Dr Michala Hulme

Dr Michala Hulme

Department of History
Lecturer in Public History

I am an award-winning historian of nineteenth-century British history, with a particular focus on the experience of living and dying in the urban environment. I am also a public historian who works with charities, community groups, the media, heritage organisations and museums, helping to engage the wider public in history. My last research project Finding the Peterloo Eleven, was shortlisted for Humanities Research Project of the Year at THE Awards (2020). I am currently working on three public history projects with Manchester United, The Pankhurst Museum and Knutsford Council. I am also an expert on ITV’s DNA Journey and Channel 4’s The Great British Dig


  • PhD in History, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • BA (Hons) History, Manchester Metropolitan University 


Whilst completing my doctorate in Manchester, I curated and co-curated several exhibitions and wrote two popular history books for the History Press. Part of the research for my doctorate was funded by the Manchester Statistical Society’s Campion Grant. I have also received funding for research from organisations such as the Arts Council, National Trust, and the Heritage Fund (HLF)

At my previous institution, I was the course convenor on two public history units. I also created the syllabus and was the course convenor on a core first-year unit looking at acts of radicalism in the nineteenth century. Further, I have taught a range of modules on broader aspects of 19th and 20th century history, such as the study of youth and childhood, queer histories, and gender studies.

I am also a trained oral history consultant and have worked with the LGBT Foundation, The Pankhurst Museum, Manchester Reform Synagogue and Oldham Council.

In 2019, I was awarded the ‘People’s Award’ at the Manchester Culture Awards for my ‘dedication and contribution to culture and creativity in Manchester’. During the same year, I was shortlisted for ‘Teacher of Year’ at my former workplace.

My work has been featured inWho Do You Think You Are? (BBC), CNN, Britain’s Most Historic Towns (Channel 4), BBC Breakfast, Heir Hunters (BBC), ITV News, Great Canal Journeys (Channel 4), DNA Journey (ITV) and The Great British Dig (Channel 4). Also, my work has been in The Daily Mail, The Stylist, Daily Mirror, Manchester Evening News and Who Do You Think You Are Magazine?

Postgraduate supervision

I am happy discuss research projects broadly based in 19th and early 20th century British history. I am also happy to discuss public history and heritage research projects.


My primary research specialism is Victorian life cycles, with a focus on working-class attitudes towards death and burial. More broadly, my research focuses on modern British social history, including work on gender studies, working-class identities in the industrial landscape, and the study of youth and childhood.

My latest research project involves working with Manchester United looking at the experience of female football fans in the second half of the 20th century. I am also interested in the experience of nineteenth and early twentieth-century African migrants in the industrial city.

My last research project based on the descendants of the Peterloo Massacre was shortlisted for Research Project of the Year at THE Awards, 2020. It was featured on the BBC and as an ITV News special and reached an estimated audience of over 15 million people.


  • 19th and early 20th century history
  • Genealogy
  • Local history

Media experience

Local and national tv programmes

BBC’s Heir Hunter’s (2016); BBC News (2016); Who Do You Think You Are? (2018); Channel 4’s Great Canal Journeys (2018), Channel 4’s Genealogy Roadshow (2018), Channel 5 News (2018); Granada News (2019); BBC NW Tonight (2019); BBC Breakfast (2019); Al Jazeera (2019); CNN (2020); Channel 4’s, Britain’s Most Historic Towns (2020); ITV News; (2021); This Week on the Farm (2021); ITV’s DNA Journey (2021); Great British Dig (2021)


Capital FM; Heart FM; BBC 5 Live; BBC Radio Four; BBC Radio London; BBC Radio Manchester; BBC Radio Lancashire; BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester; BBC Radio Berkshire; BBC Radio Essex; BBC Radio Stoke; BBC Radio Somerset; BBC Radio Cornwall; BBC Radio Cumbria; BBC Radio Leeds; BBC Radio Berkshire; BBC Radio Warwickshire and Coventry; BBC Radio Merseyside.