Heritage research


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 academics 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.

We partner with regional organisations to help shape public policy, education and sustainable tourism strategies across Liverpool and beyond.

Research activities

Visiting international fellows Palmyra

Visiting international fellows

Offering a visiting virtual fellowship to gain collaborative research experience in an international research environment.

Four male members of a Southern chain gang

US penitentiary system

Discovering how the use of the criminal law to control former slaves and their children still impacts the US prison system today.

Elderly woman attending music matters event

Music matters

Tapping into music's ability to help us tune into history, culture and memory opening up new opportunities.

Weather extremes

Watch the video to find out more about the Weather Extremes project led by Professor Georgina Endfield. The project explores how people have understood, been affected by and have responded to climate variability and extreme events through time. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).


Technology and partnerships

Tate Partnership

Partnership with Tate Liverpool

This partnership provides exciting opportunities for staff and students to educate, collaborate and to engage the public with our research.

museums and archives

Our museums and archives

From Egyptology to pop music, our museums and archives provide a rich and valuable research resource for academics from around the world.

Professor Elizabeth Slater Archaeological Research Laboratories

Archaeological Laboratories

Equipped with some of the latest technology, this facility supports staff and postgraduate researchers.

Meet some of our leading academics in heritage research:

Lin Foxhall

Professor Lin Foxhall

Rathbone Chair of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology

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Warren Donnellan

Dr Warren Donnellan

Lecturer in Lifespan Development, Health and Wellbeing

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Sam Chong

Dr Sam Chong

Lecturer in Chemistry

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Stephen Kenny

Dr Stephen Kenny

Senior Lecturer, 19th and 20th century North American History

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Giamila Quattrone

Dr Giamila Quattrone

Lecturer in Architecture

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Leonie Robinson

Dr Leonie Robinson

Lecturer in Marine Biology

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Georgina Endfield

Professor Georgina Endfield

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

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Alex Balch

Professor Alex Balch


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Soumyen Bandyopadhyay

Professor Soumyen Bandyopadhyay

Sir James Stirling Chair in Architecture

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Alex Buchanan

Dr Alex Buchanan

Senior Lecturer in Archive Studies

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Dr Zoe Alker

Dr Zoe Alker

Lecturer, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology

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Matthew Fitzjohn

Dr Matthew Fitzjohn

Senior Lecturer, Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology

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Professor Richard Koeck

Professor Richard Koeck

Professor and Chair in Architecture and the Visual Arts, Director of the Centre for Architecture and the Visual Arts

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Charles Forsdick head shot

Professor Charles Forsdick

James Barrow Professor of French

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Peter Shirlow

Professor Peter Shirlow

Director, Institute of Irish Studies

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Mark Towsey

Professor Mark Towsey

Professor of the History of the Book

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