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 Sarah Rees Jones
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.
Part-time internships for postgraduates at the University of York. An opportunity to develop your skills, experience and CV.
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.
Posted on Tuesday 14 April 2015
We are pleased to announce that we have over ten internships in public history available this summer.
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.
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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