History

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Welcome to the Department of History

History has long been one of the strongest subject areas at the University of Winchester, with a research programme that garners global recognition, high quality and imaginative teaching and a consistently high student satisfaction rate.

Our committed team of historians are passionate about their subjects, which cover a broad range of cultures, wars and traditions spanning 3,500 years. They will help you to mine the past seeking answers to pressing questions from the classical to the modern period in Britain, mainland Europe, USA and Japan.

Our History degrees offer a broad-but-deep experience that can open up multiple career paths. Extensive options allow you to either pursue your specific interests, or to experience a wide range of history.

The History Department has a dynamic community of Master’s, MPhil and PhD students and welcomes enquiries about postgraduate study. Our academics can supervise a wide range of topics, ranging from the Anglo-Saxon and medieval periods to the Holocaust and Colonialism.

We are a community of internationally recognised scholars with particular research strengths in medieval and early modern history, local and regional history, and modern British and contemporary international history. We are actively researching and contributing to current academic debates, and incorporating our research into our teaching – we want you to be part of this. The department boasts a substantial number of research students, and research seminar series are organised every academic year by the Wessex Centre for History and Archaeology and the Modern History Research Centre.

Meet the History team

Academic team

Visiting Research Fellows

  • Dr Richard Aldous, Early Career Visiting Research Fellow
  • Dr Winifred Harwood, Visiting Research Fellow
  • Dr Kara Critchell, Early Career Visiting Research Fellow
  • Dr John Hare, Visiting Research Fellow
  • Dr Rosalind Johnson, Early Career Visiting Research Fellow
  • Dr Jean Morrin, Visiting Research Fellow
  • Dr Mary South, Visiting Research Fellow

Research staff

Inquisitions Post Mortem Project

  • Dr Matthew Holford, Research Officer

Kingship, Court and Society Project

Research in History

Research strengths and centres

Local and regional history

The Wessex Centre for History and Archaeology, founded in 2004, encourages and coordinates research within the Wessex region (defined as the historic counties of Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire), while the Southern History Society focusses on all the historic southern counties of England.

Medical history

The Centre for Medical History was formally launched in January 2015. This interdisciplinary centre focusses on the social history of health and illness from the ancient to the modern world.

Medieval history

Winchester 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.

Early Modern and Modern history

Winchester's Modern and Early 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 via the links above.

Postgraduate research supervision

We offer research supervision in a wide range of subjects. To find out more, explore our academic staff profile pages above for individual areas of supervision or use the Find an Expert search bar below.

Find out everything you need to know about studying for a postgraduate research degree at Winchester.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Output

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*).

Impact

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.

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