Author Archives: Jessica Scantlebury

Monday, October 28th, 2013

The 1980s ‘spirit of ‘45’

Observing the 80s is delighted to share this week’s guest blog post from Professor Steven Fielding of Nottingham University.

In the wake of Labour’s disastrous 1983 campaign Tony Benn informed readers of the Guardian newspaper that despite appearances it was a great achievement, because, ‘for the first time since 1945, a political party with an … Read more

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Stephen Brooke on Observing the 1980s

Stephen Brooke (York University) has sent us this response to the Observing the 1980s project:

The wonderful achievement that is Observing the 80s opens up many possibilities in writing, teaching and thinking about everyday life in one of the most tumultuous decades of the twentieth century. The site has a truly impressive depth and … Read more

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Greenham Infographic

The Observing the 1980s OER has been used extensively in a course taught here at Sussex called; ‘1984: Thatcher’s Britain’. Brandon Perree, one of the students on the course, was inspired by the inforgraphics created as part of the Observing the 1980s project. So much so, that he has created … Read more

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012


On 5th October I made by way to JISC’s London office for a workshop on communication and dissemination. The agenda for the day can be found here, along with the presentation slides by Rosemary Stamp, who facilitated the day.

The workshop was an excellent introduction to the practical challenges of publicising a project in a … Read more