Working with local, regional and national organisations

Commemorating the Great War

The EUROTAST Project

MA Public History Internships

Welcome

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

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.

Read student blogs here:

Latest news

Placeless Memories Conference - Call for Papers

Posted on Tuesday 11 April 2017

This one-day conference taking place on Friday 14th July 2017 aims to open up discussion on the nature of memory and identity construction online and in digital formats, and explore issues concerning the use of these digital memories as a resource for scholars.


York City Environment Observatory

Posted on Tuesday 14 February 2017

IPUP Director, Professor Sarah Rees Jones, is currently participating in this exciting project


York Historic Town Atlas Study Day

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


Upcoming events

Mon
12
Jun

Objects, Stories and the Makings of Military Memory - York Festival of Ideas

Inkwells made from horses hooves, a mounted moose head, a bullet-damaged cigarette case and a scrap of coffee stained silk; randomly eclectic objects and the stories woven around them.

Fri
14
Jul

Placeless Memories

The Internet is becoming an everyday space where identities and memories are not only stored, but also shaped and negotiated. Often dismissed as frivolous, there is however a growing interest in how user-generated content might be useful.

Public lectures

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IFbxFyZEdaU

‌‌‌Research

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.

Resources

Download one of our free audio tours of York:

Follow us on twitter