Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader
School of History & Heritage
College of Arts
About James Greenhalgh
I am a Lecturer in History in the School of History and Heritage. I specialise in the social and cultural history of Twentieth century Britain, with a particular focus on urban and gender history. I have three specific areas of interest:
1) Urban modernism and the redevelopment of cities either side of the Second World War, particularly the development of policies designed to shape the built environment, both new and extant.
2) Theoretical approaches to space, place and everyday life, particularly as they pertain to state policies designed to condition and shape the usage and experience of certain spaces.
3) Life writing, in particular children’s writing and the manner in which ideas and discourses concerned with notions like gender roles, civic duty or parental responsibility were (and are) encoded in written sources. I have a particular interest in children’s experience of cities under aerial bombardment.
My first book ‘Reconstructing Modernity’ is available from Manchester University Press and deals with urban renewal and reconstruction in mid-twentieth-century British cities. I also work on the International Bomber Command Centre digital archive team, where I have been principally responsible for providing training from the oral history volunteers that are collecting the memories of RAF crew and their families.
I am now researching a project on children’s experience of war and bombing. In 2014 I used the essays written by children from Hull and Birmingham as part of the 1942 British Bombing Survey to write an article entitled ‘Till We Hear the Last All Clear’ (Gender & History, 2014) and am now using the files of over 2000 of the same essays held in the Zuckerman Archive at the University of East Anglia to write a book on the same subject. The essays entitled ‘What Happened to me and What I did in the Air Raids’ provide a window into a fascinating world of childhood experience. The book from this project will be completed in 2018.
I completed my undergraduate studies in politics at the University of Manchester before switching to History for my MA. After 5 years working in the steel industry for Corus/TATA , I returned to Manchester in 2010 to complete my doctoral studies on the development of British cities in the post-war, where I taught for four years and was employed as a research assistant . I was awarded my PhD in the summer of 2014 and moved to Lincoln in the same year.
In terms of teaching I am responsible for the modern survey course at level one and maintain an interest in all aspects of modern Europe from the eighteenth century onward. I also teach the survey historiography course ‘New Directions’ at level two alongside ‘Accessing Ordinary Lives’ which deals with methods of enquiry in modern history. At level three I teach the urban history module ‘The City and the Citizen’ and I am interested in the way the development of the city over the last 200 years has produced new social and cultural forms.
Programme Leader: Cert HE History
Third Year Tutor
Learning Gain Coordinator
Module Coordinator for:
Forging of the Modern State, 1750- 2000 (1st year modern survey course);
New Directions in History (2nd year historiography course);
Accessing Ordinary Lives (2nd Year socio-cultural history course);
The City and the Citizen (3rd year urban history course).
Urban and Gender Histories in Twentieth Century Britain; war and rebuilding, children’s experience, social housing & urban modernism
PhD in History
— University of Manchester, 2014
MA in History
— University of Manchester, 2004
B.Soc.Sc (Hons) Politics
— University of Manchester, 2002
Scouloudi Historical Award for Publication (for ‘Reconstructing Modernity’)
— Institute for Historical Research,
Historical Consultant for Kudos Productions/BBC on drama ‘From there to Here’, 2014.
International Bomber Command Centre (Main Project)
— awarded £3000000 by Heritage Lottery Fund in 2016
International Bomber Command Centre Project (Initial phase)
— awarded £300000 by Heritage Lottery Fund in 2015
Programme Leader - Certificate in Higher Education (History) — 2015 to Present
Senior Tutor - History & Heritage Dept — 2017 to Present
Third Year Tutor - BA History — 2017 to Present
Learning Gain Co-ordinator - History & Heritage Dept — 2016 to Present
Module Co-ordinator - Forging the Modern State (1st Year) — 2016 to Present
Module Co-ordinator - Accessing Ordinary Lives (2nd Year) — 2015 to Present
Module Co-ordinator - New Directions in History (2nd Year) — 2015 to Present
Module Co-ordinator - The City and the Citizen (3rd Year) — 2015 to Present
Lecturer - MA in Historical Studies (various) — 2014 to Present
Module Co-ordinator - Career Planning and Independent Study (2nd year) — 2014 to 2016