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 work of both established academic staff and research students working on the area of Modern History (late 17th century to early 21st century) through the organisation of a range of activities, including public events.


Winchester modern historians have research strengths ranging from local and regional history to Japan, the US South, the global Hispanic world, Italy, World War II/Holocaust, and (post)colonialism in the British and French Empires, as well as scientific and environmental history.

The centre is also home to the Winchester Project, which investigates the history of post-medieval Winchester, and to the Hispanic Anglosphere project, an international research network funded by the AHRC and the University of Winchester in partnership with National Trust-Tyntesfield.

Explore History research projects

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.

Meet our Modern History experts

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



Discover our Modern History News and Events

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. We also support student events, such as the Modern History Graduate Conference 2020, organised by our MA students.

Current events

We are proud to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2023, on 27 January, with a varied programme highlighting the breadth of our research and teaching on this important topic. Explore our Holocaust Memorial Day 2023 page to find out more.

Holocaust Memorial Day banner 'We're marking Holocaust Memorial Day'


MHRC seminars are free and open to the public. They start at 16.30 and finish at 18.00.

14 December 2022: The importance of 19th-century Spanish American emancipation in forging the political cultures of Spain and the UK

Dr Rodrigo Escribano Roca, Director of the Centre of American Studies at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in Chile, introduced his latest book, a study of the impact of Spanish American independence on the political cultures of Spain and the United Kingdom. This online event was organised by the MHRC in partnership with the Hispanic Anglosphere project.

14 March 2023: The BBC: Entertaining the Nation, Speaking for Britain, 1922-2022, with Professor Simon Potter (University of Bristol) 

hybrid: on-campus (St Alphege Building room 204) and online 

In this talk, Prof. Simon Potter will look back over a century to ask whether the BBC is really the 'voice of Britain', exploring its role in changing wider culture and society and promoting particular versions of British national identity, both at home and overseas. 

15 March 2023: Slavery and Abolition: A Napoleonic Blind Spot?, with Professor Alan Forrest (University of York) 

hybrid: on-campus and online (details to follow shortly)

Professor Alan Forrest is one of the world's leading authorities on the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon. In this talk, he will explore the longstanding pro- and anti-slavery debate that divided opinion in France and across the Atlantic world, with some dreadfully enduring consequences.

For more information and to request the links to join online, please email

2022 News

May 2022: modern historian and Russia specialist Dr Natalya Chernyshova brings her expertise to bear in the three-part Channel 5 documentary series The Chernobyl Disaster. 

Modern history at the University of Winchester: Chernobyl nuclear reactor

March 2022: In a new article for The Conversation, Dr Natalya Chernyshova, Senior Lecturer in Modern History, explains how the 2020 Belarusian revolution proved a pivotal turning point in the long and complicated history of the relationship between Misk and Moscow, ultimately facilitating Russia's attack on Ukraine.

On 2 March 2022, Dr Andrés Baeza Ruz, Assistant Professor at the Department of History and Social Sciences, Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, Chile, presented The birth of primary schooling in Chile - the role of the Hispanic Anglosphere.

January 2022: Dr Emily Stiles has been working with the Imperial War Museum's Holocaust Exhibition, and we are delighted to announce that her book Holocaust Memory and National Museums in Britain is now out.

2021 News and Events

On 8 December, we welcomed Thomas French from Ritsumeikan University, Japan, who spoke about The First ‘Occupation’ of Japan – The British Garrison of Yokohama 1863-1875. 

17 November 2021: Virtual talk on Pandemics and Global Entrepreneurship. Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers explored the role played by pandemics in shaping the destiny of a man once described as ‘the richest commoner in England’: William ‘Guillermo’ Gibbs (1790–1875). Particular attention was given to his formative years in Spain and the measures he undertook with his brother George Henry Gibbs to transform the family company Antony Gibbs & Sons into a global commercial powerhouse.

July 2021: A discussion of the recently published book The Hispanic Anglosphere from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century – An Introduction (edited by Dr Graciela Iglesias Rogers, MHRC Convenor and and principal investigator of the Hispanic Anglosphere project) at the Centro de Estudios Americanos (Centre of American Studies) of the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez in Chile. Speakers: Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers (University of Winchester), Dr Andrés Baeza Ruz (Universidad Adolfo Ibañez), Dr Manuel Llorca-Jaña (Universidad de Valparaiso). Watch the video:

May 2021: What is the Hispanic Anglosphere and what is it good for? An online discussion organized by the PECBAL (Programa de Estudios sobre la Comunidad Británica en America Latina – Study Programme on The British Community in Latin America) at the Universidad de San Andrés in Argentina. Speakers: Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers (University of Winchester), Dr José Brownrigg-Gleeson Martínez (National University of Ireland, Galway), Juan I. Neves-Sarriegui (University of Oxford). The initial conversation was in Spanish followed by a Q&A both in Spanish and English. Watch the video on YouTube.

In 2021, Dr Natalya Chernyshova, an expert on recent Belarus history, was interviewed on several occasions as part of her British Academy-funded project to write the first scholarly biography of Soviet Belarus's charismatic former leader Petr Masherau, then a war hero, now a national hero. In a series of podcasts and webinars, she highlighted and explained the links with the current volatile situation in Belarus. Find out about more about the Masherau project, listen to the podcasts and watch the webinar video.

2019 News and Events

May 2019: public conversation at Winchester Cathedral on 'transition', hosted by MHRC. 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. The podcast and videos of the event can be found on the Hispanic Anglosphere website.

2018 News and Events

2018 Events focussed on '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 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.