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Prof Claire Langhamer

Post:Professor Of Modern British History (History)
Other posts:Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange (School of History, Art History and Philosophy)
 Member (Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth)
Location:ARTS A A162

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 678320
International:+44 1273 678320

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Claire Langhamer is a social and cultural historian. Her work deals with the diverse ways in which ordinary people negotiated modernity in twentieth-century Britain. She was brought up in North Humberside. She completed her first degree in History at Manchester University in 1991 and conducted doctoral research with Dave Russell at the University of Central Lancashire, 1992-6. She started working at Sussex in 1998.


Professor of Modern British History

Community and Business

Media work includes being interviewed by Madness front man Suggs for A History of the World: Brighton, the First Resort (BBC 2, 2010), appearing as a panellist in the BBC3 Freethinking Festival debate, 'Is Marriage in Peril' broadcast on Radio 3 in November 2010, and contributing to Word of Mouth's, History of the Microphone (Radio 4, January 2011), Timeshift's The Rules of Drinking (January 2012) and a Radio 4 Today series on Mass Observation (Spring 2012) which culminated in Mass Observation serving as the Today programme editor on Boxing Day 2012. In August 2012 I helped Masterchef host Gregg Wallace trace his family history in the BBC1 programme Who Do You Think You Are? and in June 2013 I was interviewed in the Mass Observation Archive by David Dimbleby for the BBC1 programme, The People's Coronation.

In summer 2013 I discussed my book, The English in Love on The World Tonight (Radio 4, August 2013), World Update (World Service, August 2013) and BBC Russian Service (September 2013). I also published an article on the book in The Daily Express. (September 2013). Towards the end of 2013 I appeared on the ITV Tonight programme to discuss internet dating (October 2013) and a BBC Schools broadcast Exploring the Past: Post war Britain (December 2013). On New Year's Day 2014 I was a panellist on a BBC Radio 4 Thinking Aloud special on romantic love.

Other community engagement work includes a public talk on 'Love and the Dancehall' as part of the Brighton-based Our Dancing Feet community project (2013) and a public talk on 'What is Happiness?', part of the Mass Observation series for the ESRC Festival of Science (November 2013). I have discussed The English at Love at a variety of events and venues including the Wigmore Lecture series and the Ropetackle Arts Centre. I spoke at the 2014 Words by the Water festival of words and ideas and delivered the 2014 Bedford Centre public lecture. The English in Love was nominated for the 2014 Spears Book Awards in the social history category. In 2015 I delivered a public lecture on 'Evidence and Emotion' for the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham, and in 2016 spoke at a National Army Museum event for International Women's Day.