Staff profile

Dr Cath Feely

Senior Lecturer in History




College of Arts, Humanities and Education



Research centre

Identity, Culture and Representation Research Centre




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Senior Lecturer in modern British and European history and heritage, with research interests in nineteenth- and twentieth-century British cultural and social history. 

Teaching responsibilities

I typically teach a number of modules across the History programmes.

At undergraduate level, these often include:

At postgraduate level, I teach on both the MA History and MA Public History and Heritage. I also supervise research projects, independent studies, public history consultancies and MA dissertations

Professional interests

I am strongly committed to exploring how history and heritage can promote civic participation in Derby City and Derbyshire. The use and communication of history is a thread running through my research, teaching and public engagement and in 2020 I coordinated the Derby ‘hub’ of Being Human, the national festival of the humanities. This involved producing a series of podcasts and virtual events with Derby Museums, Derbyshire Record Office, Derby Local Studies Library and the National Trust. 

You can access our 'Global Derbyshire in 10 Objects' short podcasts on Spotify

We produced three live-streamed events that are still freely available to watch online, all in partnership with regional heritage organisations and our Lights, Sound and Live Events students: The Museum of Me, A Whole New World: Maps of the Derwent Valley Mills and Parts Unknown: The Extraordinary Maps of Hermann Moll.

I enjoy consulting for archives, museums, heritage organisations, artists and anyone interested in participatory research and engagement with history and heritage. I have particularly worked with the Derbyshire Record Office and Derby Theatre in widening access to their collections and am an academic advisor of several archive projects. I am also currently a trustee of the Friends of Friargate Bridge.

Research interests

My research interests lie at the intersection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century British social, cultural and intellectual history. Put simply, I am interested in how ideas are consumed, adapted and used in modern Britain. In the past, this has largely led to work on the history of publishing, bookselling, reading and writing and am currently completing a project on the publication and circulation of Karl Marx’s Capital in English between 1880 and 1960.

My teaching in public history has led to an interest in the role of history and historical representations (such as art and exhibitions) in civic life and promotion in the interwar period and I am currently developing a future project on this which will combine historical research with community engagement to explore the relationship between heritage and industry in Derby and Derbyshire.

Membership of professional bodies


In the media

I have appeared regularly on both local and national radio, talking about topics as diverse as 1950s housewives, the 1966 World Cup and the history of mobile libraries. These have included both live and prerecorded interviews.

Examples include:

Recent publications