Dr Malcolm Dick

Lecturer in regional and Local History, university of Birmingham


Research Interests

Malcolm Dick is a historian of eighteenth and nineteenth-century British History with a specialist interest in the economic, social and cultural development of Birmingham and the wider West Midlands. He developed an interest in print history and culture through his research into Birminghams history where John Baskerville created his publications and the wider printing industry contributed significantly to the towns identity. Working with Caroline Archer on the creation of the Baskerville Society and the Centre for Printing History and Culture has developed his interest in the historiography of printing history and the interplay between the production of books, technology, ideas and artisan culture during the Industrial Enlightenment in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. 

Publications

BOOKS 

Birmingham: A History of the People and the City (Birmingham, Birmingham City Council, 2017)

Celebrating Sanctury: Birmingham and the Refugee Experience, 1750-2002 (Birmingham, Birmingham City Council, 2002)

EDITED BOOKS  

‘The West Midlands Enlightenment’, History West Midlands, vol. 1, Issue 1, Spring 2013

‘Moving into the West Midlands’, History West Midlands, vol. 1, Issue 2, Summer 2013

‘The Word in the West Midlands’, History West Midlands, vol. 1, Issue 3, Winter 2013

‘Glass and Glassmaking’, History West Midlands, vol. 2, Issue 1, Spring 2014

‘Joseph Chamberlain: Man, Politician and Icon’, History West Midlands, vol. 2, Issue 2, Summer 2014

with Professor Ken Quickenden and Dr Sally Baggott, Matthew Boulton - Enterprising Industrialist of the Enlightenment (Ashgate, 2013)

with Dr Rajinder Dudrah, Ethnic Community Histories in the Midlands, special edition of Midland History, vol. 36, no. 2, Autumn 2011

with Philip K Wilson and Elizabeth A Dolan, Anna Seward’s Life of Erasmus Darwin (Studley, Brewin Books, 2010)

Matthew Boulton: a Revolutionary Player (Studley, Brewin Books, 2009)

with Mahdoom Chishti, Lok Virsa, Exploring the Muslim Heritage (Studley, Brewin Books, 2008)

with Professor Ruth Watts, Eighteenth Century Education: discourses and informal agencies, special edition of History of Education, 2008

Joseph Priestley and Birmingham (Studley, Brewin Books, 2005)

Millennibrum Edition of the Birmingham Historian, October 2001

Black Country Partnership for Learning Widening Participation Project, Final Report (Dudley, 2000)

Education and Employment: Initiatives and Experiences1780 to the Present (Leicester, History of Education Society, 1989)

ARTICLES

with Rajinder Dudrah, ‘Introduction: Ethnic Community Histories in the Midlands’, Midland History, vol. 36, no. 2, Autumn 2011

‘Birmingham Anglo-Jewry c.1780 - c.1880: Origins, Experiences and Representations’, Midland History, vol. 36, no. 2, Autumn 2011

With Ruth Watts Eighteenth-century education: discourses and informal agencies, History of Education, vol. 37, no. 4, July 2008

‘Discourses for the new industrial world: industrialisation and the education of the public in late eighteenth-century Britain’, History of Education, vol. 37, no. 4, July 2008

‘Promoting Joseph Priestley: The Joseph Priestley and Birmingham Project’, Local History Magazine, No. 100, Jan/Feb 2005

‘Staffordshire’, Your Family Tree, September 2004

‘Wolverhampton’, Your Family Tree, March 2004

‘The Myth of the Working-class Sunday School’, History of Education, 1980, Vol. 9, No. 1.

CHAPTER CONTRIBUTIONS

‘The Death of Matthew Boulton 1809: Ceremony, Controversy and Commemoration’, in Sally Baggott, Malcolm Dick and Ken Quickenden (eds), Matthew Boulton - Enterprising Industrialist of the Enlightenment (Ashgate, 2013).

‘Locality and diversity: minority ethnic communities in the writing of Birmingham’s history’, in Christopher Dyer et al, Local History: New Directions after Hoskins (University of Hertfordshire Press, 2011)

With Philip K Wilson and Elizabeth A Dolan, ‘Introduction’, in Anna Seward’s Life of Erasmus Darwin (Studley, Brewin Books, 2010)

‘Introduction -  Matthew Boulton: a Revolutionary Player?’, in Dick (ed.), Matthew Boulton: a Revolutionary Player (Studley, Brewin Books, 2009)

‘Sunday School’ and ‘Public Library’, in Gary McCulloch (ed.), The International Encyclopaedia of Education (Routledge and Taylor and Francis, 2007)

‘Introduction: Joseph Priestley and Birmingham’, ‘Joseph Priestley: A Timeline’, ‘Joseph Priestley, the Lunar Society and Anti-slavery’, ‘Joseph Priestley and America’, ‘Joseph Priestley: A Guide to Further Study’ and ‘The Words of Joseph Priestley’, in Dick, Joseph Priestley and Birmingham (Studley, Brewin Books, 2005)

‘Introduction’ in Mohsen Keiany, Conflict and Spirituality, Exhibition Catalogue (Birmingham, 2004)

‘In some ways I think I am English: Personal and Cultural Identities in Birmingham 1945-2003’, in Chris Hart (ed.), Approaches to Englishness, Past Present and Future (Birmingham, 2003)

‘Travelling through Time: Migration and the Black Experience’, in Ian Grosvenor, et al (eds), Making Connections: Birmingham Black International History (Birmingham, Black Pasts, Birmingham Futures Group, 2002)

‘Introduction’ and ‘The Theory and Practice of Pre-Vocational Education 1780-1840’, in Dick (ed.), Education and Employment: Initiatives and Experiences 1780 to the Present (Leicester, History of Education Society, 1989)

‘Religion and the Origins of Mass Schooling: The English Sunday School, c. 1780-1840’, in V A McClelland (ed.), The Churches and Education (Leicester, History of Education Society, 1984)

‘Urban Growth and the Social Role of the Stockport Sunday School, c. 1780-1833’, in John Ferguson (ed.), Christianity, Society and Education (London, SPCK, 1981)


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Contact Details

School of History and Cultures
University of Birmingham              Edgbaston
Birmingham B15 2TT

0121 415 8253

m.m.dick@bham.ac.uk

 

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