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History, Classics and Archaeology Research

We are a strongly interdisciplinary research environment of active researchers and some 100 PhD students, where historians (including ancient historians) work together with classicists and archaeologists.

Our collective expertise in archaeology, ancient history and classics, medieval, early modern, and modern and contemporary history spans the whole of the human past from pre-history to the late twentieth century. We all collaborate across disciplines, areas and periods to push the conceptual boundaries that have long ordered the study of the past. We have a shared interest in approaches, methods, and theories straddling specialisms and disciplines, which we address in research strands sustained by research projects and research centres.

We have long been recognised as a centre of excellence and we pride ourselves on our inclusivity. We publish in 23 languages. Our research is driven by our commitment to engaging diverse audiences and publics, and together we see the study of the past as crucial for making a difference in the world.

Our facilities for research range from internal seedcorn funding opportunities to active research clusters to ever-expanding collections of online resources.

Key Research Centres

View the key research centres focusing on history, classics and archaeology.

Affiliated and external research centres

Research projects

We have a vibrant culture of organising and leading medium and large team-research projects, including postdocs and PhDs. Here is a selection of our current and recent team projects.

In addition to the projects prominently highlighted, we also have past and current projects without a digital presence, including: CBT in Britain: The State, Welfare and the Individual since 1948; Connecting Three Worlds: Socialism, Medicine and Global Health after World War II; and Making and Remaking the Jewish East End: Space, Language and Time.