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 lecturer in modern British and European history and heritage, with research interests in nineteenth- and twentieth-century British cultural, social and intellectual history. I am Programme Leader for the MA Public History and Heritage.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach a number of modules across the History programmes.

At undergraduate level, these include:

Historical Methods and Sources (First year)

Britain in the Age of Innovation, 1790-1914 (First Year)

Triumph of the Dark: Europe Between the Wars, 1918-1939 (Second Year)

Contemporary Issues in the Creative and Cultural Industries (Second Year)

Exploring the Slum: The Politics of Poverty in Britain (Third Year)


At postgraduate level, I am the Programme Leader for the MA Public History and Heritage, and am also module leader for the following modules:

The Politics of History: Using the Past in the Present

Current Issues in Global Heritage

I also supervise research projects, independent studies, public history consultancies and MA dissertations

Research interests

Nineteenth- and twentieth-century British cultural and intellectual history; history of Marxism; history of reading, writing & publishing; history of the press

I am currently writing a book on the translation, publication, circulation and reading (and non-reading) of Karl Marx's Capital in English. I am also preparing articles on Marxist libraries and the memory of British Communism, the relationship between Marxism and psychoanalysis in the interwar period, and on Marxist approaches to biography in the twentieth century.

I continue to maintain an interest in the history of the press in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, on which I have also taught modules in the past. I have recently published on the prevalence of plagiarism in nineteenth-century periodicals and am also starting a major research project on the social and cultural history of the retail newsagent in modern Britain.

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