School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies
Livesey House, LH316
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Subject Areas: History, Politics
Started at UCLan in 2010 after over 30 years in museums, 21 as Director of the People's History Museum, Manchester. Labour historian, particularly early 20thc farmworkers, published widely on patriotic labour in the Great War and post 1918 political allegiances, including ex-servicemen, war memorials and working-class conservatism. Recently also published a 2 volume labour history of 19thc rank and file British army soldiers Also writes about material culture, especially historic banners, folk art and labour movement buildings. Current writing a book on 19thc labour and working class visual culture.
Nick is research active within the area of history.
Wide research interests and publications over nearly 40 years. Led Heritage Lottery funded National Banner Survey (1997-1999) and £13m capital project (2007-2010). Simon Research Fellow Manchester University, 1999-2000. A leading UK practitioner on the use of material culture as academic evidence.
Since 1979 author of over 50 book chapters and journal articles on artisans, common soldiers, servants, farmworkers, ex-servicemen, working class political allegiances, historic banners, folk art and buildings.
Author of four monographs; English Farmworkers and local patriotism, 1900-1930 (Ashgate Press, 2001, reprinted Routledge, 2017), Buildings of the labour movement (English Heritage, 2013), and Soldiers as Workers – Class, employment, conflict and the nineteenth century British military (Liverpool University Press, 2016), and Soldiers as Citizens Popular Politics and the Nineteenth century military, (Liverpool University Press, 2019).
Currently writing a book on 19thc labour and working class visual culture.
Co-editor of special number on buildings of European labour movements, International Journal of Heritage Studies, 2013. Editor ‘Great War and the North West ‘ edition Manchester Region History Review, 2014 and (with Craig Horner) The Great War – Local and Regional Identities, (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2014).
Co-Investigator Everyday Lives in War, University of Hertfordshire First World War Engagement Centre, covering the North West of England, funded by AHRC, 2014-2019.
Mansfield, Nick (2019) Soldiers as Citizens Popular Politics and the Nineteenth-Century British Military. Studies in Labour History . Liverpool University Press, Liverpool. ISBN 978 1 78962 086 3
Mansfield, Nick (2018) Stubbs, Albert Ernest (1877-1962), trade unionist, local politician and Labour MP. In: The Dictionary of Labour Biography. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 1-20. ISBN 978-1-137-45742-4
Soldiers as Workers – Class, employment, conflict and the nineteenth century British military (Liverpool University Press, 2016) ISBN: 9781781382783.
Mansfield, Nicholas (2014) The Great War, Localities and Regional Identities. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne. ISBN 1-4438-5652-5
0.4 post only so teaching confined to M Res sessions and supervising BA and M Res dissertations. Experienced PhD supervisor and examiner.
Until the end of December 2019 currently Co-Investigator Everyday Lives in War, University of Hertfordshire First World War Engagement Centre, covering the North West of England. For details of these First World War centenary activities see the following websites: Everyday Lives in War, Arts and Humanities Research Council and First World War Network.