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Dr. Nick Mansfield

Dr. Nick Mansfield

Senior Research Fellow in History

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Livesey House, LH316

+44 (0) 1772 89 3978

nmansfield1@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: History, Politics

Started at UCLan in 2010 after over 30 years in museums, 21 as Director of the People's History Museum, Manchester. Labour historian, particularly early 20thc farmworkers, published widely on patriotic labour in the Great War and post 1918 political allegiances, including ex-servicemen, war memorials and working class conservatism. He also writes about material culture, especially historic banners, folk art and labour movement buildings. Current writing a 2 volume book on work, class, politics and the 19thc military.

Nick is research active within the area of history.

Full Profile

Wide research interests and publications over 35 years. Led Heritage Lottery funded National Banner Survey (1997-1999) and £13m capital project (2007-2010). Simon Research Fellow Manchester University, 1999-2000. A leading UK practitioner on the use of material culture as academic evidence.

Since 1979 author of over 50 book chapters and journal articles on artisans, common soldiers, servants, farmworkers, ex-servicemen, working class political allegiances, historic banners, folk art and buildings.

Author of two monographs English Farmworkers and Local Patriotism, 1900-1930 (Ashgate Press, 2001) and Buildings of the labour movement (English Heritage, 2013). Currently writing a 2 volume book for Liverpool University Press on work, class, politics and the nineteenth century British military, focusing on soldiers as workers retaining working class activities, resistance and culture.

Co-editor of special number on buildings of European labour movements, International Journal of Heritage Studies, 2013. Editor Great War edition Manchester Region History Review, 2014 and (with Craig Horner) The Great War – Local and Regional Identities, (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2014).

Currently Co-Investigator Everyday lives in War, University of Hertfordshire First World War Engagement Centre, covering the North West of England.

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Politics and Modern History, Manchester University 2i, 1973
  • B.Phil., Social Administration, University of Exeter, 1975
  • Associate of the Museums Association (AMA), 1986
  • PhD, ‘Agricultural trades unionism in Shropshire, 1900-1930’. University of Wolverhampton, 1997

Membership of Professional and Learned Bodies

  • Society for the Study of Labour History (past EC member)
  • Interwar Rural History Group
  • Society for Army Historical Research
  • Worklab- International Association of labour museums (Secretary 2008-2012)
  • Museums Association.

Research Activities

Currently writing a 2 volume book for Liverpool University Press on work, class, politics and the nineteenth century British military, focusing on soldiers as workers retaining working class activities, resistance and culture. The first volume Soldiers as Workers – class, employment, conflict and the nineteenth century military, will be published early in 2016.

Projects

Currently Co-Investigator Everyday lives in War, University of Hertfordshire First World War Engagement Centre, covering the North West of England. For details of these First World War centenary activities see www.herts.ac.uk/everyday-lives-in-war, http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/News-and-Events/News/Pages/New-publication-showcases-range-of-WW1-research.aspx and https://fwwnetwork.wordpress.com/

Teaching Activities and responsibilities

None internal, 0.2 post only. Experienced PhD supervisor and examiner.

External Affiliations and Roles

  • Curatorial advisor, Rochdale Pioneers Museum and member Advisory Board National Co-operative Archive.
  • Curatorial advisor, Museum of Primitive Methodism, Englesea Brook, Cheshire.
  • Honorary Research Fellow, People's History Museum, MMU and Manchester University.
  • Academic advisor for the People’s History Museum’s HLF funded First World War exhibition, A Land Fit for Heroes –War and the working class, 1914-18., opened by Tristram Hunt on 30.5.14, http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/a-land-fit-for-heroes-war-and-the-working-class-1914-1918/
  • Mentor for Museums Association Associate Scheme.
  • Member of advisory board Protest as European cultural heritage (Liverpool John Moores, UK partner.)
  • Interviewed for BBC 2 series, What Did the Canals Do for Us? on the Navvies Union, John Ward MP, and the 3 Public Works battalions raised during the First World War, to be broadcast, Autumn 2015.

Conferences

Mansfield has given over one hundred academic conference papers since the late 1970s, in Canada, Finland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the USA, as well as in the UK. In addition he has given very many talks to community groups and learned societies. His most recent have been:

3.7.15, ‘Foreign Service as a form of resistance’, Conference, War, Society and Culture, Leeds University.

27.2.15, ‘Class, employment, conflict and the Nineteenth century British military’, Chorley Local History Society.

31.1.15 Organised and chaired conference on Ex-servicemen after the Great War, People’s History Museum, Manchester.

3.10.14, IWM North Academic Network conference Collaboration: Potential and Pitfalls, ‘The Other side of the Fence’.

24.9.14, ‘Buildings of rural co-operation, 1830-1940’, Rochdale Pioneers Museum.

18.9.14, Tenbury Wells Museum, Worcestershire on ‘Rural Life and the Great War’,

3 and 4.7.14 83rd Anglo-American Historians conference; The Great War at Home, ‘Farmworkers, Food and Politics, 1914-1923’ and organised, convened and chaired panel ‘Labour and the Great War’.

5. 6.14 Recruiting and the Great War working class community in Cambridge, Friends of Mill Road Cemetery, Cambridge.

6.6.14 Recruiting and the Great War in Cambridge, Museum of Cambridge.

2.5.14, Talk on book for English Heritage, Buildings of the labour movement, Hay Festival.

2.4. 14, Food and the First World War conference, Liverpool Hope University, gave paper ‘Farming, farmworkers, food and politics, 1914-1923’.

25.1.14 ‘Buildings of rural co-operation’, Conference, 150 Years of The People’s Business, People’s History Museum.

8.10.13 First World War Event Planning for Museums with Rural Collections Gressenhall Workhouse and Farm, Norfolk (Norfolk Museums Service).

14.9.13 ‘The persistence of Anti-Welshness in the Marches’, The Society for Folk Life Studies, Annual Conference, Llandrindod Wells, Wales.

Publications

Nick Mansfield and Myna Trustram, ‘Remembering the buildings of the British labour movement: an act of mourning’ , International Journal of Heritage Studies, Vol. 19 No. 5, September 2013, 439-456. DOI: 10.1080/13327258.2012.674967

Buildings of the labour movement, (English Heritage, 2013). ISBN:978-1-84802-129-7

‘The Yeomanry: Britain's 19th-century Paramilitaries’,

History Today, August 2013, Volume 63, 8, 10 to 17. Guest editor and Editorial, Special Great War issue, Manchester Region History Review, September, 2014, ISSN 0952-4320, V-XII.

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