The Centre for Local and Regional History at the University of Essex provides a forum for research and teaching in the history of Essex, Suffolk and East Anglia. We explore our local region as a site for the study of national and global trends and processes, as well as how methods of doing local history can be applied within divergent local contexts across the world.
We offer a high quality programme of postgraduate provision including our MA History with a local and regional history pathway and welcome applications for research study related to local and regional history topics.
We also offer a Certificate in Local History and a variety of short evening-taught courses in history and archaeology, which are open to members of the public and require no prior qualifications.
Two annual prizes are available to students undertaking local historical research as part of their course. These awards are available through the generosity of the Essex Society for Family History and the Friends of Historic Essex.
We run a regular programme of public events throughout the year including our annual Local History Day and our annual Dudley White Local History Lecture. Our members have also contributed to a number of popular public lecture series at Colchester’s Firstsite gallery on subjects such as witchcraft and the history behind the statues on Colchester Town Hall.