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UCLan academic to speak at Hay Festival

28 April 2014

Rachel Atkinson

Dr Nick Mansfield has been asked to talk at the world-famous literary event

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) academic will be mixing with literary celebrities when he takes to the stage at the world-famous Hay Festival.

Dr Nick Mansfield, Senior Research Fellow in History from the School of Education and Social Science, will take to the stage on 27 May to discuss his latest book called Buildings of the Labour Movement.

The former Director of the People's History Museum, in Manchester, said: “I assumed that the Hay Festival only invites literary high flyers like Martin Amis or Salman Rushdie or more prominent popular historians like David Starkey or Simon Sharma, where the book is tied in with a TV series. That’s why I’m quite surprised but this invitation is very welcome and I'm delighted to be speaking.”

"I’m quite surprised but this invitation is very welcome and I'm delighted to be speaking.”

Dr Mansfield’s new book is an illustrated survey of the built culture of the labour movement. The English Heritage book examines the communal buildings of the early 19th Century political radicals, Owenites and Chartists, through arts and crafts influenced socialist structures of the late Victorian and Edwardian period to the grand union ‘castles’ of the mid-20th Century.

He added: “I've been plugging away with mainly academic journal articles and a few books for years. I’ve also been doing more journalistic work during my time in museums but this is the first time that these worlds seem to have collided. I’m very excited and can’t wait to take to the stage.”