New publication: The History of Policing edited by Clive Emsley

In recent years the history of police and policing has become a key area of debate across a range of disciplines: criminology, sociology, political science and history.

This authoritative series, published by Ashgate, brings together the most important and influential English-language scholarship in the field, arranged chronologically across four volumes. The series includes articles on the shifting meaning of ‘police’, the growth of bureaucratic policing during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, consolidation in the twentieth century, and the international diffusion of export models and practices. The texts included come from a range of disciplines and chart the recent debates from traditional Whig history, revisionist work published during the last quarter of the twentieth century, and subsequent reassessments.

Each volume is edited by a historian recognised as an authority in the area, and features an introductory essay which explains the key changes in the period and the significance of the selected articles and essays. The series provides a valuable resource for scholars new to the area as well as for those who may have overlooked an important essay or article published in an edited collection, or in a journal with limited circulation or from a discipline that they might not normally consult.

Further information is available, or you can download a flyer for each volume:

The New Police in the Nineteenth Century, Paul Lawrence

Police and Policing in the Twentieth Century, Chris A Williams

Globalising British Policing, Georgina Sinclair

Theories and Origins of the Modern Police, Clive Emsley


OU Teaching Award

The module ‘Understanding Global Heritage’ (AD281) and Elluminate have been in the OU news recently. In 2009 Dr Susie West and IET’s John Pettit led the introduction of the live voice-based conferencing system, Elluminate, in AD281, working with Heritage tutors Kate Crawley, Stella Gambling and Brian Gurrin and the AD281 ALs.

This month John received an OU Teaching Award in recognition of his lengthy record of innovation in teaching and learning, including his work on AD281. The Arts Faculty is continuing to innovate in the area of Elluminate, with a large-scale pilot under way in the current presentation of AA100 The Arts past and present. Both John and AD281 tutor Richard Marsden are working in this pilot.


Research award for ‘Museum, Field, Metropolis, Colony: Practices of social governance’

Rodney Harrison is one of the partner investigators on the research project ‘Museum, Field, Metropolis, Colony: Practices of social governance’, which was recently awarded $AUD238,000 funding over three years by the Australian Research Council Discovery Projects.

The project will comprise a comparative international study of the role played by anthropology museums in the cultural governance of both colonial and metropolitan populations during the early fieldwork phase of anthropology. It will address these questions in relation to Australian, New Zealand, French, British and North American museums in the first half of the twentieth century.


New publication: Contributions to ODNB

Chris Williams and Georgina Sinclair have been specialist advisers and contributors to the latest update to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. They have added biographies of forty individuals who shaped the history of policing in Britain and overseas territories under British rule.


Leverhulme Fellowship Award for Rosemary O’Day

Rosemary O’Day has been awarded a two year Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship. Prof O’Day will spend her two year fellowship completing the research for and writing a book Hester Temple, matriarch of Stowe in the seventeenth century: Hester Temple, Masterful Mistress? The Temples of Stowe, Buckinghamshire, 1580-1660.


Research Funding Success for Dr Lotte Hughes

Dr Lotte Hughes has been awarded £369,114 by the AHRC for her project, Managing Heritage, Building Peace: Museums, memorialisation and the uses of memory in Kenya. This project will run for 3 years and involves collaboration with Birkbeck, University of London (Professor Annie Coombes) and a wide range of Kenyan partners.