Musing

Face Facts

Parallels, problems and the possibilities of mask-wearing in pandemics An edited version of this post originally appeared on 24 July 2020 as an op-ed for Manchester Metropolitan University, here. On

Medieval Matters

A book review published originally in The Journal of Dress History, 4:2 (summer 2020), pp.218-220. Monica L. Wright, Robin Netherton, and Gale R. Owen–Crocker, Editors, Medieval Clothing and Textiles 15,

Back Catalogue

‘Unprecedented’ is a word much in use at the moment. As the realities and worries of the Coronavirus spread, people the world over are being encouraged, even forced, to make

The Magnificence of Marginality

The more I thought about the tragedy, even cynicism, of Alan Turing’s posthumous appreciation, the more I became aware of just how many marginalised people have ended up making a social impact that is positively disproportionate to their status among their contemporaries.