The History Research Centre (HRC) is a welcoming community which believes in the Humanities’ capacity to enrich and transform how people see themselves and the world around them.
The HRC brings together over 90 staff and research students from the Departments of English, Languages and Linguistics, History, Politics and Philosophy. It is home to internationally recognised researchers who are driving innovative and creative research across Humanities. Their work demonstrates excellence in poetry and creative writing, literary criticism, film studies, linguistics, philosophy, heritage and history, from ancient Greece and community archaeology to medieval, early-modern and modern British and European History.
The value and meanings shaped by Humanities research are the foundation of a healthy civil society, which is why we place great emphasis on communicating our activities beyond the University, regionally, nationally and internationally. Our postgraduate community of Masters and Doctoral students produces committed, outward looking individuals who understand the importance of engaging with the public. Manchester has a vibrant and expanding cultural scene and our researchers work in partnership with many cultural institutions, from theatre companies and museums, to library archives and galleries. They are an integral part of the city’s ‘hunger for ideas’ that has the arts and humanities at its centre.
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.
5th April 2017
Sir Martin Narey joins Manchester Metropolitan as Visiting Professor
Government adviser will shape policy evaluation and research
15th March 2017
Big data project with Greater Manchester Police to help tackle crime and disorder
University analysis to predict demand and improve efficiency
15th March 2017
Girls involved in gangs helped to start afresh in new project
Boosting aspiration through sport, culture and peer support
8th December 2016
Lucrative legal high profits pulling former inmates back into prison
Researchers challenge Ministry of Justice plans to tackle Spice epidemic