From telegrams to Twitter – archives of letters sent to party leaders will uncover impact of political correspondence
Whether being treated like celebrities with thousands of adoring fans or being demonised by online ‘trolls’ today’s politicians receive a never-ending barrage of public communication.
Medieval warhorses are often depicted as massive and powerful beasts, but in reality many were no more than pony-sized by modern standards, a new study shows.
Analysis of ancient DNA from one of the best-preserved Neolithic tombs in Britain has revealed that most of the people buried there were from five continuous generations of a single extended family.
“Hottie” Planet Earth will be making a headline appearance at a unique evening of climate comedy.
Pioneering analysis of ancient food remains will show impact of migration on diet in the Roman Empire
Analysis of ancient food remains will be used to examine the impact of migration on diet during the Roman Empire as part of pioneering new research.
“Vast increase” in resources and teacher training needed for Cornish language to be taught in schools, research shows
Offering Cornish lessons in secondary schools will only be possible if there is a “vast increase” in resources and teacher training, research shows.
Ensuring healthcare workers better understand the psychological, social and physical impacts of shame on HIV patients will help improve their medical treatment, a study argues.
Digital volunteers set to make big impact for the University of Exeter thanks to National Lottery funding
The University of Exeter has been awarded £63,246 of National Lottery funding to launch a digital volunteering initiative and break down barriers to heritage.
In the wake of COP26 , the University of Exeter’s Institute of Cornish Studies announces a stellar line up at its Cornwall’s Climate Assembly on 1st December.
A University of Exeter expert is backing a Crowdfunder appeal to conserve and display a range of Thomas Hardy objects, many of which have never before been on public display.
People can join an interactive ramble across Exeter this weekend to explore the city’s fascinating literary history and connections.
Soldiers expressed their personality and emotions in bureaucratic battlefield World War One diaries, analysis shows
Soldiers were able to express their personality and emotions in bureaucratic World War One battlefield diaries, analysis shows.
BBC propaganda broadcasts for Nazi Germany were designed to create outrage and revolutionary energy amongst women
The BBC broadcast propaganda, news and entertainment programmes into Nazi Germany designed to create fear and outrage and stir up revolutionary energy amongst women, a major new study shows.
Thousands of wounded World War One soldiers sent to see films as rehabilitation after returning from conflict, study shows
Cinemagoing was used as rehabilitation for thousands of soldiers returning from World War One, a new book shows.
Remarkable artwork depicting famine in Britain and India will help people reflect on modern day food insecurity and climate crisis
Remarkable new artwork depicting famine in Britain and India will be on show for the first time to allow communities to reflect on today’s food and environmental crisis.
The thriving international reputation and research strengths of the University of Exeter’s Arts and Humanities subjects have been recognised in the latest influential rankings.
Cromwell struggled to control closure of the monasteries as his government lost its grip during dissolution, new book shows
Thomas Cromwell struggled to keep control of the closure of the monasteries and his government lost its grip during dissolution, a new book shows.
A University of Exeter student taking part in high-profile summits held to coincide with the G20 and COP26 meetings is calling on world leaders to listen to young people to tackle the climate emergency.
Poetry by leading climate scientists and health professionals warns of “last chance” to act on climate crisis ahead of COP26
Leading health professionals and climate scientists are using poetry to warn of the catastrophic impact of the climate crisis and there is “one chance left” to act in the lead up to, during, and after COP26.
New art installations in empty Exeter shops address issues of mental health and social isolation during the pandemic
New art installations in empty Exeter shops portray the struggles with mental health and social isolation which have affected many during the pandemic.
The sights and sounds of one of the country’s most polluted rivers will be on display through poetry and films at the COP26 conference.
Two in five Pilgrims who visit Lourdes report having a transcendent experience, researchers have found.
The mystery of horse domestication decoded at last - success of modern horses due to genetic changes which led to more docile behaviour and an improved back
Modern horses owe most of their success to genetic changes which led to more docile behaviour and an improved back, a new study shows.
People can explore epic Star Wars battles in an innovative new way through an entertaining book which gives fresh insights on the famous films, animation, books, and comics
University of Exeter expert advises on Imperial War Museums’ ground-breaking new Second World War and Holocaust exhibition
A University of Exeter expert has helped to develop the Imperial War Museums’ ground-breaking new Second World War exhibition.
Ancient Greek understanding of how people think will be available at the COP26 conference to help organisations make better decisions to tackle the global climate emergency.
The next generation of data science and artificial intelligence (AI) experts from the University of Exeter have secured prestigious fellowships from The Alan Turing Institute, it has been announced.
Six subjects from the College of Humanities at the University of Exeter have ranked within the top 10, and a further six sit within the top 20 in the newly released Times Good University Guide.
People are invited to help develop a powerful new play about the history of LGBTQIA+ exclusion due to be performed in Exeter.
More effective partnerships between medics and dance professionals needed to discover the benefits of dance to health, report finds
More effective partnerships involving medical and care staff, alongside professionals from the dance sector, are needed for experts to better understand how dance can help promote good health, according to a new report.
Young people to join forces with science and drama experts to produce musical about climate emergency
Teenagers in Torbay will join forces with leading scientists and drama experts to produce a musical about the climate emergency ahead of the major COP26 summit.
University of Exeter students have worked with multilingual teenagers to help them see the value of their incredible language skills as part of a unique research project.
The University of Exeter has embarked on a new partnership with Wells Cathedral to uncover more about the stunning building known as the ‘most poetic’ of England’s Cathedrals.
Experts set to use history and comedy to empower LGBTQ+ young people to play a central role in climate activism
Experts will use history and comedy to empower LGBTQ+ young people to play a central role in climate activism as part of a major project held ahead of the COP26 conference.
Exeter – along with other Cities of Literature around the world – is marking International Literacy Day 2021 by highlighting work to give families a “book prescription”.
University of Exeter Alumna are aiming for glory at the Tokyo Paralympics having combined their studies with international sporting commitments.
Experts will explore whether trees can remember past stress conditions such as drought or disease and transfer these memories to their descendants as part of a major new study.
Young performers in Devon are getting ready to bring traditional seaside entertainment back to the county this summer after embarking on an unusual apprenticeship.
Thomas Cromwell’s Tudor London mansion revealed in unprecedented detail and first-ever artist’s impression
New insights come on anniversary of Cromwell’s death and ahead of the final part of the ‘Wolf Hall’ trilogy which hits West End later this year
New apprentices are training to take to the promenade as they get ready to resurrect traditional seaside entertainment in Britain this summer.
Duchess of Cornwall to meet families taking part in literature “therapy” to encourage love of reading and improve mental health
The Duchess of Cornwall will meet families taking part in literature “therapy” to encourage a love of reading and promote better mental health during the Royal visit to Exeter next week.
Pioneering research about the impact of multilingualism around the globe showcased at University of Exeter event
Experts showcased their pioneering research about the impact of multilingualism around the globe at a University of Exeter event.
Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to explore archives of key South West writers during Exeter visit
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be able to explore fascinating documents belonging to some of the South West’s most important writers during their visit to Exeter next week.
Evidence from an ancient eggshell has revealed important new information about the extreme climate change faced by human early ancestors.
Acclaimed novelist, memoirist, poet – and University of Exeter creative writing expert – Professor Vesna Goldsworthy has been elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
One of the oldest books of English literature in the world - created more than 1,000 years ago - is now available for anyone to browse online for the first time.
A third year English student at the University of Exeter has featured in a BBC radio play.
People can meet Exeter’s bees, create embroidery using GPS technology and explore the city’s maritime history at a series of innovative outdoor events this summer.
New research by the University of Exeter and funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will evaluate and establish the best model to support student wellbeing across the university sector.
Experts and filmmakers to discuss how historians can better inform period drama at virtual conference
Experts and filmmakers will discuss new directions in period drama, including how historical research can inform productions, at an event which will give unique glimpse into how stories from the past end up on screen.
Pioneering technology has helped experts find a lost camp built and used by thousands of Roman soldiers sent to conquer Northwest Iberia.
‘I’ve totally loved my time in Venice and I’m honestly jealous of everyone who will be going next year as I’ll miss it so much!’
Experts will showcase incredible discoveries about rock art around the globe at a symposium this week.
Researchers want to hear from artists about their experiences – and the challenges – of organising outdoor performances
Artists are invited to share their innovations in outdoor performances as part of a major new research project.
Government International Trade Adviser Susannah Poulton will discuss her career helping businesses sell and operate around the world at a University of Exeter event.
Look out for ‘kindness ninjas’ roaming the streets of Exeter next week as part of a new festival that aims to create cities of compassion and playfulness.
Ancient chickens lived significantly longer than modern fowl because they were seen as sacred – not food – study shows
Ancient chickens lived significantly longer than their modern equivalents because they were seen as sacred – not food – archaeologists have found.
The imminent G7 meeting in Cornwall is not the first time leaders have taken advantage of spectacular settings in the South West to boost their political fortunes.
Exeter Northcott Theatre will host an online discussion to explore the representation of ethnically diverse stories in its archive. Learning from the past so we can be better in the future: Considering representation and ‘voice' is a free event taking place on 8 June at 7pm via the theatre’s website www.exeternorthcott.co.uk.
Newly analysed letters written by Vivien Leigh show her close bond with fans - and how the actress would share highly-personal details about her health and relationships with them.
University of Exeter alumna Ruth Gilligan (PhD English, 2014) has won the 2021 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize for her book The Butchers. This annual prize of £10,000 is awarded for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, evoking the spirit of a place.
A new documentary series shows the mystery, beauty and history of Cornwall’s stunning maritime churches.
Forgery of official documents by monks was rife across medieval Europe because of social changes and the growing importance of the written word, a new book shows.
On 9 April, students and tutors from the History departments of the Lahore University of Managements Sciences (LUMS), and the University of Exeter, came together for an hour-long workshop simulating a taught seminar for an innovative cross-institutional module.
Renowned Filmmaker Amma Asante MBE Announced as Special Guest for Exeter’s online Creative Dialogues Event
On Tuesday 25th May, renowned BAFTA award-winning writer and director Amma Asante MBE will join the University’s College of Humanities for the second of their exclusive online Creative Dialogues events for 2021.
Hotel workers in Cornwall to get specialist training to ensure a warm welcome for G7 Korean delegates
Hotel workers in Cornwall will receive specialist training to ensure South Korean delegates at the G7 conference receive a warm welcome.
Communities in Britain have worshipped different goddesses associated with hares for thousands of years, a study by a team of experts working to trace the mysterious origins of Easter traditions shows.
Children around the country gave up sweets and cakes hundreds of years ago as part of a sugar boycott to protest against slavery, a study shows.
Exeter Northcott Theatre is creating a filmed production of a rarely-performed version of Antigone by Bertolt Brecht.
Lawyers used sheepskin as anti-fraud device for hundreds of years to stop fraudsters pulling the wool over people’s eyes, study shows
Medieval and early modern lawyers chose to write on sheepskin parchment because it helped prevent fraud, new analysis suggests.
A third year English student at the University of Exeter has won a Young Writers Short Story award.
University of Exeter wins prestigious grant to showcase the contribution of arts and humanities research through the Covid-19 pandemic
The University of Exeter has been awarded £200,000* by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to take arts and humanities research beyond higher education to drive social change.
Oscar-nominated University of Exeter alumna Vanessa Kirby was a “genuinely brilliant first-class student”, her lecturers have said.
New research will show how public remembrance of traumatic events of the 20th century can help those planning memorials to the victims of the coronavirus pandemic.
Cutting-edge scientific techniques used to study ancient artefacts found in Exeter have revealed more about the ancient international trading routes between the city and Europe.
Exeter Northcott has announced a number of events to explore its archive and spark debate about emerging themes.
Everyday sexism at petrol forecourt inspires new children’s book, published on International Women’s Day
A sexist encounter at a petrol station has inspired a new children’s book designed to encourage children to follow their dreams and challenge outdated gender expectations.
New research reveals story of Penguin’s work to bring Russian classics to English readers in the 20th century
New research reveals for the first time the personal efforts and innovations behind major efforts in the 20th century to publish classic Russian literature in accessible and affordable English translations.
The University of Exeter’s subjects from across disciplines have been recognised as being amongst the very best in the world, according to the latest influential global league table.
First English translation of secret novel about hidden sexuality by one of Spain’s most-loved authors
A secret autobiographical novel by one of Spain’s most-loved authors inspired by her hidden sexuality has been translated into English for the first time.
A. G. Leventis Foundation funds new Chair in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter
Classics teaching and research at the University of Exeter will benefit for years to come, thanks to additional support from the A. G. Leventis Foundation.
A major new study shows the development and impact of the novel in French from the pre-history of the art form in the late medieval period to the present day.
The 18th century gentlemen may often be viewed as perfectly groomed and bewigged, but in reality he only shaved once or twice a week, and probably often had heavy stubble, new research shows.
Ancient Amazonian farmers fortified valuable land they had spent years making fertile to protect it from conflict
Ancient Amazonian communities fortified valuable land they had spent years making fertile to protect it from conflict, excavations show.
Internationally renowned artist J.R. Carpenter joins the University for a special online poetry reading
This February, the Humanities department at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus are delighted to be joined by internationally renowned artist, writer, researcher, and performer J.R. Carpenter for a virtual public reading of a selection of her poetry works.
A new play co-created by people living in the South West – due to be performed in Exeter – will show the long history of LGBTQIA loneliness and marginalisation.
Experts have begun a major new study to understand how public health efforts to tackle coronavirus can inadvertently cause shame and discrimination.
The Glorious Revolution inspired birth of modern satire long before coffee shop culture, according to new research
The arrival of William of Orange in England helped to inspire the birth of modern satire – long before coffee shop culture made the cutting art form fashionable, a new study argues.
An extinct species of wolf made famous in the TV show Game of Thrones split off from others nearly six million years ago and are only a distant relative of today’s wolves, researchers have found.
Discovery of thousands of pieces of fabric gives historians a rare glimpse into fashions of the past
The discovery of thousands of pieces of 18th century fabric has given historians a rare glimpse into fashion hundreds of years ago.
Members of the University of Exeter community have been recognised in this year’s New Year’s Honours list for their outstanding achievements in education and academic research.
Stephen Fry, one of the UK’s best loved and most prodigious talents of the small and big screen, will give a fascinating insight into his influential and innovative work, during a special event at the University of Exeter.
People can explore the history and culture of Spain and South America as part of a new virtual film festival.
The University of Exeter is delighted to endorse and support the international call to action recently released by the British Academy and partners under the title The Importance of Languages in Global Context.
The China UK Humanities Alliance Executive Council meeting took place on 14th December, bringing together academics and university leaders from some of the best institutions in both China and the UK.
Discovery of 66 new Roman Army sites shows more clues about some of the empire’s most infamous conflicts
The discovery of dozens of new Roman Army sites thanks to remote sensing technology has revealed more about one of the empire’s most infamous battles.
Doctors can better help patients with mental health concerns by adopting a different questioning style around self-harm and suicide, experts have said.
Experts have begun a major new research project to help pupils around the world to use history and heritage to promote peace and make sense of past violence.
Experts, politicians, charity leaders and activists join forces to discuss impact of religion and culture on the lives of people with disabilities in Namibia
Experts, politicians, charity leaders and activists met to discuss the impact of religion and culture on the lives of people with disabilities in Namibia.
Pioneering research by a University of Exeter historian on the impact and management of epidemics has been honoured at this year’s AHRC Medical Humanities Awards.
Newly discovered ancient villages laid out like a clock face are further proof of human impact on the Amazon
Ancient Amazonian villages laid out like a clock face have been discovered by experts, thanks to technology that allows them to see below the rainforest canopy.
For decades they were one of the country’s last remaining pierrot troupes, bringing joy to people of all ages at seaside resorts with their singing, dancing and games.
Newly discovered Amazon rock art show the rainforest’s earliest inhabitants living with giant Ice Age animals
Amazonian rock art newly discovered by researchers provides further proof the rainforest’s earliest inhabitants lived alongside now-extinct giant Ice Age animals.
Public can explore hundreds of new prehistoric, Roman and medieval archaeological sites identified through aerial reconnaissance
The public can explore hundreds of new prehistoric, Roman and medieval sites discovered in Romania by archaeologists using aerial reconnaissance.
Experts from the University of Exeter, Dorset Museum and Dorset History Centre have celebrated their pioneering research, including on the life and work of the novelist and poet Thomas Hardy.
An international team will embark on a major project to expose and build on the critical role of culture in enhancing possibilities for sustainable peace and preventing conflict.
Pioneering health research at the University of Exeter to continue thanks to renewed Wellcome funding
Pioneering University of Exeter work on worldwide health challenges will continue thanks to renewed funding for a unique research centre.
Writers from around the world and climate scientists have penned powerful and thought-provoking pieces about the climate crisis for a new anthology.
People can step back in time to Renaissance Italy or Elizabethan England as part of a new app which allows people to take exciting tours of some of Europe’s most historic cities from their own homes.
Community activism and a higher profile in schools will be essential for the numbers speaking Cornish to increase, an expert in the language has said.
New time-traveling drama podcast takes listeners on a moving and inspiring journey through transgender history
A new podcast takes listeners on a moving and inspiring journey through the ages as they time-travel to explore transgender history.
Majority of people would pay to watch online theatre again – even when venues are open, research shows
The majority of people who have experienced digital theatre would now pay to watch online shows, even when venues are open, a new study shows.
New research examining the work of three sages from India, Byzantine Empire and Scotland will show how thinkers linked natural philosophy with theology.
The flourishing international reputation and research strengths of the University of Exeter’s Arts and Humanities subjects have once again been recognised in the latest sector rankings.
Rare posters showing the glamorous stars of cinema’s Golden Age have returned to Britain, thanks to a donation by one of the world’s foremost movie memorabilia collectors.
The UK’s youngest feature film director has been inspired by his great-grandfather’s epic battle for survival during World War Two for his debut movie.
Inspired by research taking place at the University of Exeter’s Sexual Knowledge Unit, join stand-up comedian Siân Docksey and Dr Ina Linge from the University of Exeter’s Department of Modern Languages and Cultures for the first in a series of special online events that are aimed to connect everyone curious and explores what queerness in nature can tell us about ourselves.
People can join film-makers, experts and translators to watch and discuss classic films past and present as part of a special event to celebrate world cinema and documentaries.
People can explore how a belief in magic still impacts our daily lives at a special online event.
People can discover how modern technology is being used to reveal the secrets of medieval books at a unique online event.
University of Exeter staff and students have celebrated National Poetry Day with moving performances of verses from around the globe.
‘I’m looking forward very much to this exciting new role’ says Helen, who joins Exeter from her previous appointment as Head of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Newcastle University.
A new University of Exeter lecture series will examine the role of humanities experts in tackling global crises, including health, the climate emergency and racial injustice.
The College of Humanities along with Arts and Culture Exeter, will be running events on Thursday 1st October to celebrate National Poetry Day virtually. The day encourages all to enjoy, discover and share poetry, this years’ theme is Vision.
On Friday 23rd October 2020 (17:30-19:00), Professor Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina of Univeristy of Massachusetts Amherst will be holding a public lecture as part of the Black History Month series of events hosted by the University of Exeter, College of Humanities.
The importance of playfulness, the link between nature and sexuality, and the pioneering work to combat anti-microbial resistance are among the key topics to be explored by the next generation of extraordinary collaborations between academics and artists at the University of Exeter.
Celebrate the diversity and history of the landscape of England and Wales as part of unique arts project
A stunning digital map of England and Wales will provide the inspiration for new poems celebrating the diversity and history of both countries.
The University of Exeter and the Charles Causley Trust have celebrated current and future collaborations with a special ceremony held online.
The University of Exeter has been nominated for four “Oscars of higher education” which honour the best teaching and research in the country.
A major new project to uncover the impact and origins of socialist and communist medical innovations will help experts to produce a new history of global healthcare.
Ancient hunters stayed in frozen Northern Europe rather than migrating to warmer areas, evidence from Arctic fox bones shows
Ancient hunters stayed in the coldest part of Northern Europe rather than migrating to escape freezing winter conditions, archaeologists have found.
Between August 24th and August 27th, the University of Exeter hosted the Higher Education Youth Talent Alliance (HEYTA), a major student conference held annually by the China - UK Association for the Humanities in Higher Education (UKCHA).
The extraordinary lost buildings and art of Renaissance Florence can be viewed together for the first time in centuries thanks to innovative free technology which helps transform the way people experience museums.
Digital transformation will be key to ensuring survival of theatre industry during coronavirus, research shows
Digital transformation will be key to ensuring the survival of the theatre industry during coronavirus because people are willing to pay to see shows online, new research shows.
‘Exeter City of Literature: Made of our stories’ is a new online hub for information, projects and events supporting Exeter’s status as a UNESCO ‘Creative City’.
Winston Churchill refused to apologise after he wrongly accused a newspaper of printing a fake picture of him, new research shows.
Share your experiences of loneliness and Covid-19 as part of a major new project to help people feel less alone
People can share their experiences of the isolating impact of the coronavirus pandemic as part of a major new project designed to collect stories of loneliness and community.
Traditional seaside entertainers set to return as beach theatre makes a resurgence during coronavirus
Traditional seaside entertainment enjoyed by families a century ago is set to return to Britain’s beaches as pierrot performers get ready to perform again following the lifting of the ban on outdoor theatre.
New analysis of records shows serious and traumatising violence suffered by women during Irish Civil War
Women were killed by guns and bombs, were the victims of sexual assault and had their hair forcibly shorn during the Irish Civil War, new analysis of documents shows.
Labour must engage seriously with the rural community to win again, study by former MP and historian says
Labour must take rural politics seriously and actively campaign in the countryside in order to win power again, a study by a historian and a former MP says.
Experts from around the world will discuss the impact of the internet and medicine on modern masculinity at a major conference.
Two University of Exeter academics have been elected fellows of the British Academy.
A cave in a remote part of Mexico was visited by humans around 30,000 years ago – 15,000 years earlier than people were previously thought to have reached the Americas.
Exeter City Football Club’s Grecian Archive has been gathering ‘memories for the future’ with the help of the University of Exeter.
Two students at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus have received prestigious local awards for promoting the Celtic spirit of Cornwall.
Urgent research has begun to find a way for small and mid-sized theatre companies threatened with closure due to coronavirus to keep operating.
The University of Exeter’s 3D printers have been used as part of a city-wide effort to produce thousands of items of PPE for key workers.
Exeter City legends from the past century and beyond such as Dick Pym, Alan Banks and Adam Stansfield will have a seat ‘together’ at a game for the very first time at the club’s Wembley playoff match.
They may live thousands of miles apart, separated by lockdowns, but coronavirus has forged new connections between a group of students in England and refugees living in Italy.
Liverpool Born Football Poet, Sharon Jones has written a moving tribute to Anfield and Liverpool FC as part of a national Places of Poetry project.
Word describing alcohol-fuelled electioneering added to dictionary to describe boozy voting of the past
A new word for alcohol-fuelled electioneering has been officially added to the dictionary thanks to the popularity of boozy voting in the past.
The College of Humanities joins with others across the University and beyond in expressing our abhorrence at the killing of George Floyd, and at the loss of so many Black lives as a result of systemic racism.
Innovation by ancient farmers to improve soil fertility continues to have an impact on the biodiversity of the Amazon, a major new study shows.
Acclaimed playwright and University of Exeter experts to collaborate on new production exploring LGBTQ+ loneliness and history
An acclaimed playwright will collaborate with University of Exeter experts on a new production exploring how LGBTQ+ communities have experienced loneliness and isolation in the past and present, including during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ministers struggling with trauma caused by coronavirus will get special training to help them cope with the challenges of the pandemic.
Disciplines from the College of Humanities have reinforced their positions as being amongst the best in the UK
Young Venezuelans distrust politicians of all parties and are doubtful anyone can improve their daily lives or give them more opportunities, a new study shows.
“Unparalleled” discovery of ancient skeletons sheds light on mystery of when people started eating maize
The “unparalleled” discovery of remarkably well-preserved ancient skeletons in Central American rock shelters has shed new light on when maize became a key part of people’s diet on the continent.
Research shows arts, humanities and social science graduates are highly employable and have skills required for the future workplace
A recent report on graduate employment prospects details how essential arts, humanities and social science (HASS) graduates are in the job market, and how these students are just as likely as students from the sciences to work in well-paid roles, in fast growing sectors integral to the future world of work.
Dozens of prehistoric, Roman and medieval sites discovered by archaeology volunteers working at home during lockdown
Dozens of previously-unrecorded Roman, prehistoric and medieval sites have been discovered by archaeology volunteers based at home during the coronavirus lockdown.
It is remembered as a time when seemingly everyone in Britain lined the streets to mark the end of six years of conflict around the world – but in reality the trauma of war meant many people didn’t celebrate on Victory in Europe Day.
Grizzly discovery of an arrow through the eye sheds light on horrific injuries caused by medieval arrows
Medieval arrows caused injuries similar to today’s gunshot wounds, according to archaeologists analysing newly discovered human remains.
A major new study will uncover the secrets of how communities in Medieval Britain continued to speak French for at least 300 years after the Norman Conquest.
Football fans can relive the 30th anniversary of Exeter City’s historic 1990 league title win as part of a new online exhibition.
European partnerships to research depiction of girlhood in the media brings multinational research opportunities for students
Innovative European partnerships set up by University of Exeter academics have created new cross-border research opportunities for students.
Beautifully illustrated scrolls and graphic art storytelling traditions will help communities to reflect on shared histories of famine in India and Britain and cope with today’s environmental changes.
Work by a University of Exeter researcher into the impact of the “returned Yank” on popular culture has won a major book prize awarded by the American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS).
Award-winning children’s author brings story time online to help children during coronavirus lockdown
An award-winning Exeter children’s author has become a virtual bedtime storyteller to help families cope with the coronavirus lockdown.
Brown hares and chickens were treated as “gods” not food when they arrived in Britain, research shows
Brown hares and chickens were considered “gods” rather than food when they were first arrived in Britain in the Iron Age, new research shows.
Earliest humans in the Amazon created thousands of “forest islands” as they tamed wild plants for food, study shows
The earliest human inhabitants of the Amazon created thousands of artificial forest islands as they tamed wild plants to grow food, a new study shows.
Newly discovered letters show Thomas Hardy’s second wife’s joy and happiness at her marriage, and her sadness and loneliness after his death.
Self-care for ministers and providing clear information for parishioners essential to help church communities experiencing trauma due to Coronavirus, new advice says
Ensuring ministers look after their physical and mental health and providing clear information for parishioners is key to helping church communities cope with the trauma of coronavirus, new advice says.
She achieved global stardom thanks to iconic roles in Gone with the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire. Now the public can explore how Vivien Leigh had strong links to the South West as well as Hollywood as part of a major new project.
Mysterious bone circles made from the remains of dozens of mammoths have revealed clues about how ancient communities survived Europe’s ice age.
LGBTQ+ heritage embedded in the rich collections at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) will be revealed and celebrated as part of a major new collaboration, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The College of Humanities at the University of Exeter has once again secured global recognition for reputation and research strengths, with the QS World University subject rankings for the Arts and Humanities placing the College in the top 100.
On Friday 14th February, Professor Adam Watt, Head of Modern Languages & Cultures, visited Denstone College in Staffordshire.
Subjects across the Arts and Sciences at the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the very best worldwide, in the latest influential global league table.
Activism and growth of small independent publishers leading to “profound change” for translated fiction, research shows
Activism, new networks and the growth of small independent presses is leading to profound change in the way translated fiction is published, a new study shows.
Researchers to investigate impact of shame on doctors, medical students and patients as part of major new study
Patients, doctors and medical students will share their experiences of shame as part of a new project that aims to understand the impact that the emotion has on healthcare.
One of the most important musicians of his generation will give a fascinating new insight into his influential and innovative work, during a special event at the University of Exeter.
Teenagers learned of the horrors and legacy of the Holocaust – including a secret Nazi family past - as part of a University of Exeter event.
Younger sons of the gentry faced so much emotional turmoil from having to make their own way in the world they suffered from anxiety, research shows.
A new exchange programme between the University of Exeter and University of Madrid will bring exciting new opportunities for staff and students.
Internationally renowned contemporary art curator and writer, Tom Trevor, has been appointed Associate Professor in Art History and Visual Culture and will lead on the new MA International Contemporary Art.
Esteemed BBC journalist Frank Gardner highlighted the importance of learning languages and shared his expertise on the complexities of Middle East politics during a special event at the University of Exeter.
BBC’s Frank Gardner to feature in University of Exeter event celebrating languages and international cultures
BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner will be the guest of honour at a special University of Exeter event which celebrates languages and cultures around the world.
Keynote speaker Derek Niemann with seminar leaders at the University of Exeter’s Holocaust Memorial Day event
Teenagers learn of the horrors and legacy of the Holocaust at University of Exeter event
Teenagers learned of the horrors and legacy of the Holocaust – including a secret Nazi family past - as part of a University of Exeter event.
The moving talks and seminars were held to mark Holocaust Memorial Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Attendees were from secondary schools from across the south west and the day was organised as part of the University of Exeter’s programme of widening participation activities for schools.
Keynote speaker Derek Niemann described how he discovered his grandfather Karl was a member of the SS – a family secret hidden for 65 years. Karl Niemann was a manager of slave labour in Auschwitz, Dachau, Buchenwald and other concentration camps.
Derek, who grew up in Scotland, told the audience of his difficult journey to trace his family’s history and encouraged the teenagers to “speak up” if they see something wrong happening in society today.
He discovered Karl’s job when he googled his family’s German wartime address and realised it was housing built for those in the SS. His talk was illustrated through a series of incredible pictures taken by his grandfather. Some of the pictures, showing family events as well as the SS at work, including at concentration camps, were destroyed by his grandparents when they left their home in Berlin. The house was later occupied by a Jewish family who found the negatives left at the house, and gave them to the Niemann family when they returned to visit the area in which they used to live.
Derek described his grandfather’s journey from World War One prisoner of war to Nazi party member and volunteer. Karl’s oldest children were enrolled in the Hitler Youth and taught to salute a picture of Hitler hanging on the wall at their school. When he lost his job he signed up to work for the SS.
While Karl and his family were enjoying the perks of living in a lovely house on an estate near Berlin Jewish families were being taken into concentration camps. He was a distant man, who his children remembered as always being on “business trips”. When he was at home he preferred to spend time in his garden.
As the war progressed the family relocated to the Alps. Once Derek’s grandmother commented to the family that people were being killed in Dachau because of the smell of burning bodies. Karl told her the Nazis “wouldn’t do that”.
After the war ended Karl was imprisoned, and when he returned his work with the SS was never mentioned.
When asked by the teenagers if he thought his grandfather was evil Derek said: “Every one of us has capacity to do evil. My grandfather did evil because he made bad decisions all the way through his life. He made decisions which benefited him. At the time millions of people did things because it benefitted them. Some did this because they felt scared, others because they could get a better job, or higher pay or others would think better of them.”
Following the talk students attended seminars run by researchers on topics including resistance in the Reinhard camps and ghettoes in Eastern Europe; the key questions the Holocaust raises for us today; the extent to which the British Government knew of the events of the Holocaust during the war and key considerations that need to be made when designing a Holocaust memorial.
The daughter of a Holocaust survivor, Rosemary Schonfeld, ran a seminar where she discussed her family’s story, how genocide takes place, the contemporary relevance of the Holocaust and the power of words as propaganda.
University of Oxford Masters student Barnabas Balint founded this now annual Holocaust Memorial Day event while studying at the University of Exeter and returned to run a seminar on youth and resistance movements during the Holocaust. Closing the event he told teenagers: “We hope this event will bring communities together for a safer, better future. We know that the devastating antisemitic ideology which led to the Holocaust is not gone. Hate crime continues to exist. When we think about the theme of Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 – Stand Together – I hope we will stand together with those suffering persecution today. I hope you will think about how you can live the lessons of this conference in your own lives and ask what you can do to make the world a better place.”
Date: 7 February 2020