Dr. Annemarie McAllister

Senior Research Fellow in History

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Livesey House, LH317


Subject Areas: Media, Public Health, History

Annemarie works on the history and legacy of the UK temperance movement, using UCLan’s internationally significant archive, the Livesey Collection.  She is interested in the cultural history of temperance groups, their material (particularly visual) cultures and the strong impact they had on their members. The three exhibitions she curated, funded by a grant from the HLF in 2012-3, inform her continuing work with local and national groups, and social media presence; see demondrink.

Twitter - @demon_drink

Full Profile

Annemarie carries out a range of interdisciplinary academic and public engagement work in her current role as part-time Senior Research Fellow. She is a leading writer on various aspects of temperance history, drawing over 40 years’ study and teaching of representation as well as research in archives throughout the UK and in the US.  She also has a particular interest in the study of periodicals, both as a field and as sources, magic lantern slides and shows, and has also written on the uses of songs and public spaces, as well as more general temperance history. Public history and wider engagement with heritage is a central aspect of her work, seen in her curation of exhibitions and many public talks, debates, and re-creation performances.  This has led to media appearances as well as links with third-sector organisations currently working on alcohol-related issues.


  • Postgraduate Cert in Research Student Supervision, UCLan, 2006
  • PhD in Cultural Studies, University of Salford,
  • PG Advanced Diploma in Education Management, OU, 1991
  • M.Phil. in English Literature, University of Lancaster, 1986
  • PGCE in English and Drama, University of Liverpool, 1975
  • BA Hons (English and Related Literature), Class 2:1, University of York. 1974



Annemarie has given papers at academic conferences in Austin, Texas; Dwight, Illinois; New Haven, Connecticut  (Yale); Wilmington, Delaware; Genoa; Rome;  Milan; Ghent; Stockholm; Utrecht; Freiburg; Aberystwyth; Cardiff; Glasgow; Bolton; Bristol; Cambridge; Canterbury; Exeter; Leeds;  Liverpool; London; Manchester; Ormskirk; Salford; Plymouth; Warwick, and of course Preston.

She has been co-organiser of six conferences, Academic Identities in Crisis (2008); Food and Drink: their social, cultural, and political histories (2011); Whose History is it Anyway? (2013); ‘I’ve Been to Dwight’: Transnational Perspectives on Addiction, Temperance and Treatment in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (2016), and the annual conference of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals in Salford (2013).

She is chair of the organising committee for the forthcoming UCLan conference  Radical Temperance: Social change and drink, from teetotalism to Dry January (2018)

Invited and keynote lectures

Invited lectures at: Birkbeck College, University of London, University of Cambridge;  Edge Hill University, Leeds Metropolitan University, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool John Moores University, Birkbeck College, University of London, John Cabot University, Rome; series of public lectures in Harris Museum, Preston and People’s History Museum, Manchester; public debates/talks in national Humanities and Science Festivals and local history societies.

Keynote lecture at conference  ‘Drink and Temperance in nineteenth-century Ireland’ (2016), Open University.


Research Groups

  • History
  • Heritage Network
  • Institute for Cultural and Historical Environments


  • 2011 Principal Investigator and supervisor, The Band of Hope Journals Project, giving two undergraduate interns opportunity to participate in academic research and produce material to promote and showcase part of the university’s Livesey Collection
  • 2012-3 Principal Investigator, The Temperance and the Working Class Project, involving oral history collection, an 8 month exhibition at the People’s History Museum, Manchester (over 30,000 visitors), a subsequent 3 month exhibition at the Museum of Methodist History, Crewe, a pop-up exhibition in St George’s shopping centre, Preston, as part of Preston Guild 2012, and an online virtual exhibition still running, at demondrink.co.uk
  • 2014-17 Researching and writing the first academic monograph on the Band of Hope Movement


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (since 2003)
  • Member of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society
  • Member of British Association of Victorian Studies
  • Member of North American Association of Victorian Studies
  • Member of European Society for Research in Victorian Periodicals (ESPRiT
  • Member of the Society for Research in Victorian Periodicals (served on programme and organising committees for annual conference)
  • Peer reviewer for Victorian Periodicals Review, and BRANCH online journal.

External Activities

  • External examiner, ‘A Platform Upon Which All Could Unite?: Temperance in Ulster and the Irish Temperance League, 1858-1914'  PhD, Open University, 2016
  • Member of the BLT19 research group, working on trade and temperance periodicals with colleagues from the universities of London, Edinburgh, Galway, and Greenwich

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

2 PhD students, working on Temperance History and Film History