According to REF2014, 100% of research produced by historians at Huddersfield is internationally recognised, and two thirds of this is internationally excellent or world-leading. We work together on projects within three key research themes which reflect our distinctive expertise and interests:

The material cultures of the medieval and early modern periods The history of health, welfare and well-being The co-production of historical research projects and outputs with non-academic partners.

Our research encompasses a wide range chronologically, geographically and conceptually. Spanning the Middle Ages to the modern day, Huddersfield’s historians are internationally acknowledged experts in the fields of oral history, gender history, health history, political history, digital history, religious history, social history, public history and battlefield archaeology.

As individuals we are specialists in a variety of fields including topics such as the interaction between kingship and masculinity in the Middle Ages; social and cultural responses to mental illness in the 20th Century; the experience of children in Vichy France; the scientific culture of Nazi Germany; and the history of sexual, racial and cultural encounters between different national and ethnics groups in Britain during the Second World War.

For more information about these and other projects see our individual staff profiles which also include details of our numerous highly-regarded publications.

The research of Huddersfield historians and our production of internationally excellent and world leading research are supported by funding from the AHRC, ESRC, the Wellcome Institute, the Leverhulme Trust and several other significant grant providers.

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Academy for British and Irish Studies

The Academy for British and Irish Studies is an inter-disciplinary centre that explores the complex stories of identities in the British Isles.

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