Research and postgraduate supervision in the Department of History and American Studies has an internationally respected reputation. This is reflected in the results of the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise in which 98% of our submission was deemed to be world leading (4*), internationally excellent (3*) or internationally recognised (2*).
The History team at Christ Church comprises active research historians with an impressive track record of publications ranging from books on Athelstan, the first King of England, Medieval Noblewomen, and the English civil war to modern-themed works on the Cold War, the Vietnam conflict and the Northern Ireland Peace process.
Importantly, the Department's research is playing a significant role in undergraduate teaching ensuring all modules reflect the latest historiographical development.
Recent projects demonstrate the regional and national impact and value of research undertaken by Christ Church historians. These include a unique project between scholars at three institutions, to translate and digitalise documents drawn up in the thirteenth century for Henry III; and a three-year community archaeology to research and record the rich archaeological heritage and early history of Folkestone, Kent.
With funding of £1 million from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Fine Rolls Project, formally known as 'From Magna Carta to the Parliamentary State: The Fine Rolls of King Henry 1216-1272', were translated by historians at Canterbury Christ Church and two other institutions. The rolls, translated from Latin into English and encoded electronically, creating indexes and search facilitates which can be found on the website: www.finerollshenry3.org.uk.
A Town Unearthed: Folkestone Before 1500 brings together Christ Church historians, archaeologists and others to work with the community in exploring and sharing their past and, for the first time, producing a full and accessible story of Folkestone and the history of the people who have walked across, settled and formed its ancient landscape.
The project is led by Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury Archaeological Trust and Folkestone People's History Centre, supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
For further information about these projects and more, please visit the History Department's web pages.