Department of History

Field trips

Field trips allow you to engage with historical sources and environments on an immediate and personal level.

You will experience historical issues, texts and artefacts in a wider context that might not be obvious from textbooks.

You should also improve your observational skills and get to engage in lively debate!

Field trips aren't compulsory and costs for students vary according to the trip, with some being wholly subsidised by the department.

The opportunities vary according to the modules running and the particular research interests of staff.

Museum of Rural English Life field trip

Recent field trips

International Slavery Museum, Liverpool

Sheryllynne Haggerty often takes students on The British Slave Trade and Abolition module to the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool. This helps them to:

  • put the module content in a wider context
  • think about how such a difficult history should be remembered
  • see how their study links with popular understandings of the subject.
Museum of English Rural Life, Reading

Sarah Holland took third year students on the Rural Life in Victorian England module to the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading. Students were able to:

  • consult the archives and special collections as material for their essays and dissertations
  • have informed discussions with the museum curators about the challenges of presenting rural history to a wider audience. 
National collections, London

David Gehring's final year ‘Overseas Exploration, European Diplomacy, and the Rise of Tudor England’ module has three field trips, with the final one being to the British Library, British Museum and the National Gallery in London. This allows the students to:

  • see first-hand many of the documents, artifacts, and artwork that they’ve read about and discussed
  • understand how regional archives complement national collections
  • appreciate historiographical development in a local context through walking in the historical area between the sites.
Cheapside and Lincolnshire
Richard Goddard’s students experienced not only a deserted medieval village in Lincolnshire, but also a visit to Cheapside to witness the way in which the fossilised remains of medieval merchant houses and shops are still visible in the early 21st century.
David Laven guided his second-year students through the back-alleys – and wine shops – of Venice, showing a side to the city’s history missed when you stick to the tourist track. 
Liguria, Italy
Ross Balzaretti had his students trekking through the beautiful hills of north west Italy, doing research on anything from the revival of local festivals to studying fluctuations in deer population, for his module on the landscape history of Liguria.


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