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Centre for Regional and Local Historical Research

20 years of regional and local history at Teesside University

The Centre for Regional and Local Historical Research (CRLHR), established in 1995, reflects the particular strength of regional and local history at Teesside University.

Centre for Regional and Local Historical Research

  • is committed to developing all aspects of regional, local and community history across time and space
  • raises the profile, nationally and internationally, of the history of north-eastern England
  • creates the prerequisites in terms of research culture and research links
  • facilitates teaching aspects of regional and local history at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • enhances the University’s role in the community
  • disseminates the results of research to the general public through seminars, conferences and its series of Papers in North East England History.


CRLHR members are involved in a number of regional and local projects.

  • Dr Graham Ford and Dr Roisin Higgins have contributed articles to The Evening Gazette relating to the experiences of Middlesbrough and the First World War.
    • ‘How assassination became world war’, 30 January 2014
    • ‘Teesside rallied around the cause as war’s grip tightened across Europe’, 13 March 2014
  • Dr Charlie McGuire is managing an oral history project relating to the 1980 steelworkers strike which involved almost 20,000 people from this region alone
      Oral Histories of the 1980 Steelworkers Strike (pdf – 266kb)
  • Dr Roisin Higgins is coordinating two Teesside University-funded student-as-researcher projects involving archival research into the home front in the Tees Valley during the First World War.
  • Ami Becker, Grief and the First World War
  • Rob May, War in the North East


CRLHR organises regular conferences, day schools, seminars and talks – all are open to both the academic and wider communities.


In September 2015 CRLHR is hosting a major conference to mark 20 years of regional and local history at Teesside University.
Call for papers (extended deadline)

Day schools

CRLHR has offered a joint day school with Cleveland and Teesside Local History Society at Teesside University for the past 18 years. 2014’s day school was on the theme of War and Memory in Cleveland, focusing on experiences of the First World War. It attracted around 100 attendees who later commented, ‘the day was instructive and successful’, ‘an illuminating day’, ‘the day seemed to fly by’, ‘well organised’.

In 2015 the subject is Diaries.


CRLHR runs regular seminar series which are open to past and present students and staff at the University and to the local community. It attracts regional, national and international speakers.
Research seminar series


CRLHR also offers occasional talks from visiting scholars. Future speakers include Dr Catriona Kennedy, University of York on 27 May 2015 to mark the bicentenary of Waterloo.

CRLHR staff give regular talks to academic and local forums.

  • Dr Ben Roberts, ‘Peace Day, 1919, in the North East’, Guisborough Retired Men’s Forum, Spring 2015


CRLHR members are invited to The New North East, a free one-day symposium at the University of Sunderland on 13 July 2015. This interdisciplinary gathering focuses on our region bringing together scholars and practitioners working in the field of cultural studies – history, literature, linguistics, visual arts and media studies.
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North East Film Archive

CRLHR works closely with the North East Film Archive housed in the University.

Papers in North East History

Papers in North East HistorySince 1991 CRLHR has published a series of peer reviewed papers on a wide range of topics in the history of north-eastern England. First World War memorials and community in North East England by Denise Coss will be published in November 2014.
Papers in North East England history

Community links

CRLHR has enduring links with the wider community. It holds regular conferences at the University in association with the Cleveland and Teesside History Society.

The CRLHR became a constituent part of the Arts and Humanities Research Centre for North East England History, based at each of the five North East universities, which continue to work closely together as the North East England History Institute (NEEHI) which has held a series of conferences and symposia, as well as an international colloquium on Regions and Regionalism in History.

Postgraduate community

There is a vibrant postgraduate community conducting doctoral research into regional and local topics. Recent completions have been: Rebecca Roberts, Roberts, ‘”Two meane fellows grand projectors”: the self-projection of Sir Arthur Ingram and Lionel Cranfield, Earl of Middlesex, 1600-45, with particular reference to their houses’ (2012); Janette Garrett, ‘Northumberland, 1408-70’ (2014).

Current PhD students include Michael Lovelock, ‘The Scopes and the wardenship of the English West March, 1570-1603’; Judith Philips, ‘Nationality, gender, social status and cultural aspiration in mid-19th century France and England: Joséphine Bowes (1825-74), collector and museum creator’; Kevin Price ‘Narratives of place: A case study of Hartlepool’s Headland’.

As well as presenting papers at academic conferences and seminars, the postgraduates took part in Middlesbrough’s Local History Month and are subsequently giving talks to local community groups including the Retired Men of Guisborough, Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Constituency Labour Party Women’s Forum and Great Ayton’s Women’s Forum.

In 2013 postgraduates inaugurated TeesHist – an annual postgraduate and early career researcher symposium series. The theme of TeesHist2014’s symposium is ‘Politics beyond Parliament: Protest and Dissent in Historical Perspective’ which will be held at Teesside University on 5 September 2015.

In addition Teesside University hosted a postgraduate round table chaired by Professor Keith Wrightson from Yale University in May 2014. This is a regular event at Teesside University.

Heritage studies

Heritage studies takes place across teaching and research activities within our Institute of Design, Culture and the Arts. Our research projects involve collaborations with other institutions and non-academic partners, especially local and national heritage organisations.
Heritage studies at Teesside University

Research staff

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