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Dr Annemarie McAllister

Senior Research Fellow in History
School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies

Annemarie works on the history of UK Temperance, with its strong Preston connections. As well as her many academic publications, she curates exhibitions, speaks to a wide range of groups, performs re-creations of temperance events, and works with communities to whom temperance is particularly relevant. Her interdisciplinary work focuses on the cultural history of temperance movements, their material (particularly visual) cultures and the social impact they had on their members.

Annemarie’s role is research-only, after a long career in teaching, but she is available to advise students with an interest in temperance history. She publishes in a wide range of fields, primarily history, both in print and online media, and has written a popular survey, 'Demon Drink? Temperance and the Working Class,' for Kindle (2014). Another aspect of her work is giving invited talks to a wide range of audiences, from local history societies to addiction specialists. She also works with and on radio and TV productions, such as ‘A House Through Time’ series 3 (2020). See her work at Demon Drink.

Annemarie has taught a varied range of courses at school, college and university level, and her own writing, speaking and presentation work is characteristically interdisciplinary. Her academic study of the history, culture, and impact of the UK temperance movement has resulted in academic papers, chapters, and a monograph (in process), but she also enjoys the varied range of public activities which she is invited to undertake. Her work has been recognised in many ways: she was awarded £50,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund for her project ‘Temperance and the Working Class’ (2012-3), involving several exhibitions, including an eight-month show at the People’s History Museum and the ground-breaking virtual exhibition at, which continues to attract international and interdisciplinary notice. She has spoken and performed at a range of conferences ranging from the Alcohol and Drugs History Society to The Victorian Popular Fiction Association, and has organised several conferences in the UK and US, the most recent being ‘Radical Temperance: social change and drink, from Teetotalism to Dry January’ (UCLan, 2018), supported by grants from Alcohol Concern UK and the Alcohol and Drugs History Society. Annemarie has also been invited to write articles on temperance history for popular magazines such as 'Who Do You Think You Are?' as well as acting as advisor on the topic for many programme-makers. She has appeared on radio programmes including 'You and Yours' and 'Woman’s Hour,' and her TV work ranges from 'The One Show' to 'Antiques Road Trip,' and 'A House through Time' (2020). As well as writing on many aspects of the temperance movement in the past, she studies and has links with current recovery and sobriety groups, liaising with national and local societies. This dual focus led to her invitation to create a special edition of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society journal, ‘Temperance Past and Present’ (2019). Her introduction to this volume surveys temperance historiography and the modern sobriety and recovery ‘tribes.’ She is a member of The Lancashire Research Centre for Digital Life, collaborating with Dr Tamsyn Mahoney-Steel in a number of digital projects linked to UCLan’s Livesey Collection. Annemarie’s expertise in temperance periodicals was instrumental in her gaining a 2019-20 Curran Research Fellowship and grant, from the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, to prepare her monograph on Activist Writers.

  • Postgraduate Cert in Electronic Learning, University of Central Lancashire, 2008
  • Postgraduate Cert in Research Student Supervision, University of Central Lancashire, 2006
  • PhD in Cultural Studies, University of Salford, 2004
  • PG Advanced Diploma in Education Management, OU, 1991
  • M.Phil in English Literature, University of Lancaster, 1986
  • PGCE in English and Drama, University of Liverpool, 1975
  • BA Hons (English and Related Literature), Class 2:1, University of York, 1974
  • Curran Fellowship, 2019-2020, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals
  • Temperance history and current sobriety movements
  • Nineteenth and twentieth century periodicals
  • Propaganda and representation
  • PhD examiner at Universities of Greenwich, Edge Hill, and the Open University
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Co-convenor of the Abstinence, Moderation, and Sobriety sub-cluster of the Drinking Studies Network
  • Member of:
  • Alcohol and Drugs History Society
  • British Association for Victorian Studies
  • Drinking Studies Network
  • Research Society for Victorian Periodicals
  • Royal Historical Society
  • The Magic Lantern Society
  • Victorian Popular Fiction Association