that are not always necessarily understood. The Hampshire Field Club has strong links with the University of Winchester and several members of the university are closely involved in the Field Club’s activities.


The event was covered by That’s Solent TV:

If you look closely you can catch a glimpse of our own Dr Simon Sandall, the Local History editor for the Field Club, at the launch.



In 1902 Britain and Japan signed the Anglo-Japanese alliance and in 1914 Japan joined Britain in the war against Germany.  The Japan Red Cross Society had already gained a high reputation in the west, and the Japanese Government soon decided to send Red Cross Relief Missions to the allies; all at Japan’s expense. Missions travelled to Britain, Russia and France and of these the mission to Britain was clearly the most significant. It consisted of 20 female nurses, 2 highly qualified doctors, an interpreter and a secretary. The group travelled via Hawaii, the United States and the Atlantic, and arrived in Liverpool in January 1915. As representatives of an important ally the mission received a lavish official welcome including a meeting with Queen Alexandra. In February 1915 the Japanese finally began work at the newly constructed Red Cross Hospital at Netley. All members of the Japanese Mission were well trained and experienced, in contrast to many British Red Cross volunteers. The missions work was highly valued and great efforts were made to integrate the Japanese into the working of the hospital. As patient numbers grew an increasing number of wards were placed under Japanese supervision. Furthermore, the Japanese were warmly entertained by prestigious Hampshire families. Initially the Japanese had planned to leave Britain after six months service, but the shortage of experienced British personnel led the British Government to request an extension of the mission’s stay.  In the summer of 1915 the Japanese Red Cross agreed that the mission would remain until the end of the year. At the close of their stay in Netley the mission was entertained by the Lord Mayor of London, and all members received gifts from Queen Alexandra. The two doctors and the two chief nurses were decorated by King George V. This paper will make full use of both Japanese and British primary and secondary sources to analyse the missions work in Hampshire and its medical and political effectiveness as part of Japan’s war time diplomacy. In addition to the specific circumstances of the Japanese nurses in Netley, these sources include several hitherto untranslated speeches made by the Japanese ambassador in 1914 which throw light on broader aspects of Japanese-European relations during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as well as the history of medicine in a British context. The speeches highlight Japanese intentions of using this mission to counter pejorative European stereotypes of the nation by highlighting Japanese humanitarian power in a global context.


About the Author

Dr Gordon Daniels completed his PhD on Sir Harry Parkes, who was Consul General of the UK to Japan (1865-83) at a pivotal time for Japan’s transition to modernity. This was revised and published as a monograph while lecturing at Sheffield where in 1966 he was a founder member of what is now the School of South East Asian Studies and ultimately promoted to Reader. In terms of research, Dr Daniels remained a Japan specialist, writing predominantly on post-war (WW2) US-Japanese relations and Anglo-Japanese relations. He was a founder and served as secretary and president of the British Association for Japanese Studies. He has visited Japan many times and lived there, at different times, for four years.


For those interested in purchasing this publication, details can be found here:

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