Dr Henry Irving
Henry is a Senior Lecturer in Public History and the level lead for the MA Social History.
Henry Irving joined the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities as Senior Lecturer in Public History in 2015. He completed his PhD at the University of Leeds and has previously worked for the University of London, the University of Bradford, and the Workers’ Educational Association.
Henry is a specialist in twentieth century British history. His research interests centre on the Second World War, with a particular focus on the public’s response to wartime conditions, legislation and propaganda. He is currently writing a book on the history of wartime recycling that draws together these three themes. He is also a member of the AHRC-funded project ‘The Publishing and Communication History of the Ministry of Information 1939-45’ at the Institute of English Studies.
Alongside his teaching and research, Henry is committed to making public history. He is the communications officer for the Social History Society, an advisory board member of the Centre for the History of People, Place and Community, an active member of the Yorkshire Museums and Academics network and a regular contributor to History and Policy. He occasionally tweets @drhenryirving.
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Irving H (2020), The ‘War on Waste’: using urban history to inspire behavioural change: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Irving H (2019), ‘We Want Everybody’s Salvage!’: Recycling, Voluntarism, and the People’s War: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Irving H (2016), Towards ‘A New Kind of Book’: Publishing and the Ministry of Information, 1939-46:
Irving H (2016), Paper salvage in Britain during the Second World War: Wiley: 24 months
Irving H (2014), The Birth of a Politician: Harold Wilson and the Bonfires of Controls, 1948–9: Oxford University Press
Hammett J; Irving H (2020), 'A place for everyone, and everyone must find the right place': recruitment to British Civil Defence, 1937-44: Routledge
Irving H (2019), The Ministry of Information on the British Home Front: Bloomsbury
Irving H (2019), ‘Propaganda Bestsellers’: British Official War Books, 1941-46: Institute of English Studies