Maps, the Met and migration stories

Continuing our recommendations series for undergraduate History degree applicants, we spoke to Professor Naomi Standen and Dr Sadiah Qureshi.


Naomi Standen, Professor of Medieval History, recommends: 

I think pictures are a good option at this moment. 

The David Rumsey Map Collection was started over 30 years ago and contains more than 150,000 maps. The collection focuses on rare 16th through 21st century maps of North and South America, as well as maps of the World, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania.

Map of the world with German text

The Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History pairs essays and works of art with chronologies, telling the story of art and global culture through the Museum’s collection.

Stone carving of a sleeping figure with female attendants

A very accessible and heavily illustrated journal: https://edspace.american.edu/silkroadjournal/

Sadiah Qureshi, Senior Lecturer in Modern History, recommends:

Our Migration Story is a prize-winning site dedicated to exploring migration to Britain, from early settlers to modern arrivals. The site includes numerous stories that often go untold about migrants and their experiences’. 

Screenshot of the Our Migration Story website

David Olusoga’s Black and British: A Forgotten History (2018) prize-winning book beautifully reveals the Transatlantic connections between Africa, America and Britain from the Roman period to the present day.