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Centre for Public History

Our Centre for Public History provides a forum for research and teaching concerned with the place of history in public life. We explore the rich and diverse ways history is represented and debated 'in public', from museums and heritage sites, film and media, to policy, business and tourism.

We continue the work pioneered by the Centre for Local and Regional History, building relationships with communities and organisations in Colchester, Essex and East Anglia through lectures, student placements and public engagement projects. At the same time, we are active in national and global conversations in the new and dynamic field of public history, from mapping the memories of war to staging the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Research projects

Research projects involving members of the Centre for Public History include:

  • A Peril of the Sea

    Dr Jeremy Krikler is currently researching the eighteenth century British slave trade. His upcoming play to be shown in December at both the Lakeside Theatre (Essex) and the Bloomsbury Studio (London) brings this research to the public, focusing on the story of the slave ship Zong and exploring the atrocities which occurred in the Caribbean in 1781.

  • Essex County Hospital Remembered

    Essex County Hospital, which has served patients from Colchester and the surrounding area since 1820, will close in Spring 2018 when the transfer of its services into the community and to Colchester General Hospital is completed. The Essex County Hospital Remembered project aims to help preserve the history of this popular Colchester hospital by documenting it's story in the NHS era of 1948 to the present day.

  • War Memoryscapes in Asia Partnership (WARMAP)

    The War Memoryscapes in Asia Partnership, led by the University of Essex and funded by the UK’s Leverhulme Trust, brings together scholars from Europe, Asia and Australia to help trace the trends and developments of World War Two remembrance that is emerging across Asia.

Centre members

See our individual academic staff profiles for information about our members' research interests:

Our academic staff

Dr Nadine Rossol

Our academic staff are internationally recognised for their expertise across a range of areas in history. Find out more about their research interests by reading their staff profiles.

Postgraduate study

Postgraduate student from the Department of History

We are a leading centre for history postgraduate study at both Masters and PhD level. Become part of our active research community and benefit from the expert teaching and supervision of our academic staff.

AHRC funding

PhD student in library

Apply for a PhD studentship for your doctoral study funded by the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Research Repository

A historical book being examined

Our Research Repository contains an extensive range of publications by academics from our Department. Read our leading historical papers and see why we have gained our international reputation for research excellence.