Dr Andrew Jackson

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Dr Andrew Jackson is a Historian and Geographer and is the Head of Research at BGU. Andrew’s current research interests include twentieth-century urban and rural change, and local and regional history. He also engages in consultancy and project work relating to public history and heritage, and digitisation. Andrew joined the staff of Bishop Grosseteste University in 2007, following ten years at the University of Exeter.


Andrew contributes to the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in History, and Geography, and to the Doctoral programmes. Andrew’s teaching interests include: rural, urban and landscape history; local and regional history; historical and cultural geography; country houses and garden history; archives and history education; heritage and community identity; Lincolnshire’s history and heritage.


Andrew’s research background is in history and geography. Current research and publication interests include: nineteenth and twentieth-century rural and urban change; theory and practice in community, local and regional history; public history; history and heritage education, the significance of digitisation for archives, heritage and e-learning; newspaper and media history; and histories of Lincoln, Lincolnshire and Devon; the Lincolnshire poet Bernard Samuel Gilbert. He is currently Reviews Editor for the International Journal of Regional and Local History. Andrew’s consultancy and public engagement work includes the digitisation of historical archives and community history. Andrew is also a committee member of the Social History Society, British Association for Local History (Education and Outreach), the History of Lincolnshire, The Survey of Lincoln, and Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology (Local History), the City of Lincoln Council Historic Environment Advisory Panel, and regularly gives public lectures for local and regional historical societies.

Current and recent research projects include:

  • Bernard Samuel Gilbert (1882 – 1927), Lincolnshire (home-front) poet, playwright, novelist and critic
  • Bright’s Intelligencer (1860 – 61), Ilfracombe, indexing and analysis, student research project
  • Ruston & Hornsby engineering archive, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund
  • ‘Devon History Online’, funded by Devon County Council
  • The Ermine Estate, Lincoln, e-archive digitisation, funded by the East Midlands Lifelong Learning Network
  • The Lincolnshire Cooperative Society’s archive digitisation, funded by the Lincolnshire Cooperative Ltd

Book chapters

2017, ‘Council estate public houses’, in Walker, A. (ed.) The Survey of Lincoln, vol. 14. Lincoln public houses, Lincoln: The Survey of Lincoln, 68-71.

2016, ‘The Lincoln Cooperative Society and the Lower High Street’, in Walker, A. (ed.) The Survey of Lincoln, vol. 13. The Lower High Street, Lincoln: The Survey of Lincoln, 60-3 with Hazel Kent.

2015, ‘The Lincoln Cooperative Society, Silver St and Free School Lane’, Walker, A. (ed) The Survey of Lincoln, vol 12. Lincoln’s city centre: north of the River Witham, Lincoln: The Survey of Lincoln, 51-4.

2014, ‘The Hartsholme Housing Estate’ in Walker, A. (ed) The Survey of Lincoln, vol.10. Birchwood, Hartsholme and Swanpool: Lincoln’s South-Western Suburbs, Lincoln: The Survey of Lincoln, 50-3.

2013, ‘The Boultham Housing Estate’, in Walker, A. (ed.) The Survey of Lincoln, vol. 9. Boultham and Swallowbeck: Lincoln’s South-Western Suburbs, Lincoln; The Survey of Lincoln, 44-7.

2012, ‘The significance of the Devon country house: the end of the medieval and medieval revivalism’, in Turner, S. and Silvester, R. (eds) Life in medieval landscapes: people and places in medieval England, Oxford: Windgather, pp. 150-65.

2011, ‘Towards the late twentieth century and beyond: rural and urban change and the task of the historian’, in Brook, S., Walker, A. and Wheeler, R. (eds) Lincoln connections: aspects of city and county since 1700: a tribute to Dennis Mills, Lincoln: Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology, 136-43.

2010, ‘Twentieth-century residential: the St Giles Estate’, in Walker, A (ed.) The Survey of Lincoln, vol. 6. Uphill Lincoln II: The North-Eastern Suburbs, Lincoln: The Survey of Lincoln, 58-61.

2009, ‘Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln’, in Walker, A (ed.) The Survey of Lincoln vol. 5. Uphill Lincoln 1: Burton Road, Newport, and the Ermine Estate, Lincoln: The Survey of Lincoln, 33-8.

2009, ‘The development of the Ermine Estate in the 1950s and ’60s’, in Walker, A (ed.) The Survey of Lincoln, vol. 5. Uphill Lincoln 1: Burton Road, Newport, and the Ermine Estate, Lincoln: The Survey of Lincoln, 65-7.


Journal articles

2018, ‘TEF, REF, and KEF; and the “research-informed” teaching and co-production traditions in local history: indexing and analysing a provincial newspapers’, International Journal of Regional and Local History, 13, 1, 68-85, [view article].

2016, ‘1915-1916: the perspectives of a Lincolnshire Home Front Poet’, East Midlands History, 4, 6-7.

2016, ‘The cooperative movement and the education of working men and women: provision by a local society in Lincoln, England, 1861-1914’, International Labor and Working Class History, 90, 2, 28-51 [view article]

2016, ‘Climate change, local historians and public history’, Local History News, 121, 18-9.

2016, ‘The early twentieth-century countryside of Bernard Samuel Gilbert: Lincolnshire poet, novelist, playwright, pamphleteer and correspondent, 1911-14’, Midland History, 22, 2, 224-39. [view article]

2015, ‘Cultural conflict in Ilfracombe: fern-collecting, and the Cottage Garden Society’s prize-giving controversy of 1860’, The Devon Historian, 84, 117-25. With Arran Hart, Tracey Jones and Rachel Maxey. [view article]

2015, ‘The history and heritage of Lincoln’s council estates: local history and “critical” public history in practice’, The Local Historian, 45, 2, 115-25. [view article]

2015, ‘Civic identity, municipal governance and provincial newspapers: the Lincoln of Bernard Gilbert, poet, critic and “booster”, 1914’, Urban History, 42, 1, 113-29. [view article]

2014, ‘Lincoln on the eve of war: the observations of Bernard Gilbert in the Lincolnshire Echo during 1914′, Lincolnshire Past & Present, 95, 3-5.

2014, ‘On the weather, in Bright’s Intelligencer, Ilfracombe’s Newspaper for 1860-1’, Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, 61, 5, 131-4. With Arran Hart, Tracey Jones and Rachel Maxey. [view article]

2014, ‘The Ermine News, 1957-65: understanding a Lincoln council estate through a neighbourhood newspaper’, The Lincoln Enquirer, 26, 9-11.

2014, ‘The Lincoln of Bernard Gilbert, poet and critic, 1914’, The Lincolnshire Poacher, Spring, 35-7.

2013, ‘Read all about it! Ermine News – the Ermine estate’s community newspaper, 1957-1965’, Lincolnshire Past & Present, 92, 19-22.

2012, ‘150 years of history: on using the digitised, open-access archive of the Lincolnshire Cooperative’, Lincolnshire Past & Present, 89, 9-10.

2012, ‘The “open-closed” settlement model and the interdisciplinary formulations of Dennis Mills: conceptualising local rural change’, Rural History, 23, 2, 121-36. [view article]

2012, ‘On the preconditions for council-estate building in Lincoln: some contemporary observations by Bernard Gilbert’, The Lincoln Enquirer, 6-8.

2012, ‘Approaching the local history of the twentieth century: problems and possibilities’, Local History News, 102, 12-3.

2010, ‘Researching and writing local histories of the twentieth century: an introduction’, International Journal of Regional and Local Studies, 6, 2, pp. 7-15. [view article]

2010, ‘Problems and practice in “community-focused” local history: on the Ermine, a council estate in 1950s and ’60s Lincoln’, International Journal of Regional and Local Studies, 6, 2, 48-71. [view article]

2010, ‘Provincial newspapers and the development of local communities: the creation of a seaside resort newspaper for Ilfracombe, Devon, 1860-1’, Family and Community History, 13, 2, 101-13. [view article]

2009, ‘Decline and survival – in and of local history’, Local History News, 90, 9-10.

2008 ‘Devon History Online: Brights Intelligencer – a year in the life of Ilfracombe, 1860-1, Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, 90, 4, 104-12.

2008, ‘Harold Fox (1948-2007): Devon and Leicester; landscape and locality’, The Devon Historian, 76, 2-5; with Robert Higham and Robin Stanes.

2008, ‘Local history and local history education in the early twenty-first century: organisational and intellectual challenges’, The Local Historian, 38, 4, 266-73. [view article]

2008, ‘Local and regional history as heritage: the heritage process and conceptualising the purpose and practice of local historians’ International Journal of Heritage Studies, 14, 4, 362-79. [view article]

2007, ‘An EPE-like project in a Devon seaside town’, England’s Past for Everyone News, Summer, 3.

2007, ‘In search of an “England’s past for everyone” in Ilfracombe, Devon: a digital history and heritage project’, The Regional Historian, 17, 32-4.

2007, ‘On the centenary of the dormancy of the Devon Victoria County History (1906-2006), and new beginnings’, Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries, 40, 1, 1-4.

2006, ‘Process and synthesis in the rethinking of local history: perspectives in essays for a county history society’, International Journal of Regional and Local Studies, 2, 2, 1, 5-19. [view article]

2006, ‘Published parish and community histories: a starting point in adult learning and the retheorising of local history’, The Local Historian, 36, 1, 42-50. [view article]

2006, ‘The Exeter experience: identifying a strategic vision for local history’, Bulletin of the Association of Local History Tutors, July, 2.

2005, ‘A future for academic local history? The Exeter experience’, Bulletin of the Association of Local History Tutors, October/November, 1.

2005, ‘A landed estate in mid-twentieth century Devon: insights from the 1941-3 National Farm Survey’, Family and Community History, 8, 11, 5-20.

2005, ‘On local history, history, heritage and The Devon Historian’, The Devon Historian, 70, 4-5.

Media articles

2018, ‘Celebrating votes for women 100 years on’, The Lincolnite, 5 February. [view article]

2017, ‘Wonder at our marvellous, often messy, history at exhibition’, Lincolnshire Echo, 20 July, 46-7.

2017, ‘As long as I get me bit er land, an orse and an owd age pension’, Lincolnshire Echo, 8 June, 46-7.

2017, ‘Imps vs. Gunners over a century ago’, BG&You, 18, 41.

2017, ‘Lincoln City upsetting Arsenal? It’s been done before……twice!’, Non League Daily, 9 March.

2017, ‘They swaggered in like gods’, Lincolnshire Echo, 9 March, 46-7.

2017, ‘On this day: 1915, Lincoln City defeats Arsenal’, The Lincolnite, 6 March 2017 [view article]

2016, ‘Front line war poet who captured agony of war widows back home in Lincolnshire’, Lincolnshire Echo, 13 November.

2016, ‘Poet’s feel for the frontline’, Lincolnshire Echo, 10 November, 46-7.

2016, ‘1916 – A Lincolnshire poet’s view’, BG&You, 16, 47.

2016, ‘First World War poems invoke life on the land’, Lincolnshire Echo, 14 July, 36-7.

2016, ‘Just a piece of old wall?’, BG&You, 15, 26.

2016, ‘Revealed: the burial ground of Lincoln’s workhouse where 70 poor souls still lay hidden’, Lincolnshire Echo, 5 March.

2016, ‘Beyond the walls where poor souls still stir…’, Lincolnshire Echo, 3 March, 34-5.

2015, ‘The Germans here could shoot the head off a pin’, Nostalgia, Lincolnshire Echo, 13 August, 34-5

2015, ‘Wartime wife and Belgian farmer given poetic voice’, Nostalgia, Lincolnshire Echo, 12 March, 32-3.

2014, ‘How the sights and sounds of the city made an impression on one writer’, Features: Nostalgia, Lincolnshire Echo, 12 Jun, 60-1. With Tracey Jones.

2014, ‘Looking for leisure back in 1914’ Features: Nostalgia, Lincolnshire Echo, 26 Jun, 64-5. With Rachel Maxey.

2014, ‘Why our city’s municipal buildings were a delight for one urban critic’ Features: Nostalgia, Lincolnshire Echo, 5 Jun, 64-5. With Arran Hart.

2014, ‘Pre-war prose in 1914 still connects a century later’, BG&You, 8, 27-8.

2014, (ed.) ‘Visions of conflict’, in Lincolnshire Echo, ‘Lincolnshire’s role in the First World War’, Lincolnshire Nostalgia, edition 2, 3 April, 20-1.

2014, ‘What will the war be like?’, in (ed.) ‘Visions of conflict’, in Lincolnshire Echo, ‘Lincolnshire’s role in the First World War’ Lincolnshire Nostalgia, edition 2, 3 April, 20-1.

Book reviews

2017       Review of Campbell, N. (2017) To buy a whole parish: Rousdon and the Peek Family, In The Devon Historian, 86, 128-9.

2017      Review of Goose, N. et al. (eds) (2016) The British Almshouse: New perspectives on philanthropy, ca 1400-1914, in International Journal of Regional and Local History, 12, 2, 135-7.

2016      Review of Cookson, G. (ed.) (2015) A history of the County of Durham, V: Sunderland, London: VCH/IHR/Boydell & Brewer, in International Journal of Regional and Local History, 11, 2, 107-8.

2015      Review of Siraut, M.C. (ed.) (2015) A history of the County of Somerset, XI: Queen Camel and the Cadburys, London: VCH/IHR/Boydell & Brewer, in International Journal of Regional and Local History, 10, 2, 135-6.

2014      Review of Rotherham, I.D. (2013) The Lost Fens: England’s Greatest Ecological Disaster, Stroud: The History Press, in Lincolnshire History & Archaeology, 49, 183.

2014      Review of Hinton, J. (2013) The Mass Observers: A History, 1937-1949, in Family & Community History, 10, 1, 74-6.

2011      Review of Allport, A. (2009) Demobbed: coming home after the Second World War; Hinton, J. (2010) Nine wartime lives: Mass-Observation and the making of the modern self; Welshman, J. (2010) Churchill’s children: the evacuee experience in wartime Britain; in Family & Community History, 14, 2, 84-6, with Claire Hubbard-Hall.

2010      Review of Roberts, W.M. (2010) Lost country houses of Suffolk, in International Journal of Regional and Local Studies, 6, 2, 134-8.

2010      Review of Presswell, D. (2009) William Courtenay: the exiled Earl – fact and fiction, in The Devon Historian, 79, 78-9.

2010      Review of Stansfield, R.E. (2009) Political elites in South-West England, 1450-1500, in Transactions of the Devonshire Association, 142, 421-2.

2010      Review of Fox, A. (2009) A lost frontier revealed: regional separation in the East Midlands, in International Journal of Regional and Local Studies, 6, 1, 98-100.

2009      Review of Stanes, R., Jewell, A. and Bass, R. (2008) The husbandry of Devon and Cornwall, in The Devon Historian, 78, 84-5.

2009      Review of Payton, P. (ed.) (2007) Cornish Studies, second series, fifteen, in International Journal of Regional and Local Studies, 2, 5, 1, 121-3.

2008      Review of DePiano, M. and DiAddezio, S. (2007) Devon: Chester County, Pennsylvania, in The Devon Historian, 77, 81-2.

2008      Review of Payton, P. (2007) AL Rowse and Cornwall: a paradoxical patriot; and Payton (ed.) (2006) Cornish Studies, second series, fourteen, in International Journal of Regional and Local Studies, 2, 4, 1, 99-101.

2006      Review of Smith, R. (2005) The Lympstone story, in The Devon Historian, 75, 35.

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