At Durham we believe that our research benefits from collaboration and from being shared with others, whose ideas and support can give us greater confidence and ambition.
Very little matches the sheer pleasure and excitement of historical research, which might arise from the chance discovery of a document in an archive, the development of new insights, the testing of an argument, or the creative craft of writing. Historical research also matters. History is an anti-reductionist discipline that that fosters intellectual maturity, appreciation of (if not agreement with) the views of others, and awareness of the complex relationship between the present and the past.
to encourage all colleagues to pursue research that is innovative and that addresses significant and ambitious historical problems and question
to foster a vibrant, diverse, and intellectually stimulating research community that includes not only academic staff, but doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, as well as visiting scholars
to promote engagement and impact activities beyond the academic world
to enhance the department’s international reputation for research
Our research engages with a wide range of non-academic audiences and users across the world. Colleagues in the department play advisory roles for a number of governments in both foreign and domestic policy, including the US State Department, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the UK Parliamentary Petitions service, the Swiss Foreign Office, and a wide range of NGOs and charities. We work in the creative arts sector, with leading global sound and light companies, with schools in the region, in the UK, and internationally, from Germany to India, and with youth movements in South Africa. Our research into medieval food is to be found in a Newcastle restaurant, on heat and cities in East Asia, and on debates on confederate statues in the USA.
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Find out about our research in our Departmental Clusters, Research Centres and University Research Institutes and our outreach activities.