Staff Profile: Dr Andrew Walker

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  • Dr Andrew Walker

  • Position:

    Vice Principal

  • Teaching Area:

    Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

  • Qualifications:

    PhD, MA in Local History, Literature and Cultural Tradition (both University of Sheffield);

    PGCE; BA (Hons) History (both University of Manchester).

  • Memberships:

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; Member of Socal History Society Executive Committee; committee member of the Survey of Lincoln; council member of Lincoln Record Society; committee member of the Sidcup Partnership.

  • External Duties:

    QAA HER reviewer (2013 - present); External examiner for  Open University BA (Hons) History 2016-2020; External Member of Academic Board, The Institute of Contemporary
    Music Performance


Dr Andrew Walker has been Vice Principal of the College since 2010. He has been involved in higher education either as a student or member of staff for over thirty years. He has studied at the University of Manchester, where he undertook a degree in History and then at the University of Sheffield where he undertook a MA in Local History, Literature and Cultural Tradition and subsequently completed a doctorate. He taught for many years at the University of Lincoln, where latterly he was head of the Lincoln School of Humanities and Performing Arts.

Andrew has longstanding interests in learning and teaching in higher education, particularly student engagement. He has been actively involved in community theatre. Andrew’s research interests, focussed particularly on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, include local and regional identities and their popular articulation through customary activities.

He is actively involved in several local history and heritage-based projects, many of them with a Lincolnshire emphasis. Andrew is an editorial board member of the International Journal of Regional and Local History.


Journal Articles and chapters

‘Nineteenth-century dialect literature: an authentic voice of the people? The case of The Shevvild Chap’, Tradition Today, 8, 2019. 

‘Rough music, community protest and the local press in nineteenth-century England’, International Journal of Regional and Local History, Vol. 13, 1, 2018.

Author of chapter ‘Lincoln’s April Fair: Renegotiating rural and urban relations in a small city, c. 1820-1910’, in Mary Hammond and Barry Sloan, eds,  Rural-Urban Relationships in the Nineteenth Century: Uneasy Neighbours?, Routledge, 2016.

Author of chapter 'English historical perspectives on rurality: viewing the country from the city', in Gary Bosworth and Peter Somerville, eds, Interpreting Rurality: Multidisciplinary Approaches, (Routledge, 2014);

Author of chapter 'Fairs and markets: challenging encounters between the urban and the rural in Lincolnshire, c. 1840-1920'; in Shirley Brook, Andrew Walker and Rob  Wheeler eds, Lincoln Connections: Aspects of City and County Since 1700. A tribute to Dennis Mills, Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology, Lincoln, 2011.

Editor roles

Co-editor with Shirley Brook and Rob Wheeler of Lincoln Connections: Aspects of City and County Since 1700, (SLHA, 2011)

Editor of, and contributor to,  Survey of Lincoln neighbourhood booklet series, 2006 onwards.

Conference presentations

‘“Beflagged and beflowered”: Staging the Lincolnshire Show and articulations of local identity, 1869-1959’, Social History Society conference, University of Lincoln, June 2019.

 ‘Articulations of local and regional identity? Theatre building in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire, c. 1950-1980’, Social History Society conference, University of Keele, June 2018.

‘Remembering the fallen? The building of memorial halls in Lincolnshire following the First World War’, The Aftermath of War in Lincolnshire conference, Lincoln Record Society, Bishop Grosseteste University, April 2018.

‘Dialect literature on the page and stage: representations of families and communities in the industrial north of England, c. 1850-1914’, Social History Society conference, UCL Institute of Education/Institute of Historical Research, April 2017.

‘”Once every Preston Guild”: Dramatising the past and civic ritual, 1842-1922’,  ‘History in the Limelight Conference’, UCL Institute of Education, September 2016.

‘”Highly-prized labour?” Rewarding Lincolnshire rural workers on the agricultural  showground, 1869-1939’, ‘Lincolnshire Agriculture, Rural Life and Labour’ conference, Lincoln Record Society, University of Lincoln, April 2016.

‘Representing road hogs and motor scorchers: the early years of rural motoring in  England, c. 1900-1914’, Social History Society conference, Lancaster, University, March 2016.

‘From showroom to showground: rural motoring in England, c. 1900-1960’, Social History Society conference, University of Portsmouth, April 2015.

‘Representing rough music: revisiting E.P. Thompson’s Customs in Common’, Social History Society conference, University of Northumbria, April 2014.

‘Edward Lee Hicks, the Diocese of Lincoln and the Great War’, ‘Lincolnshire at War’ conference, Lincoln Record Society, University of Lincoln, April 2014.