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Overview

I am Professor of History and director of the University's Heritage Hub. 

My research focuses on the history of protest, social and political movements, and contested public spaces in England from the late 18th century to the present day. I also have research interests in 20th century modernism, planning, and landscape change.

Publications: 

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Protest and the politics of space and place, 1789-1848

I am currently working on my third monograph, working title, Contested Commons: Protest and Public Space in England. My most recent publications are 'Legal and historical geographies of the Greenham Common protest camps in the 1980s', Journal of Historical Geography, 2023, and 'Chartist studies and Malcolm Chase, a reappreciation', English Historical Review, 2023.

I held a fellowship at the Museum of English Rural Life Fellowship, sponsored by the Open Spaces Society in 2020-21, undertaking a project on their archive collections. https://historyofpublicspace.uk/my-oss-fellowship-at-merl-2021/ 

My Royal Historical Society lecture, 'The right of public meeting from the Bill of Rights to the Public Order Acts', 5 February 2021 is available online:  https://royalhistsoc.org/virtual-lecture-5-february-2021/ 

I was awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship 2018-19 for 'The history of public space in England, 1700-2000'. See the website: http://historyofpublicspace.uk/ 

Recent press:

 

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I am the director of the university's Heritage Hub, connecting academics and heritage institutions

I am an editor of the UH Press book series Explorations in Local and Regional History

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