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Gypsy camp sign from post war Europe


Our research influences and engages with the wider community, in Manchester and beyond, in many ways.

You can read about the impact of our History research by viewing some of the projects we've been involved in below.


History at Manchester fosters relationships with the general public, policy makers, media, alumni, local schools and cultural institutions, as well as other universities and institutes of higher education.

Outreach activities

Cultural institutions

We work with museums, libraries and other research institutions around the world.

We sustain close relationships with a variety of cultural bodies and put on a range of events which are open to the public.

These include:


Dr Ana Carden-Coyne curated an exhibit in the Manchester Art Gallery, 'The Sensory War 1914-2014', in 2014.

Dr Peter Yeandle worked with the local community in the 'Documenting Dissent' community project on the prison at Lancaster Castle, mapping various forms of dissent and repression from conscientious objectors and women activists to religious and political dissenters.

Manchester institutions

We also work in partnership with the following Manchester institutions:

Manchester museums

Manchester libraries

Media appearances

Anna Carden Coyne

  • The Safe House - Documentary involving the National Trust estate of Dunham Massey, which was turned into a military hospital in WW1. It screened  on 2 June 2014 on BBC1 with Louise Minchin. Christine Hallett from the Centre for the History of Nursing was also involved.
  • 12 November 2008, The Guardian 

Peter Gatrell

Leif Jerram

Penny Summerfield

Michael Wood

Yang-wen Zheng

  • ITV documentary 'Britain’s Secret Treasures', aired in winter 2013, with host Kate Williams, fronted by Bethany Hughes, produced by Kate Fraser
  • BBC Radio 4 'Last Word' on 14 February 2013, 'Zhuang Zedong' with Matthew Bannister.
  • BBC Scotland documentary 'Addicted to Pleasure: Opium', filmed on 24 May 2012 and aired in winter 2012, with host Brian Cox produced by Nick S. Gordan.
  • BBC Radio Manchester, live interview by Manchester Chinatown Radio host Juanita Yau, on  13 May 2012
  • BBC World News, 'The Year of the Dragon 2012', live interview by Mishal Husain on 23 January 2012
  • BBC Radio 3 'Night Wave' on 11 January 2012, 'Liu Xiaobo: No Enemies, No Hatred' with host Rana Mitter and Perry Link.
  • BBC Radio 4 'In Our Time' on 12 April 2007, 'The Opium War' with Melvyn Bragg

Expertise and consultancy

Historians from The University of Manchester also provide evidence and consultancy to policymakers in a variety of fields.  

These include experts from the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI).

Our staff

Find out about our staff's expertise and consultancy information on the relevant profile page of individual staff members: