Michael Wood is the University's newly appointed Professor in Public History. He will teach undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University, lead historical field trips and give three public lectures a year. For thirty years now, historian and broadcaster Michael Wood has made compelling journeys into the past, which have brought history alive for countless readers and viewers.
He is the author of several highly praised books on English history including In Search of the Dark Ages, Domesday, and In Search of England. He has now made well over one hundred documentary films, among them Art of the Western World, In Search of the Trojan War, In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great, Conquistadors and The Story of India – all of which were accompanied by bestselling books. His recent series, Story of England, the tale of one village (Kibworth in Leicestershire) through history, was praised by the Independent as 'the most innovative TV history series ever.'
Michael was born in Moss Side, Manchester and educated at Manchester Grammar School and Oriel College Oxford, where he did post-graduate research in Anglo-Saxon history. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the RSA and the Society of Antiquaries, and a governor of the RSC.
Michael Wood reflects on the history of Manchester and its people, using his own family history as a starting point:
"We were Welsh slate quarriers, Cumbrian Scots and Pennine hill farmers who became Industrial Revolution toolmakers: throw in a Viking surname and an Irish marriage and we were the classic Manchester mix... and that’s just the 19th century!"
Come and hear Manchester's favourite historian tell the story of the city and its inhabitants in a wide-ranging – as well as highly personalized talk – illustrated with stills and film clips. Welcome drinks will be kindly provided by The Co-operative from 6pm.
Professor Michael Wood gives us a 'personal history of Manchester' as part of the Manchester Histories Festival
Professor of Public History, Michael Wood will give three public lectures a year
Tristram Hunt has served as the Member of Parliament (Labour Party) for Stoke-on-Trent Central since May 2010. He is a shadow education spokesman, with responsibilities for youth services, further education and junior apprenticeships. Previously, he was a Member of the Select Committee on Political and Constitutional Reform, Member of the Joint Committee on Reform of the House of Lords and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Energy Intensive Industries. Tristram Hunt is a history broadcaster for the BBC and Channel 4, writes for the Guardian and The Observer and is the author of several books, including the award-winning biography, The Frock-coated Communist: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels.
Tristram Hunt MP joined Professor Michael Wood in discussion in September 2013
Professor Dame Jinty Nelson FBA studied History at Newnham College, Cambridge, taking a B.A. in 1964 and a Ph.D. in 1967. From 1970 until 2008, she taught at King’s College London, and since retirement holds the title of Emeritus Professor. She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1996 and a Corresponding Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America in 2000. She served as Vice-President of the British Academy from 1999-2001, and as President of the Royal Historical Society from 2000-2004. She was appointed a DBE for services to History in 2006. She holds honorary degrees from the Universities of East Anglia, St Andrew’s, Queen’s Belfast, York, Liverpool, Nottingham, and Glasgow.
Professor Dame Jinty Nelson FBA joins us on 25 November 2013