The platform for Winchester modern historians and all those with an interest in the history of the recent past.

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About us

Founded in 2010, the Modern History Research Centre supports the research and dissemination activities of our researchers of modern history, both established staff and research students, and organises public events.


Winchester modern historians have research strengths ranging from Winchester and Wessex to Japan and Russia, the American South, the Hispanic world, Italy, World War II/Holocaust, and (post)colonialism in the British and French Empires, as well as medical history and environmental history.

The centre is also home to the Winchester Project, which investigates the history of post-medieval Winchester.

Explore the staff profiles below for recent publications by our modern historians.

Postgraduate research

Modern history research students are studying a wide range of topics. The centre provides an opportunity for research students to discuss their work more widely. Applications from prospective students are most welcome; for details of the staff who are available to undertake research supervision, please visit the modern history staff profiles below. Find out more about research degrees at Winchester.


The Centre organises an annual series of research seminars as well as academic conferences and other events such as exhibitions. Our seminar series sees scholars from around the world and closer to home present their research alongside Winchester modern historians. 

Unless stated otherwise, seminars take place at 6pm on Thursdays in Room 108 in the Medecroft Building on Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR. All seminars are free and open to the public. A small wine reception follows each seminar.

Contact the Centre Convenor for more information or scroll down to view our forthcoming events.

Recent events

In May 2019, the Centre hosted a public conversation at Winchester Cathedral on 'transition'. History is full of good and bad examples of how to get through periods of transition, and never was this topic more relevant than today, with Brexit and climate change looming large. The event saw five leading international modern historians engage in a round-table discussion, taking the long view of transitions and bringing them into the present.

In 2017 the centre launched its new seminar series focussed around 'minority histories', celebrating diversity in modern history. The 2018 Minority History Annual Event was the 'People on the move' exhibition, a collaboration with Winchester Discovery Centre. This exciting exhibition, which ran throughout March 2018, was an international exploration of historical perspectives, experiences and events linked to migration and communities in modern history.

June 2018 saw the launch of Youth Movements, Citizenship and the English Countryside: Creating Good Citizens, 1930-1960, by Dr Sian Edwards. The book, which is the new addition to the Palgrave series Studies in the History of Social Movements, explores the role and significance of the countryside in mid 20th-century youth movements. It looks at the way in which a rural setting was used for the development of 'good citizenship', through such activities as wholesome outdoor recreation and work on the land. Dr Edwards also looked at how these models of good citizenship were intrinsically gendered, highlighting tensions between domesticity, citizenship, gender and class in a rapidly changing world. Dr Edwards is currently investigating the modern rural teenager.

In May 2018, we hosted Physicians and cultural authority in 20th-century France, a talk by by Dr Joan Tumblety (University of Southampton). How do medical doctors acquire and maintain public trust, and what does that trust enable them to achieve outside the practice of medicine? Dr Tumblety addressed these and other questions.

Meet our Modern History experts

Follow the links below to find out more about our research interests, areas of supervision and latest publications.



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