Professor Miles Taylor

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Professor Miles Taylor
BA, PhD (Cantab), FRHS
Professor of History
Institute of Historical Research
Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU
020 7862 8759
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Modern History
United Kingdom
Summary of research interests and expertise:

The history of Victorian Britain, parliamentary representation since the late 18th century, and Victorian monarchy and India.

Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
01-Dec-2014 The Man behind the Queen: Male Consorts in History

Edited Book

 co-ed. with Charles Beem. (Palgrave USA, December 2014), ISBN 9781137448347

01-Nov-2014 The Age of Asa: Lord Briggs, Public Life and History in Britain since 1945

Edited Book

 Palgrave Macmillan - ISBN: 9781137392572

01-Nov-2014 ‘Magna Carta in the nineteenth century’


 In Nicholas Vincent (ed.) Magna Carta: The Foundation of Freedom 1215-2015. Third Millennium Information - pp. 137-53

01-May-2014 The dominion of history: the export of historical research from Britain since 1850


 In Historical Research, 87: 236, (May 2014), pp. 275-92. DOI: 10.1111/1468-2281.12043

01-Oct-2013 The Victorian Empire and Britain's Maritime World, 1837-1901 The Sea and Global History

Edited Book

 Palgrave Macmillan - ISBN 9780230303881

01-Jan-2010 British history, 1600-2000: expansion in perspective

Edited Book

279 pp.; ISBN 978-1-905165-60-5

01-Jan-2010 Proceedings of the British-Chinese history conference

Edited Book

349 pp., ISBN 978-1-905165-64-3

17-Dec-2009 'Town Planner'

London Review of Books, pp.26-7

01-Jan-2007 (co-ed.), Palmerston Studies

2 vols, Hartley Institute

01-Jan-2007 (ed.), Southampton: Gateway to the British Empire

Edited Book

IB Tauris, ISBN-10: 1845110323/ISBN-13: 978-1845110321

01-Jan-2004 (co-ed.), The Victorians since 1901: Histories, Representations and Revisions

Manchester UP

2003 Ernest Jones, Chartism and the Romance of Politics, 1819-69

Oxford UP

1995 The Decline of British Radicalism, 1847-1860

Oxford UP

Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

‘St Stephen's Chapel, Westminster: Visual and Political Culture, 1292-1941’

 Co-investigator. AHRC project no: AH/K006991/1, 2013-16, £791,785

Current PhD topics supervised:

Dates Details
From: 01-Oct-2009
Until: 01-Aug-2012
The National Portrait Gallery

Co-supervisor with Dr Elisabeth Kehoe

(Susan Martin)

From: 01-Aug-2010
An investigation into the public life of two British Princesses: HRH Mary the Princess Royal, Countess of Harewood and HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon

Co -supervisor with Professor Sir David Cannadine

(Wendy Tebble)

From: 01-Aug-2009
Until: 01-Aug-2012
Space and political practice in london - 1760-1830

Principal supervisor

(Frances Boorman)

'Through the Letter Box: Working Lives at the General Post Office, 1834-1918'

Supervised by Prof Miles Taylor

(Victoria Davis)

Welfare and Patronage in the Victorian Post Office

Supervised by Professor Miles Taylor

(Kathleen McIlvenna)

The Geography of Power: The Role of the Boundary Commissioners in Shaping the Electoral Representation of Britain

Supervised by Prof Miles Taylor

(Rebekah Moore)

Space and Power in the Nineteenth-Century House of Commons

Supervised by Prof Miles Taylor

(Martin Spychal)

Economic and Social change in the 19th Century in South-West Middlesex and North-West Surrey: A comparative Study of 7 Parishes Bordering the River Thames

Co-supervised by MS Elizabeth Williamson.

(Mike Brownlee)

Ambulant Amateurs: The Rise and Fade of the Anglo German Fellowship

So-supervised by Dr Karina Urbach

(Charles Spicer)

Professional Affiliations

Professional affiliations:

Name Activity
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library Member of Editorial Board
History of Parliament Member of Editorial Board
Journal of British Studies Member of Editorial Advisory Board
Economic and Social Research Council Member of the Grants Assessment Panel
Fellow Royal Historical Society
North American Conference on British Studies History network
External Examiner, BA History, University of Sheffield Assessment
History Subject Associations (Historical Association, History UK, Royal Historical Society, Higher Education Academy) History Network
Historical Research, Editor Publishing
History Editiorial Advisory Board, BBC Worldwide Member of Editorial Board
International Committee, Russian Academy of Sciences Committee Member


Name Type Activity Start date End date
International Commission of Historical Sciences Chair of UK National Committee
Relevant Events

Related events:

Date Details
09-Nov-2014 ‘Open Access and the Future of Publishing’

 ‘Open Access and the Future of Publishing’, roundtable, North American Conference on British Studies, Portland, Oregon, USA, 9 November 2014

18-Jun-2014 ‘Magna Carta and the Victorians’

 ‘Magna Carta and the Victorians’, lecture Department of History, Australian National University, Canberra, 18 June 2014

11-Jun-2014 ‘The British Royal Family and the Colonial Empire from the Georgians to Prince George’

 ‘The British Royal Family and the Colonial Empire from the Georgians to Prince George’, keynote lecture, Crowns and Colonies: Monarchies and Colonial Empires, University of Sydney 11 June 2014

24-Oct-2013 ‘Queen Victoria and the Indian revolt of 1857-8’

 ‘Queen Victoria and the Indian revolt of 1857-8’, Franco-British History seminar, Univ. Paris IV Sorbonne, Paris, 24 October 2013

20-Sep-2013 ‘The Victorian British empire and the sea’

 ‘The Victorian British empire and the sea’, conference on British history, Nanjing University, China, 20 September 2013

17-Jun-2013 ‘Kaiser-i-Hind: Victoria, Albert and the Remaking of British India’

 ‘Kaiser-i-Hind: Victoria, Albert and the Remaking of British India’, lecture at the Großbritannien-Zentrum / Centre for British Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 17 June 2013

01-Jan-2012 'History in hard Times'

Paper at Conference: 'What is the Public Value of the Arts and Humanities?', University of York, 09/03/2012

01-Jan-2012 'The Prince of Wales in India, 1875-6'

Paper at Conference: 'Making of Modern Monarchy', Kensington Palace, 06 June 2012

01-Jan-2011 Anglo-Russian relations and India, c. 1858-1901

Paper at conference on ‘Russia and Britain in the great wars of the 19th-20th centuries’, Institute of World History/Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 11-12 May 2011

01-Jan-2011 'Queen Victoria and Bombay'

North American Conference on British Studies, Denver, 05 November 2011

01-Jan-2011 ‘The afterlife of Queen Victoria’, keynote lecture to conference on ‘The Victorian legacy in contemporary political thought’,

Université Cergy-Pontoise, 9-10 June 2011

01-Jan-2011 ‘Chartism rethought and revisited’, paper to conference on ‘Utopia and Dystopia: The Politics of Commitment

A workshop in Honour of Gareth Stedman Jones’, Robinson College, Cambridge, 20-21 May 2011

01-Jan-2011 ‘1832-1868’ colloquium

History of Parliament, Westminster, 6 May 2011

01-Jan-2011 British history in the new age of austerity: retrospect and prospect

Lecture to inaugurate the new Centre for Modern History, University of Winchester, 10 February 2011

01-Jan-2010 ‘Queen Victoria and India’

University of Osaka, Japan, Global history seminar, 15 November 2010

01-Jan-2010 The nemesis of empire: Britain as a global power, 1850-1914

4th Korean-Japanese conference on British History, Kumamoto, Japan, 14 November 2010

01-Jan-2010 1848 revolutions

University of Lille, France, 4 October 2010

01-Jan-2010 Europe in Asia during the Age of Revolutions, c. 1757-1858: overview, perspectives, challenges

Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis, 23-24 September 2010

‘The Hollow Crown: Power and Counter-Power in Queen Victoria's India’

 ‘The Hollow Crown: Power and Counter-Power in Queen Victoria's India’, keynote lecture, ‘Power and Counter-Power’ conference, University of Tunis, 3 April 2014

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