We explore the rich and diverse ways history is represented and debated 'in public', from museums and heritage sites, film and media, to policy, business and tourism.
We continue the work pioneered by the Centre for Local and Regional History, building relationships with communities and organisations in Colchester, Essex and East Anglia through lectures, student placements and public engagement projects.
At the same time, we are active in national and global conversations in the new and dynamic field of public history, from mapping the memories of war to staging the trans-atlantic slave trade.
Members of the Centre for Public History are involved in a number of community engagements. Our MA students can also choose to take a placement in the local community as part of their studies.
Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), over the course of three years (2017 – 2020) this project sets out to both evaluate the extent to which the range of commemorative activities undertaken since 2014 has engaged with, challenged, or changed the cultural memory of the war.
The War Memoryscapes in Asia Partnership, led by the University of Essex and funded by the UK’s Leverhulme Trust, brings together scholars from Europe, Asia and Australia to help trace the trends and developments of World War Two remembrance that is emerging across Asia.