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. 

Spring 2023

All seminars in Room 111, Attenborough Seminar Block and online: Fridays at 3pm 
Seminar Co-ordinator: Richard Ansell.  Please email for links for online participation.

Embracing Fear: A Pathway for Historic Urban Analysis

Speaker: Sarah Collins (Newcastle University)
Date: 13 January 2023

Cemeteries as Urban Spaces in Late Medieval Cairo and Paris Compared

Speaker: Caitlin John (UCL)
Date: 27 January 2023

Marginality, Trans-imperial Mobility, and Respectability: The Deportation Case of an Anglo-Chinese ‘Brothel-keeper’ in London, 1937

Speaker: Vivian Kong (University of Bristol)
Date: 24 February 2023

The Role of the Italianate in London Town Planning (c.1820-1860)

Speaker: David McKinstry (Imperial College London/Camden Council)
Date: 10 March 2023

The Battle to Build the Great West Road (1901-1914)

Speaker: Tracey Logan (University of Leicester)
Date: 24 March 2023

Soldier Sojourners and Cityscapes: Anzac Impressions of the Port Cities of Durban, Cape Town and Freetown During the First World War and the Significance of the Built Environment

Speaker: Sarah-Jane Walton (University of Leicester)
Date: 12 May 2023

Selling Education in England, c. 1650-1715

Speaker: John Gallagher (University of Leeds)
Date: 26 May 2023

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