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The Centre for Public History provides a lively hub for people engaged in researching, teaching, and practicing public history. It seeks to nurture excellent research, provide a forum for debate, and develop working dialogue between academics, practitioners, and the public around issues relating to the practice of history in the public sphere. Research associated with the Centre focuses on a wide range of national and global contexts, historical periods, and disciplines, while our location in Northern Ireland provides a unique environment in which to explore many key issues around public engagement with, and consumption of, the past.

We work with a wide range of partner organisations, such as National Museums NI, the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, and Queen's own QUOTE hub. We are keen on engaging with both local and international history practitioners to ensure that the Centre for Public History at Queen's University, Belfast is at the cutting edge of public history. Our members are involved in a wide range of public history initiatives, from TV consultation, to creating apps. 

At the heart of our public history offerings are the wide range of events which allow members of the public, historians, and history practitioners the chance to engage, discuss, and debate. In term time the Centre hosts monthly seminars, with invited speakers who speak on a wide range of public history topics, both global and local in scope. In addition to this, the new Histories in the Making series invites public history professionals to come and discuss a recent project they have been involved in. 

There are also a number of annual lectures where we invite renowned speakers to Belfast to discuss their world leading research. The Centre is proud to host the annual Keith Jeffery Public History Lecture. The Wiles Lectures are also highly popular events, with a series of public lectures held over four days every year in late May. The Centre for Public History Annual Conference is held in December of every year. The 2019 conference is on the theme of 'Imperialism, Anti-Imperialism and their Legacies in Public History' and will be held on 16-17 December.

As part of our commitment to widening interest in and developing skills around public history we have created an MA in Public History to help train the next generation of public history professionals. This innovative course offers a wide range of theoretical perspectives and practical opportunities with our partner organisations.