Modern History Research Centre
The platform for Winchester modern historians and all those with an interest in the history of the recent past.View content
Founded in 2010, the Modern History Research Centre supports the work of both established academic staff and research students working on the area of Modern History (late 17th century to early 21st century) through the organisation of a range of activities, including public events.
Winchester modern historians have research strengths ranging from local and regional history to Japan and Russia, the US South, the global Hispanic world, Italy, World War II/Holocaust, and (post)colonialism in the British and French Empires, as well as scientific and environmental history.
The centre is also home to the Winchester Project, which investigates the history of post-medieval Winchester, and to the Hispanic Anglosphere project, an international research network funded by the AHRC and the University of Winchester in partnership with National Trust-Tyntesfield. Find out more.
Explore the staff profiles below for recent publications by our modern historians.
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 as well as academic conferences and other events such as exhibitions. Our seminar series sees scholars from around the world and closer to home present their research alongside Winchester modern historians. All seminars are free and open to the public. We also support student events, such as the Modern History Graduate Conference 2020 that took place on 7 May, organised by our MA students.
We are very glad to announce firm dates for two of our talks postponed due to the Covid-19 crisis:
Wednesday 26 August, 16:30-18:00 The First ‘Occupation’ of Japan – The British Garrison of Yokohama 1863-1875
Speaker: Thomas French (Ritsumeikan University), Discussant: Prof. Chris Aldous (University of Winchester), Chair: Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers (University of Winchester).
Wednesday 14 October, 16:30-18:00 Who thinks of the Pope when surrendering to the pleasures of love? Catholicism and contraception in post-war England'
Speaker: Dr David Geiringer (Queen Mary University of London), Discussant: Dr Sian Edwards (University of Winchester), Chair: Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers (University of Winchester).
It is likely that these and other events will take place via Zoom; precise details will be provided in August.
Explore also the History Department news and events page.
In May 2019, the Centre hosted a public conversation at Winchester Cathedral on 'transition'. History is full of good and bad examples of how to get through periods of transition, and never was this topic more relevant than today, with Brexit and climate change looming large. The event saw five leading international modern historians engage in a round-table discussion, taking the long view of transitions and bringing them into the present. Podcast and videos of the event can be found HERE.
Recent events have focussed on '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 exhibition, which ran throughout March 2018, was an international exploration of historical perspectives, experiences and events linked to migration and communities in modern history.
June 2018 saw the launch of Youth Movements, Citizenship and the English Countryside: Creating Good Citizens, 1930-1960, by Dr Sian Edwards. The book, which is the new addition to the Palgrave series Studies in the History of Social Movements, explores the role and significance of the countryside in mid 20th-century youth movements. It looks at the way in which a rural setting was used for the development of 'good citizenship', through such activities as wholesome outdoor recreation and work on the land. Dr Edwards also looked at how these models of good citizenship were intrinsically gendered, highlighting tensions between domesticity, citizenship, gender and class in a rapidly changing world. Dr Edwards is currently investigating the modern rural teenager.
In May 2018, we hosted 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? Dr Tumblety addressed these and other questions.
Meet our Modern History experts
Follow the links below to find out more about our research interests, areas of supervision and latest publications.
- Dr Graciela Iglesias Rogers, Senior Lecturer in Modern European and Global Hispanic History (Convenor)
- Dr Xavier Guégan, Senior Lecturer in Colonial and Postcolonial History
- Dr Mark Allen, Senior Lecturer in Modern History
- Prof. Chris Aldous, Professor of Modern International History and Head of Department
- John Blockley, Lecturer in Modern British and European History
- Dr Natalya Chernyshova, Senior Lecturer in Modern History
- Neil Curtin, Senior Lecturer in American History
- Dr Sian Edwards, Lecturer in Modern British History
- Dr Robert Gray, Lecturer in Environmental History
- Dr Emiliano Perra, Senior Lecturer in Modern European History
- Dr Simon Sandall, Lecturer in Early Modern British History
- Dr Elena Woodacre, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern European History
- Dr Phil Marter (modern conflict archaeology, e.g. WWII aviation crash sites)