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Dr Pierre Botcherby

Teaching Fellow, French Studies

Co-Director, Warwick Oral History Network


  • FR101 Modern French Language
  • FR201 Modern French Language II

Research Interests

My PhD thesis - Community, de-industrialisation, and post-industrial regeneration in a Merseyside town: St. Helens, 1968-2018 - examined the impact of de-industrialisation and urban regeneration on (working-class) communities in 20th/21st century England.

Alongside my thesis, I worked, in conjunction with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, on a community oral history of Binley colliery in Coventry.

I have also published about pedagogy, regarding the experiences of postgraduates who teach and the concept of student archives. I have led research projects on the history of the Arts Faculty at Warwick and on the development of Active Bystander training for PGRs who teach. I was part of the initial team behind the Warwick Postgraduate Teaching Community.

Since finishing my thesis, I have developed work in the area of sports history and have a piece on the links between rugby league and community due for publication in 2024. Linked to my thesis research, interest in oral history, and previous work at the Modern Records Centre, I am working on an article about labour history archives.

Selected Publications

As sole author


Blogs and Other

I have also written a selection of pieces about PhD Life for the University of Warwick Library's blog.

As co-author

Articles & Chapters


As editor

Selected Conferences and Presentations

As speaker

  • 6 March 2024, 'Interdisciplinary publishing: what is it?!', panel discussion for the Institute of Advanced Study (University of Warwick)
  • 16 January 2023, 'De-industrialisation, community, and sport in the 20th and 21st centuries’, History Department Work-in-Progress Series (University of Warwick)
  • 16 December 2022, ‘Rugby League and working-class community in St. Helens and England in the 20th and 21st centuries’, The British Working-Class Since the 18th Century: Identity(-ies), Representations, (Re)definitions (Université Côte d’Azur, France)
  • 24-26 August 2022, 'This sporting life: community, de-industrialisation, and Rugby League in St. Helens', - British Society for Sports History (De Montfort University)
  • 4 July 2022, 'People have the power? Public participation and urban regeneration in St. Helens', Society for the Promotion of Urban Discussion (SPUD) XVI
  • 1 December 2021, 'Memories of Binley Colliery' (with Daniel Loveard, Dan Smith, Fu Ge Yang, and Kiera Evans), Warwick Oral History Network Research Seminar (University of Warwick)
  • 30 August-3 September 2021, 'Community involvement in post-industrial environmental regeneration in St. Helens, the North-West, and England: Operation Groundwork', ELHN-WORCK Joint Conference (University of Vienna/online)
  • 10 May 2021, 'Connecting a Teaching Community: PGR Digital Teacher Hub' (with Sara HattersleyLink opens in a new window, Josh Patel,Link opens in a new windoMateo MazzamurroLink opens in a new window, Matt HarwoodLink opens in a new window), TEALFestLink opens in a new window (Technology Enhanced Active Learning Festival, University of Warwick)
  • 7-8, 14-15 November 2020, 'Community After Closure: A Case Study of St. Helens, Merseyside', North American Conference on British Studies 2020 (online)
  • 23-25 September 2020, 'Building community through regeneration in St. Helens, Merseyside', Building Welfare States: New Approaches to Architecture, Community, and Planning in Twentieth Century Britain (University of Warwick/online)
  • 5-6 July 2019, 'A tale of two ranches? From John Wayne to JR Ewing: de-industrialisation and changes to work in St. Helens, Merseyside', Oral History@Work: Recording Change in Working Lives (Oral History Society Annual Conference, Swansea University)
  • 27 June 2019, 'Building communities? Urban development in industrial and post-industrial St. Helens', - Urban Identities: Past and Present (Humanities Research Centre, University of Warwick)
  • 9 May 2019, 'Representing local interests in post-industrial town centre regeneration: a case study of St. Helens, Merseyside', Retailing and Community: The Social Dimensions of Commerce in Historical Perspective (Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution, University of Wolverhampton)
  • 25-26 October 2018, 'Seeking continuity in a period of change: resisting industrial decline and post-industrial regeneration', The Pursuit of Legitimacy Power and its Manifestations in Political History (Leiden University, Holland)
  • 31 May-1 June 2018, 'Resisting de-industrialisation through memory: a case study of St. Helens, Merseyside', History Postgraduate Conference (University of Warwick)
  • 23 May 2018 'Oral history: a chorus of disciplines', Questioning the Disappearance of Disciplinary Boundaries (Annual PG Symposium of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Warwick)

As (co-)organiser

  • 20 September 2023, The MRC at 50: Research Informed and Inspired by the Modern Records Centre, organiser (University of Warwick)
  • 7 April 2022, Creating and working with oral historical sources, workshop chair and co-organiser (University of Leicester/Midlands4Cities)

I have also acted as a panel chair for reading groups for the Warwick Modern History Reading Group and Queer History Warwick, and as a panel chair for the Politics of Sedition in the Long Nineteenth Century.


  • 2022, DPhil, History, University of Warwick
  • 2017, MA (Bac+5), Etudes Anglophones, Université Nice-Sophia-Antipolis
  • 2015, BA(Hons), French & History, University of Warwick

Previous Positions

  • 2023, Outreach & Widening Participation Officer, Modern Records Centre
  • 2022-23, Doctoral Training Manager, Faculty of Arts, University of Warwick
  • 2021-22, Postgraduate Development Officer, Doctoral College, University of Warwick


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