Michael Sewell

Assistant Lecturer
Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
 Michael Sewell



Michael is currently a PhD student at the University of Essex after receiving the University of Essex Doctoral Scholarship. His research examines the regional landscapes of commemoration of the British Civil Wars and their impact on local and national identities. Michael graduated from the University of Winchester with a BA in History and the Modern World and a MA in History. His BA and MA dissertations examined the changing memory of Bomber Command and how the Anglo Dutch Wars have impacted on local and national identities. Michaels research interests focus primarily on the role of memory and commemoration in local identity and in the formation of the nation state from the seventeenth century to the present. He is also interested in the social impact of Methodism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He is a keen advocate of presenting historical information in a way that is accessible, interesting and enjoyable to the wider general public. Conferences organised/attended: The Ever-Present Past Conference, Co-Organiser and Panel Chair. (14th October 2017) History, Memory, and the Use of the Past Research Symposium. (31st May 2018) "Place of Memory and Memory of Place" International Conference. (14th June 2018) Essex University History Department Research Seminar 'Lightning Talk' (13th December 2018) Between Myth & Memory Symposium (25th April 2019) 'The Historian's I' Conference (14th June 2019) Publications: 'Remembering the Siege: Civil War Memory in Colchester' Journal of the Ever Present Past (2019).


  • BA(Hons) History and the Modern World University of Winchester (2015)

  • MA History University of Winchester (2016)

Research and professional activities


Studying the changing use, perception and memory of local landmarks in Colchester from 1648 to the present

Research interests

Seventeenth century conflict

British History

Memory studies

Nation making

Local History

Heritage and Tourism




Colchester Campus

Working pattern:

Zoom Support hour on Wednesday's 3-4pm. Avaliable via email