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Durham University

Department of History

Department of History

Welcome to the Department of History, ranked 2nd in The Complete University Guide (2019) and The Guardian University Guide (2019). 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

Record success in QS World Subject Rankings

Durham is one of the world’s leading universities as shown by our world top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2019, where we are ranked 74th

A record 18 Durham subjects are also in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019, including ten in the world top 50 and three in the world top ten.

Events and Seminars

Thursday 20 June 2019

Our top stories

New digital resource launched

Durham’s AHRC-funded project ‘Church, State, and Nation: The Journals of Hensley Henson, 1900-1939’, jointly undertaken by academics in History and SGIA, has launched the website hosting their digital edition of Henson’s richly-detailed journals. The fully searchable repository currently holds journals from 1900-1913, but will be updated further as the project team follows Henson from rector of St. Margaret's, Westminster to bishop of Durham, through Edwardian controversies, the First World War, and interwar domestic and international crises.

(7 Jun 2019) » Read more New digital resource launched

Blog Post by Anne Heffernan now published

Link to a new blog post written by Anne Heffernan for Africa Is A Country:

(16 Apr 2019)

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.