Professor Geoff Timmins
School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies
Geoff is a local and regional historian with a particular interest in the development of the built environment, especially in the Lancashire textile districts, and its impact on the way people led their everyday lives. He also researches and publishes on learning and teaching history at degree and pre-degree levels. His particular interest is on developing key skills through active forms of learning, not least with the employability of students in mind, and on achieving progression in curriculum design. Geoff is a National Teaching Fellow.
In his role as an emeritus professor, Geoff has provided occasional teaching inputs as opportunity has arisen. But his main contributions have been concerned with research activities, including post-graduate supervision. The emphasis has been on investigation developments in industry, housing and transport, making use of contextualised case studies. As well, he has been involved in the preparation of local history teaching resources for use in primary and secondary schools. He has worked on various funded research projects, including Every Student Counts, which involves the development of numeracy teaching in undergraduate history courses.
Geoff’s career began as a secondary school teacher of economics and history and progressed through lecturing appointments in initial teacher training; in-service education for primary and secondary teachers; and BA and MA History teaching. He gained research degrees through part-time study. He has lectured widely on his research interests in Britain and in overseas countries, including the United States and Australia, and is highly experienced as an external examiner and for history undergraduate and post-graduate courses, as well as for history research degree submissions. His administrative experience at the University of Central Lancashire has included periods as History subject co-ordinator and co-ordinator of in-service courses for teachers.
- PhD Economic History, Lancaster University, 1990
- MA (by thesis) Economic History, Sheffield University, 1976
- Dip.Ed., Sheffield University, 1967
- BA(Econ) Hons, Economics and Economic History, with Politics and World History, Sheffield University, 1966
- History Subject Centre National History Teaching in Higher Education Award, 2003
- Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship, 2004
- Vernacular and polite architecture
- Industrial archaeology
Geoff’s research publications have been concerned with aspects of regional industrialisation, particularly in relation to the Lancashire textile industry. They include relate particularly the varying pace at which mechanisation in the industry occurred and the development of domestic working. Publications arising from it include Handloom Weavers’ Cottages in Central Lancashire (Lancaster University, 1977) and The Last Shift: The Decline of Handloom Weaving in Nineteenth Century Lancashire (Manchester University Press, 1993). Several articles and book chapters relating to the theme have been published subsequently.
Recent research has centred on housing history. Publications arising from it have included two book chapters concerning the development and use of middle-class housing in Preston’s Winckley Square, one dealing with its architecture and the other with the changing use of its houses, including the opening of several schools for ‘young ladies’.
With regard to learning and teaching, Geoff’s publications include a jointly-authored book dealing with key issues in planning and implementing undergraduate history courses. One aspect covered in the book, that of achieving progression as students worked through their programmes of study, was further developed as a contribution to Teaching the Discipline of History in an Age of Standards, a book published in 2018 that draws on the research of scholars in Australia, Europe and the United States. In seeking to promote local history teaching in primary and secondary schools, Geoff has prepared resources for teachers that appear on the website of the British Association for Local History. In 2018, the Association published his book Exploring Local History: A Practical Guide for Teachers in Primary and Secondary Schools.
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- Working-class accommodation standards, focussing on back-to-back housing in Lancashire
- Developing key skills through teaching local history in primary and secondary schools
- Transport case studies
- National Teaching Fellowship Every Student Counts research project, £200,000, 2007
- National Teaching Fellowship award, £50,000, 2004
- Leading contribution in achieving Centre of Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award, 2004, £4.5 million
- University of Central Lancashire Learning Development Fund, £5,000, 2000
- Scottish Vernacular Buildings Working Group Conference, 2020
- British Association for Local History History Day Conference, 2017
- Oxford University Department for Continuing Education Housing History Conference, 2014
- Higher Education Academy History Learning and Teaching Seminar, 2013
- After Standards History Conference, University of New South Wales, 2011
- Economic and Business Historical Society Conference, Braga, Portugal, 2010
- Council for British Archaeology Industrial Buildings Day School, Manchester, October, 2008
- Colloquium on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Carnegie Foundation, Madison, Wisconsin, 2006