Working with local, regional and national organisations

Commemorating the Great War

The EUROTAST Project

MA Public History Internships


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

Model train in wind-tunnel

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

Careers resources for public history students

Posted on Wednesday 2 September 2015

We are pleased to announce that we have launched a new careers section on the IPUP website, to assist prospective and current Public History students and graduates.

Translating Christianity Exhibition at the Old Palace, York Minster, throughout July

Posted on Friday 3 July 2015

A virtual exhibition and free display of word, image, sound and object in the circulation of the sacred from the birth of Christ until the present day

Festival Fringe Family Fun Afternoon at the York Festival of Ideas

Posted on Monday 8 June 2015

Come along to the Festival of Ideas to join students from the MA in Public History in an afternoon of energetic, crafty, puzzling, scientific and historical fun.

Upcoming events


"Mr Lincoln, I thought you were dead" - Museum design and the public understanding of the past

How exhibitions take shape and how a design agency responds and contributes to how the past is interpreted.


"Anniversaries and commemoration: constructing community and temporality"

"Anniversaries and commemoration: constructing community and temporality"

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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