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Job Opportunity: Researcher and Designer for our History Matters Blog

Researcher and Designer for History Matters Blog

This post is open to current students and employees of the University of Sheffield only.


The Department of History wishes to recruit a promising candidate to help develop its well-established History Matters blog into a major public-history resource. Having been active since 2012, History Matters needs not only cosmetic and technical refreshing, but has also accumulated a significant archive of articles which need cataloguing and reorganising into a new more user-friendly interface.

The successful candidate will play a key role in designing and developing History Matters into an outstanding public-facing resource, targeted at schools, interested general readers, and other students and scholars. Building on the blog’s strong reputation for relevant and original historical comment, the appointed blog assistant will help to redesign History Matters to create a reference section alongside the topical content. The blog redesign constitutes a key aspect of the Department’s recruitment and public-engagement strategies. The two principal aims of the project are:

– to redesign the blog to create an accessible interface and increase the accessibility of our rich archive of public-history content;

– and to categorise the content in a way which targets current A-level topics and appeals directly to History students.

The blog assistant will work in close collaboration with other colleagues, especially the editors of the blog, and so the precise structure of the project will be tailored to the specific strengths and interests of the candidate. In general terms, however, it is anticipated that the appointment will cover three key areas:

  • training on the blog and researching the archive of available material;
  • researching A-level modules and relating them to the structure and content of the blog;
  • and redesigning the blog’s structure and interface.

The successful candidate will receive any necessary training in the use of WordPress and associated technologies for blogging, including plug-ins and the operation of Content Management Systems. As well as working with the blog editors, the designer will also receive support from the History Department’s IT & Learning Technology Manager, James Pearson, who is the blog’s technical advisor.

This post is for five hours per week (though there may be some flexibility from week to week), with an immediate start date and an end date of 30 September 2016.

This role is paid at grade 6.1 on the University of Sheffield salary scales (£13.71 per hour, plus holiday pay).


Essential qualities:

  • Excellent English-language communication, spoken and written
  • Confident user of IT and digital/social media
  • An interest in communicating historical research to wider audiences
  • Clear organisational skills
  • An ability to categorise and organise qualitative data

Desirable qualities:

  • Experience with blogging
  • An interest in History teaching and in current A-level content
  • Experience in communicating with non-academic audiences
  • Experience in using, designing and/or building digital/web resources
  • Experience in online research
  • Experience in use of WordPress

How to apply

A brief statement (one side of A4 maximum) explaining your suitability for the role, along with your CV, should be sent to Caroline Dodds Pennock at c.pennock@sheffield.ac.uk by Friday 15th April 2016.

Informal enquiries about this post should be directed towards Caroline Dodds Pennock: c.pennock@sheffield.ac.uk, 0114 222 2579.

Julie Gottlieb (Sheffield) ‘Chamberlain’s Umbrella: ‘Object’ Lessons in the History of Appeasement’ and book launch!


After the seminar you are also warmly invited to join Julie for the launch of her new book: ‘Guilty Women’, Foreign Policy and Appeasement in Inter-War Britain in Blackwell’s bookshop, Jessop West from 6pm.

A note on the book:
The history of foreign policy and appeasement has too often been told with the women left out. But were there ‘Guilty Women’ who supported the ‘Guilty Men’ and endorsed British foreign policy? ‘Guilty Women’, Foreign Policy and Appeasement in Inter-War Britain examines the place of gender in the formation, presentation and cultural meaning of British foreign policy in the 1930s. Despite their marginalization from high political office and their formal exclusion from the Diplomatic Service, it breaks new ground by demonstrating that women were present in high-level foreign policy-making circles—such as the Cliveden Set, within the Conservative Party, or as Churchill’s anti-appeasement allies. It considers the range and effectiveness of political responses amongst British women to the threat of fascism in the 1930s; how public and press debates about foreign policy adopted gendered imagery and language; and it argues that female public opinion – both real and imagined – was an important dynamic in electoral politics and discourse during the crisis years. Indeed, women’s feelings and fears of war weighed heavily on PM Neville Chamberlain, ‘the Father of Peace’, during the Munich Crisis, while the whole policy and practice of appeasement came to be understood as an emasculated response to the hyper-virile dictatorships.

Seminar: 16:15 Jessop West Room G:03
Book launch: 18:00 Blackwell’s Jessop West

All welcome!

Department Research Seminar Programme Autumn 2015

We are very pleased to announce our forthcoming Department Seminar programme.

As usual each seminar will be held on Tuesdays at 16:15 in G:03 (ground floor Jessop West). Seminars are followed by drinks and dinner with the speaker organised by the chair.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can email history@sheffield.ac.uk

Chelsea Barnett: Pride of race: Masculinity and Whiteness in Jedda (1955)

The Gender History Discussion Group would like to invite you to a session with Chelsea Barnett who will be discussing

‘Pride of race’: Masculinity and Whiteness in Jedda (1955)

Chelsea Barnett is a third-year PhD candidate at Macquarie University, Sydney, working under the supervision of Associate Professor Robert Reynolds and Dr Leigh Boucher. Her doctoral work explores the representation of masculinity in Australian films from 1949 to 1962.

This paper explores the representation of masculinity as it intersected with race in the 1955 Australian film Jedda. Popularly considered a classic Australian film from an ostensibly disappointing era for Australian filmmaking, Jedda is perhaps best well known for its Indigenous protagonists, as well as its subsequent focus on race relations in the fifties. In the era of assimilation, manifested most cruelly in the removal of Indigenous children from their homes to be raised as white, the film’s Indigenous concerns might be considered revolutionary. In this paper, however, I examine how Jedda represented masculinity and understandings of race, arguing that the film made explicit references to whiteness to ultimately legitimate an historically specific understanding of masculinity and thus white national ideal that functioned as exclusive of Indigeneity.

This session will take place on Monday 13th April, 2pm and will be held at 301 Glossop Road, room C1 a/b.

Gender History and Early Modern Discussion Group Session

Calling all History PhD students!

We wish to welcome you to a joint session run by the Gender History and Early Modern Discussion Groups. This session will involve 5-minute ‘lightning talks’ from PhD students from the History Department.

The event will take place on:
Tuesday 25th November 2014, 2:00pm
Jessop West Exhibition Space

This is an opportunity for all PhD students researching Gender History and/or the Early Modern period to focus on improving their presentation skills, informing an audience of their research, and also an opportunity for first year students to share/discuss ideas for their new projects.

Please email hip12lrb@sheffield.ac.uk if you are interested in presenting at this session by Friday 21st November



Early Modern Discussion Group: ‘Religion’: Inaugural ‘Windows into Research’

Emma Rhatigan (English), Antony Milton (History), and Iona Hine (Biblical Studies)

The Early Modern Discussion Group (EMDG) is a postgraduate led group for the circulation and discussion of ideas about early modern history. We have a variety of speakers each semester who generally give 20 minute papers, with two speakers in each session, though sometimes we have just one speaker who will present a longer paper. We sometimes also have reading sessions where we discuss a recent journal article.