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  • Pioneering historical research

    Join our diverse community to gain a better understanding of our place in time


The dynamic community of researchers within our History division delves into the very essence of the human identity, both individual and as communities, and explores the relationship between history, heritage and the present.

Analysing a timeline of more than a millennium, we conduct groundbreaking research reflecting the interests in history, heritage and cultures on a global scale. Our academics' expertise spans meteorology in medieval times to punk politics and British youth culture in the 20th century.

our research areas

We have particular strength in the field of political cultures and ideologies, gender, societies and their material cultures, emotion, devotion and belief, and medical humanities, including animal health. The diversity of our research footprint is demonstrated by our externally-funded projects, which include studies into the fiscal origins of the French Revolution and politics and popular culture in Egypt.

research impact

Our academics continually strive to engage and inspire the wider public with their work, to drive better understanding of research and to influence change. Our research impact can be recognised through various awards:

  • Dr Andy Willimott, Centenary Project: Rethinking the Russian Revolution - winner of the British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award 2017.
  • Dr Dina Rezk, Social listening: developing new qualitative methods to understand digital cultures in the past, present and future - winner of the British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award 2017.
  • Professor Matt Worley, Punk in the East - shortlisted for the Research and Engagement and Impact Awards 2017.

Public lectures and seminars

The Department of History hosts the prestigious annual Stenton Lecture, given by an eminent historian on their field of research. Staff are also involved in the Early Modern Studies Conference, and a range of other high profile events throughout the year.

All our students are regularly invited to our research seminars, workshops and conferences within our University, and are encouraged to take part in national and international networks. We also organise a bi-annual postgraduate colloquium, where all our postgraduate students are invited to give papers on their on-going research and to comment on their fellow students' work.

An interdisciplinary approach

The Department of History is part of the University's 'Heritage and Creativity' research theme. We maintain strong relationships with a wide range of departments and institutions across the University, underpinning the interdisciplinary nature of history. As this suggests, we're actively involved with a number of interdisciplinary research centres and clusters, including:

research at the cutting-edge

Each of our leading academics actively researches and contributes to their field of interest. Discover the latest developments in our Department.

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