History through material culture

By Leonie Hannan and Sarah Longair

History through material culture


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-7849-9126-5
  • Pages: 200
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £12.99
  • Published Date: April 2017
  • BIC Category: HISTORY / Study & Teaching, Society & social sciences / Physical anthropology, Industrial / Commercial Art & Design, Research Methods: General, Society & social sciences / Material culture, History: Theory & Methods, General & world history, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Physical, DESIGN / General, HISTORY / Historiography, History, Study Guides, Research methods: general, Material culture, History: theory & methods, Historiography
  • Series: IHR Research Guides


History through material culture is a unique, step-by-step guide for students and researchers who wish to use objects as historical sources. Responding to the significant, scholarly interest in historical material culture studies, this book makes clear how students and researchers ready to use these rich material sources can make important, valuable and original contributions to history. Written by two experienced museum practitioners and historians, the book recognises the theoretical and practical challenges of this approach and offers clear advice on methods to get the best out of material culture research. With a focus on the early modern and modern periods, this volume draws on examples from across the world and demonstrates how to use material culture to answer a range of enquiries, including social, economic, gender, cultural and global history.


Leonie Hannan is Research Fellow in Eighteenth-Century History at Queen's University, Belfast

Sarah Longair is Lecturer in the History of Empire at the University of Lincoln


1 Approaches to the material world
2 Planning a research project
3 Developing a methodology
4 Locating sources: understanding museum collections and other repositories
5 Analysing sources
6 Writing up findings

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