James Samuel (He/Him)

Student, University of Oxford

About James Samuel

I am an incoming MPhil candidate in Medieval History at the University of Oxford. Alongside my research specialism of late medieval religious and social history, other interests of mine include social and labour history in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, the history of medieval devotional objects, and nineteenth-century art. My research project was supervised by Drs Amy Blakeway and Jacqueline Rose. Titled 'History, religion and community in North East Fife', my project investigated the history of the village of Kingsbarns using archival material and interviews. My essay was a social history of the area, with a section on historical methodology. This was later supplemented with an oral account of the church in its current form by one of its contemporary administrators. In my second summer, I created and hosted a local history workshop in collaboration with the Boomerang Community Centre in Stobswell, Dundee. This combined archival research with an empowering leadership project, which encouraged participants to continue to investigate historical topics they are passionate about. The workshop was greatly successful, and feedback from the participants was wholly positive.

I am a/an:

Alum: Undergraduate Leadership & Research Programme


University of Oxford University of St Andrews

Laidlaw Cohort Year


Research Topic

History Religion

Area of Expertise

Arts Humanities

I am from:

United Kingdom

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My hobbies/interests are:

Art Cooking/Baking Politics & current events Reading Writing/blogging

I am open to participating in mentoring/buddy programmes


Intro Content

Blog Arts History Humanities

Leadership and resilience

A few words on the steps through which I have gone to create my Leadership in Action project, with a reflection on what it has taught me about resilience

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Channels contributed to:

Leadership Arts & Humanities

Rooms participated in:

University of St Andrews

Recent Comments

Jul 01, 2021
Replying to Cath Brislane

Fantastic stuff as always James! I can see this work being really applicable to the local community. York has the Borthwick Institute of archives based in one of the university libraries, and I think a project like this would have an amazing reach into local communities and make a real difference. It also sounds like you're enjoying it, which is great! Can't wait to hear how the rest of it goes :)

Thanks very much, Cath! That sounds like a great resource to teach people about local history! Good luck with your work this summer :)

Jun 26, 2020

Your project sounds so interesting! 

Jun 22, 2020
Replying to Inkindi Mutoni Sabine

This is Amazing!

Thank you!

Jun 12, 2020
Replying to Gwendoline


Thank you, Gwen! 

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