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History Research

History is situated at the heart of the thriving research community of the College of Arts. Individual research interests of the team are varied, with particular strengths in:


Staff maintain very active research profiles, with regular attendances at key national and international conferences, and as invited speakers at a wide variety of other institutions’ research seminars. Staff also present their most recent research findings as part of the School of History and Heritage’s regular seminar series. Recent events at Lincoln include international conferences on ‘Travel in the Nineteenth Century’, ‘Cultures of Curating’ – the 6th conference of the Museums and Galleries Group, 'Land Taxation: a Policy for the Future?', and 'Cultivating Empire: Exploration, Science and Literature'.

Research Students form an important part of the research culture of the History group. Recent PhD topics have included ‘Changing Agricultural Practice in C20 Lincs and its Representation in Museums and Heritage Centres’, ‘Cultural Myth or Heritage Reality? Repatriating the Pilgrims’, ‘Medical Provision for the Poor in the South Holland area of Lincolnshire in the late C19th/early C20th’, ‘The life and thought of W. S. Sanderson’, ‘Policy development in the Conservative Party in opposition 1975-9’, ‘Pacifism in World War II’, ‘Medieval Chantries in Lincoln Cathedral’ and ‘Medieval Marriage in the Thirteenth Century’.

Our research students are encouraged to attend and participate in all events organised by the History team, which includes a rich variety of invited research papers by international scholars. There are also two thriving MA programmes. The MA in Historical Studies offers an excellent starting point for anyone interested in developing their skills in historical research with the opportunity to choose from a variety of options on Modern British, European and Medieval History. The MA in Medieval Studies introduces students to a range of approaches to the middle ages and provides training in key skills for advanced medieval research.