Posted on 30/03/2010
Academics from the Department of History
Royal Holloway, University of London hosted an open day today (30 March 2010) to launch the second year of the hugely successful MA in Public History while offering prospective students an insight into this new programme.
Speakers at the event included Lucy Worsley, chief curator of historic royal palaces, author and television presenter, as well as staff and students from the Department of History at the College. The Department launched the UK’s first ever MA in Public History last autumn to provide a unique qualification for those wishing to pursue a career in history working in broadcasting or in film, in museums, heritage or in journalism.
A unique gateway into the heritage sector and to the popular media, the programme boasts support from a range of partner organisations – including the National Trust, ‘BBC History Magazine’, ‘History Today’, Historic Royal Palaces, Lion Television, and the London Metropolitan archive – who participate in the teaching and offer their remarkable venues for study, in addition to providing work placements. For next years course applications have been received from across Europe, America and Asia.
Course Director Dr Anna Whitelock says, “The course is proving extremely popular and we have been overwhelmed with the support of institutions outside the university. I am confident the course will go from strength to strength.”
Making a special effort to infuse history with life, the course equips students with professional skills of historical interpretation and communication, and provides an opportunity to work alongside practitioners in the field, including museum curators, public archivists, publishers and TV and radio producers.
The MA in Public History has also attracted the attention of the national press. It has been featured in the ‘Times Higher Education’ and ‘The Independent’. See http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=407127
; and http://www.independent.co.uk/student/postgraduate/postgraduate-study/can-royal-holloways-new-masters-degree-raise-history-from-the-dead-1802639.html