The Trickster Prince

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

Occasional cycling: one of the brightest and most genial spirits in cycledom

IN AFFECTIONATE MEMORY OF ALBERT WALTER ALLEN HARRIS, THIS MEMORIAL STONE IS ERRECTED BY THE CYCLISTS OF ENGLAND, AS A TOKEN OF THE SINCERE RESPECT AND ESTEEM IN WHICH HE WAS HELD BY WHEELMEN THE WORLD OVER. HE WAS EVER A FAIR AND HONOURABLE RIDER…

October 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

A very 1920s demise

Sometimes the manner in which we die is as time and place specific as the manner in which we live. We can see that most clearly in the tombstones and monuments that mark the end of a life. This summer I wandered among the graves of Concord’s 18th …

October 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Update: destruction of archive material at Ruskin College

Statement on status of destruction of archival material Ruskin college 2 15 October 2012 Dr Hilda Kean FRHistS Archive material dating back to the first decades of the twentieth century of the internationally renowned labour movement college, Rusk…

October 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Life cycles revisited

This is all about bikes. I had a good summer of riding—probably my best ever, to be honest. After struggling with a bad back for so much last year I was more than ready for it. While everyone else struggled through rain and mud in the UK I took my…

October 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

The historian as trickster?

Precisely how do you see the relationship between past and present? Do you find in the present world, indeed in yourself, this type of game? Isn’t a historian, even the most conscientious one who respects the basic rules of knowledge, still just s…

October 12, 2012 · 1 Comment

Occasional cycling

October 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

How do you keep your writing going?

I need some help and advice people: how do you keep your research and writing going when the academic year starts again? Halfway through the first week of teaching here and already the summer is a distant memory. This is a common experience for al…

October 10, 2012 · 2 Comments