Jack Hepworth

Dr. Jack Hepworth

Associate Lecturer in History

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Livesey House, LH312


Subject Areas: History

Jack Hepworth is Associate Lecturer in History in the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies, where he teaches modern British, Irish, and European history. Jack has research interests in oral history, Irish migration to the north of England since the mid-nineteenth century, the cultural and political dimensions of music and sport, and histories of migration, and activism more broadly.

Jack is a member of  the British Association for Irish Studies. the Oral History Society, the Professional Football Scouts Association and the Society for the Study of Labour History.

Twitter: @jhep94

Full Profile

Jack Hepworth joined UCLan as Associate Lecturer in History in 2019, after seven years at the universities of Durham and Newcastle. Supervised by Dr Sarah Campbell and Dr Matt Perry, Jack’s doctoral thesis explored the internal dynamics of Irish republicanism between 1968 and 1998. Recently, Jack has also researched and written about Irish migration to the north-west of England during the mid-nineteenth century, and the cultural and political dimensions of sport in Ireland.

Between May 2018 and March 2019, as part of Newcastle University Oral History Collective, Jack volunteered with Foodbank Histories, recording oral history interviews with supporters and organisers at Newcastle West End Foodbank. A collaboration with the foodbank and Northern Cultural Projects, the project engaged oral testimonies to explore experiences of food insecurity. Through a Newcastle University Social Justice Fund placement, Jack worked full-time on Foodbank Histories in February and March 2019.

From July to October 2019, Jack worked as Research Assistant on Dr Chris Reynolds’s (Nottingham Trent University) Voices of ’68 project. This project stemmed from the major Voices of ’68 exhibition, which focused on Northern Ireland’s experience of 1968. The exhibition resulted in a permanent display at the Ulster Museum in Belfast, developing both touring versions across Ireland and the USA. It also produced educational resources for schools in Ireland. Jack liaised with and interviewed the 30 activists who originally contributed testimonies to the exhibition.

With Emma Dewhirst (Liverpool University), Jack organised a two-day workshop at Newcastle University on 4-5 October 2019: Rebellion, Revolution and Resistance in the Twentieth Century: Political Violence, Social Movements and Class. View a report on this event here.


  • BA (First Class Honours), History, University of Durham, 2015
  • MA by Thesis, History, University of Durham, 2016
  • PhD, Newcastle University, 2019


Book review: ‘The Troubles in Northern Ireland and theories of social movements’, Irish Political Studies, 33 (2018), pp. 160-163

‘Writing the “Troubles”: Purpose and practice’
Writing the Troubles, 8 July 2019

‘The rapid rise and fall of the Abbey Shamrocks: The story of a community Gaelic football team, from foundation to folding’
Ireland’s Own: The September Annual, No. 5727 (20 September 2019)

‘Foodbank histories: Recording experiences of food poverty, work and community at the Newcastle West End Foodbank’ (first-authored, with Alison Atkinson-Phillips, Silvie Fisch, and Graham Smith), Public History Review (in press)


Research Activities

  • The Labour left and Irish republicanism, 1976-1992
    Workers’ Educational Association, Durham (19 March 2017)
  • Post-truth politics
    St John’s College Senior Common Room, University of Durham (24 March 2017)
  • “A lie can travel half way around the world while the world is putting on its shoes”: How new is ‘fake news’?
    Port Talk, Goodenough College, London (23 April 2018)
  • Reading for revolution: Irish republican prisoners, 1970-1998
    Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle (28 February 2019)

Research Activities (Cont.)

  • Brexit and the Irish border
    Explore Lifelong Learning, Newcastle (21 March 2019)
  • Celebrating centenaries? What do we remember – and why?
    Explore Lifelong Learning, Newcastle (16 May 2019)
  • Britain’s first migrant strike: Labour militancy and racial politics at Courtaulds, Preston, 1965
    UCLan History Seminar (6 November 2019)
  • The “Good Old IRA”: Collective memory of Ireland’s revolutionary decade during the Northern Ireland conflict, 1969-1989
    Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle (21 November 2019)


  • A different kind of troubles: Irish migrant activists in northern England, 1969-1998
  • The politics of Gaelic sport in a border county since 1969 (£500 research grant from Society for the Study of Labour History, awarded May 2019)
  • Reconstructing identities: unionists in the border counties of the Irish Free State, 1922-1937
  • Oral histories of migration, displacement, and work in twentieth-century Britain
  • Women’s football in Lancashire since 1917

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

  • HYC101: Introduction to History
  • HY1110: The Making of Britain, 1688-1921
  • HY2001: Sources and Methods in History
  • HY2006: Europe in an Age of Extremes, 1914-2000

External Affiliations and Roles

  • Research Assistant, Voices of '68 (Project lead: Dr Chris Reynolds, Nottingham Trent University)
  • Junior Visiting Fellow, St John’s College, University of Durham


  • Contested narratives, contested space: The heterogeneity of republican politics in the Irish borderlands since 1968
    American Conference for Irish Studies, University College Cork, 18-22 June 2018
  • Conflicting accounts: Oral testimonies and the heterogeneity of Irish republicanism since 1969
    Dangerous Oral Histories: Risks, Responsibilities and Rewards: Joint Conference of Oral History
    Network of Ireland and Oral History Society. Queen’s University Belfast, 28-29 June 2018
  • ‘“We’re getting the victory we fought for”, we were told’: Oral histories and the dynamic heterogeneity of Irish republicanism since 1969
    New Directions in Irish History, Teesside University, 22-23 February 2019
  • Foodbank Histories: Recording Experiences of Food Poverty, Work and Community at the Newcastle West End Foodbank (with Alison Atkinson-Phillips and Silvie Fisch)
    Oral History@Work: Recording Change in Working Lives: Annual Conference of the Oral History Society, Swansea University, 5-6 July 2019