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HIS8125 : Public History Project

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Graham Smith
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0
European Credit Transfer System


The research and production of a substantial public history project, determined between the student and his or her external mentor and academic supervisor.

The module aims to enable students to:
1) Build on the research skills and knowledge acquired during the taught elements of the programme.
2) Undertake original research and public history practice at an advanced level.
3) Be capable of analysing and interpreting historical evidence for a public audience, taking into account context and ethics.
4) Plan and manage a project, including balancing the needs of a range of stakeholders.
5) Pursue independent public history research and practice and prepare them for doctoral work.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students select a topic and project-based approach to public history, which shall then be agreed in consultation with an external industry-based mentor, the Module Leader(s)of HIS8025 and potential supervisor.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1481:00148:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work2951:00295:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1471:00147:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision101:0010:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Supervision and mentoring provide opportunities for in-depth discussion of issues that arise out of the need to:
- select and original topic and approach
- raise appropriate historical questions, taking into account the intended audience
- identify relevant primary and secondary materials and methods of communication
- identify and respond to ethical considerations relevant to the research methods and presentation.

Supervisors are thus able to provide support and supervision during the design, planning and execution of the final project.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj3A80Portfolio of evidence equivalent to 12,000 words incl public-facing report addressing the aims, methods and outcomes of the project.
Essay3A20Reflective Essay (3000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The final independent project is developed in consultation with an external industry mentor, and supervised by a historical expert from within Newcastle University’s extensive research expertise (in consultation with the Degree Programme Director). This combination provides the flexibility for students to work with small independent community practitioners as well as large regional or national public history institutions, depending on their area of interest.
Portfolio of evidence will demonstrate the development and final outputs of the project. This may take the form of images, audio-visual or other materials.
The Report will demonstrate the practitioners ability to explain the aims, methods and outputs of a public history project. The final reflective essay will demonstrate the practitioner's ability to integrate theory and practice.

Reading Lists