This article from the Guardian is well worth your time even if you've no interest in Queen Victoria. In it, Kathryn Hughes explains how two people were tasked with editing a batch of the queen's letters, how in doing so they helped create the popular image of her, and how it's a warning that source collections, while useful for many people, should never be ultimately relied upon in serious work.
Professor Rupert Wilkinson of the University of Sussex was interned by the Japanese after the invasion of the Philippines, when he was five. His British father was away working for intelligence and the US. In an interview with History Extra / BBC History Magazine, he talks about his life in the camp (to promote his new work on the subject 'Surviving a Japanese Internment Camp: Life and Liberation at Santo Tomás, Manila, in World War II') and it's quite extraordinary.
Wilkinson was pragmatic, even as a child, and reflects that his experiences were mild considering all that went on with the war. He talks lucidly, as you'd expect, but holds no hate, as you might not.
Three resistance fighters from the Second World War have been selected by France to be interred in the Panthéon, an honor accorded those held to have greatly contributed to France. The three are Germaine Tillion, Pierre Brossolette and Geneviève de Gaulle.
I don't know how many other universities have one of these, but Stanford University has a Medieval Manuscripts Club for students. I learned this from a Stanford Daily article which explains how the club is open to people from all disciplines - so you don't need any language training - and technology and the internet is fully used. If you've got a history themed society at your university, let me know, and the most interesting will get mentioned.