Established in 1985, the Centre for Urban History (CUH) has become a major international centre for interdisciplinary research and graduate teaching. Current staff interests include environmental urban history, urban topography from 1700, colonial urban history, urban governance, oral history, the production of urban history from the 18th century, the law and urban property, the history of urban planning, housing and the built environment since 1750, 19th-century provincial towns and their imperial connections, domestic life and leisure, and industrial towns.
The CUH Community
The development of a real community spirit is fostered in CUH, where graduates are encouraged to provide mutual support, to socialise together and to augment their professional expertise by organising their own workshops and seminar series, by taking part in conferences, by teaching and public speaking, by dealing with the press, and by understanding author's copyright and publishing before thesis completion.
Each year CUH welcomes a number of international scholars usually for a semester. For details see the Visitor Programme.
CUH has excellent study facilities for research students and international visitors: office space, a specialist library and local history collection, weekly seminar programme, workshops and conferences.
Archive Collections and Catalogues
The East Midlands Oral History Archive
, established in 2000 as a partnership between the University of Leicester and Leicester City Council, is a major archival repository of oral history recordings. EMOHA
collects, preserves and disseminates these recordings and also equips local historians across the East Midlands with the skills and training necessary to document and interpret their own oral history material.
CUH also holds the catalogued papers of HJ Dyos
, often considered the inspirational force to urban history in Britain. Other personal papers, including those of such pioneer figures in Local History as WG Hoskins and HP Finberg are also held in the Archives Room. These collections provide useful insights into the intellectual origins and networks of early Leicester pioneers in these fields. You can consult the Dyos catalogue on-line
The Centre has its own growing specialist library
to complement the University Library's excellent collection of urban, archaeological and local history books and journals.
CUH also holds slide and post card collections in the Archives. These are useful resources that the Centre seeks to develop further, once cataloguing has been completed.