Professor Michael Wood
with Professor Dame Jinty Nelson
Tickets for Professor Michael Wood "in Conversation" at University Place, at the University of ManchesterHistorian and broadcaster Michael Wood is the University's newly appointed Professor in Public History. He will teach undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University, lead historical field trips and give three public lectures a year.
For thirty years now, Michael Wood has made compelling journeys into the past, which have brought history alive for countless readers and viewers. He is the author of several highly praised books on English history including In Search of the Dark Ages, Domesday, and In Search of England. He has now made well over one hundred documentary films, among them Art of the Western World, In Search of the Trojan War, In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great, Conquistadors and The Story of India, - all of which were accompanied by best-selling books. His recent series, Story of England, the tale of one village (Kibworth in Leicestershire) through history, was praised by the Independent as ‘the most innovative TV history series ever.’
Michael was born in Moss Side, Manchester and educated at Manchester Grammar School and Oriel College Oxford, where he did post-graduate research in Anglo-Saxon history. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the RSA and the Society of Antiquaries, and a governor of the RSC.
Professor Dame Jinty Nelson FBA studied History at Newnham College, Cambridge, taking a B.A. in 1964 and a Ph.D. in 1967. From 1970 until 2008, she taught at King’s College London, and since retirement holds the title of Emeritus Professor.
She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1996 and a Corresponding Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America in 2000. She served as Vice-President of the British Academy form 1999-2001, and as President of the Royal Historical Society from 2000-2004. She was appointed a DBE for services to History in 2006. She holds honorary degrees from the Universities of East Anglia, St Andrew’s, Queen’s Belfast, York, Liverpool, Nottingham, and Glasgow.