Working with local, regional and national organisations

Commemorating the Great War

The EUROTAST Project

MA Public History Internships

Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past


The Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past researches how narratives of the past function in our society and how identities are constructed in the present, using the past.

Founded to promote partnerships between the University and museums, galleries, heritage and media organisations, the Institute draws together researchers, practitioners and audiences.

Professor Sarah Rees Jones

Dr Sarah Rees Jones
Centre Director

Study with us

Our MA in Public History gives you the chance to get industry experience promoting history to a public audience. This could be a museum, historic house, archive, period reconstruction, or TV, film or web production company.

MA in Public History

Student internships

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Part-time internships for postgraduates at the University of York. An opportunity to develop your skills, experience and CV.

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Latest news

Considering the relevance of the York massacre of 1190 today

Posted on Thursday 12 March 2015

16 March marks the anniversary of the massacre of the Jews of York in 1190, the most infamous event in York's history.

IPUP awards for top students

Posted on Tuesday 6 January 2015

IPUP's awards for the top students graduating from the MA in Public History in 2014 were made to Elizabeth Spencer and Lauren Bray.

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Events exploring why York's past matters

Posted on Tuesday 21 October 2014

University of York to host ‘Within the Walls’ for inaugural Humanities Festival

Upcoming events

Public lectures


Lest We Forget

Researching how the Great War is being remembered in Yorkshire‌ during the centenary.

Richard III: Rumour and Reality

Developing a new website to host a wealth of information on Richard III's connections with the north.

Unveiling the Public Secret: Race in colonial and independent Jamaica

Explaining how and why racism in Jamaica was suppressed in national narratives.

Within the Walls

A 3-5 year project which will critically assess the various heritage values that apply to York's historic environment.


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