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Mark Allen is Senior Lecturer in Modern History. He completed his first degree, in History with Historical Computation, at the University of Hull in 1993. He went on to study for his doctorate in Winchester, completing his research into the impact of the arrival of the railways on Winchester, using an analysis of census material, in 2000. Between 1996 and 1998 he was a Leverhulme-funded Senior Research Officer at the University of Essex, working on classification and coding of birthplaces in the machine-readable 1881 census. He has been lecturing at Winchester since 1999.

Mark's teaching interests are British history from c. 1815 up to the 1930s, while his research concentrates on nineteenth-century British social and economic history. He is a historian of the city of Winchester and co-director of The Winchester Project, which aims to trace the property history of Winchester tenements from 1550 to the present day.

Areas of expertise

  • Post-medieval Winchester
  • Nineteenth and twentieth-century social and economic history of Britain
  • History and computing


‘Winchester, the Clergy and the Boer War’, In: S. G.Parker and T. Lawson (eds) God and War. The Church of England and Armed Conflict in the Twentieth Century (Ashgate: Aldershot, 2012), pp. 15-31.

An edited CD-ROM (with T.B. James) The 1871 Census of Winchester: An Edition with Introduction and Indices (Wessex Historical Databases, 2007)

with J. Delve, ‘Large-scale integrated historical projects - does Data Warehousing offer any scope for their creation’, History and Computing, 13.3 (Edinburgh: University Press 2006) 301-14.

‘The Midlands’, in P. Clark (ed.) The Lefties' Guide to Britain (London, Politicos, 2005) 143-68

Mark is currently working on an article on the effects of the railways on Winchester and editing two volumes of essays with contributing chapters to both.

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