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History Research (UoA28)

History Research (UoA28)

The History department at Newcastle University is in the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology. We carry out wide-ranging History research centred around our commitment to historical justice.

Our researchers

We are submitting 46 colleagues to REF2021. This includes 15 new permanent staff appointed to the Unit during this REF cycle.

The department also includes a growing number of postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers. One of our members was the director of the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership and led the successful bid for the second phase of this scheme.

Wide-ranging historical research

Our submitted research stretches from Anglo-Saxon England and Medieval Iberia to twentieth-century China. We have developed new, nationally significant hubs of expertise in areas including:

Our members play a leading role in seven of the Faculty research groups. They have also taken a central role in the establishment of the Centre for Heritage.

Research outputs

Our History research outputs cover a broad range of topics, including:

  • trade between England and the Ottoman Empire in the early modern period
  • the history of peace, dreams, and ghosts in polar explorations
  • survivor memorials in contemporary Australia
  • the cotton trade in early twentieth-century America
  • civil uprisings in modern Sudan
  • a report for the Scottish government on land ownership
  • field-defining research on critical concepts in oral history

Funded research projects

Members of our team are investigators in major, multidisciplinary collaborative research projects. For these projects, we have secured funding from organisations including:

Notable funded History research projects include:

Research partnerships

We are keen to get involved with projects that reflect our strong commitment to historical justice. This includes projects in the public sphere and collaborations with external partners. We work with local, national, and international collaborators, including:

Through this work, we strive to enrich public understanding of the past and its relationship to the present.

Examples of our collaborative work

Oral history archive

Our Oral History Unit has worked closely with Newcastle University Library to develop an oral history archive. The aim of this is to catalogue and conserve distinctive materials for future use.

Race relations exhibition

We facilitated an international exhibition examining the history of race relations in Pittsburgh: “Not As It Is Written”: Black Pittsburgh in Voice and Image.

We held the exhibition at both the Great North Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh in 2017.

Foodbank Histories

Foodbank Histories is a collaborative project involving:

  • our Oral History Unit
  • Northern Cultural Projects
  • Newcastle West End Food Bank

The project challenges myths about poverty and underlines its historical and social context. It aims to shift conversations about food banks away from victim-blaming and towards questioning the social structures that lead people into food poverty.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Historical justice underpins all our work, including:

  • our research
  • our strategy
  • our engagement with University and Faculty agendas

We are also committed to fairness, inclusion, and diversity in our own behaviours and practices. Several members of our Unit contributed to the School’s Athena Swan team, which successfully won Bronze accreditation in 2020.

As well as gender, we are also committed to exploring other protected characteristics and how how they intersect.

Members of our team have taken a leading role in the University’s campaign to decolonise the curriculum. We have seized the opportunity provided by Black History Month to engage our students in issues arising out of the Black Lives Matter campaign.

Research case studies

Find out more

Discover more about Newcastle University History department and our broad range of research here: