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Durham University

Department of History


At Durham we believe that our research benefits from collaboration and from being shared with others, whose ideas and support can give us greater confidence and ambition.

Very little matches the sheer pleasure and excitement of historical research, which might arise from the chance discovery of a document in an archive, the development of new insights, the testing of an argument, or the creative craft of writing.

Historical research also matters. History is an anti-reductionist discipline that fosters intellectual maturity, appreciation of (if not agreement with) the views of others, and awareness of the complex relationship between the present and the past.

At Durham we seek:

  • to encourage all colleagues to pursue research that is innovative and that addresses significant and ambitious historical problems and questions
  • to foster a vibrant, diverse, and intellectually stimulating research community that includes not only academic staff, but doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, as well as visiting scholars
  • to promote engagement and impact activities beyond the academic world
  • to enhance the department’s international reputation for research