School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Matt Perry

Reader in Labour History



Matt Perry has taught broadly across Twentieth Century European History. He has research interests in British and French labour and social history, particularly in the fields of protest and social memory. He has also published on questions of general historiography in particular the Marxist school of history.


Research Interests

Twentieth-century French and British history. The history of the protests of the unemployed, particularly in the interwar period. British and French labour history. Social movements and protest. Social memory. Biography, intellectual itineraries and transnationalism. France and the experience of the two world wars.

Current Work

I am currently researching the life of Ellen Wilkinson, Labour MP.

Research Roles

Convenor of the Labour and Society Research Group


Undergraduate Teaching

HIS3022 Jarrow Crusade
HIS3025 May 68
HIS2086 Twentieth Century France
HIS2116 French Communism

Postgraduate Teaching

HIS8041 Love on the Dole a cultural history of unemployment in the 1930s