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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Erin Bell

Erin is fascinated by early modern culture, particularly in relation to religion and gendered norms of behaviour. Despite the centuries in between, she is also equally intrigued by C19th Norwegian links to the UK, and by the representation of the past on television, although these are relatively recent developments. Her interest in history began in her childhood with archaeology TV programmes and she went to York to study history, where she remained for some years, leaving only to start work in 2004 as a post-doc with Prof Ann Gray into history programming on UK television. An initial 12-month contract led to almost 6 years studying this area of public history, from which a number of publications have appeared or are forthcoming, although Erin still continued to research early Quakerism in this time, and is currently undertaking British Academy-funded research into the earliest Quakers in Norway and their links to North-east England. Since 2010 she has been a Senior Lecturer in the History Department and would be interested in supervising MA or PhD students interested in early modern history, especially gender, religion and culture; North Sea cultures; and the representation of the past on television in the UK and/or overseas. She would similarly be interested in working alongside scholars/professionals in any of these research areas.

Department Responsibilities

L2 tutor; Departmental Erasmus representative L1-L3 and MA teaching Undergraduate and MA dissertation supervision PhD supervision

Subject Specialism

Early modern religious and cultural history; C19th North Sea religion, culture and trade; public history: history on TV; school history curricula


  • BA History University of York
  • MA Historical Research University of York
  • PhD History University of York
  • PGCE Post-compulsory Education University of Lincoln


  • E-Story: Media and History — Erasmus +,
  • ‘Quakers on the borders’’ Anglo-Scottish Friends c.1650-1850 — Society of Antiquaries of Scotland,
  • ‘Telling Our Stories’, support for HLF funded community groups — AHRC,
  • ‘Looking Back for the Future: the value of the past in developing the lives of young peo — AHRC,
  • Small grant 2011 - see below. — Scouloudi Foundation,
  • Research into early Norwegian Quakerism and its links to NE England. — BA,
  • Small grant 2008 to fund writing of forthcoming book on early Quakerism in NE England. — Marc Fitch Fund,
  • Named post-doc researcher in ‘Televising History 1995-2010’ AHRC-funded research project 2006-10 — AHRC,

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Research Projects

  • E-Story: From Cinema to the Web — awarded £40000 by Erasmus Plus in 2

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • HEA — Fellow
  • International Society for Cultural History (ISCH)
  • Quaker Historians and Archivists (QHA)
  • Quaker Studies Research Association (QSRA)
  • British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (BSECS)
  • Ecclesiastical History Society (EHS)
  • Assistant Editor, European Journal of Cultural Studies.