Dr. Jack Southern

Lecturer in Public History

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Livesey House, LH329

+44 (0) 1772 89 2866


Subject Areas: History

Jack is a historian working in several areas of history and heritage. His research primarily examines communities linked to the Lancashire cotton industry. More widely, he is interested in the expressions of local and regional identity.


Lancashire Cotton Propaganda - Exhibition with Lancashire Museums, 2015

Full Profile

Jack completed his PhD at UCLan in association with and the Lancashire Museum Service in 2016, partially based at Queen Street Mill Textile Museum.

He currently teaches modules linked to public history and heritage. He also helps to coordinate heritage-based activities within the university and with external partner groups and organisations.

Jack is currently researching various topics linked to industrial Lancashire, interwar period.


  • BA (Hons) - Lancaster University (2009)
  • PhD - University of Central Lancashire  (2016)

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Year One:

  • HY1101 – Understanding History
  • HY1123 – History, Heritage and Society

Year Two:

  • HY2028 - Community History Project
  • HY2102 – Public History in Practice



Recent Conference Papers:

‘Survival and protectionism: Industrial communities and cotton weaving in Lancashire c.1860-1950.’ The Economic and Business History Society (EBHS) 42nd Annual Conference, May 2017

‘Local identity and Lineage in the Lancashire Cotton Industry’ Grim up North? Northern Identity, History & Heritage, Leeds Beckett / Heritage Consortium, September 2016

‘A Demi-Paradise? The North-East Lancashire Development Area’ - Northern Identity Conference, University of Huddersfield, August 2014

‘The Romance of Cotton’ - British Identity Conference, Warwick University, August 2014

‘The Harle Syke Strike and Labour during the First World War’ - British Labour during the War Anglia Ruskin, May 2014

‘The 1902 Clitheroe by-election and Identity’ - Cutting Edge, Edge Hill University, March 2014

‘Propaganda and Cotton’ - Lancaster University Histfest June 2013

‘Reimagining Cotton’ – UCLan History Seminary, May 2013