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  • Labour and People's History

UCLan historians work on labour and people’s history, covering a wide range of topics in in Britain and Ireland. We have longstanding links with the region’s museums, libraries and archives as well with as local groups. Many of our students do successful dissertations, projects and placements in this area.

Current work includes: the early nineteenth-century pro-democracy movement and the ‘Peterloo Massacre’; the history of the Labour party, particularly social democracy, social liberalism and the roots of ‘new Labour’; the co-operative movement; co-operative business models, particularly the John Lewis Partnership; the Labour movement and the First World War; modern Irish history, particularly labour, nationalism and the Irish community in Scotland; and the commemoration of the second world war and the holocaust. Research in social history includes the history of higher education and technical education; the temperance (or ‘teetotal’) movement; 19th- and 20th-century periodicals; crime and society; and the social history of deafness. Research students are currently working on the history of the Poor Law, the family, the Church of England, the Home Office disturbances papers, the Band of Hope, and northern film and identity.

In 2014-16 Nick Mansfield works for the AHRC-funded First World War Centenary Engagement Centre. He co-organised the conference on ‘The First World War: Commemoration and Memory’ at the Imperial War Museum North on 26 February 2016:

Robert Poole led a workshop at the National Archives on ‘The Peterloo Massacre: Protest and Democracy in Regency England’ on 31 March 2016:

Caroline Sharples co-organised a series of schools workshops around Holocaust Memorial Day 2016, as part of a collaborative project Across the Seasons: Memory Matters Today.

A one-day symposium on ‘Britain and the Easter Rising’ to be held at Uclan on Friday 9 Sept 2016 will bring together new and leading historians on British responses to the Rising and its consequences against the backdrop of the First World War. Convener: Dr Máirtín Ó Catháin, with the support of the AHRC First World War Co-ordinating Centre at the University of Hertfordshire.

In 2016 Dr Robert Poole was interviewed by Melvin Bragg on the BBC Radio 4 show ‘The Matter of the North’ exploring the radical movements that sprang from the North 

Alix Green’s public history website:

Caroline Sharples’ holocaust education event: :

Annemarie McAllister’s temperance website:

Robert Poole’s Peterloo Witness website:


  • International History
  • Heritage Stories Research and Innovation [UCLan site under construction]
  • IBAR Institute for Black Atlantic Research