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For such a large cohort, Oxford History students really don’t see each other that much.

Between low contact hours and a huge array of optional subjects, we aren’t often brought together as historians.

Oxford History Review aims to change that.

Oxford History Review was founded by a trio of Merton students during the 2020 Easter Vac. Its aim: to bring together students across the university and to provide them a platform to share their experiences and discuss all things historical.

Whether you want to critique the modules you’ve studied, explore your college’s past, or argue about the history that matters to you, OHR is the place for you.

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Meet the Team:

Molly Archer-Zeff: Editor-in-Chief

Molly is a third-year Historian at Merton originally from Southend-on-Sea. In between defending the reputations of Merton and Essex she decided to start OHR with James and Oliver. Molly particularly loves women’s and gender history and detests learning about British kings. 

Oliver Shaw: Editor-in-Chief

Originally from Rugby, Oliver is a third-year Historian at Merton. Fun fact: He’s a descendant of Anthony Babington, the leader of the Babington plot against Elizabeth I in 1586!

James Morrison: Editor-in-Chief

James is a third-year History student from Merton. He lives in Bournemouth and will probably tell you all about how it was ranked the 5th best beach in Europe (TripAdvisor 2019).

Luke Bateman: Editor, Foundation Myths

Entering his second year of Ancient & Modern History at Merton, Luke is one of our Foundation Myths editors. Luke’s passion for History began aged eight when his school report claimed he had the makings of a ‘great historian.’ Later, he discovered everyone in the class had received the same comment but by that point Luke had already applied to do History at university.

Isaac Hawcock: Editor, Foundation Myths

Isaac is a second-year historian at Merton. While possibly surprising many Oxford history students by considering “Approaches” and “Disciplines” the best modules, it reflects the two questions he finds himself asking over and over: what is possible to know about the past and why would we want to know it?

Georgia Prince: Editor, Student Voices

Georgia is a second year History student at Christ Church college in Oxford. She’ll be editing the Student Voices section along with Luke. A fun fact about her: her first childhood crush was on Charles II from Horrible Histories!

Nurgul Sahin: Editor, Student Voices

Nurgul is a second year History student at St Catherine’s College (Catz <3). She is fascinated with the history of the Middle East (1800-today) and will/can spend hours speaking to you about it. Fun fact: she played table tennis for 5 years when she was younger, but cannot even serve properly now 🙁

Ciara Garcha: Editor, Student Voices

Ciara is a first year History student at Hertford. She is particularly interested in colonial history and gender history. Fun fact: Ciara is from Manchester and is a huge Manchester United fan!

Maciej Nowakowski: Editor, Student Voices

Meet Maciej, a Master’s Candidate in Applied Linguistics at Wolfson College. Maciej’s goal, both as an editor and writer, has been to shine the light on fascinating stories from underrepresented contexts, having published articles about everywhere from Abidjan to Adjara! Aside from writing articles, Maciej is also a keen lyricist, having won a cross-uni talent show in 2018 for rapping in different languages (if you have a few hours of spare time, be sure to ask him about it!).

Jade Calder: Editor, Opinion

Jade is a second year History student at St Peter’s. As Opinion editor, Jade will be bringing you History content that’s a lot more enjoyable than your essay (not that you’d admit it). A fun fact about her: she has a fear of crumpets.

Lucy Fletcher: Editor, Opinion

Lucy is a third year History student at St Hilda’s. She’ll be editing the Opinion section of the magazine. Her qualifications for this? She knows the words to every Horrible Histories song. Impressive.

Daniel Morgan: Editor, Opinion

Daniel is a first-year History student at Lady Margaret Hall. He will be telling you which modules to pick and which to avoid and try to be as objective as possible (despite being in an exam term). In his spare time, he also enjoys rowing, choir and writing for other student publications.

Nic Nicolaou: Editor, Page and Screen

Nic is a first year at Pembroke studying English Language and Literature. He particularly likes literary modernism and the development of the English language (predictably). Fun fact: he has size 18 feet.

Glenn Armstrong: Editor, Page and Screen

Glenn is a first year at St Anne’s studying History and Politics. When not reading or watching stuff about history or addictively listening to politics podcasts, he puts himself through the torture of supporting Everton! (His words).

Rebecca Smithson: Marketing and Promotion

Rebecca manages the Oxford History Review marketing, including our Instagram, Facebook, and website. She studies French and Linguistics and is currently on her year abroad. Fun fact: she loves castles.

Keiran Peyton: Marketing and Promotion

Keiran is a second year historian at Merton who manages the social media and marketing alongside Rebecca. He’s a medievalist through and through, enjoys cultural history – for its myth/religion and gender approaches – and thinks Merton’s claim to being the oldest Oxford College is pretty justified. Fun fact: the English Heritage membership is by far the most important card in his wallet.