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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Matthew Cragoe

I have been Pro Vice Chancellor (Arts) and Head of the College of Arts since 2014 and chair the University's Environment & Sustainability Committee. I have a strong interest in conservation and sustainable development and Chair of UNESCO's Man and Biosphere Committee in the UK. My research embraces a variety of themes in Modern British History including rural history (particularly parliamentary enclosure); Victorian Politics (especially Sir Robert Peel's Conservative Party); Devolution in Wales and Scotland since 1945; the history of Religion; and the History of Universities in 20th century Britain. I am currently working on two projects, one focused on the history of 18th century cricket, the second involving a survey of the epitaphs used on gravestones since c 1700 as a means of accessing shifts in popular understandings of death and the possibility of salvation.

Department Responsibilities

PVC (Arts)

Subject Specialism

Modern British History


  • D Phil — Oxford, 1990
  • MA Social History — University of Wales, Swansea, 1986
  • BA (Hons) History — Royal Holloway College, 1985


Welsh History Review — Editorial Advisory Board UNESCO Man and Biosphere, UK Committee — Chair

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Research Interests

  • British political history since 1750

  • Nineteenth century religious hstory

  • Rural History

  • The History of Cricket

  • The history of Universities

Research Groups Memberships

  • Institute of Historical Research, London: convenor of Modern British History seminar

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Royal Historical Society — Fellow