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Dr Jessica MoodyFHEA (HEA), PhD (York), MA (York)

Lecturer in Public History

Jessica Moody

Dr Jessica MoodyFHEA (HEA), PhD (York), MA (York)

Lecturer in Public History

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OFFICE: B48 13 Woodland Road


Phone: 0117 33 40442


Consultation Hours (TB1): Monday 11-12, Tuesday 1-2

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My research concerns how people engage with the past, through collective memory, public history, and heritage. I am specifically interested in the representation of, and engagement with, difficult and dissonant pasts, especially those concerning contested racial histories, transatlantic slavery and warfare. I am currently writing my first monograph, based largely on my PhD thesis, which concerns Liverpool's public memory of transatlantic slavery in public discourse from the early 19th century up to the present day (under contract with Liverpool University Press, 2018). I am also currently writing up research conducted with Dr Geoff Cubitt at First World War exhibitions York, Scarborough and Portsmouth in 2014 and 2016.

I joined the University of Bristol in September 2017. I have previously worked for the Universities of Portsmouth (Lecturer in Modern History and Heritage, 2014-2017) and York (Research Associate with the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past Spring 2014-Autumn 2014). At the University of Portsmouth, I was a member of the Port Towns and Urban Cultures research group ( and a founding member of the Citizenship, 'Race' and Belonging group ( I completed my PhD (The memory of slavery in Liverpool in Public Discourse form the Nineteenth Century to the Present Day) at the University of York in April 2014 (supervised by Dr Geoff Cubitt). I also have a Master's degree in Cultural Heritage Management (University of York, course director Prof Laurajane Smith) and undertook my BA (Archaeology and English) at the University of Liverpool. I have also previously worked for National Museums Liverpool and undertaken work and placements with The Chocolate Story (York), English Heritage, Merchant Adventurer's Hall (York), Wiltshire Heritage Museum (Devizes) and Chester Amphitheatre.

I am a member of the Oral History Society, Association of Critical Heritage Studies, and a convenor of the Institute for Historical Research Public History seminar series:


Research Supervision:

I would be happy to supervise postgraduates on any aspect of public history/heritage/collective memory research, especially projects concerning transatlantic slavery or the First World War.


Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Centre for Black Humanities

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13-15 Woodland Road
United Kingdom