News archive - 2010

The Bible on TV

A new television series includes the research expertise of Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou, a biblical scholar at the University of Exeter.

Churchill’s Empire revealed in new biography

The first comprehensive account of Churchill’s lifelong involvement with Empire, from his childhood schooldays to his emergence as self-made imperial hero to his final premiership in the 1950s, has been written by a University of Exeter historian.

Royal seal of approval for history student

A prestigious competition which selects the best dissertations from history departments across the country placed an Exeter student as a runner up.

Victorians given a digital present

For the first time rarely seen nineteenth century images about empire, the Great Exhibition and science are freely available for all to enjoy.

New research into origins of iron and steel in India

A small but intrepid team of Exeter staff and students have returned from a six-week archaeological research expedition to a remote region of rural Andhra Pradesh in India.

Research reveals medieval Maundy Thursday

In the Christian faith, Maundy Thursday is the day that Christ conducted the Last Supper with the apostles; in the Middle Ages it was also the day on which heinous sinners were reconciled with the Christian community after 40 days of being ostracised from society. 

Theology on the Menu

What we eat, how much we eat, how it is produced and prepared, and its cultural and ecological significance, has forced food sustainability onto the national news agenda. 

Exeter archaeologist helps uncover 900 year old agricultural secrets

The coastal savannas of French Guiana, dotted with thousands of small mounds, have given up some of their secrets, thanks to an interdisciplinary European collaborative research project.

History student brews up business idea

A student on the Cornwall Campus, is setting up a brewery with a difference. He is now looking for local businesses or individuals who might be able to help provide space for his company.

Revitalising the seaside prom

Seaside esplanades and the beaches of the English Riviera were once awash with popular performances, variety shows and songs such as ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside.’

Celebrating Gurney in Gloucester

World War One poet and composer Ivor Gurney (1890-1937) is one of Gloucestershire’s most famous sons. His works are now becoming available to the public following three years of extensive archiving.

Lawyers laid bare

Hostility towards the legal profession for financially profiting from the recession is nothing new according to research at the University of Exeter which explores the rise of lawyers in the medieval and Tudor periods. 

Investigating Poltimore and its landscape

Detective work on a Grade II* listed country house and its gardens are about to begin as part of a two year research project between the University of Exeter and the Poltimore House Trust.  

Outstanding award for drama

A major American prize for books on theatre practice has been awarded to an Exeter drama academic.

Doctor Who writer returns to Exeter

Award-winning author Robert Shearman best known for his Doctor Who scripts is returning to his old stomping ground in Exeter. 

Sex before the sexual revolution

What did sex mean for ordinary people before the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 70s? is a question that University of Exeter historian Dr Kate Fisher and Professor Simon Szreter from the University of Cambridge set out to answer in their new book.

'Is that funny?' competition launch

Do you want to make a ten minute comedy film, or write a ten-minute comedy script? Would you then like to put that film or script in front of a man who directed Blackadder, won BAFTAs for best comedies in 2009 (The IT Crowd) and in 2002 (The Sketch Show), and who was Head of Comedy for Carlton?

Chronicling Stephen Fry’s film career

Stephen Fry’s new memoir ‘The Fry Chronicles’ telling the story of the rise to fame in the 1980s of one of Britain’s most famous entertainers and public figures proved an instant bestseller.

Once upon a time...reading and writing began

The future of children’s reading and writing beyond today’s literary favourites such as Harry Potter and Tracey Beaker will be explored on Wednesday 27 October at the University of Exeter.

Imagination let loose at literary festival

Awesome authors and wicked writers have been handpicked by a group of pupils to top the bill at the EXEtreme Imagination Festival of Literature for Children and Young People.

New research on Highland witch

The witchcraft confessions of Isobel Gowdie in Scotland, 1662, are widely celebrated as the most extraordinary on record in Britain.

A good yarn and a winning tale

Writers are vying for a position as the next J K Rowling or Philip Pullman after entering a competition organised by the University of Exeter’s short story publication ‘Riptide’.

Poetry imagines there’s a future

A premiere of a new piece of music for choirs, based on poems from young people across Devon has been specially commissioned for the EXEtreme Imagination Children and Young Peoples Literature Festival.

'White Box Performances: Photographs by Hugo Glendinning'

Exhibition opening, talk and wine reception - 6pm Wednesday 10th November

Stone Age humans needed more brain power for tool design

Stone Age humans were only able to develop relatively advanced tools after their brains evolved a greater capacity for complex thought, according to a new study investigating why it took early humans almost two million years to move from a razor-sharp stones to a hand-held stone axe.

Highs and lows of comedy writer

Best selling author and Spitting image comedy writer John O’Farrell talks about some of the hilarious highs and lows of his literary journey on Sunday 7 November at 4.30pm at the Northcott Theatre. 

The art of presenting art

A striking new exhibition looking at the current trend for setting or presenting performance work in art galleries is now on show in the Drama department at the University of Exeter.

Discovering the secrets of Stonehenge

A revolutionary new idea on the movement of big monument stones like those at Stonehenge has been put forward by an archaeology student at the University of Exeter.

Last chance to see farming heritage exhibition

A final exhibition of photographs, film and interviews, collected from the year long project, ‘Family, Farming and Tradition,’ will be exhibited in the Engine Room, at the Exchange, in Penzance, from the 23rd November- 16th December 2010.

Exeter contributes to the history of the world

History experts from the University of Exeter have contributed their geographical and subject knowledge to the latest edition of the prestigious copy of The Times Complete History of the World.

New film centre museum guide

A new fully illustrated guide book celebrating the University of Exeter’s Museum tells the story of the development of the moving image from shadow puppets to blockbusters.

Cinema shows of Christmas past

Well before the invention of cinema, different types of moving and projected images were the height of sophistication for an evening’s entertainment.