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Leading Historian and TV presenter Dr Suzannah Lipscomb is unearthing the voices of ordinary women in 16th century France, by using church court documents that have previously been unstudied.

Her research into the records, which date from 1560 to 1615, is revealing previously unknown information about the lives, motivations and values of ordinary women in early modern France, which due to the high rate of illiteracy at the time has been until now largely hidden.

Dr Andrew Rogers leads the AHRC-funded Faith and Place Network, which brings address the issues concerning faith, place and planning, especially for minority faith groups in the UK.

The Network, which was launched at the House of Commons, brings together groups with a strong interest in these issues, including faith group representatives, planners, policy makers, local and national government representatives and civil society organisations.

Dr Sonya Nevin led a project to create animations of vases up to 2500 years old to show what life was like in ancient Greece.

The Panopoly Animation Project creates animations from actual scenes which decorate ancient Greek vases. The animations are in use in museums and used in academic teaching, including in the Classical Civilisation degree at Roehampton.

Dr Michael Cullinane published Theodore Roosevelt's Ghost: The History and Memory of an American Icon, the first comprehensive examination of the legacy and the public’s understanding of the on eo the most famous US presidents.

His wide-ranging study revealed how successive generations shaped the public memory of Roosevelt through their depictions of him in memorials, art, academic enquiry and popular culture, frequent refashioning his memory.

In 2017, Dr Kathryn Tempest published an acclaimed biography of Marcus Brutus, the ancient world’s most famous assassin.

Her biography revealed the personal and political struggles of Brutus, dispelling myths that surround the man who was immortalised for his role in the murder of Julius Ceasar in 44BC, on the Ides of March.

Professor Donald MacRaild has produced the first full-length study of Irish Ribbonism, a movement of secret societies formed to improve the political and land rights of poor Irish Catholics in the 19th century.

Harnessing evidence from state surveillance records, spies, ‘show trail’ proceedings and press reports, the research revealed that the movement was global, linking Irish communities in Ireland, Britain and also the USA, Canada and Australia.

Dr Susan Deacy is part of an international team of scholars awarded €1.5 million funding to explore the role of classics in children's and young adults' contemporary culture.

The project brings together classical civilisation scholars from universities across five continents, including Africa and Australia. Dr Deacy, who won a National Teaching Fellowship for her work in finding sensitive ways to teach difficult subject matters, is developing teaching resources for children who are diagnosed on the autism spectrum.