Something you may not know about Leicester History Department, is that we have our very own research centre for English Local History. It is something that makes our department unique as it covers local history across both England and Wales.
If you’re a current undergraduate student you may have met some of the lecturers who are a part of this centre and possibly got a flavour of this sort of history in some of your modules – such as Deviance and Disorder in the Early Modern City or The Transformation of Leicester, 1945-1980. It’s also something that you maybe haven’t come into contact with, but whatever your experience, if it’s piqued your interest there’s a great opportunity coming your way, and it’s here at the University!
As part of the UK’s only nationwide festival humanities, Leicester University is holding an event called ‘Revealing Local History’, where people can become Wikipedia historians for the day! The event entails creating or editing Wikipedia pages based on VCH and British History Online local history documents. This would be great experience for any budding historians or for those who are just interested in the history of the local area!
You can sign up to be part of this event, which takes place on Saturday 21st November at the University between 10am and 3pm, here.
If this isn’t quite your cup of tea, never fear! The History department are always offering different opportunities to their students – you just have to watch out for the emails. There may even be the chance to work for the department as part of a paid internship!
And for you anyone reading this who is applying to Leicester or thinking about it – you have all this great extra stuff to look forward to. University isn’t just about getting a degree, and it’s great that the History department recognise that!