Historians research the history of the modern world, from the global to the local, to make sense of both the past and the present, holding regular seminars, public lectures and conferences. This helps us bring together people from all disciplines with an interest in the role of the past in contemporary life.
We concentrate mainly on modern history since 1780, with research groupings in Labour and People’s History and in International History as well as some unique specialisms. We have a community of postgraduate students working towards our Masters by Research and for MPhils and PhDs. We have a strong commitment to public engagement, and to the community and region to which we belong.
We hold a regular History seminar, with visiting speakers, interspersed with a series of public lectures at the Harris Museum, Preston. and we have conferences coming up on ‘Radical Temperance’ (June 2018) and the 1918 Representation of the People Act (Sept. 2018) [Links to follow]. We co-ordinate the University-wide Heritage Network, which brings together people from all disciplines with an interest in the role of the past in contemporary life.
Externally, we work with local museums (such as the Harris Institute, the People’s History Museum, and Gawthorpe Hall), libraries & archives (such as Lancashire Archives and the John Rylands Library), and community organisations (such as the Whittingham Lives project and the Peterloo Memorial Campaign), often co-producing research.
Our members communicate their work through public talks, workshops, exhibitions, periodicals, social media, and radio and TV broadcasts. Our students have the opportunity to be involved in this through their degree programmes, including a ‘History in the Community’ module, dissertations, and internships.