Sociability, radium and the maintenance of scientific culture and authority in 20th century Ireland: a case study of the Royal Dublin Society

The discovery of radium in 1898 spurred a range of public, industrial and scientific reactions. The public were enthralled by this near mystical element. Its ability to produce its own energy soon gave rise to a ‘radium craze’ in which promises of its health-giving properties were prominent. A range of supposed radium-based products, such as creams and fortified water, were quickly on sale.

Projections of Desire and Design in Early Modern Caribbean Maps

There is a unique pleasure that comes from being involved in research that exceeds the expertise of any single scholar. Perhaps every historian entertains ideas for such projects, yet demur when confronted with acquiring another language, familiarity with new archives or historiography, or proficiency in a different time period.

Appalachia and Laudato Si’: Developing the Connection between the Poor and the Environment

In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis writes that the poor and the environment are connected. The poor suffer physically from environmental degradation and cry out along with the earth, and those with power must heed their cry. An examination of the Appalachian region and its people reveals that each of these three themes needs some development

How collections end: objects, meaning and loss in laboratories and museums

The open access 2019 issue of BJHS Themes addresses the ‘endings’ of scientific collections, telling stories of dispersal, destruction, absorption, re-purposing and repatriation.

Food Studies and the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

The kind of research and development in commercial food products that began in this era has clearly shaped our world today, not just in the products that we expect to see on market shelves but in our continual anticipation that there will be new products soon and that they will be improvements on the old ones...

Politics in schoolgirl debating cultures in England, 1886-1914

School debates are just one example of how the histories of education and childhood can shed light on political change.

Beyond the Berlin Wall

A look through the Contemporary European History (CEH) archives shows that the journal has led the charge to reevaluate the meaning of 1989 and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The White Ant’s Burden

My article explores the different meanings of termites, or white ants, for the British empire in India... and shows how South Asians in the 19th and 20th centuries themselves internalised the British imperial rhetoric of white ants to pursue their own distinct political agendas.