Retrospect Journal

Retrospect is the journal of the University of Edinburgh's History, Classics and Archaeology School. We publish throughout the year - online and in print - and have an excellent calendar of events too


  • Retrospect Journal Student Student Membership£5.00
  • Retrospect Journal Journal Non-Student Membership£8.00

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Interested in writing, editing or design? We are the official journal of the school of History, Classics and Archaeology that offers plenty of opportunities for students at Edinburgh. We are the only undergraduate journal of its kind in the UK and we publish student literature online and in print. 

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Who are we?

Retrospect is the University of Edinburgh's History, Classics and Archaeology journal. We publish throughout the academic year and are looking for academic articles, features and opinion pieces, TV/book/film/theatre reviews and historical short, any articles that relate to the past!

Not a History, Classics or Archaeology student? Don't worry! Retrospect is open to all students from any degree, and the content of the journal ranges from reviews of the latest books and films to academic essays and featured pieces.


Why should you join our society?


  • It's only £5 for the whole year! - this guarantees at least two published articles and discounted entry to History, Classics, Archaeology and Retrospect society events
  • You will be an official published writer in our internationally sponsored and nationally award-winning journal, with a reach of over 3000 people 
  • Retrospect offers experience for anyone who wants to be a journalist, designer, publisher, and especially those who love to write! Being a published writer looks great on a CV and introduces students to the industries of media, publishing and journalism.
  • We run lots of great socials throughout the year, from pub quizzes to potlucks, there's a lot to get involve with!
  • By joining Retrospect you can become involved in a great society, boost your CV and make good friends throughout your university career!


Our story so far...

Retrospect was launched as the History Society journal in 2006. Since then, we have gone from strength to strength; in 2010, we won the Scottish Herald Award for Best Student Magazine in Scotland. In 2011, we became a fully-fledged society. We work closely with the History, Classics and Archaeology societies in order to bring you the best events, the latest news and a wide range of academic articles, interesting features and engaging reviews. You can contact the Editor in Chief, Anna Nicol, with any questions at:


We are always seeking new designers, illustrators, editors and writers irrespective of degree subject! If you want to meet the team, fancy getting involved or just want a drink then get in touch!