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Tickets still available for Professor Michael Wood lecture

18 Sep 2013

Newly appointed Professor in Public History, Michael Wood, gives his first public lecture since taking up his appointment in a special event tonight (Wednesday 18 September).

Professor Michael Wood

He will be joined "in conversation" by Tristram Hunt, a fellow historian who has also served as the Member of Parliament (Labour Party) for Stoke-on-Trent Central since May 2010.

Historian and broadcaster Michael Wood – born in Moss Side and educated at Manchester Grammar School – will teach undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University, lead historical field trips and give three public lectures a year.

For thirty years now, he has made compelling journeys into the past, which have brought history alive for countless readers and viewers. He is the author of several highly praised books on English history including In Search of the Dark Ages, Domesday and In Search of England. He has also made over one hundred documentaries, among them Art of the Western World, In Search of the Trojan War, In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great, Conquistadors and The Story of India – all of which were accompanied by best-selling books. His recent series, Story of England, the tale of one village (Kibworth in Leicestershire) through history, was praised by the Independent as ‘the most innovative TV history series ever’.

Michael, who did his post-graduate research in Anglo-Saxon history at Oriel College Oxford, is a is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the RSA and the Society of Antiquaries, and a governor of the RSC.

Tristram Hunt is a shadow education spokesman, with responsibilities for youth services, further education and junior apprenticeships. Previously, he was a Member of the Select Committee on Political and Constitutional Reform, Member of the Joint Committee on Reform of the House of Lords and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Energy Intensive Industries. He is also co-Chair of the APPG on Rebalancing the British Economy and the APPG on Publishing.

Having graduated with a First Class degree in history from the University of Cambridge (1995), he combined his post as lecturer in history at Queen Mary with work as a history broadcaster for the BBC and Channel 4. In addition to writing for The Guardian and The Observer, he is the author of The English Civil War: At First Hand (2002), Building Jerusalem: The Rise and Fall of the Victorian City (2004), and the award-winning biography, The Frock-coated Communist: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels (2009).


Tickets cost £5 / £3 and are free to UoM students.

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