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:

  • Modern History Research Seminar
  • 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

Lena Liapi (Keele)

'Robbers and Royalists: inverting stereotypes in Interregnum print culture'.  Wednesday 4 October, 2017 at 4pm at CBB0 030

 Early Modern Seminar Poster 2017 to 2018

Past seminars

Early Modern Seminar 2016-17

Modern History Research Seminar


Modern History Seminar Series 2017/18

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



Wednesday, 11 October 2017      Malcolm Crook, Keele

'Contrasting Electoral Cultures: an Exploration of the History of Voting in Modern France and Britain'


Wednesday, 25 October 2017      Tony Craig, Staffordshire

‘Intelligence Management and the Security Stovepipe in Northern Ireland, 1968-1974’


Wednesday, 31 January 2018   David Feldman, London

‘The Meanings of Antisemitism: The History of a Concept and how it Changed from the late Nineteenth Century to the Present’


Wednesday, 14 February 2018   Ben Anderson, Keele

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


Wednesday, 28 February 2018 Christian Goeschel, Manchester

‘Performing Unity: Mussolini and Hitler’


Wednesday, 7 March 2018   Sarah Badcock, Nottingham

‘Experiencing punishment in late Imperial Russia’


Past seminars

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 2017 Lecture

The 2017 lecture will be given by author, historian and broadcaster Michael Wood on 18 November 2017, 2.00 pm in the Westminster Theatre, Chancellor's Building.

Further details will appear here soon.

Previous Levitt Lectures

  • 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