Place To Place: Translocality from Bilston to Barnsley

Monckton Colliery, Royston, South Yorkshire (source) This post follows the last about 19th century Irish people moving from Joyce Country to the Black Country. Full disclosure - some of this research was for the Black Country Living Museum. Firstly, my thanks to Dr Lucie Matthews-Jones who introduced me to the concept. You can read about … Continue reading Place To Place: Translocality from Bilston to Barnsley

Place to Place: Translocality from Kilmaine to Wednesbury

Lough Corrib viewed from near Cong. © Copyright Joseph Mischyshyn and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. One of the things that has linked a lot of my recent work has been the idea of translocality: that is, that when people move they don't necessarily think of themselves as nationals of a certain nation state moving to another … Continue reading Place to Place: Translocality from Kilmaine to Wednesbury

Telling family stories

As part of my research I will inevitably have to tell you some family histories. I say have to - it's a vital, fascinating and relevant part of my research. But have you ever had someone try to tell you their family history? I'm guilty of this, because my own family history is really interesting - to … Continue reading Telling family stories

The desi dialectic

Recent blog posts have been a little sparse, and that's mostly a function of learning to be a freelancer - sometimes, apparently, work comes in thick and fast and leaves little time for much else. However, it has it's upsides: whether through teaching, writing, researching or anything else I've been getting a tremendous overview of … Continue reading The desi dialectic

Legitimate concerns?

There's been a lot said in the last few days about migrants - how they should be listed and categorised, how people's "legitimate concerns" over influxes of labour should be heard, how funding should be changed so we don't have to invite so many, say, doctors to work here. I am not a migrant in … Continue reading Legitimate concerns?

Black Country Irish: N. Hingley Ltd., Netherton

Identities can be a complicated thing. Each of us have several - I don't mean like Norman Bates, I mean that each of us are different things in different ways, at different times. When I'm talking about the Irish in the Black Country, for instance, I'm talking about a nebulous group really: some had been there … Continue reading Black Country Irish: N. Hingley Ltd., Netherton