The research interests of members in this area range widely, from manufacturers to masculinity and from political ideas to the making of British identities. Dr Robin Mackie specialises in business history, and relations between industry and science. Dr Donna Loftus covers the 19th century, with a particular focus on masculinity. Dr Amanda Goodrich focuses on 18th- and 19th-century political and cultural history, particularly political ideas. Dr Chris Williams specialises in British social and administrative history. Dr Janice Holmes extends the discipline's interests to modern Irish history, particularly religious local and gender history. Dr Marsden is interested in how ideas about the past have helped to shape identities in Britain from the eighteenth century to the present day. Dr Anna Plassart researches the history of political ideas in France and Britain. Students may benefit from links with interdisciplinary research groups in policing and crime.
We welcome applications in areas that correspond with current staff research interests. We look for detailed and well thought-out proposals, which set out specific research questions and outline the originality of your topic or approach. If you would like to discuss your ideas informally before submitting an application, please contact us (details below).
Image: Jan van Huchtenburg, crop from The Battle of the Boyne, Ireland, 12 July 1690, 18th century, oil on canvas, 110 × w 169 cm. Photo: Rijksmuseum.
PhD or MPhil
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At least a 2:1 in a relevant degree plus a masters degree, or equivalent evidence of ability to write and research at a high level, or a first class degree with a dissertation element.
Current/recent research projects
Frank Hughes, Captives of the System: The Commissioners in Lunacy as Regulators of Services for Pauper Lunatics and Idiots, 1845-1914
Joan Hornsby, Managing Pauperism and Poverty in Axminster Union 1860-1901
Katherine Lucas, The Influence of the French Revolution on the Political Thinking of Wolfe Tone
Louise Rylan-Epton, Welfare Innovation in the Late Eighteenth Century: Gilbert’s Act Workhouses 1782-1834