History and Heritage

Exploring the Past

Utilising a range of exceptional and unique local resources, including the International Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln Cathedral Wren Library, the Tennyson Research Centre, and museums, collections, and archives, our researchers are engaged in the study and interpretation of the past, exploring new ways in which history and heritage can transform lives and communities around the world.

By bringing together and sharing expertise from across the University and beyond, we are able to deliver cutting-edge creative, cultural, and historical research activities that cover a wide range of themes, from medieval studies, conservation, and military history, to heritage management, digitalisation, and the critical interpretation of places and traditions.

Student carrying out some restorative work on an historic object in the laboratory

Research Spotlight

Conserving Our Heritage

The University is home to Lincoln Conservation, a research and consultancy centre specialising in the conservation and restoration of the interior and exterior features of listed and historic buildings. It has worked with high-profile clients, including the National Trust, English Heritage, and the V&A Museum.

Developing Stronger Collaborations

The University of Lincoln has developed strong relationships with the wider scholarly and professional community, including the International Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln Cathedral Library and Archives, the Lincoln Record Society, Royal Historical Society, The Historical Association, Historic England, British Archaeological Association, and the International Society for the Study of Medievalism. 

These collaborations and partnerships are helping to strengthen our research community, which continues to offer dynamic approaches to the study of history and heritage, in local, national, and international contexts.

Learning Food Lessons from the Past

To help tackle current global food crises, researchers and practitioners are turning to the past, examining successes and failures of previous interventions in different societies and agricultures to help inform the work of foresight planners and build scenarios for future food sustainability and security.

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Fruit and vegetables on a table

'If Books Could Talk'

The ‘If Books Could Talk’ project brought together an interdisciplinary team of artists and researchers to produce a creative response to the Lincoln Cathedral Library’s collection, which featured visual and sound elements, as well as a student-focused workshop exploring how archives can be a vital resource for dramatists, literary scholars, and social historians.

YouTube video for 'If Books Could Talk'

Recent Developments