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I am Professor of Public History and Community Heritage and Head of the Department of English, History and Creative Writing. I joined Edge Hill in 2018. I am committed, in my research and teaching, to social justice and community development.

My research is concerned with national identities in the United Kingdom since the late nineteenth century. In particular, I am well known for my historical study of Britishness since 1870. At Edge Hill, I'm a member of the Institute for Social Responsibility, the Institute for Creative Enterprise and the International Centre on Racism. I'm also associated with EHU 19 and GenSex

I am interested in public history and the co-production of historical knowledge, especially the ways in which communities think about their histories. I was a lead co-investigator on Imagine: Connecting Communities Through Research a 5-year ESRC-AHRC funded project (2013-2018) under the Connected Communities Civic Engagement call. This was a major project involving ten universities and more than thirty community organisations. The project website is at

I have worked with a range of partners including grassroots organisations that explore the diversity of British culture and history. Examples of these partners include:

My current research explores aspects of Black British History, including sound systems and reggae, ethnic diversity in history making, and the methodology of the co-production of historical research.


I seek to encourage research-led and -informed teaching so that students share in the creation of knowledge. I have experience of developing regional and local cultural and heritage partnerships for the benefit of the student experience and the curriculum, as well as research and impact. I have worked with the Imperial War Museum North, Leeds Museums and Galleries, The Hepworth Wakefield and many others – including local museums where the impact of student support can be extensive, while also equipping students with skills for employability.

I have published a number of research outputs with students including ‘Witness Seminar: Anti-Fascism in 1970s Huddersfield’, Contemporary British History, 20 (2006), pp. 119–133 with Graham Hellawell and Sally Lloyd, and ‘JH Whitley and the Royal Commission on Labour in India,’ in J. Hargreaves, K. Laybourn and Richard Toye (eds), Liberal Reform and Industrial Relations: The Life and Times of J. H. Whitley, Routledge, 2017 with Amerdeep Panesar, Amy Stoddart, James Turner and Sarah Wells.

I have curated a number of exhibitions with students, including an international collaboration called #Transatlantic Digital Victorians with Huron University College, London ON, for which see

I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


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