Our Expertise

Addressing some of the big questions in history and promising to make a real difference to people’s lives.

We are a vibrant group of about 40 members engaged in exciting and innovative world-class research, encompassing a wide range of topics and periods, from childhood in the ancient Meditarranean to memorialisation of the Second World War, and from crusading bishops to youth cultures in modern Britain.

We are proud of our strong engagement with the public and a wide range of external organisations, and of the way in which our research feeds directly into our teaching. Our work addresses some of the big questions in history and promises to make a real difference to people’s lives.

Our work addresses some of the big questions in history and promises to make a real difference to people’s lives. Public engagement is led by the Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage which builds strong links between our exciting research and the city, the region and the wider world.

Our centre is organised into four main research groups which reflect and nurture some of our key research strengths.

Research Groups

Leisure consumption and material cultures

Research on the ways in which leisure and consumption have shaped people’s lives, identities, and environments.

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Religious and intellectual histories

Exploring the beliefs, organised religion, and intellectual life of previous societies.

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War, conflict and society

Reshaping our understanding of the relationship between war, conflict and society.

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Youth, gender and sexuality

Exploring the cultural meanings attached to youth, gender and sexuality in historical contexts.

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Our Expertise