School of History, Classics and Archaeology

History Research

History Research


Newcastle historians are committed to a distinctively international and interdisciplinary approach to research.

History at Newcastle comprises more than 30 staff, a number of distinguished visiting fellows and a growing community of postgraduate researchers.

All our historians are research active and our research is supported by substantial funding based on assessment of our research quality through the Research Excellent Framework 2014

Our geographical range encompasses Asia, the Americas, Europe and the British Isles. Many historians work on the history of more than one country, making use of both comparative and transnational approaches.

Research areas 

For historians at Newcastle research is located within three main overarching but also overlapping research areas. These are by period, place and theme.



Our research spans the following periods:

  • Medieval (500-1500) 
  • Early Modern (1500-1800)
  • Modern (1800-present)

For prehistoric and ancient history (pre-500) check our Archaeology and Classics and Ancient History research sections.



Our research expertise includes the following places:

  • British Isles
  • Mainland Europe
  • Mediterranean
  • Asia
  • The Americas



History research is located within five main overarching but also overlapping themes:

External funding 

Current and recent research projects have been supported through funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine and the Leverhulme Trust.

Newcastle staff are involved in many externally funded projects including:

Historians at Newcastle are also active in the wider historical profession, serving as editors or on the editorial boards of professional, peer-reviewed journals.

Research in classics and archaeology 

Find out about the School's research in classics and ancient history and archaeology.

Newcastle historians also collaborate with scholars beyond the School of History, Classics and Archaeology via several faculty-wide interdisciplinary research groups including the: 

History of Medicine

Our history of medicine research spans prehistoric age to the 21st century.

It includes a wide range of areas from the history of the human body to the history of the medical body corporate, from Asclepiadian medicine to Zootomy, and from the history of human dissection to the history of sterilisation.

Our medical historians use a variety of sources ranging from:

  • bone and dental records
  • writings on stone
  • clay tablets
  • papyri and paper

to visual representations as diverse as cave paintings and medical advertisements, plus a full range of audio-material.

History of medicine research expertise

We have an international reputation for our research and teaching in the History of Greek and Roman medicine and its reception in the Medieval and Early Modern periods. Areas of research expertise include:

  • Hippocrates and Hippocratic medicine; in particular the reception of the Hippocratic Oath and the history of medical ethics
  • Hippocratism in the early modern period
  • the medical ideas of Diocles of Carystus; Aristotle and the Peripatos
  • Galen and Galenism
  • methodism; the history
  • the history of medical historiography
  • communication and dissemination of medical ideas in antiquity
  • the comparative history of medicine in the Eastern Mediterranean
  • history and iconography of melancholy and mental illness
  • genres of medical writing
  • the medical writings of Leibniz
  • colonial medical history