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Disorder Contained

Over a century ago, Dickens said it was cruel, wrong and “tampered with the brain”. So why is solitary confinement still allowed?

Read the article by Kirstie Brewer in Prospect magazine, as informed by an interview with Professor Hilary Marland who co-leads a five-year research project into the history of prison health in England and Ireland and recently gave historical evidence to Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights inquiry into Mental Health and Deaths in Prison. The project forms the basis of a new play: Disorder Contained, a theatrical examination of madness, prison and solitary confinement. The play moves to London on 9-10 October.


Sat 30 September 2017, 09:15 | Tags: Media, Impact and Public Engagement, Research

Dr George Roberts appointed as Junior Research Fellow, Trinity College Cambridge

The Department is pleased to announce that George Roberts will be starting a four-year Junior Research Fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge this July. George first joined the History Department at Warwick as a PhD student in 2013, studying under the supervision of Professor David Anderson and Professor Daniel Branch. He defended his thesis, ‘Politics, decolonisation, and the Cold War in Dar es Salaam’, last September. Since then, he has since been working as a Teaching Fellow in Modern African History. In Cambridge, George is aiming to revise his thesis for publication as a monograph, and to begin a new project on the history of Marxism in Eastern Africa.

Wed 05 July 2017, 10:49 | Tags: Postdoctoral Research Announcement

The History Department is Hiring Undergraduates!

The History Department Student Fellowship Programme gives you the opportunity to join the History Department as a research assistant, student ambassador or blogger. Gain valuable skills and experience, learn more about the History Department, and earn a little extra cash!

See HERE for full details and application process.

Application deadline: Thursday 1 December 2016, by 6pm

Thu 17 November 2016, 16:45 | Tags: Research Undergraduate Recruitment Funding Announcement

Guide to sources for History students at the MRC

The Modern Records Centre (MRC) at Warwick University has prepared a set of digital research guides to assist and encourage undergraduate students to use archival sources in their modules of study. The guides can be found on the MRC website.


Guide to sources for History students at the MRC


Fri 19 August 2016, 10:55 | Tags: Research, Teaching, Undergraduate

Europe's Asian Centuries: Book Series Launch

This week saw the launch of the Palgrave Macmillan book series, Europe's Asian Centuries. This series investigates the key connector that transformed the early modern world: the long-distance trade between Asia and Europe in material goods and culture. This trade stimulated Europe’s consumer and industrial revolutions, re-orientating the Asian trading world to European priorities. Europe’s pursuit of quality goods turned a pre-modern encounter with precious and exotic ornaments into a modern globally-organized trade in Asian export ware. Europe’s Asian Centuries engages with new historical approaches arising from global history; it develops subject areas grounded in skills and processes of production as well as material culture, and it demonstrates the new depth of research into diverse markets, quality differences and the development of taste. The books are groundbreaking in bringing the study of traded products, material cultures and consumption into economic and global history, and in making economic history relevant to wider cultural history. It has the vision of a history over a long chronology of two and a half centuries and wide European and Asian comparisons and connections.

EAC Launch Party


Fri 27 May 2016, 11:50 | Tags: Research Publication

Website Launch: People's History of the NHS

The website of the People's History of the NHS, ran by the research team of the Cultural History of the NHS project at the Centre for the History of Medicine in the Warwick University History Department, has now been launched:

The People’s History of the NHS allows you to help us research what the NHS means and how it has shaped our lives since its creation. It is part of our bigger academic project investigating the cultural history of the NHS, funded by the Wellcome Trust. Collecting personal stories and memories about the NHS is one of our central objectives.



Wed 03 February 2016, 12:26 | Tags: Impact and Public Engagement Research Announcement

Dr Elodie Duché awarded a BSECS Fellowship

Dr Elodie Duché, ​Alan Pearsall postdoctoral fellow at IHR University of London and Associate Research Fellow at the Warwick University History Department, has been awarded a British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS) Fellowship to visit the University of York for a week in late April.

During Dr Elodie Duché's time at the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies at York she will organise a workshop on the visual cultures of modern warfare and work with scholars and students of various disciplines to develop her research on the visual and material cultures of Napoleonic prisoners of war. She will also take part in the series of events organised by Dr Catriona Kennedy to mark the anniversary of Waterloo, in partnership with the National Army Museum.

British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies


Wed 15 April 2015, 09:31 | Tags: Postdoctoral Research Workshop

Recruitment of Four Assistant Professors

As a result of outstanding success in both research and teaching, the Warwick University History Department is delighted to announce the recruitment of four fixed-term assistant professors, all starting in September 2015:

The closing date for applications for all four posts is 20th April 2015. Please direct any informal queries to the Head of Department, Professor Daniel Branch, at

Thu 19 March 2015, 15:31 | Tags: Research Teaching Recruitment Announcement

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