Sri Venkateswara (Balaji) Temple, Tividale (Wikimedia Commons) I submitted my thesis on Wolverhampton and its diasporic Irish space at the beginning of December, and my brain is slowly starting to unclog so that I can think about things outside the four walls of my home office again. With a bit of luck I might have … Continue reading Farm to Vaccination Centre: geographies of industry, politics and religion in Tividale
The good death of Lawrence Britcliffe, part one: the funeral
This is the first in a series about an episode in my own family history - apologies, but it's a long way from the Black Country. One of the things that stuck with me most in Alison Light's description of family history research was the idea of making great bold leaps back through time (this … Continue reading The good death of Lawrence Britcliffe, part one: the funeral
Genuine asylum seekers or economic migrants?
If I were to write about large groups of desperately poor families travelling long distances by unsafe boat or on foot, risking their own and their families' lives fleeing poverty and disaster in their own land, trying to settle either in the country they first set foot in or using that country as a stepping stone to … Continue reading Genuine asylum seekers or economic migrants?