The Centre for Urban History, founded in 1985, is a unique institution for the study of towns and cities. With an international reputation, the Centre’s knowledge and expertise have a global as well as a local reach. Areas of study cover the urban history of Europe and Asia since 1700 with special interests in Britain, China, India and Ireland. 

Research and teaching are directed to policy and practice in areas such as conservation and heritage as well as to scholarly publication. There are excellent links to organisations in Leicester and further afield with interests in the urban past. 

Students can take MA degrees and MPhil/PhD degrees and are an integral part of the life of the Centre.

Each year the Centre hosts a series of free seminars and lectures which is open to graduates, students, staff and members of the public. For more information about events, contact Dr Prashant Kidambi. 

Autumn 2023
Room 111 or 208, Attenborough Seminar Block University of Leicester
Fridays, 3pm

13 October (Att 111)

Modernity Contested

Adriana Laura Massidda (University of Sheffield)

27 October (Att 208)

Brandon Fathy (University of Reading)

Becoming: A Story of Urban Emergence in Early Medieval Ipswich

10 November (Att 111)

Pablo Sánchez Pascual (Universidad de Oviedo/University of Leicester)

Commercial Networks and Transnational Merchant Oligarchies in the Ports of Cantabrian Spain (1740–1830)
With a response from Perry Gauci (University of Oxford)

24 November (Att 111)

Marina Inì (University of Cambridge)

Lazzaretti and Quarantine: Mobility and Cross-Cultural Encounters before Entering the Early Modern City

Seminar Co-ordinator: Richard Ansell (ra437@le.ac.uk). Please email for links for online participation.

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