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Walpole Centre for Literature, History and Public Pasts

Operating across disciplinary boundaries, this Centre focuses on how literature and history resonate in the public sphere to connect past and present imaginaries with topical concerns. In particular, the Centre encourages work that investigates how representations of issues such as social justice, solidarity, emotions, belief, and mental health can be engaged through literary and historical sources of the past.

Centre directors

Angela Platt -

Mark Donnelly -

The Centre organises conferences, workshops, and seminars. It has an extensive network of heritage partners. Its affiliates publish research papers, books, and essays, as well as engaging with wider audiences through talks and media work. The Centre also provides a base for the study of literature, history, and culture at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including research degrees.

If you are interested in collaborating with us, finding out more about our work, joining one of our MA courses or discussing a potential doctoral project, please contact one of the Centre co-directors.

Forthcoming events

Love & Material Culture in the Arts and Humanities – Saturday 3 February 2024. Find out more about the conference.