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Durham University

Department of History

Department of History

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History Department Podcasts

Listen to our podcast, series one on 'Narratives of Resilience', designed as reflections on the current pandemic and the circumstances it creates. Curated by Prof. Giles E. M. Gasper and Department Filmmaker in Residence Alan Fentiman, the series features research from the department on human responses to crisis and disaster, from the Middle Ages to the present day, from North America, to Britain, Europe, and East Asia. Department of History, Durham University, Podcasts.

Welcome to the Department of History, ranked 3rd in The Complete University Guide (2020) and The Times Good University Guide (2020). We are a successful, expanding department, engaged in teaching and research across an exceptional range of chronological, geographical and thematic areas.

Sarah Davies, Head of Department


World Rankings

Durham is one of the world’s leading universities as shown by our world top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2020 , where we are ranked 78th.

Seventeen Durham subjects are also in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, including nine in the world top 50 and three in the world top ten.

Durham gains highest-ever global ranking in Arts & Humanities

The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by Subject 2020 place Durham University 27th among the world’s leading universities – up three places from last year. This is the fifth consecutive year we’ve ranked in the top 30 for Arts and Humanities in this league table.

Events and Seminars

Tuesday 26 May 2020

Our top stories

New edition and translation by Prof Graeme Small

Congratulations to Prof Graeme Small on a new English edition and translation of Huizinga’s Autumntide of the Middle Ages (Herfsttij der Middeleeuwen).

(22 May 2020) » Read more New edition and translation by Prof Graeme Small

IDAHOBIT International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

Sunday 17 May is International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).

The University support this with rainbow flags flying around the campus, however, during the current crisis there are not many people around in Durham to see this support.

(15 May 2020) » Read more IDAHOBIT International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

Contact Us

Department of History
Durham University
43 North Bailey

Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 1048

Athena Swan Award

In October 2018 the Department of History was delighted to achieve the 'Athena Swan Bronze Award' recognising our commitment to advancing women's careers in academia, progressing our students into academia and improving our work environment for all staff. Find out more information here.