Welcome to the School of History at QMUL

Professor Miri Rubin

Welcome to the School of History at Queen Mary, London’s only campus university. We are one of the largest, friendliest and most distinguished history departments in the country.

Whether you are looking to study history as an undergraduate, a postgraduate or to find out about our staff and their research we hope you will find what you are looking for here.

— Professor Miri Rubin, Head of School.

Upcoming events

May 2015

Wednesday 13th Arts Two, Room 3.16, QMUL

July 2015

Wednesday 1st ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre, ArtsTwo Building, QMUL


Professor Tilli Tansey awarded an Honorary Doctorate

Friday April 24th

Professor Tilli Tansey OBE has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Medicine by the University of Sheffield, for her ‘outstanding achievements and distinguished career in the field of medical history’.  The degree will be conferred at a ceremony in January 2016. Prof Tansey heads the  History of Modern Biomedicine Research group. 

Professor Sir Christopher Bayly

Monday April 20th

The School of History is deeply saddened by the death of Professor Sir Christopher Bayly in Chicago yesterday.  Our thoughts and sympathy go to his wife, Susan Bayly, and other members of his family. Chris was a superb historian and a very generous person. He joined Queen Mary in September 2014, and fast became an admired teacher, esteemed colleague and friend to many. We had far too short a time to learn from him and enjoy his presence among us. We will miss him very much.

Professor Miri Rubin, Head of the School of History

Call for Papers: Rethinking Contemporary British Political History - A Research Symposium 7th-8th September 2015

Monday April 20th

How is the political history of the recent past being written in Britain today, and how will it be written in the future? This symposium aims to map new directions in the historical study of British politics and government since c.1945, with a focus on new research being carried out by scholars at an early stage of their careers (defined as within 10 years of PhD).

Hosted by the Mile End Institute, Queen Mary’s centre for the study of politics, policy and public life, and the School of History, around 25 early career researchers will be joined by a group of more established scholars for two days of debate and dialogue over questions of conceptualisation, methodology, interdisciplinarity and the shifting historiographical landscape of contemporary British political history. Confirmed participants include Pat Thane (ICBH/KCL), Jon Lawrence (Cambridge), Lucy Robinson (Sussex), Nicholas Crowson (Birmingham), Lucy Delap (Cambridge) and James Ellison (QMUL).

This is the first in a series of four events organised by Dr Helen McCarthy on the theme of Rethinking Contemporary British Political History generously funded by the British Academy under its Rising Star Engagement Award scheme. The other events, to be held between September 2015 and March 2016, will include an oral history workshop co-hosted with the British Library, a roundtable on the archive of the future co-hosted with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Historians, and a one-day event on public engagement beyond the academy. 

Further details-Rethinking Contemporary British Political History.pdf