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.
Dr Geoff Cubitt
Director 2015-6, 2017-20
Professor Sarah Rees Jones
Director 2012-5, 2016-7
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.
Part-time internships for postgraduates at the University of York. An opportunity to develop your skills, experience and CV.
Posted on Friday 5 February 2016
An illustrated atlas of the history of the remarkable city of York, concentrating on the growth and form of the settlement across two thousand years, was published in December 2015
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.
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
Researching how the Great War is being remembered in Yorkshire during the centenary.
Developing a new website to host a wealth of information on Richard III's connections with the north.
Explaining how and why racism in Jamaica was suppressed in national narratives.
A 3-5 year project which will critically assess the various heritage values that apply to York's historic environment.
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