Black British History |

Dr Paul Ward


Affiliation: University of Huddersfield

Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire


Research Description: My research examines the diversity of national identities in the United Kingdom since the nineteenth century and I adopt an approach that uses the co-production of historical knowledge to better understand experiences, emotions and interpretations of different communities in British historiography.

I am involved in Imagine: Connecting Communities Through Research, an ESRC-AHRC funded project under the Connected Communities Civic Engagement call led by Dr Kate Pahl (University of Sheffield). I am exploring co-production of research by community groups and academics and examining how community groups use history to develop their identities, as well as providing a historical overview for the project as a whole. Click here to visit the project website.

Research Keywords: Britishness; British national identity; anti-racism; oral history; shared authority.

Countries and Regions of Interest: United Kingdom, British Empire.


(With Daniel Travers) ‘Narrating Britain’s War: A Four Nations and More Approach to the People’s War’, in Manuel Bragança and Peter Tame (eds), The Long Aftermath: Historical and Cultural Legacies of Europe at War, 1936-1945 (Berghahn, forthcoming, 2015).

‘The co-production of historical knowledge: implications for the history of identities,’ with Elizabeth Pente, Milton Brown and Hardeep Sahota, Identity Papers: A Journal of British and Irish Studies, 1, 1 (2015), pp. pp. 32-53.

With G. Hellawell & S. Lloyd, ‘Witness Seminar: Anti-Fascism in 1970s Huddersfield’, Contemporary British History, 20 (2006), pp.  119–133.

‘We have come a long way: The Labour Party and ethnicity in West Yorkshire,’ in B. Evans et al (eds.), Sons and Daughters of Labour (University of Huddersfield Press, 2007).

Britishness since 1870 (Routledge, 2004).


Profile at the University of Huddersfield

Twitter: @profpaulward