History Research at Hertfordshire

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Over the past two decades, the History department at the University of Hertfordshire has ranked as one of the strongest in the UK for the impact of its research. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, 82% of the department’s overall research was rated 'world-leading' and 'internationally excellent'.

The department includes cultural, gender, political, religious, business and social historians, and its expertise ranges from the study of early modern medicine and witchcraft to protest in 19th-century Britain and propaganda during the Cold War.

Historians at Hertfordshire have an excellent track record in the sphere of research co-production and in developing international and interdisciplinary links. The department works with museums and trade organisations, volunteer groups, and journalists and government departments.

What makes us distinctive?

The History department at the University of Hertfordshire has built an extraordinary range of links with communities outside academia, on a local, regional and international level.

Our webpages will be of interest to you, whether you are:

  • a scholar or heritage professional wanting to know the latest developments and cutting-edge methods in history
  • a student looking to take a BA, MA by Research, PhD or Professional Doctorate in Heritage
  • a business looking to turn history to your advantage
  • a member of our local and regional communities wishing to get involved in our projects.

Groups and initiatives

We have particular experience in supporting public history projects within the community and at linking history with business.

Research highlights