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Research in History

Research conducted by the staff of the History Department ranges widely, with broad strengths in the history of Britain and Europe from 1500 to the 1990s. Particular areas of focus include: the history of crime and policing, ‘Empire’ and Postcolonial Studies; the history of medicine; Britain and Ireland since the 18th century; War, conflict and politics in Europe.

Research Groups

Members of the History Department run a number of research groups that reflect their research interests. They are also active in a range of interdisciplinary research groups at The Open University. See all the research groups.

Research Funding Success

History Department staff are regularly awarded external grants to pursue research in a range of areas.  Recent awards have been granted to Dr Sandip Hazareesingh, Dr Rosalind Crone, Dr Karl Hack, Dr Lotte Hughes and Dr Janice Holmes.

See our News & Events page for further information.


History Department staff publish their work regularly. You can view details of our publications on Open Research Online and our News & Events page.

Our Research Online

Past and present staff members have been involved in a range of digital humanities projects including the Old Bailey Online, History from Police Archives and 1914-18 Online. Some of our current research projects also have dedicated webpages where you can find further information about their activities.

Find out more about our history research online.

Postgraduate Research

Please follow this link to find out more about our postgraduate research programmes.

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