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MA in Public History alumni

Find out what incredible things our former MA in Public History students are up now!

Aleks Fagelman

student

Since leaving York, I have started my career in heritage as the Assistant Community Curator at Leeds Industrial Museum and Thwaite Watermill. It is a really varied role, where I work with the community to provide outreach, write exhibitions and improve the museum itself. My MA has been so helpful in considering the theoretical discussions of heritage spaces as places of care, that I now apply to all of my community work. I am so grateful for the opportunities I had at York, which have boosted me into this role.

MA Public History, 2020-21

Holly Smith

student

The history podcast that I started as a project during the first lockdown led me to my masters in Public History. It was an incredible opportunity to explore so many forms of public engagement with the past, a particular highlight being my group placement at the National Railway Museum (NRM). Whilst studying, I worked as a Project Facilitator for a community heritage project that the University was running with York Museums Trust and HerStory. I've continued with this career path and now work as a Project Coordinator for the Sound and Vision project at the National Science and Media Museum - which is in the same museum group as the NRM - and, of course, I'm still recording the podcast.

MA Public History, 2020-21

Madeline Alexander

student

Completing my MA in Public History has allowed me to fully immerse myself in the professional path that serves the questions of identity and how the past continues to shape us toward the future. The interdisciplinary and methodological skills acquired from my degree created the foundational knowledge base to think about the larger impact of uses of histories in the public arena. I am currently working at History Colorado, the state museum of Colorado, as the Engagement Coordinator for Black Communities where I am able to amplify racially marginalized voices. I will transition to work for Columbia University at INCITE to project manage a national oral history project to ensure elders from Black and indigenous identities are archived for public understanding and use.

MA Public History, 2020-21