The department's location makes it an excellent base to study the diverse and distinctive history of north-west England, a region which encompasses a hugely varied environment, including both the Lake District and the 'dark satanic mills' of Lancashire and a wide spectrum of rural, maritime and industrial communities. That diversity makes the region an ideal 'laboratory' in which important historical themes of wider significance can be explored and challenged.
Staff whose research has a local or regional dimension include Dr Alexander Grant, Dr Ian Gregory, Professor Keith Stringer and Dr Angus Winchester. There is a strong record of research into the history of north-west England among the department's postgraduate community, with several recent and current postgraduate research students undertaking work in this area, or carrying out research at local or regional level in other geographical contexts.
The Department effectively acts as a 'hub' to a broader network of researchers, connecting the expertise in the staff with other well-qualified research historians in the region, the activities of local historical and archaeological societies and regional archivists. Personal and institutional contacts exist with North West Regional Archives Council, the Lancashire Record Office and Cumbria Archive Service, the National Archives, local museums and libraries, and regional historical societies across the region. The Department's research complements the study days and conferences and publications of the Centre for North-West Regional Studies.
Members of the Department have worked or are working on the following projects which have a local or regional focus:
Image: One of a series of watercolours by John Weld. Reproduced with kind permission of the Lancashire County Record Office, Preston.
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