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Dr Beau Woodbury

Lecturer in Modern History


I first came to Oxford as an undergraduate to read History at St John’s.  I then completed an MSt in Modern British & European History at Merton, before moving to Wolfson for my DPhil.  I started my current position at Queen’s in 2019.


My teaching centres on nineteenth- and twentieth-century British history, including a special subject on Britain in the 1970s and a further subject on film and British national identity.  I also teach a first-year paper on modern European and world history, as well as Approaches to History and Disciplines of History.


My research links developments in the arts to wider intellectual and political trends.  My doctoral thesis examined how classical music was promoted through adult education in the period immediately after the Second World War, identifying the political ideals which shaped this activity.  More broadly, I am interested in the changing role of cultural institutions in modern Britain, the relationship between the arts and education during this period, and how political and artistic cultures have overlapped.