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Dr Andrzej Olechnowicz

Assistant Professor (Modern British History) in the Department of History
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41055

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Andrzej Olechnowicz has research interests in the social and cultural history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain. His current research lies in two areas: the evolution and character of the British monarchy since 1837, seeking to understand its popularity and influence in shaping national identity; and notions of ‘leisure’, ‘community’ and ‘mass society’ in inter-war Britain. Teaching specialisms include nineteenth-century social history, the impact of twentieth-century wars in shaping British society and social policy, and the origins of the Edwardian Liberal welfare reforms.

Research Groups

Department of History

Research Projects

Department of Geography

  • Health Inequalities in an Age of Austerity, Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Grant, £1 million (2013-2018)

Research Interests

  • British anti-fascism in the 1930s
  • British social history since 1830
  • The modern British monarchy

Teaching Areas

  • British social history in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Programme politics in Britain 1880-1914


Authored book

  • (1997). Working-class Housing in England between the Wars: the Becontree Estate. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Edited book

Chapter in book

Journal Article