British Academy Review 8
Christina of Markyate and the St Albans Psalter
In 2003 the British Academy sponsored a conference in St Albans, drawing together a project to digitise the St Albans Psalter, and an edited volume on Christina of Markyate. Dr Jane Geddes, director of the digitisation project and organiser of the conference, describes the highlights.
The Old French Crusade Cycle
The British Academy awarded a series of research grants to Nigel Thorp for the preparation of a critical edition of an epic poem, La Chanson de Jérusalem. The work formed part of complete new edition of the Old French Crusade Cycle, an international project under the general editorship of Emanuel …
A Hoard of Votive Bronzes from the Sacred Animal Necropolis at North Saqqara
Dr Paul T Nicholson, Cardiff University, describes the discovery of a unique hoard of bronzes illustrating the popularity of the sacred animal cults associated with Saqqara, and the painstaking work to conserve and identify them. The project is sponsored by the Egypt Exploration Society.
Rock Carvings of North and West Europe
Professor John Coles FBA has been working on Scandinavian rock art since the early 1990s. In April 2004 he convened a conference, jointly sponsored by the British Academy and the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, to look at various aspects of the carvings found in north and …
Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator? (BAR 8)
The Sarah Tryphena Phillips Lecture was delivered at the Academy on 3 November 2003 by Professor Eric Foner FBA, DeWitt Clinton Professor at Columbia University. In his lecture, Professor Foner explored the attitudes toward slavery that Lincoln held for virtually his entire life, and traced how he changed under the …
'The Nation Within': British India at War 1939-1947 (BAR)
Professor Christopher Bayly FBA delivered the Raleigh Lecture on History on 26 November 2003. In his analysis of India at war, Professor Bayly considered how and why it was possible for the British Raj to recover from defeats to the Japanese in Burma and the ‘Quit India’ movement of 1942. …
The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century (BAR)
‘The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century’, edited by Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA, was first published in summer 2003. This British Academy Centenary Monograph was reissued in paperback in 2004. Dr David Butler CBE, FBA, who spoke at the original launch of the volume, notes some of the constitutional changes …
The Correspondence of James McNeill Whistler (BAR)
Professor Nigel Thorp is Director of the Academy Research Project that has created an on-line edition of Whistler’s correspondence. Here he gives an account of a source that is important not only for the artist himself, but also for the study of European and American art in the second half …
'Betweenness': The Lives of Latvian Women Migrants
Professor Linda McDowell, Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford, gives an account of her research into the experiences of Latvian women who came to Britain as economic migrants after the Second World War under schemes set up to import foreign labour.
Ethnic Minority Disadvantages in the Labour Market in Cross-National Perspectives
A conference was organised in November 2003 by the British Academy, the University of Oxford, and Oxford Brookes University, bringing together leading experts from a range of countries to compare the experiences of ethnic minorities. Dr Sin Yi Cheung and Professor Anthony Heath FBA describe the collaborative study that underpinned …
Anglo-Scottish Relations (BAR)
Professor Christopher Smout FBA, Historiographer Royal in Scotland, reflects on the relations between England and Scotland following the Union of the Crowns.