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    Bringing history to life through our outreach programmes

Outreach and community

The past is a fascinating world which we want to make as accessible as possible to all. Offering programmes for schools, welcoming people to the Department and giving outreach talks, we are active in the community and the knowledge economy.

Community and Schools Outreach activities are available throughout the academic year. Staff within the Department of History have a strong commitment in engaging with the local community, schools and other institutions. While on some occasions we may not be able to respond to individual requests from schools, we are keen to share our internationally renowned research in a variety of topics through a series of events where you can meet both our staff and students.

We are also available online via our social media, and you can visit our blog to keep up to date with what's happening in the Department.

If you are interested in studying history at Reading, please come and meet us at one of our Open Days to chat to us about what we do, and how we do it, on our beautiful green campus.

Free online courses

The University of Reading's Professor Kate Williams has partnered with Historic Royal Palaces to bring you A History of Royal Food and Feasting. This online course, featuring our own history students, explores the history of royal food through the tastes of five key monarchs, and takes an intimate look behind the scenes of some of the most incredible palaces in England.

On this course, you'll join expert historians, curators and food scientists to immerse yourself in the changing tastes of successive generations of royalty and experience the splendour of their palaces - from the Tudors to the 20th century.

Over the five weeks, you'll engage with riveting tales and challenge some common misconceptions about palaces, monarchs, and their impact on dietary tastes today. You'll also have the opportunity to try out historic recipes in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Find out more about A History of Royal Food and Feasting on the FutureLearn website and take a look at the trailer for the course below.


past events

Stenton Lecture - The Russian Revolution: A Hundred Stenton Lecture 2017
Years On

Thursday 23rd November 2017, 7:30pm (doors open 7:00pm), G11 Henley Business School, Whiteknights campus.
The Russian Revolution transformed the face of an empire, established the world's first socialist state, and profoundly affected the course of world history for the rest of the twentieth century. A hundred years on, the master historian Professor Stephen Smith reflects on the tumultuous events of 1917 and our attempts to understand this epochal moment in history.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

The History Department at the University of Reading is partnering with the British Library and bringing a mini version of the 'Harry Potter: A History of Magic' exhibition to Reading. The British Library exhibition, which runs from 20th October 2017 to 28th February 2018, delves into the topics of potions and alchemy, astronomy, charms and divination, magical creatures, the dark arts, herbology and local, national and international history of magic.

On Saturday 21st October, Anne Lawrence-Mathers, Jacqui Turner and Mara Oliva from the History Department will be taking part in a Harry Potter Day at Battle Library, Reading. They will run a Hogwarts-style 'School of Magic' for up to 60 children, aged eight upwards. There will be four 'lessons', on subjects taken from the Hogwarts curriculum and the British Library exhibition, but taught on the basis of medieval images and practices. These lessons will be on Charms (making a magical talisman), Potions (using powerful herbs and a magical stone), Divination (palmistry and moon magic), and Ancient Runes/Geomancy.

Suffrage and Citizenship Public Lecture: Dr Jacqui TurnerJacqui Turner Public Lecture 2

Wednesday 11th October 2017, 8:00pm (doors open 7:30pm), Palmer Building, Whiteknights campus.
Dr Jacqui Turner will explore and consider the parliamentary politics, the campaigns and the divisive issues of class, marriage and militancy that fractured the suffrage movement.



outreach programme opportunities

Please get in touch if you have any queries or require further information about our outreach programmes.

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