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Public and Popular History

What happens when history narratives are produced not for library bookshelves but for a mass audience? Does popularization of history automatically mean dumbing down? Who are the people who make history for the public sphere, and what are their motivations and priorities? The Public & Popular History seminar series brings them together, film makers, journalists, professional historians and museum curators. Through talks, multi-media presentations, panel discussions, and debates the seminar explores the practices and characteristics of public and popular history in the contemporary world.



Convenors: Helen McCarthy (hm234), Bernhard Fulda (bdf20) and David Reynolds (emeritus) 

Meetings on Thursdays at 5pm in the Lloyd Room, Third Court, Christ’s College.


Wed, 16 October

Art, History & Controversy

Bernhard Fulda, in conversation, about
Emil Nolde – A German Legend. The Artist during the Third Reich,
a blockbuster exhibition which he co-curated at the Nationalgalerie Berlin
(April – September 2019)



Wed, 27 November  Postponed until Lent Term

Parliament, History and the Public
Kathryn Rix (History of Parliament Trust) and Mari Takayanagi (Parliamentary Archives) reflect upon the challenges of engaging a wide range of publics with Britain’s rich parliamentary history and heritage.


The Seminar is grateful for the generous support of the Trevelyan Fund.


Michaelmas Term 2019 programme - print version


Seminar Programme Archive

Easter Term 2019

Lent Term 2019

 Michaelmas Term 2018

Lent Term 2018

Michaelmas Term 2017

Easter Term 2017

Lent Term 2017

 Lent Term 2015

Michaelmas Term 2014

 Lent Term 2014 


The Faculty is currently accepting applications for the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship match funding by the Isaac Newton Trust. Deadline: 12 pm (noon) on Thursday 2 January 2020.


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