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

September 2015

November 2015


Professor Tilli Tansey presents at the Society of Apothecaries

Tuesday June 23rd

Professor Tilli Tansey presents the Sir Hans Sloane Lecture to the Society of Apothecaries at Apothecaries’ Hall on 25th June. The lecture is entitled ‘Sir Henry Wellcome – A Sloane of our times’.  The lecture is being held to coincide with the Bicentenary of the Apothecaries’ Act, which marked the start of medical professionalism. 

Professor Amanda Vickery on BBC2

Friday June 19th

Professor Amanda Vickery presents La Traviata: Love, Death and Divas on BBC 2 on Saturday 20th June. Prof Vickery and Radio 3 presenter Tom Service reveal the extraordinary story behind the opera's first night in London and its scandalous heroine, the courtesan Violetta Valéry, whose dramatic life and tragic death were based on real-life characters and events.

Professor Amanda Vickery on Woman's Hour

Friday June 12th

Professor Amanda Vickery discusses La Traviata on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour. La Traviata is one of the most popular operas, its arias instantly recognisable and a production staple for opera houses across the world. Yet at its London premiere in 1856, La Traviata was denounced for bringing ‘the poetry of the brothel’ to the stage and unleashing uncomfortable truths upon Victorian society. Ahead of her new show for BBC 2, ‘La Traviata: Love, Death and Divas’ Prof Vickery discussed the opera and its origins.