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Richard Hall

Richard Hall

PhD Candidate


Richard has published on working men’s clubs in post-war Britain, and emotions and subjectivity in oral history interviews. His intellectual interests include gender and masculinity, histories of emotions, memory, national identity, and more broadly, the social and cultural history of modern Britain. After some time away from academia working in the creative and not-profit sectors, he returned to study degree modules in History at the Open University, before completing an MA in Contemporary History (distinction) at the University of Sussex. He is now approaching the end of a PhD in History at the University of Cambridge, entitled The Emotional Lives and Legacies of Fathers and Sons in Britain, 1945-1974. Richard has taught undergraduate and masters students at Cambridge and King’s College London on subjects including history and memory, gender, masculinity, oral history, and youth and youth cultures. He is currently applying for post-doctoral teaching and research roles, in which he plans to use oral history interviews to write a social and emotional history of Brexit. Richard also has a BA (hons) in Music from the University of Liverpool. 

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 and gender, and lectured on youth and youth cultures. 



  • Modern British History

Key Publications

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

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