As one of the UK's leading history departments, we support research on a wide range of periods, themes and regions. As well as making substantial contributions to the growth of knowledge and advancement of methodologies in their own disciplines, researchers in the Department of History utilise their internationally renowned scholarship to engage with and inform current social, cultural, political and economic issues.
The Department has adopted a proactive approach towards exploiting the impact arising from its research to bring benefits to a wide range of stakeholders, policy-makers, charitable and campaigning organisations, government departments, and public audiences. Much of the department's impact activity focuses on the creation and exchange of knowledge and skills across the cultural and heritage sector, as well as collaborations with the creative arts, theatre groups, artistis and designers, poets and novelists, and literary and cultural festivals. The Department has contributed to policy debates on critical contemporary issues, evidence-based policy making, and government intitiatives at a regional, national and international level. Via exhibitions, the press and popular magazines, digital media, radio and television work, our research reaches the general public in Britain and overseas and, by means of public talks and tailored events, to local schools and non-academic researchers, family and local historians.
Recent Impact and Public Engagement Activities
Trade in Lunacy
The Trade in Lunacy was a chamber theatre performance inspired by the practices of treating those diagnosed with ‘diseases of the mind’ in private houses set up by individual entrepreneurs to generate income and enhance claims to cure; this event built on the work Professor Hilary Marland's work in to the history of mental disorder and its institutions.
Audience comments, images and a video recording of the production are available at the Centre for the History of Medicine website.
Past Impact and Public Engagement Activities
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Forthcoming Impact Activities