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Department of History

Durham is a leading British centre for the study of History, ranked as the top UK History Department by the Complete University Guide in 2015 and by the Times and Sunday Times in 2013 and 2014, and second by the Guardian University Guide in 2015. 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


'Age of Lawyers: The Roots of American Law in Shakespeare's Britain' - Exhibition in Memory of Chris Brooks at the Folger Shakespeare Library

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A new exhibition, Age of Lawyers: The Roots of American Law in Shakespeare's Britain, has just opened at the Folger Shakespeare Library, which houses the world's largest Shakespeare collection, and major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts and works of art.

The creator and original curator of the exhibition was Christopher W. Brooks, Professor of Early Modern History at Durham, who passed away unexpectedly on 19th August, 2014. Chris selected and described many of the materials in the exhibition, which explores early modern law, politics and legal culture - from the Inns of Court, where law students and lawyers lived and studied, to marriage settlements, alehouse licences, famous murders, and rare hadwritten and printed law books.

(23 Sep 2015) » More about 'Age of Lawyers', in Memory of Chris Brooks, at the Folger Shakespeare Library

Scholarships available for Overseas Taught Postgraduate Courses

Chevening scholarships are available to support overseas students undertaking taught postgraduate courses at Durham University for entry in 2016/2017. The deadline for these awards is 3 November 2015.

Full details ...

(12 Aug 2015)

Contact Details

43 North Bailey

tel: +44 (0)191 334 1040
fax: +44 (0)191 334 1041

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