Manchester Metropolitan University

Research within HRC encompasses a wide range of topics and periods, from childhood in ancient Egypt to memorialisations of the Second World War, and from crusading bishops to youth cultures in modern Britain. Our strong engagement with the public is led by the Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage, which builds on and expands the activities of the long-established Manchester Centre for Regional History.

In REF2014, two-thirds of our research outputs were ranked as world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*); the impact of our research was ranked 18th from all UK history departments, with all our activities recognised as 4* or 3*. 

We are proud of the broad geographical and temporal scope of our research, which feeds directly into our teaching; we have particular strength in the following areas:

Centre Contacts

History Research Centre Seminar Series, 2017-18

An annual programme of research seminars for Manchester Metropolitan University, hosted by the History Research Centre.

Our Departments, Research Centres and Groups

The Manchester Centre for Regional History (MCRH)

Centre Lead: Professor Melanie Tebutt

The MCRH aims to develop historical research that meets the needs of communities in North West England. It has international research strengths in community engagement, community archaeology, heritage and oral history. The Centre supports collaborative, multi-disciplinary projects with a broad range of cultural institutions, groups and individuals who are interested in innovative research into communities, localities, and regions, including schools, colleges, local history organisations, museums, archives and libraries. It is committed to public history and activities that bridge the gap between academic history and the public.

Group Contacts

Phone +44 (0) 161 247 6688

Twitter @mcrh_mmu


Website: Manchester Centre For Regional History

Department of History, Politics & Philosophy

Department Head: Dr Brian Cook

In History we have experts in various elements of Archaeology, Ancient History, Medieval and Early Modern History and Modern and Contemporary History.

Group Contacts


Phone +44 (0) 161 247 1787


Youth, Gender and Sexuality

Group lead: Dr April Pudsey

Members of this group explore the cultural meaning attached to youth, gender and sexuality in historical contexts. Our wide-ranging research links together influences of biology and behaviour on one another in different cultural contexts, and the ways in which particular social, political and religious groups have treated, and responded to, these areas of life.

The group is concerned with ways in which sub-cultures and subaltern groups have shaped themselves in relation to local and broader historical patterns. We seek to restore agency to those minority voices from the past, which have been muted by broader narratives of social and political change: children, adolescents, women, non-binary gendered, and Queer persons. The group promotes the study of history from the ‘bottom up’; we examine histories of empire, slavery, war, and religious life, from the perspectives of those groups typically excluded from broader narratives of the past. We also realign studies of history to focus specifically on these minority voices and their concerns, as a point of historical interest in their own right.

Our chronological and geographic range currently includes: Ancient Egypt and Classical Antiquity; 18th century England; 19th century Southern US; Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany; Soviet Russia; and 20th century Britain. Methodological approaches of the group stretch beyond the historical disciplines and are drawn from the social sciences, performance and the arts, and bioarchaeology.

We encourage inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration in pursuit of our aims and themes:

  • Experience of childhood, infancy and birth
  • Youth subcultures, in protest and participation
  • Performed gender roles and their subversion
  • Women’s agency in patriarchal societies
  • Sexualities and sexual identities
  • Narratives of homosexual liberation and human rights
  • The life course in the past, biology and behaviour

Political movements and identities

Group lead: Dr Marcus Morris

Members of this group explore the historical roots and contemporary consequences of political movements and identities broadly conceived. Our wide-ranging research links together the study of multiple movements and identities in differing geographical and chronological contexts. Our research is cross- and inter-disciplinary, embracing a variety of methodologies and approaches, and reflecting the group’s diverse theoretical and conceptual base.

We are interested in both the theory and practice of political movements, as well as their cultural and social, as well as political, impact. Our group explores those movements within regional, national, international and supranational settings, tracing political developments from the ancient to the modern. We examine the political ideas, concepts and theories behind these movements, as well as the political institutions and practices that bring them to power. To this end, we are interested in concepts such as power, legitimacy and authority, as well as the lived experience of politics. The group is also interested in the multiplicity of political identities and cultures. We examine the many ways in which personal and collective political identities can be manifested, demonstrated or illustrated, as well as the ways in which they are formed, maintained and communicated.

Our chronological and geographical range currently includes (but is not limited to): 19th- and 20th century British politics; modern European labour and socialist politics; early modern Europe; modern United States; Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany; Soviet Russia and Eastern Europe; the EU; contemporary Russian politics; public policy. 




Our Research