Dr Stefan Ramsden

Lecturer in History

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


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Stefan is a social historian specialising in the history of the British working classes during the second half of the 20th century.

His publications focus on changing patterns of sociability and modes of belonging, with particular reference to the impact of post-war 'affluence'.

His recent book, 'Working-Class Community in the Age of Affluence', has been published by Routledge as part of the series 'Perspectives in Economic and Social History'.

Stefan is currently researching working-class involvement in the St John Ambulance Brigade across the 20th century, as a lens through which to consider change and continuity in civil society.


Research Interests

  • The everyday life of the British working classes during the second half of the 20th century

  • The St John Ambulance Brigade

  • Voluntarism and civil society in 20th century Britain and France

Research groups

Recently completed a post-doctoral research project as part of the AHRC-funded project 'Crossing Boundaries: A History of First Aid in Britain and France', working with Dr Rosemary Wall (University of Hull) and Professor Barry Doyle (University of Huddersfield).


Stefan Ramsden, ‘Remaking working-class community: sociability, belonging and “affluence” in a small town, 1930-1980’, Contemporary British History, 29:1, 2015

Stefan Ramsden, ‘The role of the industrial workplace in working-class community, 1945-1980’, Family and Community History, 19:1, 2016

Stefan Ramsden, ‘“The community spirit was a wonderful thing.” On nostalgia and the politics of belonging’, Oral History, 44.1, 2016

Stefan Ramsden, Working-Class Community in the Age of Affluence, Abingdon: Routledge, 2017


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Thinking About the Past (convenor and lecturer, undergraduate, level 5)

  • Exploring the Past (undergraduate, level 4)

  • Practising Modern History (postgraduate, Masters)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD History, University of Hull

  • MA Museum Studies, University of Leicester

  • BA Hons History, University of Cambridge