Delicious discussion and fascinating cake: New History Lab is back!
The New History Lab is now a regular fixture of the University of Leicester calendar, so much so that it’s difficult to imagine a time before the NHL.
The lab came about because a group of research postgrads in the School of Historical Studies decided that there was more to life than sitting on one’s own researching and writing a thesis. They set up a fortnightly get-together which has blossomed into a major part of the University’s historical resources. You don’t have to be a history student to attend the NHL, it’s “for all who love history, in any department, in any discipline.”
Meeting topics vary enormously. Last year saw a detailed discussion of the TV series Mad Men, a Manchester professor performing Woody Guthrie songs and the extraordinary 'History Idol: Leicester’s Got Talent'. Over the years the NHL has also attracted a number of top-rank guests including architectural historian Jonathan Foyle, TV newsreader Julie Etchingham and even Lord Melvin of Bragg!
But whatever the evening’s content, the location remains constant (1 Salisbury Road) as does the format, which goes something like this:
4.30pm – tea and cake
5.00pm – history
6.00pm – pub
The NHL 2011-12 season kicks off this Friday with a look at ‘How to survive your MA/PhD and have your cake and eat it’. Later in the Autumn term there’s a collaborative event with SPELL, the equivalent postgrad group from our School of English; plus a history of Leicester’s music scene (which should prove once and for all that there’s more to ‘the Leicester sound’ than Showaddywaddy and Kasabian); and even a Saturday ‘peregrination’ to Bronte country.
Everyone with an interest in history is welcome at the New History Lab. For regular updates and other musings, be sure to check the NHL blog.