It has been announced that David Olusoga is to join the University of Manchester as Professor of Public History.
The historian, broadcaster and film-maker studied history at the University of Liverpool and began his career as a television producer. Since moving in front of the camera, he has emerged as one of the UK’s foremost public historians. His appointment at Manchester comes in the same week as he was awarded an OBE for his services to history and community integration.
David Olusoga’s wok has focused on empire, race, slavery and belonging. His first television documentary, The World’s War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire, sought to highlight the experience of Indian, African and Asian troops in the First World War. Other series have included the BAFTA award-winning Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners and Black and British: A Forgotten History.
His media work has been accompanied by a series of award-winning books. His book Black & British, for instance, won both the Longman-History Today Trustees Award and the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize.
Reflecting on his academic appointment, David Olusoga told the University of Manchester:
For me, history has always been a public activity – it’s about reaching out to as many people as possible. I’ve spent my career working with institutions [that are] committed to making history inclusive, expansive and diverse. Joining the University of Manchester is to continue that tradition.
The Social History Society would like to pass on our congratulations to David on his appointment and look forward to watching and reading his future outputs.