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October 2015

Public History Professor Michael Wood wins prestigious award

(5 October 2015)

Michael, who is Professor of Public History in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures (SALC), has been a regular face on TV for over three decades. 

The award was given to him for his significant outreach work in the field of history. It relates to his TV work as well as the numerous public talks he has given in schools, Sixth Form and FE colleges in Greater Manchester.

In his speech, Michael talked about TV as a vital link between the work of scholarship and the general public who have a great thirst to know more, in the social sciences and in the humanities.

He said: “I want to especially thank The University of Manchester for its terrific support to me, and for being so aware of the crucial importance of nurturing this link, investing time and effort into outreach, internationally and nationally, and also locally in the many events we do at local schools, Sixth Form and FE Colleges.”

Michael is currently completing the writing and presenting of a major BBC series exploring the history of China. He is also known for the highly praised BBC TV series The Story of India.

Originally from Moss Side Manchester, Michael has made well over a hundred documentary films and is known for his work with community historians across the UK. He is also the author of numerous best-selling history books and joined the University in 2013.