Research in the School of History

Staff in the School of History have a broad range of research expertise covering a variety of chronological and geographical areas, with particular strengths in:

  • American History
  • Colonial, Postcolonial and Global History
  • Eighteenth-century History
  • English Local History
  • Financial and Economic History
  • Medieval History
  • Modern British and European History
  • Urban History

We are proud of our longstanding reputation for historical research of international quality, and in the RAE 2008, 50% of our research was designated world leading and 90% was judged to be internationally significant. Since 2008 we have secured over £5 million in externally awarded research grants.

Research CentresGrants & Projects
We are home to two internationally-recognised research centres and our staff are also heavily involved in three multidisciplinary research centres with other colleagues in the University.

We have a strong record of receiving grants from various funding bodies, in particular the AHRC, British Academy, ESRC, Leverhulme Trust and Wellcome Trust.

Seminars & Lectures Recent Publications
We have an active research community and hold research seminars regularly throughout the year. Our staff regularly publish articles in leading academic journals and produce monographs with prominent publishers in their field.

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NEW: AHRC Fully Funded Doctoral Studentships in History

The School of History is now advertising three new fully funded Postgraduate Studentships and would like to hear from potential students interested in working with major partners (the British Library and the National Maritime Museum) on these exciting projects. Full details can be found on the CDP page.

Boughton House and Lamport Hall Internship

The School of History is pleased to announce the opening of an internship scheme in collaboration with Buccleuch Living Heritage Trust and Lamport Hall Preservation Trust to assist a student at the University of Leicester reading for one of the MA programmes offered by the Department of History both financially and to give them experience working in an historic house on a country estate. Applications are welcome and further details are available

CArchipelago Conference

Carceral Archipelago Conference 13-16 September draft programme now available. Further information including a draft programme is now available

Conference: Mortality, Care and Military Welfare during the British Civil Wars

This exciting international conference organised by the University of Leicester’s Centre for English Local History will celebrate the opening of the National Civil War Centre at Newark Museum, Nottinghamshire, on 7-8 August 2015.


Civil War Conference