Prof Penny Summerfield

Emeritus Professor

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I took up the post of Professor of Modern History at University of Manchester in September 2000. Previously I worked at Lancaster University (1978-2000) where I was for the last six years Professor of Women's History. Since moving to Manchester I have been Head of the School of History and Classics (2002-3) followed by Head of the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures (2003-6).

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My non-academic interests include horse riding, singing, cycling, swimming, and hill walking especially in North West Britain and Southern France. I love a really good cup of tea.


  • gender history, oral history, social history, twentieth century history, history of Second World War

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