At St Hilda's we have a long-standing and enthusiastic commitment to Ancient and Modern History. We admit significant numbers of students for this degree, which means that they are in no sense isolated or marginal, but part of an unusually high concentration of AMH students within the University. AMH students at St Hilda's also benefit from being fully integrated into two distinct, but closely related, academic communities - the Historians and the Classicists. They enjoy all the academic and social provision of both of these communities - large and vibrant at undergraduate, postgraduate and senior levels - while maintaining their own particular AMH interests and perspectives.
AMH students across the university work towards the same degree. At St Hilda's we have a strong tradition of supporting students from a diverse range of backgrounds to realise their potential and achieve excellent results. From the purely practical provision of generous travel grants, to a lively social calendar, we are confident that the study of AMH here is both academically rigorous and enjoyable. Here are some of the ‘added extras' available to students of Ancient and Modern History at St Hilda's:
St Hilda's Classics Society: Set up and run by undergraduates, the society hosts regular speakers on classical themes, as well as social events such as dinners, classical film nights and trips to museums.
St Hilda's History Society: The History Society has been running for a number of years now and its activities have a strong student input. Each term, there are usually a couple of events when a distinguished historian comes to talk about their research. Recent talks have covered a range of periods and subjects, including ‘Why did the Anglo-Saxons fall out of fashion in the 20th century?', ‘Ottoman Sovereignty: traditions of rule in an early modern Muslim state', ‘Heresy and Inquisition in the Middle Ages’, and ‘What makes a successful U.S. president?' Talks are preceded by refreshments and socialising and usually conclude with students dining in College with the speaker.
Tutors' Drinks Parties: The Classics tutors host a party every term for all the classical students at St Hilda's.
Travel Grants: We are lucky enough to be able to offer substantial financial help towards the cost of travel to Classical sites around the Mediterranean world and also modern history-related travel. We we encourage students to make the most of this opportunity.