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Dr Aaron Andrews BA (Hons), MA, PhD, AFHEA

Research Fellow in Modern History

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Dr Aaron Andrews is a Research Fellow in Modern History within the School of Humanities at the University of Southampton.

I am an urban and digital historian of modern Britain and have worked on the histories of the ‘inner city’, ideas of community, and political activism in the 1970s and 1980s. I am currently working on the AHRC-funded project, ‘Children and young people’s telephone use and telephone cultures in Britain c.1984-1999’

Using the city of Liverpool as a case study, my doctoral research examined the history of the inner city in post-war Britain as both a real, lived place and an imagined space. Based on this research, I have published articles on the history and impact of ‘multiple deprivation’ and dereliction on the welfare state, urban policy, and urban communities.

From 2019-2021, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in History at Leeds Beckett University working on the AHRC-funded project ‘Forged by Fire: Burns Injury and Identity in Britain, 1800-2000’. The project examined the history of burns injuries, their causes and treatments, as well as their impact on individual and collective identities in modern Britain. Within this project, I created a database of fatal burns injuries in London from 1800-1920; co-created a public exhibition; and have published articles on the histories of the 1981 New Cross Massacre and 1985 Bradford City stadium fire.

As part of my research on the Bradford City stadium fire, I worked with colleagues in the heritage and creative industries to produce learning materials for primary and secondary schools. We also worked with students to co-produce graphic novel stories based on their interpretations of archival materials.


Research interests

I am interested in the social, cultural and urban history of modern Britain, and how we can use digital technologies to capture and tell those histories.

Research project(s)

Children and young people's telephone use and telephone cultures in Britain, c. 1984-1999

This is an Arts and Humanities Research Council- funded project, exploring the recent history of children and young people’s telephone use in Britain.

Social Media Editor, Urban History (2019-present)

Bibliographer, Urban History (2015-2019)

New Researchers’ Committee, Urban History Group (2017-present)

Dr Aaron Andrews
Student Office, Building 65, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Southampton. SO17 1BF United Kingdom

Room Number : 65/3075

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