The Trickster Prince

Matt Houlbrook: mobile historian; beard growing, head shaving; occasional cycling.

On being a one trick historian

It’s happening again. I read the diary written by Gwen Wells in which she records her courtship and marriage, the minutiae of life at work and play, the tumultuous final … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

MBS 2015: Conversations Beyond the Conference

Originally posted on Modern British Studies Birmingham:
Chris Moores Thanks to those of you who have registered for the Modern British Studies Conference in July. We are really looking forward…

June 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

What’s in a name?

I sent a book manuscript out into the world, and it came back with a different name. It left me as The Prince of Tricksters: Cultures of Confidence in 1920s … Continue reading

June 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

Taking stock — a thank you to my students

Tomorrow morning my third years have their exam for my module Sex and Sexualities in the Modern British World, 1880-1980s. It’s their last exam — the end of a hectic … Continue reading

May 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

Some thoughts on history, prompted by a scrap of wallpaper

Standing on the top rung of a ladder, peering behind a boxed away fuse box, I felt that kind of giddy nervous thrill I usually associate with being in an … Continue reading

May 19, 2015 · 12 Comments

Occasional cycling

  The annual mid-life crisis road cycling trip to Mallorca — slightly later this year, and Adam and I going alone without Dave for company.     Headwinds and the … Continue reading

May 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

The kindness of academic strangers

I’ve spent much of the past fortnight being reminded that I’m getting old. First up: I started a lecture on our second year History in Theory and Practice course by … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

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