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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Helen Smith

I am a social and cultural historian of twentieth century Britain and my research focusses on sexuality, class, masculinity and region in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. My monograph, Masculinity, Class and Same-Sex Desire in Industrial England, 1895-1957 was published by Palgrave Macmillan in October 2015. Following the completion of my PhD at the University of Sheffield, I worked as an AHRC funded Cultural Engagement Research Assistant on a project that resulted in the original theatre piece Sweet Comradeship based around Edward Carpenter’s Commonwealth Cafe. My research formed the basis of the piece and I enjoyed working closely with Dead Earnest theatre company to produce it. It ran for three sold out performances in Sheffield in May 2013. I have also worked on a wide variety of public history and public engagement projects and have a particular interest in this field.

Department Responsibilities

In Semester 2 2018/19, I will be acting as Director of Learning and Teaching.

Subject Specialism

Gender, Sexuality, Class and Region in Twentieth Century British History


  • PhD in History — University of Sheffield, 2013
  • MA in Historical Research — University of Sheffield, 2004
  • BA (Hons) History — University of Sheffield, 2003


  • Teaching Excellence Award — University of Lincoln,
  • Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award for the College of Arts — University of Lincoln,


I have worked with various media professionals both in a consultancy and on-air capacity to contribute to programs for BBC Radio Sheffield, BBC Radio 4 and BBC 1 (Countryfile, Who Do You Think You Are?). I am currently the Historical Advisor to the film, The Little Stranger (due out in 2018).

Professional Affiliations

  • Higher Education Academy — Associate Fellow