Mike Fox, BA MA (2008-2013)

Mike FoxA chance encounter with Dr Tom Hulme, then an MA student at the Centre for Urban History, during a bar-crawl in my first year as an undergraduate, opened my eyes to the possibilities of continuing my studies with a masters degree at the CUH. Subsequent talks with some of the CUH lecturers, who I was fortunate to be studying with during my undergrad, and a few trips to the New History Lab later, and my decision was made.

I followed the MA Urban Conservation route, having decided early on that my future lay outside of academia and PhDs. With a healthy mix of academic theory and relevant current practice, the MA prepared me for life after the postgrad and the search for a job. Set modules provided a broad overview of subjects allowing me to pursue particular interests, and small class sizes made for a stimulating but relaxed learning experience. The final dissertation was an intense and challenging but ultimately rewarding experience, made much easier due to the warmth and help of the CUH staff, and the learning environment at Marc Fitch House. My time at the CUH remains one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life, and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to others.

After graduating in 2012 I started working for SAVE Britain’s Heritage, a conservation charity which campaigns for endangered buildings of historic or architectural significance. The MA Urban Conservation was the key factor in me getting the job, and I draw upon what I learnt during the MA on a daily basis. My work at SAVE encompasses many things, including historical research, writing letters and publications, liaising with the media, spearheading funding campaigns, planning lectures, organising major legal challenges and public inquiries, and most recently curating two installations at the Victoria and Albert Museum. I’m very lucky that my first career job is also my dream job, and I wouldn’t be having such fun at work were it not for the Centre for Urban History.

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