‘The best victim’: Gender, Humanitarian Imagery and the Armenian Genocide

During World War I (1914-18) the Turkish Ottoman Government carried out the systematic extermination of as many as 1.2 million Armenians, making it one of the largest genocides in history. Yet, Turkey - the successor state of the Ottoman Empire - does not recognise the killings as having genocidal intent despite 28 countries officially recognising... Continue Reading →


Post graduation summer

Part of me always dreaded graduating as I imagined I'd be spending it wondering how long I could get away with calling myself a 'new graduate' rather than 'unemployed'. Or spending it how I've spent most of my summers in recent memory - waiting tables and dreaming of a 9-5 life that others complain about.... Continue Reading →

Sex, drugs and music halls: The Glasgow Fair

Cartoon depicting Hogmanay in Glasgow in Northern Looking Glass 9 January 1826 The Glasgow Fair dates back to 1190 as a market to sell cattle, horses and produce alongside some entertainment. By the nineteenth century the market settled in other areas of the city and Glasgow Green was left with the 'shows'. Many choose to escape the... Continue Reading →


Blaming the Rise of Syphilis on Tinder is a Victorian Attitude in a Modern World

Cases of syphilis have hit their highest level since 1949 after being nearly eliminated. The rise of dating apps such as Tinder and Grindr have been implemented in the rise which has echoes of our Victorian forbearers who often considered syphilis and other venereal diseases as a suitable punishment for the moral crime of ‘promiscuity’.


Constructing the ‘prostitute’

John Leech, Punch 33 (10 January 1857): 114 By the mid nineteenth century the ‘Great Social Evil’ was a major concern for moralists and an explosion of commentators offered suggestions on how to tackle this vice. The sin was believed to manifest itself in the form of Venereal Diseases (VD) with women as vectors and men as... Continue Reading →


Tales From ‘ticketed’ Houses

A staged photograph showing a ticketed house in Kinning Park c. 1892 In the midst of a crippling housing crisis compounded by the collapse of the City of Glasgow Bank in 1878 that paralysed the building industry what would seem like a reasonable solution? Who should we blame? Glasgow Corporation (two decades after Chadwick’s damning... Continue Reading →


Child Labour in the Second City of Empire

Image Credit   The prevalence of child labour in industrial cities coexisted uncomfortably with the middle classes' idea of the sanctity of childhood. Projecting our current concept of childhood onto the Victorian and Edwardian child risks anachronism. For many working-class children a childhood without labour was not possible - Glasgow was no exception. Little hands,... Continue Reading →


Life in Glasgow’s Single-Ends

Glasgow City Archives P-665, c. 1910 ‘I have seen human degradation in some of its worst phases…but I can advisedly say, that I did not believe, until I visited the wynds of Glasgow, that so large an amount of filth, crime, misery, and disease existed in one spot in any civilised country.’ - Frederick Engels... Continue Reading →


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