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I'm a social and cultural historian of Modern Britain, specialising in the period from 1750-1939. My research straddles two (sometimes overlapping) strands 1) the politics of culture and democratisation of culture, and 2) the relationship between imperialism, collecting, museums and exhibitions. 


I grew up in Lancaster and moved to Manchester for my BA. After a year teaching in China I returned for my MA and then PhD. I started as a Lecturer here in 2021. 

I sometimes tweet at @lewryder, though mainly about football. 

Research interests

Modern British History, 1920s, Social and Cultural History, Museums, Collections/Collecting, British Imperialism, Sino-British History, Eccentrics and Tricksters, Individual Lives, Art Markets and lots more. 


I teach/ have taught on a range of Modern History modules. This includes histories of Modern Britain, but also Modern China and Colonial History. I run my own research-led Level 3 module Collecting and Exhibiting the British Empire (1750-1939). 



External positions

Junior Associate Editor, The European Review of History Journal

Aug 2020 → …


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