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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


  • IHR Centenary Hidden Histories at Chester Image
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    Posted by Dr David Harry , Deputy Head of Department; Lecturer in History
    September 20, 2021

    IHR Centenary: Hidden Histories: Story Swap 4 October 2021

    Story Swap: Discovering and Remembering Stories of Migration and Refuge

    Join a team of historians and community advocates to share and celebrate stories of migration to Cheshire.


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  • Roman Rossett Dig.
    September 10, 2021

    Join the discovery at Dig Open Day

    An Open Day this month offers the chance to find out more about an exciting archaeological dig uncovering the remains of the first ever Roman villa to be discovered in North-East Wales.

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  • Students with everyday historical objects at the Grosvenor Museum in 2019.
    September 6, 2021

    Year-long history initiative in motion with pop-up exhibition

    A project challenging perceptions of the past begins this month with a pop-up exhibition showcasing medieval and early modern everyday objects - and the stories behind them.

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