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People’s historian comes to Manchester

13 Mar 2013

One of the country’s best loved historians is to become Professor of Public History at the University.

Michael Wood

Michael Wood, who has been a regular face on our TV screens  for over three decades, will teach undergraduate and postgraduate students, lead historical field trips and give four public lectures a year.

Originally from Moss Side, Manchester, Michael has made well over a hundred documentary films and is known for his work with community historians across the UK.

He is also the author of numerous best-selling history books and will be based at the University for three years.

Over the next two years or so he will be writing and presenting a major BBC series exploring the history of China, a country with which the University has strong and growing ties.

Michael said: "I am thrilled to be involved in such an exciting project in History and the Humanities, in such a dynamic and forward-looking university, and especially in my home town Manchester, one of the world’s great historic cities."

Fellow historian, Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Professor Keith Brown said: "Michael Wood is the UK's leading public historian. He has had a huge popular impact, and we are delighted to announce his appointment.

"Because he is also widely respected as a serious scholar, we think our students will benefit greatly from his talents. But he’ll also bring to us his expertise in making history accessible to the public - which is what his role is all about."