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Summer research success at Powderham Castle

Three history students spent three weeks working alongside students from the University of Pennsylvania. They made some amazing finds in the archives and helped to organise a series of successful talks and lectures in the castle.

Find out more about the research project at Powderham Castle


Plymouth history students undertake summer research at Britannia Royal Naval College

During their first year at the University, as part of our Plymouth Plus module, our first year students used the archives and library at Britannia Royal Naval College to carry out research.

Find out more about their experience at the college

Cornerstone at Powderham Castle

The history department at Plymouth is currently engaged on a two-year project at Powderham Castle, Devon, in partnership with the Historic Preservation program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Find out more about the project at Powderham Castle


Launch of Cornerstone Heritage

In April 2017, Professors James Daybell and Daniel Maudlin from the history team launched Cornerstone Heritage – the University's interdisciplinary research group in cultural heritage, looking at how we live with, use and understand the past through things, spaces, traditions and memory.

Find out more about Cornerstone Heritage

New book by Dr Jameson Tucker

Dr Jameson Tucker's new book The Construction of Reformed Identity in Jean Crespin's Livre des Martyrs adds greatly to our knowledge of early modern France.  

Find out more about Dr Tucker's new book

Histories of the unexpected podcast

Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis (TV Historian and Research Fellow at the University of Plymouth) launched an exciting new podcast series that explores histories of the unexpected. 

Listen to our new history podcast

Plymouth history student Leah Mason wins Maritime History dissertation prize.

Third year history student Leah Mason won the British Commission for Maritime History final year dissertation prize in 2016 for her thesis entitled 'The Turks are upon our coasts: The effects of 17th Century Barbary piracy in Devon and Cornwall' 

Find out more on The British Commission for Maritime History website.

New book by Dr Harry Bennett

Dr Harry Bennett's work on The Royal Navy in the Age of Austerity 1919-22 is a major new study on the navy in the aftermath of World War 1.

Find out more about Dr Bennett's new book

First year field trip to London visiting a series of important history and heritage sites

Students visited the Tower of London, Victoria and Albert Museum and Tate Britain.  They had a chance to get behind the scenes of history with a guided walking tour of Soho and a tour of the National Maritime museum at Greenwich.  

Roosevelt Institute Scholarships

Each year 10-12 third year history students win scholarships to visit the Roosevelt Institute to undertake dissertation research.  with its massive resources on American history, we are the only UK institution which sends our undergraduates to study here.

New book by Professor James Daybell

Professor James Daybell edited a ground-breaking collection of essays on the importance of letters in early modern society entitled Cultures of Correspondence in Early Modern Britain. 

Find out more about James' book