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Information for Partner Organizations

The Department of History at the University of Warwick is interested in establishing partnerships with local history-related and heritage organizations. More specifically, we are looking for organizations or community groups interested in offering a placement or developing a project with History students enrolled on the module History in Practice: Public History and Heritage.

If you are interested in partnering with the Department of History, either as part of the module or more broadly, please complete the REGISTRATION OF INTEREST form.


All partnerships need to be established and placements or projects defined by 1 September 2019 in time for the start of the academic year.

If you are interested in developing future partnerships with the Department outside of the History in Practice module, please also complete the Registration of Interest form or email Dr Meleisa Ono-George


About History in Practice: Public History and Heritage

The aim of History in Practice is to introduce students to issues involved in the presentation and dissemination of the past to the public outside of academia. Through discussion of key theories related to public history and exploration of various practice, students will be encouraged to consider the role of history in contemporary society.

The module will run from October 2019 until May 2020. Assessment of the module is the responsible for the module convenor, though there is an expectation that some supervision will be provided to those students on placements. However, organizations have no responsibility in the assessment of students—assessment related to the placement or project is based on the students reflection of the experience. Full assessment:


About the placements or commissioned projects

Students are expected to complete between 48 and 72 hours of work either at a placement or in completing a commissioned project. Organizations can choose whether they would like to offer one or more placement opportunities or if they would prefer students to work on a commissioned project.

1. Placement

Placements are opportunities for students to work within organizations on one or more assignment. These assignments must be focused on public history and include some component of public engagement. Students on placements are not expected to do work that would replace paid employment and should be supervised onsite by the host organization. Student placements are individual, though organizations can take on more than one student and students can work as part of a team within host organization.

2. Commissioned Project

Commissioned projects involve a group (two or more) of students to work with an organization to develop a bespoke project that students will deliver. The project can be problem-based or otherwise meet the needs of the host organization. The focus of the project must be on public history and involve some element of public engagement. Students would not normally be based at the organization, but would be expected to meet regularly with the organization to ensure the project is as planned and to receive continually guidance.

Organizations are not expected to pay for students time or travel to their organization; however, any subsidary costs, such as materials to develop a project, should be covered by the host organization.



Indicative Timeline

July to September:

  • Establish partnerships


  • Students select whether they will develop a project or work on at a placement; interviews with organizations
  • Meetings between students and organizations.


  • Students and Organizations paired
  • Commissioned projects developed


  • All placements and commissioned projects established


  • Students begin placements or projects

End of January/February:

  • Module Convenor workplace visit


  • Students complete placements


  • Exit interviews, Second workplace visit
  • Feedback



About the Department of History

The Warwick University History Department is one of the largest history departments in the UK, with teaching and research notable for its disciplinary range and geographical scope.

The Department has one hundred and two staff, comprised of fifty-two academic staff, fourteen research staff, twenty-four teaching staff, and twelve support staff (figures accurate as at 1st October 2018). The student population is equally large, totally approximately one thousand undergraduate students, of whom half are enrolled on the single-honours History degree and half enrolled on various joint-honours and interdisciplinary degrees, and approximately one hundred postgraduate students. In the second year of study, there are just under three hundred students.

For teaching purposes, the Department is divided into the three broad divisions of Modern History, Early Modern History, and Comparative American Studies (CAS). For research purposes, the Department is home to the Centre for the History of Medicine, the Early Modern and Eighteenth Century Centre, the European History Research Centre, and the Global History and Culture Centre. The Department also has close connections with the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, the Humanities Research Centre, and the Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies.

The Department has a strong international reputation and high rankings in university guides and surveys, and was ranked first in the UK in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF) for the proportion of world-leading research activity (4*) in the Department.

For this upcoming year, the History in Practice Module is one of just over thirty modules available for students in their second year can choose to study.


What next?

Register to take part in the History in Practice module. Once you have completed the Registration form, we will be in touch to discuss your requirments, the module and the placement or commissioned project in more detail.

You can also contact Dr Meleisa Ono-George via email: