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Studentships available for MA in Heritage Studies: place, memory and history

Funding is now available for studying the MA in Heritage Studies: place, memory and history hosted by the Raphael Samuel History Centre in London (see summary below) – but be quick – applications in by 5pm, Monday 30th April 2012 and you need to apply for the MA first.

or more details about the MA visit the Raphael Samuel History Centre website And for details of the application process for 11 AHRC studentships that are available for this programme (amongst others) click here. If you have any questions about the MA, please contact the programme leader, Toby Butler


New MA in Heritage Studies: place, memory and history

An innovative MA in Heritage Studies has bee launched at the University of East London. The programme takes a wide and inclusive approach to heritage that embraces the street and the internet as well as the museum or exhibition gallery . The MA has a strong focus on memory, oral history and multi-media production which are rapidly expanding areas of heritage practice.

The new MA has been designed in partnership with the Museum Cultures MA programme at at Birkbeck College, University of London. Students on both MA programmes will be allowed to take relevant options at both institutions. The new MA also offers a module on contemporary archives based at the London Metropolitan Archives, and work experience placements with museums, archives and heritage companies in London.

Toby Butler , lecturer in London History and Heritage at UEL said: ‘This is a really exciting programme that involves UEL staff from several fields. By sharing options with Birkbeck we can offer an impressive range of options and benefit from each other's expertise. This is an exciting time to be involved in history and heritage, not least because the digital revolution has the potential to give us all a role in interpreting the past.'

The programme runs in the evenings and can be taken full or part time. You can also enrol for individual modules and qualify for intermediate qualifcations such as postgraduate certificate or diploma.

Modules include:

  • Memory, Heritage and the Politics of the Past
  • Place, Oral History and Digital Heritage
  • Education in Museums
  • Heritage and Visual Cultures
  • Family History and Digital Heritage
  • Migration and Heritage

For further information please contact Toby Butler or click here


Precious Places plaques have been installed - the outdoor exhibition is now open!

The plaques created for the Precious Places trail have now been installed at various locations around North Woolwich and Silvertown. The plaques, which celebrate places that are personally significant to people in the area, can be now be seen on the Woolwich Free Ferries, parks and shops in the neighbourhood. Most of the plaques are made of steel and are sited in outdoor locations. To find the locations of each plaque, please consult the map on the Precious Places page


New 'Liquid History' trail lauched in West London

A new audio trail concerned with the cultural history of the River Thames has been commissioned by Elmbridge Council and is nowfree to download from our sister site, memoryscape

The trail is entitled 'Liquid Hisory: the Elmbridge Riverside Trail' and was created by Toby Butler, the Ports of Call project director and a history lecturer at the University of East London. It features interviews with local people and concentrates on the more transient riverside dwellers, such as houseboat owners and gypsies, who have lived along this stretch of the river for centuries. The trail starts at Hampton Court railway station and finishes at Hurst Park, the sight of Hampton Races, a working ferry and where suffragettes burnt a pavillion to the ground in 1913.

For more information, visit the liquid history website


Now you can borrow listening equipment for the trails for free

If you don't have a player to download the trails on to you can borrow everything you need for free! We have two sets of CD players complete with large, over-ear headphones, batteries, trail CDs and walking maps available from the following locations. It is advisable to call in advance to book the players and check the venue is open. There are two players available at each location so you can walk with a friend.

Brittania Village Hall

65 Evelyn Road, West Silvertown E16 1TU

Tel: 020 7511 6118

See a map to this location

Public Transport: Docklands Light Railway or bus route 474 (alight West Silvertown DLR Station)

North Woolwich Library

5 Pier Parade, North Woolwich, E16 2LJ

Tel: 020 8430 5900

See a map to this location

Public Transport: Bus Routes - 473, 474 and King George V DLR station


Exhibition at London City Airport

After four months on display, the Take Me to the River exhibition at London City Airport has now finished, but you can visit our online exhibition instead Link

city airport city airport exhibition



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