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About Dr Rebecca Andrew

My research interests are particularly focused on how landscape can shape the construction of identity, sense of place, and belonging. My doctoral thesis, The Leisure Identities of Rural Youth: Tradition, Change and Sense of Place in Lakeland, 1930 – early 1950s, explored how inhabitants of upland communities drew upon the region’s landscape to create a distinctive sense of place and identity. It also examined how young people’s identities and sense of connection to their local community can be shaped through culture.

Before joining the Department of History and Archaeology at Chester in September 2015, I was employed at Manchester Metropolitan University, where I held both teaching and research posts. I have also worked at the University of Sheffield, as a Research Associate on an ESRC-funded Connected Communities project.


I contribute to the teaching of the following undergraduate modules:

  • Debates in History: Workers at Play: Leisure and Society in Modern Britain
  • English Landscape, Culture and Identity from 1800
  • Historical Sources: English Landscape, Culture and Identity from 1800

My teaching and research interests also include: 

  • Rural culture and community
  • Space and place, particularly in relation to the British countryside
  • Culture and identity of northern England
  • History of Tourism
  • Oral history
  • Visual culture and sources



Published Work

Published work

R. Andrew, ‘Social Dancing in 1930s Lakeland’, Manchester Region History Review, Special edition: Growing up in the North West 1850s-1950s 22 (2011), pp. 51-66.

-- with N. Walton & G. Brent,, ‘Safe to Imagine, Space to Belong: Reflections on Nurturing Resilience at The Hepworth Wakefield’ Engage (Forthcoming 2015)

-- with K. Pahl, K. Marwood, & H. Escott, ‘Co-production: Practices and Processes of Research without a Map’, (Currently under review).


PhD History (MMU), BA (Hons) History (MMU).