The platform for Winchester modern historians and all those with an interest in the history of the recent past.

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About us

Founded in 2010, the Modern History Research Centre supports the research and dissemination activities of our researchers of modern history, both established staff and research students, and organises public events.


Winchester modern historians have research strengths ranging from Winchester and Wessex to Japan and Russia, the American South, the Hispanic world, Italy, World War II/Holocaust, and (post)colonialism in the British and French Empires, as well as medical history and environmental history.

The centre is also home to the Winchester Project, which investigates the history of post-medieval Winchester. For more details, contact Dr Mark Allen.

Explore the staff profiles below for recent publications by our modern historians.

Postgraduate research

Modern history research students are studying a wide range of topics. The centre provides an opportunity for research students to discuss their work more widely. Applications from prospective students are most welcome; for details of the staff who are available to undertake research supervision, please visit the modern history staff profiles below. Find out more about research degrees at Winchester.


The Centre organises an annual series of research seminars that are free and open to the public, as well as academic conferences. Our seminar series see scholars from around the world and closer to home present their research.

Recent events

In 2017 the centre launched its new seminar series focussed around 'minority histories', celebrating diversity in modern history. The 2018 Minority History Annual Event was the 'People on the move' exhibition, a collaboration with Winchester Discovery Centre. This exciting exhibition, which ran throughout March 2018, was an international exploration of historical perspectives, experiences and events linked to migration and communities in modern history. 

Forthcoming events

Thursday 24 May 2018: Physicians and cultural authority in 20th-century France, a talk by by Dr Joan Tumblety (University of Southampton). How do medical doctors acquire and maintain public trust, and what does that trust enable them to achieve outside the practice of medicine? Join Dr Tumblety who will aim to address these and other questions.

6pm, Medecroft building Room 16, King Alfred Campus, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR. Free, all welcome.

Thursday 7 June 2018: launch of Youth Movements, Citizenship and the English Countryside: Creating Good Citizens, 1930-1960, by Dr Sian Edwards. The book is the new addition to the Palgrave series Studies in the History of Social Movements’.

18.30 - 19.45, Senior Common Room, Main Building, King Alfred Campus, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR. RSVP by emailing

Contact the Centre Convenor for more information on forthcoming events.


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