The Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past works with museums, archives, heritage sites, the media, artists and community organisations to explore the many ways that the past is presented in society. We ask questions about how the histories we tell impact our identities, shape our present and inform the future.
Through collaborations and partnerships, the Institute draws together researchers, students, practitioners and communities to make and research diverse and inclusive public histories.
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.
Find out about some of the amazing work our students have done during their placement and internship opportunities.
Posted on Monday 25 September 2023
IPUP is collaborating on a new history podcast that traces the story of York from the end of the last Ice Age to the present day.
Posted on Tuesday 27 June 2023
Congratulations to our alumni Kelly Bosomworth (Public History, 2022/23), who has been awarded a Collaborative Doctoral Award at Nottingham Trent University in partnership with the Women's Library at LSE.
Posted on Friday 20 January 2023
We were incredibly proud to welcome back students of the MA in Public History Class of 22 for their graduation on Thursday 19th January.
Researching how the Great War is being remembered in Yorkshire during the centenary.
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.
Find out all you need to know about this year's IPUP conference, Commemorating the Second World War in the ‘young 21st century’, in partnership with the Chair of Modern and Contemporary History, University of Bonn.