Heritage research


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.

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

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Heritage research activities

Elderly woman attending music matters event

Music matters

Our researchers are tapping into music’s ability to help us tune into history, culture and memory opening up new opportunities for it to enrich our lives.

The Sisters of Mersey

The Sisters of Mersey

This project looks at the remarkable women who have helped shape the history, culture and life of the city of Liverpool and beyond.

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.

Weather extremes

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.

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 to engage the public 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

Archaeological 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

Theme lead
The Rathbone Chair of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology

Dr Warren Donnellan

Heritage & Wellbeing sub-theme lead
Lecturer in Lifespan Development, Health and Wellbeing

Dr Sam Chong

Heritage and New Materials sub-theme lead
Lecturer in Chemistry

Dr Stephen Kenny

Dark Heritage sub-theme lead
Senior Lecturer, 19th and 20th century North American History

Dr Giamila Quattrone

Digital Heritage sub-theme lead
Lecturer in Architecture

Dr Leonie Robinson

Heritage and Resiliance sub-theme lead
Lecturer in Marine Biology

Georgina Endfield

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

Alex Balch

Professor of Politics

Barry Godfrey

Professor of Social Justice

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

Professor of the History of the Book

Andrew Davies

Reader in History

Zoe Alker

Lecturer, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology

Matthew Fitzjohn

Matthew Fitzjohn

Senior Lecturer, Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology