16 March 2012
Acclaimed historian and broadcaster Michael Wood is to become Visiting Professor in Public History at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Michael Wood, Visiting Professor in Public History
For over 30 years Michael, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, has made captivating and popular programmes which have brought history alive and made it accessible to new generations. His television work includes the much admired and celebrated series Great Railway Journeys, The Story of India and The Story of England. He is also the author of several highly praised books on English history, including In Search of the Dark Age, The Domesday Quest, and In Search of England.
This new role will enable Christ Church students to benefit directly from Michael’s vast experience and insight.
Michael said: “I'm delighted and honoured to become Visiting Professor at Canterbury Christ Church, and look forward very much to continuing our relationship over the next three years. The campus of the University is, of course, on the site of the first great school in English history at St Augustine’s Abbey back in the seventh century, and this is one of the themes that I hope to explore in my lectures.”
Professor Jackie Eales, from the University’s Department of History and American Studies and President of the Historical Association, said: “The Department is delighted to welcome Michael Wood as Visiting Professor and his engagement with our students will greatly enhance their study of History at the University.
Michael Wood speaking in February as part of the University's Public Lecture Series
His wide ranging inaugural public lecture was a terrific experience for them and we are looking forward to his future visits.”
Earlier this term Michael spoke to over 300 people as part of the University’s Public Lecture Series, giving a glimpse into his new eight-part BBC2 series: Story of the Nation. This series will trace the social history of the British people from the Anglo-Saxons to today and follows on from his highly acclaimed 2010 BBC2 series, the Story of England, where he told the story of one community through the whole of English history against the backdrop of national events.
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
•We are the third highest university in England for student employability, with 94.3% of our recent UK graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating*.
•Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).
•We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
•2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.
*2009/10 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey