The Department of History, Politics and Philosophy engages in a various community, outreach, and enterprise work throughout the year. If you are interested in engaging with Department’s outreach work, or if you would like to find out how the Department could feed into your organisation, please contact us.


The Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage (dev) is the premier institute for the study of the social and cultural history of Greater Manchester and the northwest of England. The Centre is at the forefront of a variety of community history initiatives  including: the history of Granada Television in the North West,  a local history of motoring, and a Faculty-wide initiative to train Humanities students in oral history skills.

The Friends of the Manchester Centre for Regional History is affiliated to the Centre and brings individuals and organisations keen to share and develop their knowledge of Greater Manchester’s history.

The Department works in partnership with numerous public and private organisations and institutes to host the Manchester Histories Festival – an annual festival celebrating the history of Manchester and the Northwest.

The Department is also involved in the Faculty’s Humanities in Public programme, which offers a range of topical events, activities, lectures and debates that are open and accessible to the public.  


The Department of History is involved with a variety of outreach and widening participation activities. Several staff members engage with local schools. Dr Steve Hurst, Reader in Politics, delivers sessions to Altrincham based A-Level students on American Politics. Dr Sam Edwards, Senior Lecturer in History, runs History enrichment sessions examining the origins of World War I to students in Bolton. Many staff  members within the Department also serve on local school boards, housing trusts, and council steering groups.


The Department offers bespoke short courses tailored to the needs of national and international clients. Currently we provide continuing professional development seminars in areas related to sport and community engagement, disaster management, bio-ethics, and historical preservation. We also have an archaeology consultancy service available.

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