Seminars and Lectures

Welcome to our seminars and lectures! The Department hosts a range of seminar series and one-off events.

Attendance at these lectures and seminars is usually free and always open to interested visitors.

The following are held throughout the year:

  • History Research Seminar Series
  • Early Modern History Research Seminar
  • Medieval History Research Seminar (the 'M6 seminar')
  • American Studies. A programme organised in The David Bruce Centre.

Some lectures and seminars are less frequent. We host the bi-annual endowed Earl lecture in the history of Staffordshire, an annual memorial John Levitt lecture, usually in Old English history, language or archaeology, and an annual Ranulf Higden Society day school.


Medieval History Research Seminar (the 'M6 seminar')

Medieval History Research Seminar (the 'M6 seminar') provides opportunities for postgraduates at Keele, Lancaster, Manchester, Liverpool and Chester to meet, present and discuss papers in a wider academic forum than their own institution.

Early Modern History Research Seminar

Keele Interdisciplinary Early Modern Seminars 2018-19

Seminars start at 4.00pm in CBB0.030 (unless stated otherwise)

Everyone is most welcome!

Keele Interdisciplinary Early Modern Seminars 2018-19


Wednesday 17 October 2018

Claudine van Hensbergen (Northumbria) ‘The royal mistress in mezzotint: engravings and the London print market, c.1660-1690’


Wednesday 5 December 2018 – 5.30pm

Joseph Newall (Keele) ‘A Greate Offendor in His Kind of Writinge’: Archbishop Laud and the prosecution of William Prynne’s Histrio-mastix, 1633–4’


Wednesday 30 January 2019

Mary Chadwick (Huddersfield) ‘The unprinted manuscripts and unpainted murals of John Clerk of Penicuik’


Wednesday 6 March 2019

Mark Jenner (York) ‘Chamber pots at dawn? Nuisance, neighbours, and the politics of sanitary regulation in early modern London’


Thursday 16 May 2019

Mark Knights (Warwick) ‘Corruption and office-holding in Britain and its empire, 1600-1850’


Past seminars

Early Modern Seminar Poster 2017 to 2018

Early Modern Seminar 2016-17

History Research Seminar

 History Research Seminar Series 2018/19


All seminars are scheduled for 15:30 - 17:00, CBB0.030

(For further information, please contact


Wednesday, 24 October 2018    Kathleen Cushing, Keele

‘Canon Law on the Peripheries: Re-thinking Reform in eleventh-century Church Councils'


Wednesday, 21 November 2018 Anthony Kauders, Keele

‘The Psychology of Antisemitism Revisted’


Wednesday, 28 November 2018 Peter Collinge, Keele

‘Institutional Gardens in the Long Eighteenth Century: sites of economic necessity, social experiment and transparent management’


Wednesday, 5 December 2018 Lucy Hennings, Oxford

‘Learned Law and the Performance of English Kingship during the Reign of Henry III, 1230-1250’


Wednesday, 6 February 2019   Ben Anderson, Keele

‘The Modernity of being Anti-Modern:  Mountaineers in Turn-of-the-Century England and Germany’


Wednesday, 27 February 2019 Christian Goeschel, Manchester

‘Performing Unity and Friendship: the meetings of Mussolini and Hitler’


Wednesday, 13 March 2019   Laura Doan, Manchester

‘Checking Normality’s Privilege: On the Persistence of the Natural and Unnatural’


Wednesday, 20 March 2019 Ash Plum, Keele

Fortuna and the nobilissimi mores: The ever-expanding border of tenth-century Germany?’


Past seminars

Modern History seminar 2017-18

Modern History Seminar 2016-17

Modern History Seminar 2015-16

The Jack Leighton Local History Seminar

Unfortunately the Jack Leighton seminar series is currently in abeyance.


The Earl Lecture

The 29th Earl lecture

Monday 16 October 2017 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. in The Chancellor's Building.

1917: the Year of Revolution ... in Staffordshire

Professor Karen Hunt


A drinks reception will be held before the lecture.


For further details of the Earl lecture series at Keele click here

The John Levitt Lecture

The lecture was established in memory of John Levitt, formerly senior lecturer in adult education who taught classes, primarily in English. His library on Anglo-Saxon history, language and literature is housed in the Warrilow room in the Department and is made available to staff, postgraduate students and members of the Keele Old English class which has continued since his death as an independent class, tutored by Peter Graystone. Both Andrew Sargent and Anthony Mansfield, as Keele postgraduates, were members of the class and used it to add to their Old English. There have been eight lectures so far. In the tradition of Keele adult education the lectures are open to the public and have free admission.

The 2018 Lecture

The 2018 lecture will be given by Dr Clare Downham of Liverpool University on 27 October 2018 on the subject 'Aethleflaed, lady of the Mercians,' at 2.00p.m. in the Westminster Theatre, Chancellor's building, Keele University.

Dr. Clare Downham studied medieval history at St Andrews University and Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge University before becoming a research scholar at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and Lecturer in Celtic and History at Aberdeen University. She moved to Liverpool University in 2010 where she is now Senior Lecturer in Irish Studies. The author of many articles and papers focusing on Viking Age history and contact across the Irish Sea in the Middle Ages, her acclaimed book 'Viking Kings of Britain and Ireland: The Dynasty of Ivarr to AD 1014' was published in 2007.  Her most recent book, 'Medieval Ireland AD 400-1500', came out last year.


For further details contact Dr Andrew Sargent at Keele,

Previous Levitt Lectures


  • 2017 Michael Wood (Historian and broadcaster) Aethelstan and the Making of England
  • 2016 Stephen Dean (Principal archaeologist, Staffordshire County Council) 'The Staffordshire Hoard: the Inside Story'
  • 2015 Dr Sally Levitt (Head of Arts and Museums, Leicester City Council) andDr Richard Buckley, (Co-Director of the University of Leicester Archaeological Service),  'Richard III: the king under the car-park'.
  • 2014  Dr Gareth Williams (British Museum) 'Hoards and Frontiers in Anglo-Saxon and Viking England'?
  • 2013 Professor Howard Williams (Chester University) Stone Sentinels in the Early Medieval Landscape. See his blog entry.
  • 2012 Dr Philip Morgan (Keele University), Literary Landscapes in Medieval Staffordshire
  • 2011 Professor Nicholas Higham (Manchester University) Bede and his ecclesiastical history
  • 2010 Professor Michelle Brown (London University), Anglo-Saxon Staffordshire and the Mercian manuscript context 
  • 2009 Dr John Hunt (Birmingham University),  Patronage, art and society in the later Anglo-Saxon period
  • 2008 Professor Thorlac Turville-Petre (Nottingham University), The Green Chapel


The Ranulf Higden Society lecture

The Ranulf Higden Society hosts three annual lectures at Keele, Liverpool and Manchester.



Dr Samantha Harper (University of Winchester) 'Kingship, Court and Society: The Chamber Books of Henry VII and Henry VIII'.




Dr Helen Killick (University of Reading) 'The Writing of Petitions in Late Medieval England'.




Saturday 14 April 2018, 10.30am for 11.00am


Claus Moser Research Centre, Keele University, ST5 5BG


Charge: £10 for members, £12 for non-members


Buffet Lunch for a Small Charge


Please email the secretary to confirm attendance:




Higden lecture 2017‌ Keele

Higden lecture 2016‌ Manchester

Higden Lecture 2016 Keele

Occasional Lectures

Dr Tony Phillips
Memorial Seminar and Tree Dedication Ceremony
School of Geography, Geology and the Environment
Keele University
Friday 18th May 2018
12.30-14.00   Buffet Lunch: WS0.16 (Cope Lab), William Smith Building. Hosted by the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment, Keele University.
14.00-16.00   Memorial Seminar. WS0.06, William Smith Building
Welcome: Professor Clare Holdsworth, Keele University.  
'The map that almost was. Collecting information for Gregory King's projected map of Staffordshire, circa 1680.' Dr Colin Phillips, Manchester University.
 Remembering Tony. Contributions are welcome from anyone who worked with Tony in any capacity. Please contact Clare Holdsworth if you would like to contribute.
16.00-16.30 Tree dedication in the grounds of Keele University. Guests of honour Mrs A Davies and Ms Penny Davies.
17.00 onwards Drinks and evening meal at the KPA, Keele University. Please contact Clare Holdsworth if you would like to join us for the evening meal. Menu and price to be confirmed.
Further Information please contact Clare Holdsworth:



Saturday 12 November 2016 10.00a.m. to 4.00p.m.

   The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Hanley

   Brazil, Berlin, Burslem: Memory, Identity and Place

   The 2016 Reginal Haggar Memorial Lecture features Dame Margaret Drabble on Arnold Bennett, and Professor Donald Sassoon, Sarah Levitt and Philip Morgan.

   Full details and booking form Haggar Lecture 2016


Saturday 12 November 2016 10.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Staffordshire Record Office, Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2LZ

The Poor Law in Action

Two Keele historians, Alannah Tomkins and Peter Collinge will be speaking. Full details


 Wednesday 08 March 2017 6pm SENIOR COMMON ROOM, KEELE HALL

      Famous Founding Myths of Keele

      Professor Miles Taylor, University of York

      Tickets may be booked at,165706,en.php

Tuesday 25 April 2017 6.15 p.m.

Inaugural lecture in the Westminster Theatre, Keele University, chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Trevor McMillan

Professor Dominic Janes - Who Invented Oscar Wilde? Adventures in the History of Sexuality