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Public benefits of my research

My research in political, constitutional and gender history brings a range of benefits both to society and to the economy and attracts much public interest. I am committed to the principle of spreading the results of my research to a wider audience via the broadcast and print media, the internet, policy forums, public speaking engagements and via more creative environments such as the theatre and exhibitions. My work supports the creative and publishing industries but also has social benefits. For example, my local history research has led to the development of a community website used as an exemplar for a Beacon Award in Digital Inclusion. As Director of the Higher Education Academy's History Subject Centre, I have influenced the development of policy towards teaching and learning at schools and HE level. I also disseminate my research via the University of Warwick's digital media presence. In 2013, I was honoured to receive the Arts Impact Award from the University in recognition of my contribution. For examples of my public engagement please see below:


Pygamalion by George Bernard Shaw

Director/Designer: Philip Prowse

Chichester Festival Theatre (approximate total audience 48,000)

9 July-27 August 2010

Transferred to Garrick Theatre, London 12 May to 3 September 2011 (approximate total audience 34,000)

Pygmalion, Chichester Theatre

Programme Notes: Life at the Kerbstone (Image (PDF Document) and Transcript (PDF Document))


Performing the Self: Women's Lives in Historical Context, Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick, 10-12 September 2010

For details of the conference which accompanied the exhibition please see here. The opening session was broadcast live by the Knowledge Centre.

See also The Idea of the University, Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, June 2010 and a report from the Knowledge Centre.


Exhibition Catalogue (PDF Document)

Online Exhibition


Interview on the historical significance of state funerals on the day of Mrs Thatcher's funeral, Newsday, BBC World Service, 17 April 2013

Interview with Nick Ferrari on Mrs Thatcher and her legacy for women, LBC Radio (London), 9 April 2013 (audience 591,000)

'Votes for Victorian Women', Document presented by Sarah Richardson, BBC Radio 4, 18 March 2013

'The Peterloo Massacre', In Our Time presented by Melvyn Bragg on BBC Radio 4 (audience 2 million)

Interview with Evan Davies and Greg Grandin on model villages, Today Programme, BBC Radio 4 (audience 6.5 million)

Interview with James Naughtie and Lord Douglas Hurd on reading for new Members of Parliament, Today Programme, BBC Radio 4 (audience 6.5 million)

Interview with Sarah Montague on the 1841 Census, Today Programme, BBC Radio 4 (audience 6.5 million)

Interview with Liz Kershaw on the political context of The King's Speech, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire (audience 75,000)

Interview with Vic Minett on the state opening of Parliament, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire (audience 75,000)

Interview with Bob Brolly on whether History should be taught in schools, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire (audience 75,000)

Interview with Mollie Green on the history of the Jubilee, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire (audience 75,000)

Interview with Parizad Nobakht on the Jubilee, BBC World Service, Persian Section


BBC Radio 4 BBC Coventry and Warwickshire

Print and Online Journalism

Editor, Modern History Review

'Petticoat Politicians: Women and the Politics of the Parish in England', Historian, Autumn 2013. See also the Editorial placing the article in context.

'Women voted 75 years before they were legally allowed to in 1918', Daily Telegraph, 18 March 2013 (readership 1.87 million)

'When did women get the vote?', guest blog for The Victorian Commons (part of the research project the 'History of Parliament's House of Commons, 1832-68'), 18 March 2013

'The nation has warmed to the idea of Queen Camilla', Daily Telegraph, 23 November 2010 (readership 1.68 million)

'If women ruled the world...', Daily Express (PDF Document), 16 July 2010 (readership 1.47 million)

'Historiadora: Elizabeth II tentou mostrar monarquia que trabalha', Terra (Brazil), 2 June 2012

Modern History Review 

Historian Cover Autumn 2013

UK newspapers


Who Do You Think You Are, 19 September 2012, BBC 1 (audience 4.97 million)

Secrets of the Manor House, 22 January 2012, PBS, Pioneer Productions (audience 2 million)

Interview with Sian Williams on the 1841 Census, BBC Breakfast (audience 1.4 million)

 Secrets of the Manor HousewdytyaBBC Breakfast

Public Policy

'Where are all the women in politics?', History and Policy, 18 March 2013

'Does delaying the state opening of Parliament matter?', History and Policy, 13 September 2010

'Nick Clegg and the not-so-great Reform Act', History and Policy, 20 October 2010

Member of expert group on student contact hours, QAA

Member of expert group on international comparability of international senior secondary education, Ofqual

Member of expert group on A level reform, Department for Education

 Ofqual logo

QAA logo

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Community Engagement

The Extraordinary and the Everyday: A Year in the Life of a Rural Community, 1914-5 is a Heritage Lottery Funded Project tracking via an interactive blog, a year in the life of Avon Dassett from the outbreak of war in August 1914.

Avon Dassett community website was part of Stratford-upon-Avon District Council's submission for its successful application for a Beacon Award for Digital Inclusion bringing services and information to small rural communities. The local history section of the website brings together articles and resources developed by and for the local community.

'Nineteenth-century Rural Crime in Avon Dassett'

'Bitham Hall, Avon Dassett and Clonalis House, Castlerea, County Roscommon'

Avon Dassett Digitised Local History Resources

In 2013 the Local History group produced A Chronicle of Avon Dassett written by Jill Burgess and Sarah Richardson

The book was positively reviewed by the Four Shires magazine in March 2014

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Avon Dassett website


Digital Media at the University of Warwick

'Grounds for Divorce: How England and Scotland Became Great Britain', with Dr Gabriel Glickman to discuss the debate about Scottish Independence, August 2014

'Have Royal Births changed in 200 Years?', to discuss the birth of Prince George, July 2013

'Women and the Politics of the Parish', guest blog for, 19 March 2013

'Lost in Duration: Unsung Heroines of the 19th Century', article for the Knowledge Centre (published to mark International Women's Day, 8 March 2013)

'The Monarchy and the Jubilee', Article for the Knowledge Centre

Celebrating Dickens, podcast (Audio clip) on Victorian Britain

'Do-gooders or self-servers', Interview and podcast (Audio clip) with the Knowledge Centre

'History in the Digital Age', Interview and podcast (Audio clip) (with Professor Mark Knights) with the Knowledge Centre

'Parliament in crisis: the expenses scandal and its historical context', Podcast (Audio clip) (with Dr Joe Hardwick and Professor Mark Knights) and resources with Thinking Aloud

British Parliamentary and Electoral Politics, 1688-1832: a series of podcasts (Audio clip) via Warwick on iTunesU

Georgian Britain: a series of podcasts (Audio clip) (with Professor Mark Knights) via Warwick on iTunesU

Knowledge Centre

Thinking Aloud