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A Global History in One City

Modern, thriving and quirky, the bustling 21st-century Chester we see today has been built around history. The city's ancient cathedral, medieval walls, Roman amphitheatre and gardens, and the 13th-century Rows, all keep us in touch with Chester’s compelling and important past.

In the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Chester, the study of the past ranges over nearly twenty thousand years; from the hunter-gatherers living in Europe at the end of the last Ice Age through to the fall of Rome and Cold War America. Members of the Department are experts on a wide range of topics and periods, covering early and later prehistory, the Romans, Saxons and Vikings, the Crusades, the Consumer Revolution, the English Civil War, the Holocaust, Genocide, and minorities and migration in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It is a truly global mix of specialisms.

During the COVID-19 lockdown, the Department’s historians and archaeologists set themselves the challenge of rooting their own research in the city of Chester itself, to demonstrate how the local history of Chester is undeniably part of a rich and dynamic global history.

The Forgotten Germans of the First World War

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Chester's Legacies of Empire

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An International City: Chester in the Middle Ages

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Viking Age Chester

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News From our History and Archaeology Department


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    Posted by Dr David Harry , Deputy Head of Department; Lecturer in History
    June 10, 2021

    Virtual Open Day June 22nd

    Join us for our Virtual Open Day on June the 22nd!

    Chester is an incredible venue to study the past, and this event will give you the opportunity to see what it is like to study with us!

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  • Student at archaeological excavation in Grosvenor Park
    Posted by Charlie Young , HE Adviser
    June 10, 2021

    Archaeological Excavation in Grosvenor Park

    Our second-year Archaeology students took part in the annual archaeological dig this May, gaining valuable practical experience.

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  • Dr Thomas Pickles, Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Chester, explains how the city’s Viking past is hidden in plain sight.
    June 8, 2021

    Film uncovering Chester’s Viking past launches Global History series

    Chester’s often overlooked Viking past is given new prominence by a University academic in a short film released to officially launch a series on the city’s rich, global history.

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