Public engagement and outreach

At UCL History we value the importance of sharing our work with audiences beyond academia.

Members of the department from undergraduate level upward regularly take part in activities aimed at new audiences or held in public spaces. Below, you can find information on some of our recent activity.

If you work at a school or sixth-form college and are interested in working with UCL History academics, click through to visit our Outreach page.

Supporting LGBT+ and Queer Histories in Secondary Schools

This knowledge exchange project aims to promote the inclusion of LGBTQ+ young people in secondary schools by facilitating teaching of LGBT+ and queer topics as part of the wider history curriculum. Research shows that seeing themselves represented in the curriculum will not only enhance LGBTQ+ students’ self-esteem, but it will also enable all students to gain a greater understanding of the diversity of human gender and sexuality in the past and present. Full details can be found here

This project is run in collaboration with the UCL History of Art Department

The Interpretation of Medieval Hospitals

In December 2019, Dr Johanna Dale and Dr Antonio Sennis delivered a talk on 'Hospitals and leprosy in the Middle Ages: Maldon's St Giles ruins in historical context' at the St Giles Leper Hospital Remains in Maldon, Essex. Johanna and Antonio have now been awarded funding by the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies for their collaborative project 'The interpretation of medieval hospitals, wellbeing and the historic environment'. The CCHS grant will be used to support the establishment of a historical walking tour in Maldon, Essex, which is the location of the St Giles Leper Hospital, which is one of the locations the tour will go. Watch this space for further details!

Women and the Miners' Strike Public Events

The two-year project Women and the Miners' Strike, which will run from 2018-2020 and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, has gathered oral histories with women from coalfield communities around Great Britain, to find out about their experiences during the miners' strike of 1984-5. As part of this project, a series of public events will be run across the UK. All are welcome at the events, to learn about the findings of the research, hear the voices of women who experienced the strike, and share their own memories of the strike and thoughts about it. UCL History's Dr Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite is one of the researchers leading this project.

UCL Festival of Culture 2019

In June each year, the annual Festival of Culture invites members of the public into UCL for a series of talks and events sharing research from the joint faculties of Arts and Humanities, and Social and Historical Sciences. In 2019, Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite delivered a public lecture about her current research project on women and the miners' strike. If you're interested in learning more about this project, you can read about it here.

Exhibition: Spellbound, Ashmolean Museum

Spellbound was an exhibition that ran at the Ashmolean Museum from 31st August 2018 – 6th January 2019, and was curated by UCL History's Dr Sophie Page. The exhibition examined how our ancestors used magical thinking to cope with the unpredictable world around them. The exhibition was well-attended by members of the public, and was reviewed as "Irresistibly creepy" by The Telegraph and "Mesmerising" by The Times. The Spellbound website can be viewed here.