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Dr Victoria Hoyle
Research Associate



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

Dr Victoria Hoyle is currently a Research Associate in the Department of History, working on the social and cultural history of face transplants as part of About Face, a URKI Future Leaders Fellowship project led by Dr Fay Bound Alberti.

From 2017 to 2019 she was the Research Associate on the AHRC-funded Memory – Identity – Rights in Records – Access (MIRRA) project in the Department of Information Studies at UCL, working with care-experienced adults on issues of memory, identity and recordkeeping.

Originally a medievalist, Victoria subsequently qualified as an archivist and worked in archival practice for 11 years prior to her return to academia. She was York’s City Archivist (2013 to 2017) whilst completing her PhD.

Victoria is a joint editor of the Archives and Records journal. 



Victoria’s primary research interests are in social care, health and wellbeing in the 20th and 21st centuries, with a focus on difficult and contentious histories of trauma, violence and sexual abuse.

She specialises in the use of participatory, qualitative and action methodologies in history research, working directly with individual groups affected by her work. She is also interested in the social, cultural and emotional impact of historiographical and public history practices, particularly in areas of media interest.  

Victoria’s PhD research (‘Who Do Archives Think They Are? Archives, Communities and Values in the Heritage City’, York, 2019) 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.


Selected publications

Brigham, L., Brigham, R., Graham, H., & Hoyle, V. (forthcoming). 'Archive utopias: linking collaborative histories to local democracy.' In S. Popple, A. Prescott, D. Mutibwa (Eds.), Communities, archives and new collaborative practices. Ch. 18, Bristol: Bristol University Press.

Hoyle, V., Shepherd, E., Flinn, A., & Lomas, E. (2018). 'Child social care recording and the information rights of care-experienced people: a recordkeeping perspective.British Journal of Social Work. 1-19.

Hoyle, V. (ed.). (2017). 'Archives and public history: places, pasts and identities [special issue].' Archives and Records, 38 (1).

Hoyle, V. (2008). 'The bonds that bind: money lending between Anglo-Jewish and Christian women in the plea rolls of the Exchequer of the Jews, 1218-1280.Journal of Medieval History, 34 (2), 119-129.

Contact details

Dr Victoria Hoyle
Vanbrugh College V/117
Department of History
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: Internal 3616 External (01904) 323616