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I'm a social and cultural historian of Modern Britain with specific focus on the mid 19th and early 20th century. My main research interests include the democratisation and politics of culture, the history of collecting, collectors, museums and exhibitions, British imperialism in China, and life stories. 

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

If I'm not chatting history, I'm usually chatting football. 

I tweet at @lewryder

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. 


Inspired by many great history teachers and academics I have studied under throughout my life, I am passionate about teaching.

I have delivered seminars and lectures 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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