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Durham University

Department of History

Staff Profile

Dr Katie Palmer Heathman

Research Associate (Modern British History) in the Department of History
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43338

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I am currently working on 'Church, State and Nation in Britain: the Journals of Hensley Henson, 1900-1939'. This project will create a digital scholarly edition of the journals of Bishop Hensley Henson, focusing on the period 1900-1939 when Henson was most prominent as a public figure and as a commentator on the great events and great figures of these turbulent years. The digital edition will enable Henson’s literary gifts and unique insight into his age to be enjoyed by a wide readership, as well as providing a valuable resource for a wide body of researchers.

I was awarded my PhD from the University of Leicester in 2016. My thesis reassessed the relationships of the early twentieth-century folk revival with contemporary social, political and religious thought. It examined the folksong collecting of Christian socialist Charles Marson; the role in the Morris revival of Communist vicar Conrad Noel; the centrality of folk dance to the social work of Grace Kimmins and Mary Neal; and the spiritual role cast for folk traditions by Rolf Gardiner in his organicist efforts towards rural regeneration, demonstarting that past cultural forms offered revivalists blueprints for future social change. I am currently working on a monograph derived from this work.

Research Interests

  • Christian Socialism
  • Citizenship
  • Communities and Community Building
  • Cultural and social movements
  • Folksong and Dance
  • Heritage and the performance of heritage
  • National Identity
  • Revivalism and the uses of the past
  • The Church of England in National Life

Selected Publications

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