Coming over here, taking our jobs…

Crowds of miserable Irish darken all our towns. The wild Milesian features, looking false ingenuity, restlessness, unreason, misery and mockery, salute you on all highways and byways... He is the sorest evil this  country has to strive with. So wrote the great crusading reformer Thomas Carlyle in 1839. Heroes of the Left like Friedrich Engels were little better: True, the …

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“Broke… alone… in love with a pigeon”

No Black Country history this week I'm afraid, more like a sideline that I've been exploring... #storypast I'm currently making notes for my first ever paper at an academic conference, in just under four weeks time. It's not a full, 20-minute affair, but a 5 minute conversation-starter for a somewhat unusual panel at the Social History …

The Other immigrants of Carribee Island: “men of colour” in the 1860s

One of the most fun elements of my research to date has been trawling the British Newspaper Archive for references to my study area - mostly because you just never know what you might find. There's likely to be plenty of property sales, perhaps reference to the grand annual event which was the municipal licensing …