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School of History

Public Engagement and Research Impact

We believe that History is a broad and flexible subject which is relevant to public life.

We have always engaged within the academic world and, notably, outside of it. Many of our historians work beyond the university in many capacities and a large number of them write and present programmes on radio and television, and work with public bodies and government to promote the understanding and importance of history to our lives. We believe that our research has significance for people living and working outside academia.

The work carried out by our historians has recently had an impact in many areas of public life:

Archives, Museums and Exhibitions

We have a long-term relationship with several major archives, including The National Archives(link is external). Our academics act as advisors to national and international cultural and heritage institutions. Kate Lowe has worked with the British Museum(link is external) and the Walters Art Museum(link is external) in Baltimore, USA. Catherine Merridale advises the Guggenheim Museum(link is external) in New York. Dan Todman acts as an advisor to the BBC and to the Imperial War Museum(link is external).   

Newspapers, Magazines, Radio and Television

Our academics are regular, prominent writers of historical journalism.

Tom Asbridge has written and presented a major BBC series on the Crusades(link is external) based on his research. James Ellison has appeared on BBC radio and television. Julian Jackson has written and presented radio programmes, most notably Monsieur Non for BBC Radio 4(link is external). He has also appeared on television. Miri Rubin is a regular contributor to BBC Radio.  Amanda Vickery has written and presented major BBC television and radio series. She also regularly writes for the press. Thomas Dixon was a consultant and  contibutor to the BBC series Ian Hislop's Stiff Upper Lip(link is external), as well as contributing to radio shows. 

Policy Making

We have developed a reputation as expert advisors and commentators on policy and legislation.

Peter Hennessy and Tristram Hunt advise government and parliament on matters related to the constitution, policy and politics. Tristram Hunt has also advised the Council for the Preservation of Rural England(link is external) and the National Trust(link is external)We are home to the Mile End Group(link is external) (MEG). MEG have unparalleled ties with the Prime Minister’s Office(link is external), the Cabinet Office(link is external), the Treasury(link is external) and with the media and industry organisations. Martyn Frampton has worked with the think-tank, Policy Exchange(link is external), on the security threats presented by radical Islamism. 

Through the Centre for the History of the Emotions, Thomas Dixon and Rhodri Hayward worked with the Osmani Primary School(link is external) in London. They have also advised policy makers and the Young Foundation(link is external)Barbara Taylor is the QMUL Director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre(link is external), a partnership with Birkbeck, the University of East London, and Bishopsgate Institute(link is external). The Centre sponsors research on East London, memory and history, and educational policy in relation to History, and maintains a large and active outreach programme.