Durham is a leading British centre for the study of History, ranked as the top UK History Department by the Times and Sunday Times in 2013 and 2014, and second by the Complete University Guide for 2014. Our research expertise and teaching provision extends from the early medieval to recent times, from Britain and Europe (including Russia), to America, Africa and China, and across social, cultural, gender, visual, political and economic history.
One of the seven departments which make up the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and located in the historic heart of Durham, the History Department is close to the World Heritage site of Cathedral and Castle. The University has excellent libraries, with archives and book collections of international significance and which provide access to a huge range of online resources, making us a perfect choice for both undergraduate and postgraduate study.
Events at the History Department
George Stevenson ranked runner-up in the Labour History Review 2013 essay prize competition
Congratulations to George Stevenson, whose essay 'The forgotten strike: equality, gender and class in the Trico Equal Pay Strike' has been ranked runner-up in the Labour History Review 2013 essay prize competition. George is completing a PhD in the department, under the supervision of Dr Andrzej Olechnowicz, on class and the British women's movement (1968-79). He has been invited to submit a revised version of his essay for possible inclusion in the journal.
(23 Apr 2014)
Due to refurbishment works, the Department has temporarily moved to Ushaw college.
The postal address is:
Department of History
The Department currently maintains an administrative office in Durham city centre (Room 003, 49 North Bailey; tel: 0191 334 1040).
(19 Mar 2014)
Professor Paul Bailey to give lectures in China
(7 Feb 2014) » More about lectures in China
Professor Paul Bailey to give paper at an international conference commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War One
(7 Feb 2014) » More about paper
Adrian Green's lecture on 'The Archaeological and Social History of an English Country House' is available on YouTube
The lecture, given to the Society of Antiquaries on 30 January, can be viewed here.
(4 Feb 2014)
Durham DH1 3EX
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