Centre for Public History, Queen's University Belfast

Centre for Public History, Queen's University Belfast

University Road
United Kingdom

The Centre for Public History at Queen’s provides a lively hub for people engaged in researching, teaching, and practicing public history. It seeks to nurture excellent research, provide a forum for debate, and develop collaboration between academics, practitioners, and the public around issues relating to the practice of history in the public sphere. Research associated with the Centre focuses on a wide range of national and global contexts, historical periods, and disciplines, while our location in Northern Ireland provides a unique environment in which to explore many key issues around public engagement with, and consumption of, the past.

The Centre for Public History  at Queen's hosts the monthly Last Fridays Seminar Series at which invited speakers from organisations and universities across the UK, Ireland, and globally share their latest research in the field of heritage and public history. We also host regular one-off workshops and symposia which focus on specific themes.

Each December we host an annual conference and the Annual Keith Jeffery Lecture in Public History, an event which is open to the public. Former speakers have included Jock Phillips, former Chief Historian to the New Zealand government and Conceptual Lead on the Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, and Deborah Mack, Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.

We also run an MA in Public History which trains students in the theory and practice of how History is put to work in the public sphere. Each year our students take placements with partners in the museums, arts and cultural sectors, heritage, archives and community.  

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Art & Culture Seminar

Centre for Public History, Queen's University Belfast

The Centre for Public History, Queen's University Belfast, invites you to join us for HISTORY IN THE MAKING: A MASTERCLASS IN DIALOGUE. Join BBCNI's Marie-Louise Muir in conversation with the Ulster Museum's William Blair and Karen Logan in an informal exploration of the challenges of curating the Northern Ireland Troubles. Refreshments served on arrival.
08 May 2019

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