Eric Hobsbawm and all that jazz
The latest annual collection of Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the British Academy, published in December 2015, includes an extended obituary of Eric Hobsbawm (1917-2012), written by Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA. Hobsbawm was one of the UK’s most renowned modern historians and left-wing public intellectuals. His influential three-volume history …
Getting ahead of the curve: What next for Scotland and the Union?
(Article) Alun Evans has been Chief Executive of the British Academy since July 2015. In his previous role, he headed the Scotland Office, the Whitehall department which made the case for Scotland to remain part of the UK in the Scottish independence referendum in September 2014. On 16 September 2015, …
The shifting landscape in higher education and research
Jonathan Matthews and Thomas Kohut, of the British Academy’s Higher Education Policy Team, explain the issues and concerns surrounding a number of recent Government initiatives affecting higher education and research in the UK.
Edward Augustus Freeman: Making history
The editors of a British Academy volume of essays about the eminent Victorian historian, Edward Augustus Freeman (1823-1892), were interviewed by Revd Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch Kt FBA, to explore why he is such an intriguing character.
From the Archive: The President’s chair
At meetings of the British Academy’s Council, the President sits at the table in an ornate wooden chair, designed in a medieval style, bearing the letters ‘H H’ on it. But why does the Academy have such an unusual piece of furniture? A letter recently found in the archives throws …
Celebrating fifty years of the Thank-Offering to Britain Fund
On 10 November 2015, the British Academy, in partnership with the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR), hosted an event to mark the 50th Anniversary of the ‘Thank-Offering to Britain’ Fund: ‘Commemoration and Celebration: The British Academy and the Jewish Refugee Academics in Britain after 1933’. This an edited version of …
Creating heritage: Vikings, Jorvik and public interest archaeology
Dr Peter V. Addyman was the Director of York Archaeological Trust from its foundation in 1972 to 2002, and instigator of the Jorvik Viking Centre. In 2015 he was awarded a British Academy President’s Medal in recognition of his significant efforts in making archaeology and historic heritage publicly accessible. Here …
The vivid faces of Ireland’s revolutionary generation
Professor Roy Foster FBA, author of ‘Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland 1890-1923’, was interviewed by Professor Richard English FBA, to discuss the hopes and expectations of Ireland's revolutionary generation - as we approach the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.
Migration and older people in Bolivia: Between opportunities and new vulnerabilities
Dr Tanja Bastia is Senior Lecturer in Urban Development at the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester. Here she describes her British Academy-supported research into the effects of migration on the migrants’ parents who are ‘left behind’ in Bolivia.
The academic book of the future
As the British Academy’s contribution to Academic Book Week in November 2015, the British Academy Review conducted a short series of interviews with a number of British Academy-supported early career scholars on different aspects of academic book publication. The issues are discussed further here by Professor Mary Morgan FBA.
Hearing voices from the Chilembwe Rising
In 1915, the Reverend John Chilembwe led a short-lived but violent uprising in the British Protectorate of Nyasaland – what is now Malawi – which sent shock waves through Britain’s possessions in south-east Africa. One hundred years later, the British Academy has published the evidence presented at the Inquiry that …