The Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage
The Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage was established in 2018. Building on the work of its predecessor, the Manchester Centre for Regional History (MCRH), it has extended its work nationally and internationally as well as maintaining collaborative work in the city region.
Among MCPHH’s key initiatives are:
- a partnership with the People’s History Museum, supporting a joint lectureship/curatorship in public history.
- a partnership with the charity Manchester Histories, through which we undertake a range of engaged community projects.
- an MA in Public History and Heritage at MMU.
- support and mentoring for a broad range of public-facing history, archaeology and heritage projects undertaken by MMU students and staff.
- a journal and public events series.
Current projects include:
- Collaborative doctoral studentships with the National Trust, National Archives, National Football Museum and National Museum Wales.
- Ancient History, Contemporary Belonging, an AHRC-funded Citizen Science project with young people from refugee backgrounds, the Manchester Museum and Sheba Arts.
- Development of new measures to evaluate the impact of heritage on wellbeing.
- Participation as a project partner in the AHRC-funded network What Is Public History Now?
- Cultures of Disability, which explores the cultures of disability and the experiences of disabled people throughout history and in the present.
Our members regularly appear in the media and write for popular history magazines, with contributions to outlets including BBC Sounds’ You’re Dead To Me and In Our Time, to History Hit, History Today and BBC History Extra.