We have particularly strong research profiles in the following areas.
Local and regional history
A new interdisciplinary research centre, the Centre for Medical History, was formally launched in January 2015. The CMH will focus on the social history of health and illness from the ancient to the modern world.
is a dynamic hub for medieval research. From kings and queens to
warfare and welfare, from the Anglo-Saxons to the
Renaissance, our academics are leading specialists in their fields and work closely with other specialists around the University such as our medieval archaeologists and Old English experts. Visit the Medieval History webpage to find out more.
Early Modern and Modern history
Winchester's Modern historians have expertise in such areas as the Holocaust, Post-War Japan, the Soviet era and Colonialism, while a particular Early Modern specialistm is Postcolonialism. Visit the Modern History Centre webpage to find out more.
For further research strengths and projects, visit the individual profile pages of History academics.
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results
Of the publications produced by the History Department, 15.4% were rated as ‘world-leading’ (4*) and a further 41% regarded as ‘internationally excellent’ in terms of originality, significance and rigour (3*).
In terms of ‘impact’, 60% of the History Department’s work was deemed to have ‘very considerable impacts in terms of their reach and significance’ (3*), a further 30% to have ‘considerable impacts’ in these respects (2*).
The two impact case studies submitted – on Fifteenth-Century England and the Local and Regional History of Wessex – reflected the History Department’s longstanding expertise in these areas, which has been refreshed in recent years by the appointment of new staff. Well-funded projects such as Mapping the Medieval Countryside, using the latest techniques to digitise landholding records, together with excellent research on Richard III, have attracted national and international interest, stimulated by the excavation of Richard III’s remains. These projects continue, as does our work on Anglo-Saxon Wessex, which has generated exhibitions of international significance and reach.
Read the press release about our REF research