About the 'A Day in History...' Project
The 'A Day in History...' project welcomes researchers to contribute an article emphasising the importance of a singular date during the early modern period (c. 1450-1850). Articles provide an account of the date selected, and are supported by primary sources; followed by a discussion relating to the significance of the day. So, if you are intrigued by the importance of a day in history, however obscure or known, or simply wish to comment on an article published in the project then email B.Redding@warwick.ac.uk.
28th January 1596 - The death of Sir Francis Drake. This article by MARSCH student Benjamin Redding explores late Elizabethan naval tactics instigated by the famous privateer during his final maritime expedition, and the impact that his death had upon both these tactics, and the wider global scene.
The Day of the Fool Dissection-undated but recorded in Thomas Willis's Cerebri Anatome, published in 1664. This article by MA in History student Tom Colville explores the importance of the dissection of a fool's brain (circa. 1660s) and the contribution that it provided to early modern conceptions of idiocy and craniometry.
15th September 1830-The official opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway (L&M). This article by MA in Modern History student James Bennett discusses Britain on the brink of modernity, as 'the world's first scheduled rail passenger service between two cities' opened.
11th August 1762-The surrender of Havanna. This article by Third Year BA History and Politics student Alejandro Gonzalez-Ormerod discusses the effects of the Spanish surrender of Havanna to the British during the Seven Years' War.
10th August 1512-The Battle of Saint-Mathieu. This article by MARSCH student Benjamin Redding unfolds the Anglo-Franco naval conflict off the coast of Brittany. It discusses the tragedy of The Regent and Cordeliére, and emphasises the importance of this day in altering a perception on how naval battles should have been fought.