Dear Queen Mary University of London,
Could you please provide a electronic version of the latest module handbook for the history modules below?
HST5114 - Women and Gender in Late Medieval England, c.1300-c.1500
HST5218 – The World of Samuel Pepys: England, 1649-1703
HST6212 - The World that Jane Austen Knew: Women, Gender and Culture in England
HST6720 – Behind Closed Doors: Houses, Interiors and Domestic Life, c. 1660-c1830
HST7619 – The Creation of Modern London, 1666-1945
Please do let me know if you have any questions or queries about this.
Dear David Dacey,
We have received your FOI request and will respond as soon as we can.
Queen Mary University of London
Dear David Dacey,
Thank you for your email of 29^th August.
Although we hold the information you have requested, I am afraid that we
cannot supply it to you.
This is because we believe this information is exempt from disclosure
under s.43(2) for the Freedom of Information Act 2000; that is, releasing
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