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Dr James Hopkins

University Historian and Heritage Officer

One of the University's growing number of Sustainability Enthusiasts. Find out more about the initiative here.

My post is an academic-practitioner role, which is the first of its kind in the UK. I lead on University History and Heritage at the University of Manchester through three core themes:

1) Promoting and leading academic research on the history of the University, universities and learned institutions. Through this theme, our University History Research Group seeks to make an original contribution to our knowledge of the history of universities in their specific and global contexts and to link to cognate fields.
2) Engaging diverse audiences in the UK and globally with the history of the University. 
3) Conservation of the University’s heritage, including our archives, artefacts and historic built environment in collaboration with the University Library, our Cultural Institutions such as the John Rylands Library, and University Estates.

My current research focuses on transnational networks of knowledge in the early to mid-twentieth century. This develops and expands on my PhD research on the history of universities and learned institutions. I’m particularly interested in how knowledge networks were created and sustained over and through national boundaries and how forces inside and outside the academy have sought to disrupted them.

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Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Our several interconnected research areas address the social and cultural history of science, technology and medicine as they were practised and experienced. We focuses predominantly on nineteenth- and twentieth-century history, mostly in Britain, Europe and the USA, but also including Far Eastern and African science, technology and medicine.

Communication, History