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.

KEELE Saturday 22 April 2017, 10.30am

Dr Charles Insley (University of Manchester)‘The Mercians, the Merfynion and the Anglo-Welsh Frontier, 820-920’

Dr Nigel Tringham (Keele University)‘St Edith of Polesworth and Tamworth: the medieval cult’

Claus Moser Building, Keele University, ST5 5BG

Charge: £10 for members, £12 for non-members; £5 for buffet lunch

Email the secretary to confirm attendance:

Higden lecture 2017




MANCHESTER 15 October 2016 10.00A.M.

James Freeman (Medieval Manuscripts Specialist at Cambridge University Library, and formerly of the British Library)  ‘Ranulf Higden and his Polychronicon: the making of a historical work of reference’.

At John Rylands Library, Manchester. There will be an opportunity to see the three original copies of the Polychronicon held by the library after lunch.

Higden lecture 2016

Keele Saturday 9th April 2016 and includes two lectures:

  • ‌Graeme White, professor emeritus, The University of Chester. 'Before and After the Cheshire Magna Carta'

  • Dr Anthony Mansfield, Keele University 'Colluding against the kingdom: The inheritances of the North-Sea Aristocracies between the tenth and twelfth centuries'

 Higden Lecture 2016

Occasional Lectures

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