The Nineteenth Century Research Group

‌The Nineteenth-Century Research Group brings together academics within the College of Arts to further interdisciplinary inquiry into the history and culture of the long nineteenth century. Issues addressed at group meetings have included celebrity, masculinities, the rural, Digital Humanities, museum cultures, women and theology, and neo-Victorianism. We also interrogate the categories set by periodisation and disciplinarity. ‌

The group has organised two conferences at Lincoln, one on life writing and one on travel, which both led to published essay collections. The group has also pioneered interdisciplinary teaching in the humanities, through the development of research-led MA modules. The group has a strong relationship with the Tennyson Research Centre, hosted by Lincolnshire County Council, with whom we collaborate on both teaching and research.

The group also fosters connections with academics beyond the University of Lincoln, since we regularly host external speakers, as well as colleagues from Bishop Grosseteste University and independent scholars from the region. Group members are active on the committee for the Midlands Interdisciplinary Victorian Studies Seminar (MIVSS), which unites scholars across the region.

The Nineteenth-Century Research Group has a regular membership, but visitors are welcome to drop into sessions on an ad hoc basis.

Programme, News, and Events

See the Nineteenth-Century Research Group Blog for upcoming events.


Dr Owen Clayton
Dr Hannah Field


Architecture & Design

Annie Richardson
Dr Ian Waites

English & Journalism

Dr Amy Culley
Dr Rebecca Styler

History & Heritage

Dr Erin Bell
Dr Jim Cheshire
Professor Krista Cowman
Dr Ian Packer
Dr Pietro di Paola
Dr Finn Pollard 
Dr Kate Hill

Research projects

Current and recent research topics from group members include:

  • Legal deposit and popular print in the nineteenth century
  • London and the fin-de-siècle diaspora of Italian anarchists
  • Maternal ideas of God in the long nineteenth century
  • Museums and biographies
  • Tennyson and his publishers
  • Victorian literature and early photography
  • Women’s life writing, 1700–1850


Research students

We have a number of PhD students looking at different periods and aspects of the nineteenth century, and welcome applications for PhD/MPhil study.