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The History Research Group works at local, national and international levels to advance our understanding of the past and its relevance to the modern world.

History - People's History Museum


The History Research Group at UCLan is long-established and has been returned in all UK Research Assessment Exercises, strengthening its position in each one. The research group is made up of history lecturing staff, a small number of research fellows and a thriving postgraduate community.

We have research concentrations in a number of fields:

The work of the labour history and identities group (Mansfield, Meredith, Ó Catháin, Poole and Stewart) is greatly enhanced by exceptionally strong collaboration with the People’s History Museum and the Co-operative College in Manchester. This group has also organised conferences (e.g. Labour and Imperialism), Public history events (e.g. James Callaghan and Michael Foot symposia at People’s History Museum) and generated AHRC-funded collaborative doctoral awards (jointly with Co-operative College and People’s History Museum).

Our regional history group (Caunce, Gritt, McAllister, Poole, Vernon and Westaway) reflect not only the enduring academic merit of regional history, but also our firm commitment to the wider community within the North West. These are enhances by strong connections to a range of museums, archives and engagement with a large public audience.


In addition to this work we have a commitment to further develop our international history activity building on existing strengths in African, American and Asian history.



The History Group has a growing postgraduate community. We offer a taught Masters programme in Public History and contribute heavily to the delivery of a taught Masters programme in International Relations. There are between 30-40 research students working towards Masters by Research, MPhil and PhD. Several of these students are supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council or international studentships.

The Group also run a lively seminar series of external speakers, as well as regular international conferences, such as the recent one on the history and culture of food.


Impact/Public History

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, the History Research Group was particularly commended for ‘outstanding contributions to the local historical environment’. Our commitment to the wider community continues through extensive engagement with local museums and archives. In 2013 we held an international Public History conference, to which a large proportion of the history group contributed.

We have a firm commitment to Public History and we are engaged in a wide range of innovative work. We work alongside a number of local, regional and national organisations to promote the public understanding of history as well as delivering regular public lectures. Through our Masters in Public History we seek to promote new interpretations of history and facilitate independent research and innovative forms of dissemination communication.

We have achieved these aims in a number of ways, including:

  1. Major museum exhibitions curated from within the group.
  2. Acted in an advisory capacity to museums, archives local and regional organisations.
  3. Acted as heritage partners for funded heritage projects.
  4. Organised a large number of conferences, study days and public lectures.
  5. Regularly appeared on broadcast media including primetime television, national and local radio.
  6. UCLan historians worked in close collaboration with the wider Preston historical community on a range of projects connected with the Preston Guild celebrations in 2012.

To find out more about the Institute of Local and Family History, or our Public History work more generally, please contact Keith Vernon
Tel: +44 (0) 1772 893052

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