Professor Steve Poole

About me

Professor of History and Heritage

Director, Regional History Centre, UWE

Chair, The John Thelwall Society John Thelwall Society

Committee, Southern History Society

Historical Associate, Splash & Ripple Ltd Splash and Ripple


I work broadly on eighteenth and nineteenth century English history from below with an emphasis on crime, protest and the crowd in South Western counties. I am also interested in the politics of environmental association, particularly in tidal landscapes and urban waterfronts, and in the impact of affective digital technologies on historical interpretation. 


Some of my digital heritage work with Splash and Ripple is showcased here: REACT: Ghosts in the Garden and featured by the AHRC here: AHRC highlight feature


In May 2013 I organised and chaired a panel discussion for the Bristol Festival of Ideas at Watershed to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of E P Thompson's, The Making of the English Working Class. It featured Emma Griffen, Adrian Randall and Penelope Corfield and you can hear a recording of it here: E P Thompson at the Festival of Ideas

Area of expertise

Eighteenth and early nineteenth century popular protest, political movements, criminality and visual culture

History of the Bristol and Somerset region

Heritage landscapes and digital media

My Publications