Heritage research


What does Heritage mean today? Here at the University of Liverpool, we believe a better understanding of the past helps create a more prosperous, fairer and healthier world for everyone. Our unique cross-fertilisation of research from the humanities and sciences across areas such as archaeology, architecture and sociology means we can use the lessons from history to solve the problems of today.

Through traditional archival and oral histories as well as cutting-edge archaeological research, our researchers are extending the boundaries of existing knowledge and redefining what we understand by ‘heritage’. Our use of digital tools and archives is broadening research of, and engagement with, a range of subjects across the humanities and sciences.

By challenging accepted conventions, we’re bringing fresh thinking to both the ancient and recent past, making it relevant to today’s world, and tomorrow’s. And this is research with real impact. We partner with regional organisations to help shape public policy, education and sustainable tourism strategies across Liverpool and beyond.

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Research activities

ceramics exhibition at Tate Liverpool

Ceramics as digital technologies

Modern technology is instigating a high-tech movement in ceramics, making buildings beautiful again and tackling climate change at the same time.

Elderly woman attending music matters event

Music matters

Researchers at the University of Liverpool are now tapping into the power of music, opening up new opportunities for it to enrich our lives.

Exterior shot of Preston bus station

Championing post-war architectural heritage

Our researchers are contributing to the preservation of iconic Brutalist buildings including Preston Bus Station.

Antislavery and Human Trafficking

Tackling human trafficking and modern slavery

University of Liverpool initiatives are making a proven impact in changing ideas and attitudes contributing to the continuation of slavery-like practices.

TIDE project

Travel, Transculturally & Identity in England c. 1550-1700

The TIDE project is opening a new perspective on cross-cultural encounters in the early modern period.

A girl views what Lutyens' cathedral plans would have looked like on site using augmented reality

Liverpool landmarks re-imagined

Visitors are now able to experience iconic Liverpool landmarks like never before thanks to pioneering new digital experiences.

Professor Georgina Endfield

Professor Georgina Endfield with colleagues at the Universities of Liverpool, Aberystwyth, Glasgow and Nottingham use historical records and oral history approaches to explore how people have understood, been affected by and have responded to climate variability and extreme events through time. The project is funded by AHRC and the TEMPEST is one of the outputs of the project.

The Liverpool Advantage - technology and partnerships

Tate Partnership

Partnership with Tate Liverpool

Our partnership with Tate Liverpool provides new and exciting opportunities for staff and students to educate, collaborate and engage public audiences with our research.

Our museums and archives

Our museums and archives

Covering everything from Egyptology to pop music, the University’s museums and archives provide a rich and valuable research resource for academics from around the world.

Professor Elizabeth Slater Archaeological Research Laboratories

Professor Elizabeth Slater Archaeological Research Laboratories

Equipped with some of the latest technology, this facility supports staff and postgraduate researchers within the Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology.

Meet some of our leading academics in heritage research:

Lin Foxhall

Lin Foxhall

The Rathbone Chair of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology

Georgina Endfield

APVC Research and Impact (Humanities and Social Sciences); Professor of Environmental History

Alex Balch

Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

Barry Godfrey

Professor of Social Justice

Nandini Das

Professor of English Literature

Richard Koeck

Professor, Artchitecture

Soumyen Bandyopadhyay

Soumyen Bandyopadhyay

Professor, Sir James Stirling Chair in Architecture

Alex Buchanan 

Senior Lecturer in Archive Studies

Harold Mytum

Director, Centre for Manx Studies

Charles Forsdick

James Barrow Professor of French

Peter Shirlow

Director, Institute of Irish Studies

Mark Towsey

Reader (Britain 1700-1850; Print Culture; Enlightenment)

Andrew Davies

Reader in History

Zoe Alker

Lecturer, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology

Matthew Fitzjohn

Matthew Fitzjohn

Senior Lecturer, Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology