News archive 2019
Archaeologists to explore hidden past of one of Devon’s oldest buildings used by rulers and nobility
Archaeologists are hoping to discover more about the prehistoric, Roman and medieval history of a building used by Kings and Devon’s most important families.
Experts from the University of Exeter are working with leading organisations from the fields of culture, entertainment and education as part of a pioneering collaboration which aims to reimagine the museum visitor experience using storytelling and cutting-edge virtual technology.
The Walking Heritage into Future Cities project is a collaboration between Heritage Walk Calcutta (HWC), who have pioneered this model, and the University of Exeter (Humanities and Business School).
The mid nineteenth century was the age of the ‘beard movement’, a time when huge beards suddenly became all the rage, as the ultimate badge of manliness. But new evidence shows there was also a long-forgotten earlier mania for whiskers.
Innovative film director and writer Mark Cousins next star of University of Exeter’s Creative Dialogues series
Award-winning innovative film director and writer Mark Cousins will discuss his prestigious career and influences during a free public event at the University of Exeter this month.
Hundreds of Devon teenagers and students witnessed the incredible courage of concentration camp survivor Mala Tribich during an event organised to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
Maize has been a staple part of diets in South America for almost 9,000 years, but the process to make the plant suitable to eat was far more complex than previously thought, experts have found.
Multilingual MP Ben Bradshaw shared his experiences of how speaking German and Italian had shaped his career as a journalist and politician as part of a University of Exeter event for young people learning languages.
Efforts to tackle antibiotic resistance must take account of fourfold difference in use across Europe, report says
Global efforts to tackle antibiotic resistance will be more effective if they focus on the cultural context behind the fourfold difference in total antibiotic use and consumption across Europe, according to a new report.
Lost buildings and artworks of Renaissance Florence to be reunited for the first time in hundreds of years
People will be able to step back in time and experience the extraordinary treasures of Renaissance Florence as they would have looked hundreds of years ago thanks to new University of Exeter research supported through the Digital Art History initiative of the Getty Foundation.
Three decades after the AIDS crisis, a new study will investigate the impact the disease has had on masculinity and sexuality in the gay community.
The University of Exeter’s science and humanities subjects have been ranked amongst the very best in the world, according to the latest influential global league table.
A new research project will examine the impact of queer films shown covertly in China on the development of LGBT+ culture and rights.
Travelling around Europe in search of a new home after the dissolution of the monasteries must have been dramatic enough for England’s oldest community of Bridgettine nuns. But a remarkable newly-catalogued letter shows they also experienced another harrowing event – the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755.
New work by academics and curators will provide museums with innovative solutions for documenting, collecting and displaying digital art.
Celebrated journalist Nick Davies will discuss his landmark investigative work at a University of Exeter event this month.
Celebrated journalist Nick Davies will discuss his landmark investigative work at a University of Exeter event this month.
Experts will use ancient records to discover the truth about how women worked centuries ago and the history of the gender pay gap and forced labour.
A major new study will uncover the secrets of how humans colonised one of the most challenging landscapes on earth - and the legacy of their actions on today’s plants and wildlife.
The only evidence left of lost films made in the golden era of silent movies can be seen for the first time after an unique collection was donated to one of the UK’s foremost cinema museums.
Experts have found the remains of Britain’s earliest rabbit - a discovery which reveals bunnies arrived in the country 1,000 years earlier than previously thought.
Genetic data allows detailed picture of the history of inner Eurasia to be revealed for the first time
An international team of researchers has used genetic data from hundreds of people – as well as archaeological finds – to construct the most detailed picture of the history of inner Eurasia for the first time.
A growth in the use of crystal quartz to make tools thousands of years ago shows the sophistication of ancient communities, according to new research.
Mid-life crises are caused by people feeling pressured by advertisers and self-help gurus to live a better life after they pass the age of 40, according to new research.
A major new research project will harness a diverse range of disciplines to examine how technologists can learn from people with disabilities – and support them in the future.
Victorian attempts to introduce the world’s first beard and moustache contest fell flat, when far fewer hairy entrants than expected turned up to have their facial furniture judged, research shows.
GPs in some surgeries estimate that up to half of their patients are seeking help for mental health issues caused or exacerbated by poverty, according to a new study.
Teenagers around the country may soon have the answer to dealing with rebellious MPs and Brexit as they train in a unique way to understand politics and power with tips from the Ancient Greeks and games like “rock-paper-scissors”.
Rare Anglo Saxon documents which show a Bishop hoped unconvincing forgeries might protect his property during the instability of the Norman Conquests can be seen by the public.
Places of Poetry Project: stunning new map of England and Wales to provide inspiration for thousands of poems
A stunning digital map of England and Wales will provide the inspiration for thousands of new poems celebrating the diversity and history of both countries.
Professor Nick Groom, Professor of English at the University of Exeter, puts the case for St Boniface to be made patron saint of Devon in an article for the Western Morning News
The University of Exeter has joined the prestigious DARIAH ERIC organisation as a Cooperating Partner
A rare map found in an attic gives an extraordinary glimpse into 18th century life in Exeter before radical changes to the landscape and industry transformed the city.
Experts are leading a major new project to explore the past, present and future of the public green spaces at the heart of our towns and cities.
Climate change had significant impact on Amazon communities before arrival of Europeans, study shows
Climate change had a significant impact on people living in the Amazon rainforest before the arrival of Europeans and the loss of many indigenous groups, a new study shows.
The incredible history of Renaissance Florence can be explored through the eyes of characters who lived in the city hundreds of years ago thanks to a pioneering new app.
The beauty and power of the summer solstice at Stonehenge has been celebrated in a new poem by a leading writer as part of a unique project to stimulate literary creativity around the country.
Archaeologists have discovered a Roman road and possible ancient mine during excavations in Cornwall as they work to discover more about the history of the county.
A University of Exeter PhD student who is researching how theatre can help young people with mental health issues, has been shortlisted for a national award.
Talented twins have graduated with the same degree from the same university – after playing in the same championship-winning rugby team as students.
Ancient stone tools found in remote rock shelter reveal vital clues about life in ancient Central America
Ancient stone tools found in remote rock shelters have revealed new clues about life in ancient Central America.
Collaboration between historians and community groups key part of success of First World War centenary
Collaboration between historians and community groups has played a key part in the success of the First World War centenary commemorations, research shows.
Research showing how 18th century Black intellectuals played a key part in the building of modern Britain has earned a historian a prestigious prize.
The happy, close-knit communities some claim England had in the past are a myth and never existed, new research shows.
British World War One prisoners of war established and ran their own cinemas while held by the Germans – even watching films regularly with their captors, new research shows.
A University of Exeter student is already making a big impact in the film industry as the UK’s youngest feature film director, with an acclaimed film critic labelling him as “the next Steven Spielberg.”
An exciting series of exhibitions, films and events celebrating the incredible history of Exeter City Football Club has been announced.
The quest to discover the true origins behind one of the most quintessentially English folk songs has taken a new, surprise twist.
Exeter’s key role in the surrealist art movement was celebrated through a new exhibition as the world’s key experts in the genre came to the city.
A major new study of the history of psychiatry will show how efforts to create a “global standard” for mental health has left a lasting legacy on the treatment offered today.
Powerful poetry project mapping national and cultural identity extends deadline to 31 October to chart Brexit emotions
An extraordinary project, which enables poetry writers to post their work on a beautiful historical and a modern-day digital map, has been charting the way people feel about identity and place in England and Wales since May 2019.
The beauty and history of cricket – a game which has captivated the country this summer - will be captured in verse by the Kia Oval’s first Poet-in-Residence.
The lives of remarkable women whose impact on history was curtailed by Spain’s Franco dictatorship will be recreated for a new generation thanks to a major new historical project.
The “incredibly rare” discovery of Roman cattle bones by archaeologists has shed new light on how ancient farmers butchered and sold meat.
A major new study will explore the history of sexual violence of South Africa, drawing on the voices of women.
Celebration of major new partnership between the University of Exeter and Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery
Experts from the University of Exeter and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery (RAMM) are celebrating the start of a major new partnership.
The beauty of the thousands of languages around the globe will be marked at events across Exeter.
The flourishing international reputation and research strengths of the University of Exeter’s Arts and Humanities subjects have been recognised in the latest leading rankings.
A new partnership between the University of Exeter and the South West Heritage Trust is furthering research and access into the region’s remarkable heritage.
A University of Exeter expert has played a key role in the creation of a major new BBC TV series which depicts the impact of World War Two on families living across Europe.
Thousands of writers have been inspired by Britain’s diverse landscape and heritage to produce new poems as part of one of the year’s most successful arts projects, drawing to its conclusion this week.
The increasing gentrification of urban areas is leading to a loss of queer spaces across the world. Now the impact of the “disappearing city” on LGBTQ+ communities will be highlighted at a unique event which will show how it has made dating and sex increasingly secretive.
Thomas Hardy’s position as one of Britain’s preeminent writers meant he received thousands of letters from fans, friends and members of the public to express their admiration or enlist his support.
Author and journalist Sathnam Sanghera to discuss prize-winning career as part of University of Exeter’s Creative Dialogues series
Prize-winning author and journalist Sathnam Sanghera will discuss his influential work as part of the University of Exeter’s Creative Dialogues series of events.
A lucky group of students studying on the undergraduate Spanish programme were taken on a field trip to Chagford Film Festival.
From a modest 150 words to the length of a children’s book – the number of words used by politicians in their election manifestos has grown substantially in the past century, new research shows.
New partnership will help experts discover more about the history of Devon’s most illustrious family
A new partnership between the University of Exeter and Powderham Castle will help experts to continue to discover more about Devon’s most illustrious family.
A unique group of dogs helped the Inuit conquer the tough terrain of the North American Arctic, major new analysis of the remains of hundreds of animals shows.
Blast from the Past: Edwardian doctors feared winter election would leave Parliament empty and destroy health of candidates
Political parties fighting for votes in the forthcoming General Election may be worried winter weather could put off supporters from coming out to cast their vote – but a century ago doctors were more concerned a December election would leave Parliament empty.
A small, polluted British river will be celebrated through a major new arts project which aims to explore its complex natural ecology, industrial history and continuing impact of those who live near it.
A poignant and timely story that addresses the current global refugee crisis, written by a University of Exeter academic, has been named as one of the “Best Children’s Books of the Year” by Time Magazine.