Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

(Un)official histories: researching being human

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(Un)official histories - researching being human

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Special Collections, Brookes Library, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


What do historical records tell us about our past?

What do they not tell us and can they be trusted?

Visit Oxford Brookes University Library’s Special Collections and Archives to follow a self-guided trail through our treasures and investigate the past through the records that survive.

Records and archive material to explore:

Jane Doe vs Nettie Ada Lewis

Who was Jane Doe? A glamorous 1920s-30s journalist and flapper, or a divorced single mother trying to make a living to support her daughter? 

Investigate the records of the Booker Prize

Why did they win the prize? 

Why do you think the judges picked these novels?

Food for thought

Look back at recipe books and culinary literature from Brillat-Savarin and Beeton to Hom and Nigella to discover how our meals have changed and why.

Student Life 1968

Fifty years ago Oxford Brookes was the Oxford College of Technology how has student life changed?

  • This is a Drop-in session, and there is no need to book.