How to contribute

Making History aims to bring history’s footnotes to the fore.

So many intriguing anecdotes, concepts, and curiosities that we uncover in the course of our research remain untold, relegated to the status of a wistful footnote in a thesis or published article – if they ever make it out of a drawer at all. We want to rescue these footnotes from obscurity.

We invite submissions of short notes and provocations (circa 500-1000 words) on any aspect of public history, doing history in public, or wider impact of research outside of academia. In particular, we encourage authors to develop interesting avenues emerging from their research that – for one reason or another – remained unexplored. We hope that these pieces will stimulate lively discussion as well as generating ideas for future projects.

We are particularly interested in submissions from postgraduate historians but we will happily consider guest posts from students of related disciplines.

If you are interested in writing for the blog, our email address is Let us know briefly what topic you have in mind and some sense of when you will be able to deliver the post.

If you are a York student interested in helping manage the blog, feel free to get in touch.

 Formatting tips

  • Every post should include a header image – but do think about copyright. Make it clear where images have come from and link to relevant licences (e.g. Creative Commons) as necessary.
  • We don’t use footnotes but consider hyperlinking to work you reference.
  • Expand acronyms (at least to introduce them) and be careful of jargon.
  • Titles of works should be in italics.
  • Please include a short (2-3 line) bio with your piece.