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Dr Victoria Hoyle
Lecturer in Public History



MA Medieval History and English Literature (St Andrews), MA Medieval Studies (York), PGDip Archival Administration (Aberystwyth), PhD History (York)

Victoria Hoyle is Lecturer in Public History, and a historian of 20th- and 21st-century health and social care. She specialises in participatory research and the co-production of historical knowledge, working with communities of lived experience. Victoria originally joined the Department as a postdoctoral Research Associate on AboutFace, a UKRI-funded project on the emotional and cultural history of face transplants, in October 2019.

Previously she was the postdoctoral Research Associate on the AHRC-funded Memory – Identity – Rights in Records – Access (MIRRA) project in the Department of Information Studies at UCL (2017-2019). This project worked with care-experienced adults on issues of memory, identity and record-keeping, to produce advice and guidance for social workers and government agencies.

Originally a medievalist, Victoria subsequently trained as an archivist and worked in archival practice for 11 years prior to her return to academia. She was York’s City Archivist (2013-2017) whilst completing her PhD, Who Do Archives Think They Are? Archives, Community and Value in the Heritage City (2018).

Victoria is currently working on a book based on her thesis, which is under contract with Routledge. She is an editor of the Archives and Records journal.



Victoria’s primary interests are in the social, cultural and emotional impacts of public history practices. She specialises in the use of participatory, qualitative and action methodologies, working directly with individuals and communities affected by her research.

She is currently collaborating with colleagues at the University of Leeds on a project on the potential of public history and heritage activity to develop democratic participation in local government processes. This is part of a continuation of the My Future York project, of which she is a long-time collaborator.

This builds on Victoria’s PhD research (‘Who Do Archives Think They Are? Archives, Communities and Values in the Heritage City’, York, 2018), which examined the relationship between archival heritage, social justice and democratic process, in the context of local and community activism. She is currently developing a book from this project titled The Remaking of Archival Values which is due for publication with Routledge in 2022.

Victoria also researches child social care, health and wellbeing in the 20th and 21st centuries, with a focus on difficult and contentious histories of trauma, violence and abuse. Her next research project will explore how histories of child sexual abuse have been constructed and presented in the context of recent transitional justice processes in the UK, Ireland and Australia.



Histories in Public: Understandings of the Past in Today’s Society 

Using and Abusing the Past in Britain, 1835-2018

Children and Childhood in Britain and Empire, 1850-2000


Mending the Past: History and the Politics of Guilt and Reparation

Public History I: Meanings and Values in Public History

Public History II: Methodologies and Practices in Public History

Contact details

Dr Victoria Hoyle
Vanbrugh College V/116
Department of History
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: Internal 2955, External (01904) 322955