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Our research analyses a timeline of more than a millennium. Join our diverse community, and gain a better understanding of our place in time.

We have a dynamic community of researchers who delve into the very essence of the human identity, both as an individual and as a community. They explore the relationship between history, heritage and the present.

Learn more about the Department's research and its researchers


Research impact

Staff in the department lead on and contribute to a number of important and prize-winning impact projects that seek to inform the future and influence change, including:

  • Dr Jacqui Turner: Vote100: Beyond the ballot, Women’s rights and suffrage from 1866 to today – finalist for the Research and Impact Engagement Awards 2018, Astor100: Celebrating 100 years of women in Parliament, challenging the male narrative – winner of the Research and Impact Engagement Award 2020
  • Dr Natalie Thomlinson: Women and the miners’ strike: Capturing changing gender roles in working-class communities in Britain after 1945 (alongside Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite at UCL)
  • 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

Meet the team

Meet the staff who will work with you and enable you to pursue your passions.



History is no ordinary subject - which makes the stories we have to tell, extraordinary.


PhD opportunities

Join us in conducting advanced research that shapes and informs the area of history you're passionate about.

What to expect during your PhD at Reading