Dr Madge Dresser

  • 1970 BA (cum laude) in History, University of California at Los Angeles. 1971 MSc in Politics, London School of Economics. 1980 MSc in Economic and Social History (by research), University of Bristol. 1987 Postgraduate Diploma in Radio, Film and Television, University of Bristol. 2010 DPhil (UWE) (History) based on publications
  • Position: Associate Professor in History
  • Department: ACE - Arts and Cultural Industries

About me

I am an Associate Professor in Social and Cultural British History c.1688-1835 though I've become increasingly interested in contemporary history. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, my longstanding interest in ‘history from below’  led to my heading a Heritage Lottery Fund project on ethnic minorities in Bristol for the Institute of Historical Research in 2005-2007, and has more lately evolved into a wider engagement with public history as evidenced by articles I've published on popular memory and the legacy of slavery in contemporary Britain. 
In 2013 I co-edited a book for Historic England (then English Heritage) on Slavery and the British Country House and since then have been editing and co-authoring Women and the City: Bristol 1373-2000 which will be published in 2016. My future plans are to continue some longstanding work on Anglo-American slavery networks and begin a project on the oral history of Somalis in contemporary Britain.In the meantime This year I've been involved in various broadcasts  for  BBC telelvision and radio, and invited to front public engagement events at Tate Britain, Bristol's Watershed and tthe University of Bristol. I've given invited papers at the Universities of London, Oxford, Bristol and Sussex as well as presentations at local history groups and schools.
In 2010 I taught at Virginia Commonwealth University and have been awarded the Gilder Lehrman Fellowship at Colonial Williamsburg in 2011 and the Clark Library Fellowship at the University of California in 2013 and taught at the University of the West Indies in Barbados (Cave Hill) as part of VCU's Summer School on slavery in 2014.

Area of expertise

The history of slavery, questions of national identity and the position of ethnic and religious minorities in British society  feature in most of my work.

My Publications