The Trickster Prince

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

Has the world changed or have I changed?

This is a cartoon of me giving a paper at the ‘First World War and Popular Culture Conference’ at the University of Newcastle in the spring of 2006. It’s been on the wall of my office ever since. It’s a great drawing but there are lots of other re…

August 28, 2012 · 1 Comment

Mugshots, crime and culture

I’ve just seen the amazing mugshots of 1930s criminals from the north east of England posted at They’re a fascinating insight into both the social contexts of crime and the ways in which crimin…

August 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

To witness the end of a life: reprise

August 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

When Cuddles the Monkey goes meta

August 8, 2012 · Leave a comment