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

December 2015

Thursday 3rd German Historical Institute London
Thursday 10th Arts Two Lecture Theatre, QMUL


Bestsellers by Dr Tom Asbridge and Dr Tristram Hunt included in Waterstones’ paperbacks of the year collection 2015

Monday November 30th

Books by two of our historians have been selected by Waterstones as paperbacks of the year 2015Chosen for the history category were The Greatest Knight, by Dr Tom Asbridge, and Ten Cities That Made an Empire by Dr Tristram Hunt.

The Greatest Knight chronicles the life of William Marshal – a peerless warrior and paragon of chivalry – at a time when the West was emerging from the Dark Ages into modernity. The book, published to wide acclaim, brings to life the brutal realities of medieval warfare and the murky machinations of royal court.It draws upon an array of contemporary evidence – as well as a thirteenth century biography of Marshal – to present a compelling account of the Knight’s life and times.

From Dr Tristram Hunt, Ten Cities that Made an Empire presents a new approach to Britain's imperial past through the cities that epitomised it.Through an array of first-hand accounts and personal reflections, Ten Cities portrays the great colonial and imperial cities of Boston, Bridgetown, Dublin, Cape Town, Calcutta, Hong Kong, Bombay, Melbourne, New Delhi, and twentieth-century Liverpool: their architecture, culture, and society balls; the famines, uprisings and repressions which coursed through them; the primitive accumulation and ghostly bureaucracy which ran them; the British supremacists and multicultural trailblazers who inhabited them. 

Professor Tilli Tansey presents at The Physiological Society

Friday November 27th

Professor Tilli Tansey will be giving the Paton Prize Lecture as part of an event to Celebrate 100 years of Women’s Membership of The Physiological Society on Wednesday 2nd December.

Dr Chloe Ward's new book published

Wednesday November 25th

Dr Chloe Ward's book has been published. The Drawings of G. F. Watts is the first in depth study of drawings by the Victorian era's most celebrated artist. Known primarily as a painter, George Frederic Watts was also a prolific draughtsman who produced thousands of drawings throughout his career. Dr Ward examines these private, personal documents to trace the conceptual history behind the artist's most famous works and reveal the pivotal role drawing played in all Watts's beliefs about art.