Mr Grant Collier

University History & Heritage Assistant

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I am currently engaged on a collaborative PhD project with the National Trust: "A Social History of the Styal Estate." As well as producing a thesis detailing the lived experience of Styal residents, I work with the National Trust (which runs the estate as a leisure and heritage site) in order to help guide their interpretation work as part of a transformative 'Quarry Bank Project'.

Alongside this work, I hold a position as a Senior Heritage Guide, managing a small team of highly-skilled guides who engage staff, students, alumni and members of the public in the history of the University of Manchester through dynamic walking tours. As well as managing this team, I lead bespoke and internal tours for university alumni and guests.


I studied my undergraduate MA in History at the University of Aberdeen from 2009-2013, gaining a first class grade with honours and winning the Forbes Medal in History for best performance in mandatory examinations.

From 2014-2016, I accepted a part-scholarship and studied a part-time postgraduate Masters in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester, balancing postgraduate study with part time work and obtaining a distinction.

In 2016, I secured full funding from the ESRC for my current work, "A Social History of the Styal Estate," and I began this project during September of that year. I expect my thesis to be completed in September 2019.

External positions

Senior Heritage Guide, University of Manchester (UOM)

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Education / academic qualifications

  • 2016 - Master in Science, MSc History of Science Technology and Medicine (2014 - 2016)
  • 2013 - Master of Arts, MA History (Undergraduate, with Honours) (2009 - 2013)

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