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Ben Roberts

About Ben Roberts

Ben Roberts studied history at Teesside University at both bachelors and masters level, before going on to complete his PhD in 2014, with a thesis entitled ‘Civic Ritual in Darlington and Middlesbrough in Comparative Perspective, c.1850-1953.’ This considered the use of ceremony, commemoration and celebration as a means of demonstrating the broader socio-cultural, political and demographic development of smaller urban communities. Ben’s research primarily focuses on social and cultural history, with particular reference to pageantry and the use of public space in the local and urban setting. He also has a great interest in the monarchy from the public and media perspective.

Ben is currently a part-time lecturer at Teesside University. He has previously worked as a researcher for the British Steel Collection, investigating the environmental impact of the iron and steel industries on Teesside and has conducted research on behalf of the University of Huddersfield regarding the provision of nursery education in the north east of England in the early twentieth century. He is now working with the HMS Trincomalee Trust to chart the history of the vessel as a training ship. He is also investigating the broader socio-political circumstances surrounding the celebration of Peace Day in July 1919. Ben regularly gives public talks, lectures and workshops and welcomes enquiries regarding any aspect of his research.  

In the news

  • Teesside historians to explore First World War heritage
    Pulbic web,, 07/10/2016
    Mike McGuinness and Ben Roberts will join experts from across the country to explore stories of the First World War.


  • They Answered Their Country's Call
    Middlesbrough Council (Web) 05.10.16: Love Middlesbrough (Web)05.10.16
    MIDDLESBROUGH'S Dorman Museum plays host to a ‘First World War: Community, Heritage and Legacies Workshop' this Friday (7th October) Dr Ben Roberts will discuss peace celebrations in Middlesbrough.


  • Research to fill in historic warship's timeline
    Northern Echo online, 06/03/2016; Northern Echo, 07/03/2016:Love Middlesbrough 08/03/2016; BBC Earth Web 11.03.16; Darlington & Stockton Times 11.03.16;
    Dr Ben Roberts, of Teesside University, with David McKnight, General Manager of HMS Trincomalee A HISTORIAN is looking to piece together the missing parts of one of the oldest floating warships in the