Dr. Nick Mansfield

Prof. Nick Mansfield

Senior Research Fellow in History

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Livesey House, LH316

+44 (0) 1772 89 3978


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.

Full Profile

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.


  • BA (Hons) Politics and Modern History, Manchester University 2i, 1973
  • B.Phil., Social Administration, University of Exeter, 1976
  • Associate of the Museums Association (AMA), 1986
  • PhD, ‘Agricultural trades unionism in Shropshire, 1900-1930’. University of Wolverhampton, 1997


  • Society for the Study of Labour History (past EC member), Interwar Rural History Group, Society for Army Historical Research, Worklab- International Association of labour museums (Secretary 2008-2012), Museums Association.


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 WorkersClass, 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

More publications


Currently writing a book on 19thc labour and working class visual culture.

External Affiliations and Roles

  • Curatorial advisor, Rochdale Pioneers Museum and member Advisory Board National Co-operative Archive.
  • Curatorial advisor, Museum of Primitive Methodism, Englesea Brook, Cheshire.
  • Honorary Research Fellow, People's History Museum, and MMU.
  • Academic advisor for the People’s History Museum for March 2019 centenary exhibition on the Representation of the People Act, 1918, which created modern British democracy.
  • Mentor for Museums Association Associate Scheme.
  • Chair of Friends of Manchester Centre for Regional History, MMU.
  • Founder and mentor to the First World War Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers group, which has been awarded AHRC funding.


  • Mansfield has given over one hundred academic conference papers since the late 1970s, in Canada, Finland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the USA, as well as in the UK. In addition, he has given very many talks to community groups and learned societies. His most recent have been:
  • ‘Radical Ex-service organisations in the Great War and its Aftermath’, Global Link, ‘Dissenting Voices’ project, Lancaster, 23 January 2018
  • ‘Patriotism and Socialism: radical ex-servicemen, 1917-1923’, Political Radicalism and Dissent in the early 20th Century, Lancaster University conference, 17 November 2018 
  • Speaker in Round Table Suffrage for Men after the War on Centenary of Representation of the People Act, at Houses of Parliament organised by History of Parliament Trust, 21 November 2018 
  • The Aftermath and Memorialisation of the First World War in Shropshire Victoria County History Shropshire lecture, 26 October, 2019
  • The Story of the Secret Plumbers’ Marks on St Wilfrid’s Tower, Northenden, Manchester, UCLan Humanities Festival, 20 November 2019


  • ‘Connections Between Great Wars; 1793-1815, and 1914-1919’, Voices of War and Peace, Birmingham University Engagement Centre, 28 April 2015
  • Co-authored blog with Oli Wilkinson,‘The Legacy of War Service: The Experiences of First World War Veterans’ AHRC Beyond the Trenches and Everyday Lives in War websites 16 November 2016
  • ‘Foxhunters in khaki - foxhunting and the county Yeomanry during the First World War’, and Everyday Lives in War website
  • ‘The Battle of the Somme and rural England, for Heritage Lottery Fund, 1 July 2016.
  •  ‘Aspects of the Representation of the People Act, 1918’ , AHRC Beyond the Trenches website, 13 April 2018

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

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 WarArts and Humanities Research Council and First World War Network.