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Michala Hulme


  • Lecturer in Public History, History

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am happy discuss research projects broadly based in 19th and early 20th century British history. I am also happy to discuss public history and heritage research projects.

Personal profile


Whilst completing my doctorate in Manchester, I curated and co-curated several exhibitions and wrote two popular history books for the History Press. Part of the research for my doctorate was funded by the Manchester Statistical Society’s Campion Grant. I have also received funding for research from organisations such as the Arts Council, National Trust, and the Heritage Fund (HLF)

At my previous institution, I was the course convenor on two public history units. I also created the syllabus and was the course convenor on a core first-year unit looking at acts of radicalism in the nineteenth century. Further, I have taught a range of modules on broader aspects of 19th and 20th century history, such as the study of youth and childhood, queer histories, and gender studies.

I am also a trained oral history consultant and have worked with the LGBT Foundation, The Pankhurst Museum, Manchester Reform Synagogue and Oldham Council.

In 2019, I was awarded the ‘People’s Award’ at the Manchester Culture Awards for my ‘dedication and contribution to culture and creativity in Manchester’. During the same year, I was shortlisted for ‘Teacher of Year’ at my former workplace.

My work has been featured inWho Do You Think You Are? (BBC), CNN, Britain’s Most Historic Towns (Channel 4), BBC Breakfast, Heir Hunters (BBC), ITV News, Great Canal Journeys (Channel 4), DNA Journey (ITV) and The Great British Dig (Channel 4). Also, my work has been in The Daily Mail, The Stylist, Daily Mirror, Manchester Evening News and Who Do You Think You Are Magazine?

Research interests

My primary research specialism is Victorian life cycles, with a focus on working-class attitudes towards death and burial. More broadly, my research focuses on modern British social history, including work on gender studies, working-class identities in the industrial landscape, and the study of youth and childhood.

My latest research project involves working with Manchester United looking at the experience of female football fans in the second half of the 20th century. I am also interested in the experience of nineteenth and early twentieth-century African migrants in the industrial city.

My last research project based on the descendants of the Peterloo Massacre was shortlisted for Research Project of the Year at THE Awards, 2020. It was featured on the BBC and as an ITV News special and reached an estimated audience of over 15 million people.


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