Modern Cultural History

Seminar or event series

The Modern Cultural History Seminar has a twenty-year history of stretching the boundaries of the field in all the new ways the field seems to be heading, with recent attention paid to history of the emotions, space and place, the social sciences in cultural context, and cultures of gender and sexuality.  Most of our papers are in British history since the late 18th century, but we try to feature comparative work as well, and in recent years we have had papers in French, Australian, American and South Asian cultural history as well, especially where transnational themes are involved.  A postgraduate-run workshop in Modern Cultural History meets in alternate weeks.

We are meeting  four times this term, once on Zoom, and three times in the Senior Parlour, Gonville & Caius College, in all cases at 5pm on alternate Wednesdays.  The link for the Zoom meeting will be circulated to the seminar mailing list and via the Faculty’s weekly events listing in advance of each meeting.  If you are not on our mailing list, but would like to be, and/or are external to Cambridge University, please email one of the convenors (Lucy Delap,, or Peter Mandler, to be added to the circulation.

The Cultural History Workshop is a graduate-organized series for works-in-progress from both MPhil and PhD students that meets alternately with the seminar.  For more information, or to offer a paper, please contact the convenors (Isobel Akerman,, or Victoria Harrison-Mirauer,

The History Faculty’s Trevelyan Fund provides crucial and much appreciated assistance to support visits by scholars from outside Cambridge.



‘Who Were the Public in Public Space? Contested Definitions of Public Space and its Usage in England, 1800 to the Present Day’

KATRINA NAVICKAS, University of Hertfordshire

The Bourgeoisie Strikes Back? Sloanes, Preppies and Conservative Lifestyle Guides of the 1980s

LAWRENCE BLACK, University of York
To be held on Zoom

Broadcasting Beasts: Animals and the BBC in Interwar Britain

MAX LONG, University of Cambridge

The Libraries of the Dukes of Devonshire: Buying, Collecting, Owning and Selling, at Chatsworth - and Elsewhere

MARK PURCELL, University of Cambridge
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Banner picture: Movie theater. Southside, Chicago, Illinois, 1941. Library of Congress collection