From Margins to Centre: Undergraduate Conference on Marginalised Histories

It was wonderful to attend this conference organised by Laidlaw Scholar Clare Burgess and fellow York History undergraduate Olivia Wyatt

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Talented researchers, including Laidlaw Scholars from the Universities of York, Leeds and St. Andrews, presented their research into marginalised histories at this conference at the University of York on Friday 28th February. This included topics as diverse as the contribution of West African troops and resistance fighters in the Second World War, Marginalised groups in the UK Miners strikes and The Elizabeth Chapel Royal and People of Colour. It was a fascinating and thought provoking event that shone a much needed light on the stories of some incredible people that have until now been hidden. York Laidlaw Scholar Clare Burgess opened the conference with a plea for greater inclusion and representation in education and the importance researchers have to play in this: "we can write and make history by telling the stories we care about". Congratulations to Clare and Olivia for organising the event - a great example of leadership in action.

York History Undergraduate Olivia Wyatt
York History Undergraduate Olivia Wyatt presenting at the conference

Penny Foster

Development Partner - Laidlaw Scholars, University of York


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over 1 year ago

Thank you for posting this Penny - I'm so glad you were able to come to the event! It was a really wonderful day which I think made a real difference to the people who attended, and it definitely allowed us to build a community of like-minded undergraduates, who I hope will go on to do more wonderful work like this.