Dr Martin Farr
Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary British History
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- Address: School of History, Newcastle University, Newcastle, NE1 7RU, UK
I've been here since 2000, teaching, supervising, and researching post-1914 British history. With degrees in each, I straddle, more or less comfortably, the disciplines of history and politics, being particularly interested in promoting contemporary history and its applications.
I'm closely involved in outreach, widening participation, and engagement activities. For the School I’m Senior Tutor (concerned with overseeing pastoral care); for History I’m responsible for careers and alumni matters, and lead visit days and open days; for the University, I co-chair Insights Public Lectures, and am vice chair of the student hardship fund.
Born and raised in north London, I proceeded via secondary education in the home counties, undergraduate study in the west country, doctoral research in east central Scotland, and varied short-term and hourly contracts and appointments in and around London, before I arrived in the North East.
Term-time Office Hours
Tuesday 2-4, Wednesday 12-1; other times by arrangement
Roles and Responsibilities
B.A. (Politics), University of Exeter, 1993
Ph.D (History), University of Glasgow, 1998
Lecturer, Workers’ Educational Association, 1999-
Tutor, Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford, 1999-2000
Archivist, Records Management Department, Public Record Office, Kew, 1999
Ghost-writer and researcher, The Lord Henniker, 1998-2000
Private tutor, history and politics, 1996-2000
Tutor, Department of Politics, University of Glasgow, 1994-1997
Tutor, Department of History, University of Glasgow 1994-1997
Royal Historical Society
Workers' Educational Association
Cricket, football, music, books, travel, real ale, wine
Undergraduate Teaching 2014-15
HIS2124 A History of Contemporary Britain
POL1000 Theory and Method in Politics and History (Global Governance and Institutions)
HIS1029 Varieties of History (Political History; Contemporary History; Biography and History)
HIS1030 Evidence and Argument (Bombing Germany 1940-)
HIS1044 Aspects of British History (First World War; Second World War; the Long 1960s; Thatcherism; Britishness)
HIS3030 History and Society (History and the Media; History and Politics)
HIS3010 Writing History (supervision in any aspects of British history since the First World War)
Postgraduate Teaching 2014-5
HIS8105 Reform and Resistance in British history (The Politics of Sexuality: the Sexual Offences Act 1967; The Politics of Gender: the Abortion Act 1967
HIS8025 Pathway in British History (Declinism)
HIS8098 Dissertation Training
M.Litt, M.Phil, Ph.D (supervision in any aspects of British history since the First World War)
HIS3082 British Politics in the First World War
HIS3088 Labour in Power 1974-79
HIS3120 British Foreign Policy since Suez
HIS3008 Reading History (Correlli Barnett, The Lost Victory; Lytton Strachey, Eminent Victorians)
HIS8024 The Practice of History
ART8000 Faculty Research Training
HIS8000 Research Methods in History
Twentieth century and contemporary British politics
I welcome enquiries from prospective research students in any aspects of British politics and public life since 1914.
I'm writing a book concerned with internationalising Thatcherism, entitled Margaret Thatcher's World, and have just finished writing an article on the decline of British coastal resorts for a book entitled Mass Tourism in One World, and a chapter on the leaderships of James Callaghan, Michael Foot, and Neil Kinnock for a book entitled Labour and the Left in the 1980s. I'm writing a chapter about imperial tropes in 1960s Britain for a Festschrift for John MacKenzie; an article on on the Representation of the People Act 1918 and the House of Commons for a special edition of Parliamentary History; an article on the deaths of Hugh Gaitskell and John Smith, a chapter on Barack Obama and David Cameron, and an article on the film Oh! What a Lovely War (1969).
I've recently published articles on Liberal politics in the First World War, the 1918 General Election, and the Labour Party and strategic bombing in the Second World War, and have co-edited two volumes on the British Abroad which came out with Palgrave in October 2013: Travellers and Tourists and Experiencing Imperialism, in the former of which I've a chapter on British mass tourism. In 2014 I was principal investigator for the North East and Cumbria on the AHRC/BBC project 'Our Place in the First World War' and remain involved. I also interview former MPs for the History of Parliament Oral History Project and head Britain and the World, which has a peer-reviewed journal, book series, and annual conference.
The McKenna Papers, and the hotly-anticipated second volume of the biography.
Television: BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, BBC News, BBC News 24, ITN, UKTV History, Tyne Tees TV, Dene Films, Border TV, More4, Press TV (Iran), Al Jazeera (London), Tokyo Broadcasting System News, Nippon Hoso Kyokai (Japan), FNN News (Japan).
Radio: BBC World Service, BBC Radio Four, BBC Radio Five Live, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Newcastle, BBC Radio Gloucester, BBC Radio Cumbria, BBC Three Counties Radio, BBC Radio Sunderland, BBC Radio Leeds, LBC, Metro Radio (Newcastle), Talksport; National Public Radio (NPR, US), Newstalk (Ireland), Newstalk 93 FM (Jamaica), HOT102 FM (TODAY with Beverley Manley) (Jamaica), Polskie Radio PR1 (Poland), VIP Radio, SPARK FM, CityTalk FM, China International Radio.
Contributor: BBC History Magazine, The Times, The Guardian, The Journal, The Northern Echo, The Evening Chronicle, MSN, The Conversation, History & Policy, Politics and History.
Interviewee: New York Times, New York Daily News, Toronto Star, Christian Science Monitor, Sunday Sun, CSN News, The Economist, The Independent, Daily Mirror, The Sun, News of the World, Sunday Express, The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Sunday Herald, Yorkshire Post, Harpers, O Globo (Brazil), Netherlands Press Association, Dziennik (Poland), Wprost (Poland), Pravda, Associated Press, Bloomberg, International Herald Tribune, Folha de S.Paulo (Brazil), Veja (Brazil), Rzeczpospolita (Poland), Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan), Mainichi Shimbun (Japan), To Vima (Greece), L'Avvenire (Italy).
John Bagnall (PhD), The Falklands Conflict in International Perspective, 1982-
Stephen King (PhD), The Ministerial Career of Tony Crosland, 1964-1977
Andrew Marriott (PhD), Trench Art of the North East: Material Culture, Memory and Perception from the First World War to the Present
Stephen Moore, Luftwaffe Operations over the United Kingdom after May 1941
Bill Paxton, Shipbuilding in Newcastle between the wars
Collette McKenna (MLitt), A Prime Minister and her Foreign Secretaries, 1979-90
Nick Cott (PhD), Liberal Recruits to the Conservative Party, 1918-31
Melinda Sutton (PhD), The Labour Party and Northern Ireland, 1969-97
David Thompson (MLitt), The Durham Light Infantry in the First World War
Gordon Beckwith (MLitt), British Defence Policy since 1945
Adam Gillett (MLitt), British Party Politics, 1910-24
Gordon Leigh (MLitt), Newcastle Jewry, 1900-2000
Dean Blackburn (MLitt), The centre-left of British party politics, 1972-87
Gordon Kell (MLitt), Manpower, Empire and Warfare, 1890-22
John Shackleton (MLitt), Trades Unions and the Labour Party, 1906-2009
Lisa Snoxell (MLitt), Women and British politics, 1901-18
Andriana Georgiou (MLitt), Fascism in Britain, 1932-40
Steven Bainbridge (MLitt), The Conservative Party and Thatcherism
Stephen Dippnall (MLitt), The Labour Party and the U.S.A., 1945-2010
David Linden (MLitt), The ‘New Right’ in Britain, 1970-90
Barack Obama and David Cameron, Presidents and Premiers, Newcastle Unversity, 26-7 May 2017
'"A Stone Age head protruding from a Dragoon Guard’s tunic”: imperial tropes in British popular culture since the end of Empire’’, Festschrift Conference in honour of Professor John M. MacKenzie, Burn House, Edzell, 6-10 July 2016
‘When party leaders die’, Breaking Boundaries: Politics, History and the wider inter-disciplinary challenges; University of Birmingham, 29 June 2016
‘International interpretations of Thatcherism, 1981-90’, 27th Annual Conference of the British International History Group, University of Kent, 10-12 September 2015
‘Thatcherism, Reaganomics, and international conservatism’, Rethinking Conservatism and conservatism, workshop, Durham University, 16 June 2015
‘The Thatcher-Reagan Era in a Trans-Atlantic Context, Britain and the World Conference, Austin TX, 2-4 April 2015
‘Thatcherism beyond Britain’, Centre for the Study of Political Ideologies, Exploring Ideological Translation: An Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Nottingham, 9-11 July 2014
War and Peace: Diplomacy, Espionage and the First World War, The National Archives, 28 June 2014, The Road to War: At home and abroad – Propaganda and intelligence
Urban regeneration and the policy process, 1970-79, The Transformation of Urban Britain since 1945, Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester, 9 July 2013
John Smith and Hugh Gaitskell, Modern British History Conference, Edinburgh University, 11 June 2013
Death and Labour: the cases of Hugh Gaitskell and John Smith, British Scholar Conference, Austin Texas, 22 March 2013
'The Politics of Bombing: Harris, Sinclair and the RAF bomber offensive', Airpower and Archives Workshop, RAF Museum, Hendon, 22 March 2013
‘Margaret Thatcher’s World’, Leeds University, Department of History, research seminar, 31 October 2012.
Margaret Thatcher’s World, Conference on Modern British History, University of Stirling, 19 June 1012
‘Beyond the Grave: The Legacy of International Activists in a Transnational Context. The Case of Flora Tristan, Guido Miglioli, Ellen Wilkinson and Emile Pouget, European Social Science History Conference, Glasgow, 11-14 April 2012, chair and discussant
‘The Labour Party and Bombing in the Second World War’, British Scholar Conference, Austin, Texas, March 2011.
‘South Wales and the General Election of 1918’, University of Wales, Newport, research seminar, 23 March 2011.
‘Reginald McKenna and the 1918 Election’, Années de Gloire – Années de Déclin: le Parti Libéral Britannique, 1906-1924, Colloque International, Université de Rouen, 13-14 January 2011
‘Historicizing British Culture, Nostalgia, and Consciousness in the Twentieth Century’, Chair and Discusssant, British Scholar Conference, Austin, Texas, USA, 27 March 2010.
‘Barabbas chosen’: war and the cultural shift, 1916-1919; British Scholar Conference, University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA, 20 February 2009.
‘Liberals, War and Peace, 1916-1919’, Southern Conference on British Studies, New Orleans, Louisiana, 10 October 2008.
‘Reginald McKenna: a Study in Ministerial Liberalism’, The 1906 Election and the legacy of the Last Liberal Governments, Colloquium, Institute of Historical Research, London, 1 July 2006.
‘Politicians at War: Crisis and Methodology’, Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies, 26 March 2006, University of California, Irvine, USA.
‘High Politics in an Age of Devolution’, Northeast Conference on British Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 22 October 2005, USA.
‘Bridget Plowden and the IBA’, The History of the Media, 19th Annual Summer Centre for Contemporary British History Conference, Senate House, University of London, 29 June-1 July 2005.
‘S.W.1 and Devolution: the Centre Circumscribing the Periphery’, New Directions in Modern British Political History, c. 1867-2005, Institute for Historical Research, London, 8 April 2005.
'Cann MacKenna in Edwardian Britain’, Fifth Australian Celtic Conference, University of Sydney, Australia, 22 July 2004.
‘The Wartime Career of Josiah Wedgwood’, (Discussant), Second European Conference in First World War Studies, Maison Française, University of Oxford, 23 & 24 June 2003.
‘Reginald McKenna: A Study in Historiography’, Western Conference on British Studies, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, 5 October 2002.
‘Politicians at War 1915-1916’, at Power, Personality and Persuasion: The Impact of the Individual on British Politics since 1867, University of Manchester, 26 June 2002.
‘The Bank and Midland: City politics between the wars’, at The Power to Influence: The British Government and the City of London, University of Durham, September 2001.
‘The Prism of British Strategy 1915-1916’, Mars in Ascendant: The Great War and the Twentieth Century, Imperial War Museum, August 2001.
‘Pomp and Circumstance: The Diamond Jubilee of 1897’, The 1890s, University of Newcastle, July 2001.
General Editor, British Scholar Society
Reader for Routledge, Blackwell, Cambridge University Press, Labour History Review, Journal of Historical Biography, Britain and the World
External Examiner, BA History, University of Wales, Newport; MA Contemporary History, Kings College London
AQA HE Expert Panel on A Level reform, 2012-
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
British, Britain, political history, politics, government, institutions, parties, media, foreign policy, monarchy
Barack Obama and David Cameron, Presidents and Premiers, Newcastle Unversity, 26-7 May 2017
- Farr M. ”A Stone Age head protruding from a Dragoon Guard’s tunic”: imperial tropes in 1960s Britain. In: Martin Farr, ed. Festschrift in honour of Professor John M. MacKenzie. 2018. In Preparation.
- Farr M. Barack Obama and David Cameron. In: Michael Cullinane and Martin Farr, ed. Presidents and Premiers. 2018. In Preparation.
- Farr M. Margaret Thatcher's World. 2018. In Preparation.
- Farr M. Reginald McKenna Statesman among Financiers 1916-1943. Routledge, 2018. In Preparation.
- Farr M. The Impact of the Representation of the People Act 1918 on the House of Commons. Parliamentary History 2018, 37. In Press.
- Farr M. Decline Beside the Seaside: British Seaside Resorts and Declinism. In: Harrison D; Sharpley R, ed. Mass Tourism in A Small World. Wallingford, Oxfordshire: CABI, 2017. In Press.
- Farr M. Epilogue. In: Bryan Glass, ed. Britain and the World 1600-2017. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. In Preparation.
- Farr M. Gerald Kaufman (1930-2017): satire, soundbites and sequins. London: The Conversation Trust (UK) Limited, 2017. Available at: https://theconversation.com/gerald-kaufman-1930-2017-satire-soundbites-and-sequins-73735.
- Farr M. Leading the Labour Party in the 1980s. In: Davis J; McWilliam R, ed. Labour and the Left in the 1980s. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017. In Press.
- Farr M. Propaganda, Popular Culture, and the end of the British Empire. In: Bryan Glass, ed. Festschrift for John MacKenzie. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2017. In Preparation.
- Farr M. 'Tam Dalyell never held office, but he was Margaret Thatcher’s sternest critic'. 2017. Available at: https://theconversation.com/tam-dalyell-never-held-office-but-he-was-margaret-thatchers-sternest-critic-72021. In Preparation.
- Farr M. The First World War. In: Bryan Glass, ed. Britain and the World 1600-2017. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. In Preparation.
- Farr M. The Second World War. In: Bryan Glass, ed. Britain and the World 1600-2017. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. In Preparation.
- Farr M. Brexit and the dead that talk. Politics and History: Politics and History specialist group of the UK Political Studies Association, 2016. Available at: http://politics-history.org.uk/uncategorized/brexit-and-the-dead-that-talk-dr-martin-farr/.
- Farr M. Defence reviews, strategic and otherwise. London: King’s College London, 2016. Available at: http://www.historyandpolicy.org/opinion-articles/articles/defence-reviews-strategic-and-otherwise.
- Farr M. On its 25th anniversary, why the first Gulf War is Britain’s forgotten conflict. 2016. Available at: https://theconversation.com/on-its-25th-anniversary-why-the-first-gulf-war-is-britains-forgotten-conflict-52032.
- Farr M. Corbyn leadership and Labour’s long history of rebellion and betrayal. The Conversation Trust, 2015. Available at: https://theconversation.com/corbyn-leadership-and-labours-long-history-of-rebellion-and-betrayal-51422.
- Farr M. Gertrude Bell in Her Time and Ours. In: Mark Jackson and Andrew Parkin, ed. The Extraordinary Gertrude Bell. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Tyne Bridge Publishing, 2015, pp.39-40.
- Farr M. Helmut Schmidt and Denis Healey, twin titans of another age. The Conversation, 2015. Available at: https://theconversation.com/helmut-schmidt-and-denis-healey-twin-titans-of-another-age-50609.
- Farr M. Just how exceptional is Jeremy Corbyn’s victory?. 2015. Available at: https://theconversation.com/explainer-just-how-exceptional-is-jeremy-corbyns-victory-47500.
- Farr M. Margot Asquith’s Great War Diary 1914-1916. The View from Downing Street, selected and edited by Michael Brock and Eleanor Brock, Oxford University Press, 2014, pp. 417 + cxlvii, ISBN 9780198229773. Diplomacy and Statecraft 2015, 26(4). In Press.
- Farr M. Peter Clarke, Mr. Churchill's Profession: The Statesman as Author and the Book that Defined the Special Relationship (New York, Bloomsbury Press, 2012) ISBN 978-1-60819-372-1, pp. 352 pp + xix. Britain and the World 2015, 8(2), 251-254.
- Farr M. The Shadow Cabinet. 2015. Available at: http://www.historyandpolicy.org/opinion-articles/articles/the-shadow-cabinet.
- Farr M. The McKenna Papers Royal Historical Society, Camden Series. 2014. In Preparation.
- Farr M. Krista Cowman, 'Women of the Right Spirit: Paid Organisers of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) 1904-18' (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007). Gender & History 2013, 25(1), 197-198.
- Farr M. Laura Beers, 'Your Britain: Media and the Making of the Labour Party' (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2010). United States: H-Net, 2013. Available at: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=33562.
- Farr M, Guegan X, ed. The British Abroad since the Eighteenth Century, Vol. 2: Experiencing Imperialism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
- Farr M, Guegan X, ed. The British Abroad Since the Eighteenth Century, Volume 1 : Travellers and Tourists. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
- Farr M. The British Labour Movement and Imperialism, ed. Billy Frank, Craig Horner, David Stewart. Britain and the World 2013. In Press.
- Farr M. The Lacunae of Heliosis: Package Holidays and the Long 1970s. In: Farr, M., Guégan, X, ed. The British Abroad since the Eighteenth Century: Travellers and Tourists. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2013, pp.117-136.
- Farr M. Janner, G., Taylor, D., 'Jewish Parliamentarians', London: Vallentine Mitchell, 2008. Parliamentary History 2012, 31(2), 258-260.
- Farr M. Online Dictionaries of National Biography. Reviews in History 2012, (review no. 1259).
- Farr M. The Labour Party and Strategic Bombing in the Second World War. Labour History Review 2012, 77(1), 133-153.
- Farr M. Thorpe, D. R., Supermac: the Life of Harold Macmillan (London: Chatto & Windus, 2010). BBC History Magazine 2012, (3), 73.
- Farr M. The Contemporary History of House of Lords Reform. London, UK: British Scholar Society, 2011. Available at: http://bit.ly/nhVSC9.
- Farr M. The Party of Patriotism: The Conservative Party and the First World War, by Nigel Keohane. Journal of British Studies 2011, 50(4), 1013-1014.
- Farr M. Waging Democracy: the British General Election of 1918 Reconsidered. Cercles: Revue Pluridisciplinaire du Monde Anglophone 2011, 21, 65-94.
- Farr M. Winter and Discontent: the December Crises of the Asquith Coalition, 1915-1916. Britain and the World 2011, 4(1), 109-141.
- Farr M. A View from the Foothills: the Diaries of Chris Mullin, edited by Ruth Winstone. Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought 2010, 1(1), 125-127.
- Farr M. Colonial Environments. British Scholar 2010, III(2), 187-190.
- Farr M. David Lloyd George: the Great Outsider, by Roy Hattersley. BBC History 2010.
- Farr M. A Part of History: Aspects of the British Experience of the First World War, introduced by Michael Howard. British Scholar 2009, 2(1), 165-167.
- Farr M. Reginald McKenna: Financier Among Statesmen, 1863-1916. New York: Routledge, 2007.
- Farr M. ‘British Journalism in World War I’; ‘Reginald McKenna’;‘The Labour Party in World War I’; ‘The Liberal Party in World War I’;‘British Journalism in World War II’; ‘The Conservative Party in World War II’;‘Ernest Bevin’; ‘Clement Attlee’. In: James Ciment, Thaddeus Russell, ed. The Home Front Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara: ABC CLIO, 2006.
- Farr M. Dear Prime Minister. BBC History Magazine 2006, 7(10).
- Farr M. Dutton, David, A History of the Liberal Party in the Twentieth Century. Contemporary British History 2006, 20(2), 285-286.
- Farr M. ‘Squiff', 'Lliar George', and 'The McKennae': The unpersuasive politics of personality in the Asquith coalition, 1915-1916. In: Toye, R., Gottlieb, J, ed. Making Reputations: Power, Persuasion and the Individual in Modern British Politics. London: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd, 2005, pp.29-42.
- Farr M. The NUM and British Politics, Volume 1: 1944-1968, by Andrew Taylor. Contemporary British History 2005, 19(3), 407-408.
- Farr M. Twentieth Century Britain, by William Rubinstein. Contemporary British History 2005, 19(2), 268-270.
- Farr M. Clann MacKenna’s Edwardian Exile. In: O'Neill, P, ed. Exile and Homecoming. University of Sydney: The Celtic Studies Foundation, 2005, pp.207-224.
- Farr M. Left, Right: December 1916: The Forward March of Liberals Halted. Journal of Liberal History 2005, (47), 30-35.
- Farr M. Britain, France, and the Financing of the First World War, by Martin Horn. War in History 2004, 11(4), 461-463.
- Farr M. From Beveridge to Blair, edited by Rodney Lowe and Margaret Jones. Contemporary British History 2004, 18(1), 152-154.
- Farr M. 'Michael Foot’, ‘Neil Kinnock’, ‘Harold Wilson’. In: Loades, D, ed. Reader’s Guide to British History. New York and London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2003.
- Farr M. British Social Movements Since 1945: Sex, Colour, Peace and Power, by Adam Lent. Contemporary British History 2002, 152-154.
- Farr M. A compelling case for voluntarism: Britain's alternative strategy, 1915-1916. War in History 2002, 9(3), 279-306.
- Lord Henniker, Farr M (ghostwriter). Painful Extractions: Looking Back at a Personal Journey. Thornham: Thornham Books, 2002.
- Farr M. Pomp and Circumstance: The Diamond Jubilee of 1897. BBC History Magazine 2002, 43-49.
- Farr M. History in Practice, by Ludmilla Jordanova. Continuity and Change 2001, 16(3), 443-449.