School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Craig Armstrong

Teaching Assistant (History)



I am a historian of nineteenth and twentieth century British History (although my interest in regional history spans a much wider timeframe).  My interests range from the home front during the two World Wars to rural social history in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  Among my many interests are fly fishing, hill-walking, the history of NE England and following the ‘fortunes’ of Newcastle United FC.

During my time at Newcastle I have taught on several undergraduate modules across all year groups and have led a second year module.

Roles and Responsibilities

I have been the leader of the Historical Studies strand of the Partners Assessed Summer School for the last six years.


After completing my thesis on the home front on Tyneside during the Second World War I joined the staff at Newcastle as a teaching assistant and visiting lecturer.

I also enjoy working as a freelance consultant with my most recent project being the ITV film ‘Joe Maddison’s War’.

  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
  • British Agricultural History Society
  • Inter-War Rural History Group 
  • Labour & Society Research Group
British Association for Local History
Honours and Awards
  • Sid Chaplin Memorial Prize
  • PhD (Northumbria)
  • BA (Hons) Humanities (Northumbria)


Research interests

British 19th and 20th Century Social History

History of NE England

Labour History

Rural History

Military History

Current work

I am currently working on a book-length study of rural Northumberland, c. 1827-1938 to be published by The History Press.


Currently I am leading the Historical Studies strand of the Partners Assessed Summer School.


Partners Assessed Summer School (Historical Studies)