Thursday 29 May 2014
QMUL’s History society has been rapidly growing in numbers since the start of the year, hosting a number of talks by prestigious political names as well as organising popular society socials in and around the Mile End campus. The society isn’t just for history students though, with students from Physics to Film taking part.
While the society does have ties with QMUL’s history department, it is often misunderstood that you have to study history to join. Students from all years, departments and disciplines are welcome to attend any of the events, meaning you can maintain your active interest in history on the side of studying for a Physics or Film degree. Bethany Price, the society’s Communications Officer, explains the benefits of working with the History Department: “Not only do they supply us with wine and olives, but this also gives students the chance to chat to staff in an informal environment, which in turn enhances their academic experience at QMUL.”
The history society aims to bring in relevant, challenging and influential speakers from a variety of backgrounds, meaning each event sparks interesting debate and conversation amongst the society’s members. Some successful talks hosted by the society so far have included Sean O’Callaghan, Andrew Marr, Charles Moore and Peter Snow. They are currently organising a visit by presenter Dan Snow, the details of which are yet to be confirmed, but who will be discussing the Seven Years' War in North America, as well what it is like to be the face of popular history.
While intellectual discussion is at the centre of the society, history socials are in high demand! They started the year with a ‘drinks and nibbles’ event that was simply for newcomers to get to know each other. Due to the success of this event, the history pub crawl was organised around Tower Hamlets to accommodate the growing interest in society gatherings. This was a huge success with around sixty people beginning the night in Whitechapel and making their way to QMUL’s Drapers Bar.
The history society prides itself on its friendly and sociable atmosphere. Bethany commented that “despite growing in numbers, the society is the perfect size, making it easy to chat to people and actually go further in conversation than the typical ‘what degree are you doing?’ or ‘how was your reading week?’”
Words from the society’s Co-President, Victoria Solomon:
“The best thing about the society is that there is a mix of academic talks and social events. This balance proves that the society is not just for historians, which is a common misconception, but that it rather provides a chilled environment where all students can socialise.”