Boris Horemans, MA (2011-2013)

Boris Horemans‘If you really want to learn something about urban history, you should go to Leicester’. Those were the words that my supervisor at the University of Brussels said to me on a rainy day in February 2011. I started thinking about her advice and after some clicking around on the CUH-website, I decided that Leicester had to be my next stop and I applied for a place on their urban history course during the next year.

When I received a mail from Simon Gunn, telling me that I was accepted for the course I was both happy and in doubt. After all, I was leaving everything behind for a year. But when I arrived in Leicester, my doubts were soon washed away as I was welcomed with open arms by the diverse and multicultural city of Leicester and a lively department, made up by generous and friendly people!

The Centre for Urban History is a first class research centre for urban historians. Classes are thought by lecturers who are experts on the domain of urban history and who know the fine details of current debates in this broad discipline. Furthermore, the CUH has a well-stocked library with an enormous collection of works on urban history. I used to sit there for hours, browsing through the shelfves and reading until the centre closed the door in the evening. And if you can not find what you are looking for, a short walk brings you to the main campus where you will find the amazing David Wilson Library.

Today, I work as a historian at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and I regularly think about my time in Leicester, the urban history seminars and tea with Roey’s homemade cakes afterwards. It was an eye-opening experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Oh, and before I forget: if you do have some time to spare during your studies in Leicester, go for a walk in the surrounding countryside or hop on the train and travel to the sweet little village of Melton Mowbray, where they make the magical pork pie. How I do miss the pork pie…

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