Research in the History section at Manchester Metropolitan University encompasses a broad range of areas of expertise in relation to the overall number of staff in the department. This ranges from archaeology and ancient history to contemporary and public history, and covers an equally broad range of geographic areas comprising American, British and European, Local and Regional, Eastern European, Russian and Asian History.
History staff participate in broadly themed clusters that aim to reflect common methodological, geographical and periodical interest.
Archaeology at Manchester Met focuses on community engagement and developments in heritage management practices. Staff are involved in a variety of projects nationwide, which concentrate on increasing the involvement of local groups and those from traditionally excluded sectors in the appreciation and investigation if heritage. Research is also focused in the ability of heritage to increase public well-being, educational attainment and community cohesion. In addition to this, Staff are engaged in active research on cutting-edge archaeological survey and recording techniques, and periods ranging from the Neolithic to Anglo-Saxon Britain
Staff working in this cluster are:
Community History at Manchester Met includes local and regional history (especially of the Manchester region), oral history, heritage and the interpretation and public presentation of history, and history as a social and cultural resource in contemporary society. Staff working in this cluster are:
Visual and Textual Cultures and Practices
VTCP involves shared thematic and methodological approaches to issues of writing, image-making, reading, publishing, and the collecting and displaying texts and images of all sorts. Areas of particular interest include practices of annotation, diaries and diary-writing, publishing, amateur film-making. The cluster has close links with the North-West Film Archive. Staff working in this cluster are:
Nations, Frontiers, Civilizations
The Nations, Frontiers and Civilizations cluster addresses questions of national and international history. Its members are interested in the construction, consolidation and relations of nations, the operation of borders and boundaries (political, cultural, geographical) and the place of trans-national civilizational groupings in the history of the world. . Staff working in this cluster are:
Sports and Leisure History
The cluster provides a focus for research into nineteenth and twentieth century sport and leisure, with a particular emphasis on coaching, training and the early entrepreneurs of sport. The group are actively engaged in employing oral history, biography and prosopography to uncover the individual and collective lives of the men and women involved. Some of this work is regionally based. Cluster members are also currently leading a major project in Cheshire with sports science colleagues in which nineteenth century training practices are being subjected to contemporary scientific analysis. A significant part of the sports history research focus involves helping families with uncovering the lives of their sporting ancestors. While this work has been mostly based in the UK it has also extended to the USA and to Australia.
Opportunities are available to study for a PhD on a full-time / part-time basis and through distance learning.