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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of: - Urban culture from the late 19th to mid-20th century in Britain - The nature of citizenship and belonging - The place of the past, and especially of historical re-enactment


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Personal profile

Research Interests

My research is in two (sometimes overlapping) areas: urban culture (1880-1940), in Britain, the US and (most recently) Ireland; and the popular place of the past in modern Britain.

My first book, After the Shock City: Urban Culture and the Making of Modern Citizenshipuses Manchester and Chicago to investigate the theory and reality of civic belonging and governance from the late-nineteenth to mid-twentieth century, across a range of areas: philosophy; festivals; re-enactments; youth culture; and systems of welfare.

I am the principal investigator on an AHRC-funded project: ‘Voyaging through History: The Meanings of the Mayflower in Britain, 1620-2020’. Dr Martha Vandrei (Exeter) is the co-investigator, Dr Ed Downey (QUB) is the research associate, and we are partnered with the British Library and the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. This project traces the 'afterlife' of the voyage across the last four hundred years in Britain by looking at its portrayal in art, literature, and commemorations. For more information you can visit our website: http://voyagingthroughhistory.exeter.ac.uk/

I have also begun to explore (homo)sexuality in Belfast and its surrounding region from the late-19th to mid-20th century. I recently wrote a short article about this research for Gay Times (Jan, 2019) - if you would like a digital copy, please do get in contact via email.


My office drop-in hours are 12-1pm on Wednesday (during term time), but I'm always happy to meet for a chat in the campus cafe if you prefer - just send me an email.

I teach on the following courses:

HIS1002: Exploring History II - The Place of the Past in Britain, c. 1900-1950

HIS1005: History and Society

HIS2018: The Making of Contemporary Britain: 1914 to the present

HIS3077: Dissertation

HIS3128: Sin Cities? Everyday Life in the Modern Metropolis

MHY7035: Debates in History

MH7079: From Blitz to Blair: Exploring post war Britain

I can supervise undergraduate and postgraduate theses on modern British history and modern urban history (c. 1880-1960), especially on topics such as belonging and community, festivals and celebrations, historical re-enactment and pageantry, education and citizenship, and local government and governance.


I was awarded my PhD in Urban History from the University of Leicester in 2013. Before taking up my current post, I was an Early Career Lecturer at the Institute of Historical Research (2015-2016), and a Research Associate at King's College London (2013-2015).

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Research Output

  • 10 Article
  • 5 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • 2 Book/Film/Article review
  • 1 Book

Memories of the Mayflower in Southampton

Hulme, T., Jan 2020, (Accepted) Hampshire Papers 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

After the Shock City: Urban Culture and the Making of Modern Citizenship

Hulme, T., 17 May 2019, Boydell and Brewer. 220 p. (Royal Historical Society Studies in History)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Cultural Marginality and Urban Place Making: The Case of Leicester and Ouro Preto

    Hulme, T. & de Souza Santos, A., 01 Nov 2019, Producing and Contesting Urban Marginality: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Dialogues. Slater, T. & Cupples, J. (eds.). Rowman & Littlefield, p. 143-160

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    Historical Pageants and the Medieval Past in Twentieth-Century England

    Bartie, A., Fleming, L., Freeman, M., Hulme, T., Hutton, A. & Readman, P., 03 Jul 2018, In : English Historical Review. 133, 563, p. 866-902 37 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)


    Fellow of Royal Historical Society

    Tom Hulme (Recipient), 01 Jul 2019

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Tom Hulme (Recipient), 01 Jun 2019

    Prize: Election to learned society


    Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques (Journal)

    Tom Hulme (Peer reviewer)
    10 Jan 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Four Nations Commemoration, 1620-2020: The Pilgrims and the Politics of Memory

    Tom Hulme (Speaker)
    27 Aug 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Britain and the World Conference

    Tom Hulme (Invited speaker)
    18 Jun 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    European Association of Urban History

    Tom Hulme (Chair)
    03 Sep 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    What Does it Mean to Remember?”

    Tom Hulme (Speaker)
    25 Jun 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Press / Media

    The soldier, the constable, his prisoner and his lover

    Tom Hulme


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    The Mayflower Voyage

    Tom Hulme


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities