The work we do in the Department of History – whether it is about art, gender, politics, religion, war or violence – is of interest and value to the community outside universities.
We often share our research at public events, and also work with external partners to provide historical context and insight for their activities. This webpage gives details of upcoming events and some examples of past events. If you want to get involved or hear more, contact details are given at the bottom of the page. You can read about our research in more detail in the 'Staff Directory' and 'Research' webpages. Download our Public Engagement strategy here (pdf, 51KB).
Our Public Activity takes place in different ways.
We share our recent findings with local, national and international audiences. Colleagues have held talks at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield on films of historical interest, for example, and collaborated with Sheffield-based 'Music in the Round'. Staff have recently given talks at the University of the Third Age and at the Crucible Theatre (as part of the 'Ensemble 360 Festival').
Schools History Network
We contribute to local schools' teaching by holding events for local pupils and their teachers via our 'Schools History Network', introducing children to advances in historical knowledge, and enabling teachers to brush up on their scholarship concerning historical events. Staff have given talks to students at local schools, but we also hold events within the department to which local pupils and teachers are invited and have produced videos designed for use in the classroom. Schools have also offered placements for our MA students.
Other partners include Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust, Brodsworth House (English Heritage) and Sheffield Archives. Many of our partners provide work placements for our MA students.
National and International Activities
Our historians regularly appear in the national media, including radio and TV. Most recently, history staff were closely involved in the BBC1 series 'Garrow's Law: Tales from the Old Bailey', and the BBC4 series 'Glamour's Golden Age'. If you are would like to benefit from our expertise, explore our 'Staff Directory' webpages, or use the University's 'Find an Expert' page.
We use our webpages to tell people about the work we do, and to make some of it available to the wider community. The Old Bailey Online project has made available to the public the proceedings of the Old Bailey criminal court between 1674 and 1913. The website has received some 15 million hits since it was launched in 2003, and has become an invaluable resource for family and local historians.
We hold public events throughout the year. These can be viewed through our Seminars and Events webpage.
'History Goes Public' will demonstrate how an understanding of the past enriches our lives in the present. Watch this space for more details and a link to our forthcoming dedicated website.
Perhaps you would like to hear more about our research, work with us on a history project, or benefit from the research skills of an MA History student by offering a history-related placement.
If you would like to hear more please contact Karen Harvey.