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Dr Richard Hall

Dr Richard Hall

Early Career Researcher

Richard Hall is available for consultancy.


Richard has recently completed his PhD, The Emotional Lives and Legacies of Fathers and Sons in Britain, 1945-1974. He has published on emotional oral histories and working men's clubs in post-war Britain. He also has a  book chapter forthcoming in a new MUP edited collection on twentieth-century masculinities entitled 'Fathers, Sons and Normal, Ordinary Family Life, 1945-1974'. His intellectual interests include gender and masculinity, histories of emotions, memory, and more broadly, the social and cultural history of modern Britain.

Richard currently combines part-time teaching with his academic research and freelance writing for not-for-profit organisations. Before coming to Cambridge, he spent 15 years working in the creative and not-for-profit industries. He has a BA in Music from the University of Liverpool and an MA in Contemporary History from the University of Sussex. 

Research Interests

My intellectual interests include gender and masculinity, histories of emotions, and twentieth century social and cultural British history more broadly. I am also interested in subjectivity, memory and life history, particularly in relation to oral history interviews. 


At King's College London, I have taught MA seminars on masculinity, undergraduate modules on history and memory, and lectured on oral history. 

At Cambridge, I have taught undergraduate Historical Argument and Practice (HAP) classes on Memory, Gender, and Sexuality, and lectured on Youth and Youth Cultures. I am also a supervisor for Paper 11 (British Economic and Social History Since 1880). 



  • Modern British History

Key Publications

Fathers, Sons and ‘Normal’, ‘Ordinary’ Family Life, 1945-1974 (chapter in Manchester University Press edited collection ‘Masculinities in Twentieth-Century Britain’, forthcoming, 2020)

Emotional Histories: Materiality, Temporality and Subjectivity in Interviews with Fathers and Sons (Oral History, 47:1 Spring 2019)

Being a Man, Being a Member: Masculinity and Community in Britain's Working Men's Clubs, 1945-1960 (Cultural and Social History, 14:1 October 2016).

Other Publications

Book review: Fatherhood and the British Working-Class, 1865-1914 by Julie-Marie Strange (Journal of Victorian Culture, August 2016).

Book review: Family Men: Fatherhood and Masculinity in Britain, 1914-1960 by Laura King (Women's History Review, May 2016).