The Department of History at York is committed to using its expertise to engage with the wider community: historicising questions of public policy, advising external organizations on matters of historical interpretation or accuracy, working with the media in developing programming and publications about the past, and forming partnerships with other institutions for the development of major public history projects.
Serena Dyer, a graduate student at York, has been involved in applying ideas of experimental history to the production and construction techniques of eighteenth-century dressmaking.
Since starting Dressing History, her company specialising in the reproduction of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century garments and accessories, Serena’s work has been featured at The Science Museum, The Ironbridge Gorge Museum and York’s own Barley Hall. Serena has been asked to appear in replica clothing by the National Trust, the Jane Austen Centre, and at the English Heritage Festival of History, and has lectured on her work at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute.
Public understanding of the past
The Department of History has established the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past (IPUP). IPUP seeks to promote partnerships and consultancies between archives, museums, galleries, heritage and the media, and to create interdisciplinary links between researchers, practitioners and audiences within and without the University.