Sept 29, 2012
"The North Riding of Yorkshire in an Age of Transition 1750 – 1820". Northallerton Forum
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July 5-7, 2013
NEEHI Conference: Flodden and its Significance 5-7th July 2013
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Many of the results of this initiative can be viewed in our publications section.

Below, is a summary of research of the five NEEHI universities - often addressing the wider question of the significance of regions and regional identity in a Europe-wide context.

Understanding what makes a region and how regions develop is fundamental to many aspects of the development of modern Europe - NEEHI will make the North-East a test-bed for gaining that understanding.



Durham historians have a long tradition of working on the north-east, especially in the medieval and early modern eras. Current experts in the department include:
Professor David Rollason on early medieval Northumbria (Northumbria 500-1100: Creation and Destruction of a Kingdom, Cambridge University Press, 2003)
Dr. Ben Dodds on the medieval economy (Peasants and Production in the Medieval North-east: the Evidence from Tithes, 1270-1536, Boydell Regions and Regionalism, 2007)
Dr. Christian Liddy on late medieval society (C. D. Liddy and R.H. Britnell eds., North-east England in the Later Middle Ages, Boydell, Regions and Regionalism, 2005)
Dr. Adrian Green on early modern social and economic history (Adrian Green, Elizabeth Parkinson, & Margaret Spufford, County Durham Hearth Tax Assessment Lady Day 1666, British Record Society 2006; Adrian Green and A. J. Pollard eds. Regional Identities in North-East England, 1300-2000, Boydell Regions and Regionalism, 2007)
Dr Andrezj Olechnowicz on nineteenth and early twentieth century social history in the north-east
Professor Ranald Michie on modern financial history.



At Newcastle, the theme of research has centre on 'external relationships' - how far and at what periods the region had developed a characteristic pattern of external relations, especially with metropolitan England and Scotland, and seaward to Scandinavia and the Baltic states. Research will proceed on the basis laid by Prof. Patrick Salmon (Newcastle) and his colleagues in the study of relations with the Baltic.
Current topics include Port Cities and Maritime Urban Systems: The North East of England and Europe's Northern Seas 1850-1914 and Anglo-Russian Relations in Northern Waters in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries


There has been success in obtaining a small grant from the Millfield House Trust to catalogue the T Dan Smith oral archive. A one day workshop in September 2006 focussed on the life and times of Smith, and a new doctoral student is to research a biography.
Dan Jackson (on the effect of the Edwardian Irish Home Rule Crisis on British society) and Laura Goldsmith (on social housing in Newcastle and Aarhus, Denmark, post-1945) have completed their PhDs and been successfully examined. Jude Murphy's PhD on the folk music revival on Tyneside will be examined in June.


The University of Sunderland is currently hosting the Durham Victoria County History project on the History of Sunderland (all periods). Postgraduate research is also being completed on gardening in the North East and mining history. Completed PhDs include work on poverty in early modern County Durham.


In 2005 the Teesside University appointed three senior researchers into regional history to reinforce the enhanced profile of regional as well as local history at Teesside. In the same year the Centre for Local Historical Research was reconfigured as the Centre for Regional and Local Historical Research. The CLRHR has close links with the wider community and holds regular conferences in association with the Cleveland and Teesside History Society. These initiatives are positioning Teesside as an alternative but complementary focal point of the region to Newcastle.

The CRLHR is responsible for producing the annual Papers in North East England History. Other experts in regional history at Teesside are:

Dr Graham Ford ("Bavaria's German Mission: The CSU and the Political of Regional Identity, 1949-1962" in Lancaster, Newton and Vall eds., An Agenda for Regional History, 2007)

Dr Diana Newton (North-East England: Governance, Culture and Identity, 2006)

Dr Tony Nicholson ("Masculinity and the Cleveland Ironstone miners" in K Laybourn ed., Social Class, Status and Community, 2002)

Linda Polley ("To hell, utopia and back again: imagining the urban landscape of Middlesbrough" in T Faulkner, H Berry and J Gregory eds., Northern Landscapes: Representations And Realities Of North East England)

Dr Natasha Vall (Post-industrial Society in North European Cities: A Comparative History of Malmo & Newcastle since 1945, 2007)

Dr Margaret Williamson ("'I'm going to get a job at the factory': Attitudes to Women's Employment in a Mining Community", Women's History Review, 2003).

Together with Teesside Archives, the university is also engaged in The British Steel Archive Project – a three year plan to preserve the British Steel Collection and make it available to all interested user groups through various means, including an electronic catalogue.

Recent PhD completions at Teesside include Angela Brocklebank ("Conservative elites in the North Riding, 1918-51") and Melanie Devine ("Lancastrian Richmondshire, c 1371-1425") and the university is sponsoring a Doctoral Scholarship: "Landscapes and Regional Cultures: Elite Building in North-Eastern England, 1500-1700".