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 · 16 Comments

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

Is the history of sexuality dead?

What is the history of sexuality? The field has grown exponentially over the past two decades, acquiring the trappings of academic respectability — conferences, journals, monograph series, tenured posts — and becoming a staple of undergraduate cur…

September 4, 2012 · 3 Comments