Digital Victorians: Teaching the 19th Century at the University of Huddersfield

Paul Ward, professor of modern British history at the University of Huddersfield, discusses a module that seeks to link research, the real world and digital technologies to teach nineteenth-century British history. This blog originally appeared on Blogging Beyond the Classroom

Digital Victorian students outside Huddersfield's Town Hall

Digital Victorians students outside Huddersfield’s Town Hall

I’ve got a book to write on the Beefeaters at the Tower of London since 1826. I never seem to find time, because like most academics I’ve got too much going on. When History at the University of Huddersfield reviewed its whole curriculum I decided it was time to give up my module on Britain in the 1970s (called Punks, Pigs and Prawn Cocktails), an indulgence based on my liking of The Clash, and thought about a module related to this new book that refused to write itself. I also wanted the chance to develop my own digital skills beyond Twitter and searching nineteenth-century newspapers online (and googling myself). Buoyed up by the support of my colleague Martin Hewitt, we developed a new module called Digital Victorians, for second year History students, which would make use of our department’s brand new collaborative learning suite. Continue reading