MP shares public history expertise with Preston audience

17 September 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

Dr Tristram Hunt opens UCLan national conference 

Copyright: Tristram Hunt MP

Dr Tristram Hunt MP has visited the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to share his expert knowledge on public history with over 80 delegates from around the country.

Historian, broadcaster, journalist and politician, Dr Tristram Hunt MP, gave a witty lecture entitled Perspectives on contemporary debates in public history from Westminster and Stoke-on-Trent.

His visit was part of the Whose history is it anyway? Public history in perspective event at UCLan. It was opened by public and cultural history guru Professor Hilda Kean who established and developed the first MA in Public History in Britain.

Nearly 80 participants heard 50 papers on a variety of public history issues with contributions from higher education, museums, libraries, archives, English Heritage, the Heritage Lottery Fund, local radio and voluntary sector organisations. Speakers also came from the USA and Australia.

Organised by the History, Politics and Philosophy division in the School of Educational and Social Sciences, the conference also launched a new MA in Public History at UCLan.