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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


Emeritus Professor Ranald Michie admitted to the freedom of the City of London

The Department congratulates Emeritus Professor Ranald Michie, who was admitted to the freedom of the City of London on 17 June in recognition a career devoted largely to research into the history of the City of London and its financial institution.

(2 Jul 2015)

Congratulations to Professor Andy Wood, winner of the AHA's 2014 Leo Gershoy Award

image of The Memory of the People

Professor Andy Wood is the winner of the American Historical Association's 2014 Leo Gershoy Award, for his book The Memory of the People: Custom and Popular Senses of the Past in Early Modern England (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

(29 Oct 2014) » More about Professor Andy Wood wins Leo Gershoy Award

Contact Details

43 North Bailey
Durham DH1 3EX

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

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