School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
Mr. Graham Attenborough
Lecturer in History
My main interest is in the cultural phenomena known as Heritage or Public History. I am particularly interested in the ways in which interpretations of the past are utilised to serve the cultural and political needs of the present. I am currently working on a critical examination of how the historiography of the British slave trade – in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries – has been transformed into a heritage experience which tends to celebrate Britain’s role in abolition. I am also researching the cultural significance (in both past and present) of non-human animals used as artefacts within the context of the Grand Country House.
BA Historical Studies, University of Portsmouth.
MA History, University of Portsmouth.
MA Creative Writing, University of Portsmouth.
Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.
Main Undergraduate Teaching Commitments
I am currently coordinating and teaching on the core, level one unit Modern European Societies. For level two I run the Museum Work Placement unit and the Politics unit, Politics and the Media. My Special Subject for level three students is History as Heritage. I also contribute to the Masters course War, Culture and Society.