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Professor of History, University of Central Lancashire

Robert Poole's book, Peterloo: the English Uprising, was published by OUP in 2019 and immediately acclaimed as the definitive history of a formative episode in the history of British democracy. He is also co-author of the verbatim graphic novel, Peterloo: Witnesses to a Massacre at He is consultant historian to the Peterloo 2019 commemoration programme,, and is supporting the work of museums, galleries, libraries, community groups, film and documentary makers and the Manchester International Festival.

Robert’s other research interest is in the cultural history of the space age, through his book Earthrise: How Man First Saw the Earth (Yale UP, 2008). He has lectured on it in Washington DC, Lucerne, Copenhagen, Paris and London, and it has featured in two exhibitions, The Whole Earth at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin (2013) and You Say You Want a Revolution? at the V&A (2016-17). He continues to research and publish on the 1968 cult science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey, working at both the Kubrick Archive in London and the Arthur C. Clarke collection at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, where he was a short-term visiting fellow in 2016.

In 2011-12 Robert was consultant historian to the programme to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the 1612 trial of the Lancashire witches. His book The Wonderful Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster is the definitive history of England’s biggest peacetime witch trial.


  • –present
    Guild Research Fellow and Reader in History, University of Central Lancashire